Home teams hold betting edge in Thanksgiving Day matchups
Daniel Coyle, American Sports Correspondent | November 25, 2015
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions
A tripleheader of NFL action will dominate the airwaves on the US Thanksgiving holiday, starting with Detroit Lions, who host Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday afternoon as 2-point favourites with Coral.
The Lions will be looking to extend their current straight up win streak to three games when they face the Eagles, who looked on the verge of a freefall in their 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their third SU defeat in their last four outings, which has dropped them to 4-6 on the season.
Detroit kicked off their campaign on a dismal 1-7 SU run, getting outscored by double digits on four occasions during that run, and allowing over 37 points per game in the four contests prior to their bye in Week 9.
But the rest has served the Lions well, returning to action with a pair of SU wins, including a victory over the Packers in Green Bay that ended a 24-year losing streak at Lambeau Field, holding opponents to just 14.5 points per game.
Conversely, it has been difficult for the Eagles, who are fortunate to remain in the hunt in the NFC East, where they trail New York Giants by just one game. Phily are 5/2 second-favourites to win that division.
Philadelphia have struggled to score points, tallying 20 or fewer points in five of 10 outings this season, while failing to cover the spread in three of their last four.
However, the Eagles have enjoyed the upper-hand historically in matchups with Detroit, picking up the SU win in seven of their last eight, 6-2 ATS.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers will also be in action on Thanksgiving Day, playing host to the Chicago Bears as 8-point favourites.
Green Bay ended a three-game SU losing streak last weekend, topping Minnesota by a 30-13, drawing even with Vikings at 7-3, but gaining the tiebreaker edge in the NFC North divisional race.
Their recent loss to Detroit ended a 13-game SU win streak at Lambeau Field, but the Packers cannot be taken lightly at home, where they are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 when favoured by fewer than 10 points, and an incredible 21-3-1 SU in their last 25 against divisional rivals.
The Bears took a step back in last weekend’s 17-15 loss to Denver Broncos, with poor play calling playing a direct role in the club’s first loss in three games.
Thursday’s matchup is particularly important to the 4-6 Bears, who are now desperate for a win to remain in playoff contention. But Chicago have proven to be one for punters to side with in recent weeks, going 6-1 ATS in their last seven, including four outright wins as betting underdogs.
Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys
Also on Thursday, Carolina Panthers will try to remain undefeated on the season when they visit Dallas Cowboys as slim 0.5-point underdogs.
Despite their current 10-0 SU record this season, and 15-1 SU run over their last 16 games, the Panthers continue to struggle to gain respect.
Carolina is 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13, and have pounded opponents in each of their three most recent outings, winning by an average margin of over 17 points, but find themselves as betting underdogs for the third time in their last seven.
The return of pivot Tony Romo lifted Dallas to their first win in eight games, a 24-14 victory over Miami Dolphins, but it has been an otherwise dismal campaign for the Cowboys, who have covered just once as favourites in their last five.