Detroit Lions to see off Green Bay Packers in Thanksgiving clash
Green Bay are 0-3-1 since Aaron Rodgers – their star quarterback – broke his collarbone and Detroit can take advantage and cover the handicap at 10/11.
The Packers will be using their fourth quarterback of the season with Matt Flynn set to start the game and they are lacking continuity.
The Lions are -6.5 points in the Thanksgiving clash but have the best record of any NFL side when playing on the holiday date; they have 33 wins to their name.
They will be keen to snap out of a losing streak on Thanksgiving which goes back to 2003 but are in a good place to do so.
Jim Schwartz has his Lions side in good form and they have grafted their way to the top of NFC North despite two recent defeats at Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
Bet on Detroit Lions -6.5 at 10/11
However it’s not been to everyones delight, as Packers lineman Josh Sitton has recently referred to Schwartz’s style of play in derogatory terms and even went as far to say that his side were “a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags.”
There is clearly little love lost between these two sides.
A lengthy injury list is the main issue for the Packers although they do have fond memories of playing the Lions to call on, having beaten them 22-9 in early October.
However Detroit are stronger on home turf and quarterback Matt Stafford will have both Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson – who missed the October game – to call on.
Oakland head to Dallas with Cowboys fans still on a high following their last-gasp victory against the New York Giants at the weekend.
Their record after getting above .500 is not encouraging for backers – they have lost their next game every time – however there are reasons to side with them today.
Bet on Dallas Cowboys -7.5 at 10/11
Visitors Oakland are 1-4 on the road and rookie Matt McGloin’s offensive line have given up 38 sacks this season – the third most in the NFL – and that can’t be helping his confidence.
However they have kept things close in their recent matches, only going down by four points against Tennessee and the same margin versus New York.
Life won’t be easy for Dallas but they have the class to prevail by a decent margin.
The hosts are 4-1 at home this year and quarterback Tony Romo will fancy his chances with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Terance Williams all in good form in the scoring zone.
Throw in running back DeMarco Murray who is starting to click into gear and the Cowboys look too strong.
They average over 34 points on home soil and can cover the 7.5 point handicap at 10/11.