Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
The Lions are the team with most wins in the traditional Thanksgiving game (35), but this year will face the Eagles, who have never lost in six games played on this important date. Philadelphia is one of the four unbeaten teams in Thanksgiving and will try to maintain its dominance in recent years against Detroit. Chip Kelly’s team has won seven of the last eight meetings, but the Lions are favorites in the NFL Odds at -2.0. Detroit is 1-4 SU and 2-3 in the past five against the Eagles.
Player to watch: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has only once exceeded 100 yards in four games against Philadelphia and has only one touchdown. If the Lions want to win this match, they need more help from “Megatron”.
Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers (-7.5), Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers (-2.0), Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) and Miami Dolphins (-1.5)-New York Jets are other interesting games this week.
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will play for the first time in its history a Thanksgiving game. The bad news is that they will face one of the teams with more tradition in this important date and that have only been able to beat once since 1998. The Cowboys dominate the series with nine wins in 12 games and in Thanksgiving games are with 29-17-1. Dallas has lost two of the last three games on the fourth Thursday of November but is favorite in the NFL lines at -4.5. In the previous five games against Carolina, Dallas is 5-0 SU and 4-1.
Player to watch: In his last four appearances at Thanksgiving, quarterback Tony Romo has thrown for 1,011 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. In four games versus Carolina in his career, Romo has three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks
Since losing the Super Bowl XL, the Seahawks have tried to take revenge on the Steelers but they have failed, but this Sunday they could achieve it at CenturyLink Field. The Steel Curtain will be at Emerald City for the first time since 2003, and they have only one win in the seven games as visitors, and it was 32 years ago. Pittsburgh has won the last three meetings and in the last two they have not allowed any point by Seattle’s offense. However, the current NFC champions are favorites in the NFL betting Odds for the win at -5.5 and are 2-3 SU and 2-3 ATS in the last five of the series.
Player to watch: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 504 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games against Seattle. The Legion of Boom has improved and in 2014 finished as the best in the league against the pass, accepting an average of only 185.6 yards per game.
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 17th time in their careers, and the Patriots’ quarterback has the advantage with 11 victories, including two in the playoffs. Last year, they played at Gillette Stadium and New England won 43-21 with four touchdown passes by Brady. The Broncos have lost six of their last eight games in the series; however, they are the favorites in the NFL betting Odds -2.5 for the win. The good news for Denver fans is that New England has only three wins in 18 clashes at Mile High since 1972. Bill Belichick’s team is 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in the last five versus Denver.
Player to watch: Rob Gronkowski ended last year as the best tight end in the league with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the game against Denver, he had nine catches for 105 yards and a visit to the end zone.