Wed, Nov 23, 5:13pm by Jake Equid
Thanksgiving is an important holiday for our friends in America, it’s a time to pause and offer thanks to people who are important to you but for me it’s especially great because it means three games of Football!
This week is always among the most interesting in the NFL season with three games scheduled for Thursday (Friday AEDT) but it’s especially the case this year as every holiday game has playoff implications.
As one of the NFL’s historically bad franchises, the Detroit Lions don’t usually have much on the line in their annual Thanksgiving game. That isn’t the case this year. Detroit can take a big step towards winning the NFC North in this match.
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The middle game of the day sees the Washington Redskins head to Dallas needing a win to have a chance at winning the division. They are seven point underdogs though against a team who’ve won nine in a row.
The Cowboys have the best record in the league (9-1) and are $1.32 for the win against the Redskins ($3.55). Dallas can virtually end Washington’s chances of winning the NFC East with a victory on Thursday afternoon.
Heading into Week 12, the Cowboys have a 2.5-game lead over the Redskins, whom they defeated earlier this season.
Here’s my best bet for Thanksgiving Day which comes up in the final game of the day:
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis – 12:30pm Friday 25 November
The evening game on Thanksgiving Thursday features two teams with 5-5 records, and will be the first time in the history of the Colts franchise that they’ll be hosting a Thanksgiving Day game.
Both teams need a win to strengthen their chances for a run at the Super Bowl, but both have struggled with inconsistency this season. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (12:30pm AEDT) just in time for America to wake up from their turkey comas.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is that man, he is now in concussion protocol, after last week’s game against the Titans. Coach Chuck Pagano told ESPN that Luck was highly unlikely to play in this Thursday’s game. Backup Scott Tolzien will likely take his place.
Tolzien hasn’t started since 2013, when he started two games in Green Bay.
For the visitors, they will be buoyed by a good recent record in this fixture. Last year, the Steelers destroyed the Colts in a 45-10 win, and in 2014, Ben Roethlisberger had a massive game against them and threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 win.
It’s going to be extremely hard for the Colts’ offence to click under backup quarterback Tolzien, who’s been on the sidelines for three years. I’m backing the Steelers to be too strong here.
BEST BET: Steelers by 1-13 points: $2.11
NFL Thanksgiving Day odds:
Minnesota Vikings $2.17 (+2.5) @ Detroit Lions $1.73 (-2.5)
Washington Redskins $3.55 (+7.0) @ Dallas Cowboys $1.32 (-7.0)
Pittsburgh Steelers $1.24 (-9.0) @ Indianapolis Colts $4.30 (+9.0)
Odds supplied by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*
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