Eleven football weeks are almost on the schedule, and we hit the Thanksgiving mile mark on the schedule. We have three games for Holiday Thursday, and each match has some exciting storylines. Buffalo are looking to return to the top of the AFC playoffs when they visit the Lions, who just beat the Giants. New York then forces us into the second competition of the day as they head to Dallas to face the growing Cowboy team. They break away from a dominant victory over the Vikings, who will play the Patriots in a triple-header final.
Not a bad Thanksgiving line-up if you ask us!
While we wait for the official end of Week 11 with the Nines and Cardinals taking on Monday night, let’s take our first look at all of these Week 12 matches and get our first impressions of the first lines of these games to see if there’s anything they can do. tell us who the bookies think comes out on top.
Early chances for the 12th week
(All lines from Caesars bookmaker, all games on Sundays unless otherwise noted)
Scores (7-3) in Lions (4-6), Thursday
Buffalo Bills -9
opening line: Accounts -10
That number has since dropped by half a point, but the Buffalo is still a favorite on the roads. This will actually be the second week in a row that the Bills have played at Ford Field as a snowstorm forced the NFL to reschedule its Week 11 game against Cleveland in Detroit. In that game, the Bills were able to close an 8-point difference with a 31–23 win. As for the Lions, they rushed four touchdowns en route to an upset victory over the Giants at MetLife. Buffalo has a 2-2-1 ATS on the road this week but has beaten bad teams. Against clubs with a losing record, the Bills are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games. Detroit is 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games.
Giants (7-3) vs. Cowboys (7-3) Thursday
Dallas Cowboys -9
opening line: Cowboys -7
This line raised the point and crossed a key touchdown threshold to Cowboys -8. On Sunday, Dallas pulled off their biggest win in a long time, smashing the Vikings 40-3. The defense dominated the line of scrimmage and were able to lock in seven sacks and hit Kirk Cousins a total of 13 times. Tony Pollard also moved 189 yards from the scrimmage with two touchdowns. As for the Giants, they couldn’t hold back Detroit’s game as they allowed 160 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in the 31-18 loss. After being sharp for much of the season, Daniel Jones had two uncharacteristic interceptions in the loss. This will be the second time these teams have gone head to head this season, with Dallas winning Game 1 back in Week 3 with Cooper Rush filling in for the injured Dak Prescott. The Cowboys are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against New York, including a 5-1 ATS record in Dallas.
Patriots (6-4) vs. Vikings (8-2), Thursday
Minnesota Vikings -3
opening line: Vikings -3.5
Minnesota is now the 3-point favorite as they are set to host New England in the Thanksgiving final. Both of these offenses struggled in week 11 and only scored three points each. However, a late return of the punt for a touchdown did give the Patriots a 10-3 victory over the Jets and lift them up to 6-4 on the season. One of the big problems that both clubs will face in this match concerns the offensive line. The Patriots saw starting center David Andrews and starting tackle Isaiah Wynn leave with injuries, and they could have missed this game. Meanwhile, left tackle Christian Durrisow has already been ruled out with a concussion. This season, New England is 3-1-1 away and Minnesota is 2-3 at home.
Broncos (3-7) – Panthers (3-8)
Denver Broncos -2.5
opening line: Broncos -2.5
That line hasn’t changed as Denver remains the 2.5 away favorite over Carolina. Both clubs were on the losing side in Week 11 as the Panthers scored just three points in their loss to Baltimore, but they were able to close the double-digit gap. Meanwhile, the Broncos allowed the Raiders to go 71 yards down the field to score a game-tying field goal to force overtime. In the extra period, Denver’s defense allowed the game-winning touchdown after just three plays. The Broncos are 3-7 points this season, the second-worst record in the NFL. Carolina has a 5-6 ATS record, including a 3-3 ATS record at home. Denver is 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games.
Buccaneers (5-5) to Browns (3-7)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3
opening line: Buccaneers -3
Tampa Bay becomes the Browns’ favorite with a 3-point favorite. The Bucks looked a little more like themselves in the previous two pre-break games and beat the Seahawks in a 21-16 win in Germany back in Week 10. took a 10-3 lead but ultimately failed to hold off Josh Allen and the Bills attack by a full four quarters as they dropped 31 points in the afternoon and failed to hold within the number line. Cleveland has a 4-6 ATS season but hasn’t been able to close in five of their last seven games. They are also 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. However, the Bucks are not the most profitable team to bet on this season and have been 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games.
Ravens (7-3) and Jaguars (3-7)
Baltimore Ravens -4