Thanksgiving is all about traditions, like eating turkey and making football bets.
The addition of a third Thanksgiving game, to go with the annual home games for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys (and the annual griping that the Lions are always on Thanksgiving), the NFL years ago introduced a third prime-time game. That means a lot of side-eye for those who want to wager on football and watch it for about 10 hours on a holiday.
For those looking to bet on the Thanksgiving games, or any other Week 12 games, here is the first look at the lines from BetMGM:
It seems unlikely Jared Goff will be playing for the Lions, and the Bears might be without starting quarterback Justin Fields, who left Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Andy Dalton played fine in relief of Fields and would get the start if Fields can’t go.
The Raiders are in a bit of a freefall. The Cowboys are coming off a poor offensive game against the Chiefs, and could be without starting receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb on Thanksgiving.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) will lead his team against the Raiders on Thanksgiving. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills (-4) at New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara has missed two straight games for the Saints, who have fallen to 5-5. The Bills were Super Bowl favorites before Week 11, but then got blown out by the Colts at home.
The Bengals righted themselves with a win over the Raiders on Sunday. They’ll be playing a Steelers team that played at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night and lost a heartbreaker.
The Colts are playing well, and Jonathan Taylor might be the hottest player in the league. Taylor will have a challenge against a great Bucs run defense.
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins (-1)
Cam Newton’s first start back with the Panthers ended in a loss, but he didn’t play that bad. The Dolphins are coming off a win, though it did come against the Jets.
Tennessee Titans at New England…