Thursday’s NFL betting action features three key divisional games that are likely to shape the NFC playoff race. Of the six teams playing on Thanksgiving, three of them would be in the postseason if the playoffs started today, while the other three are just outside the top six in the conference.
The Detroit Lions kick off Week 13 by hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears as seven-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Lions return home to Ford Field after losing two straight road games, first to the Arizona Cardinals and then at the New England Patriots. Detroit is 5-0 against the spread in its last five home games against divisional opponents. Meanwhile, the Bears have won two in a row at home by identical scores of 21-13 to bring them within one victory of the .500 mark. However, Chicago is just 1-6 ATS in its past seven road games against NFC North foes.
In the second game of the day, the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East showdown for first place in the division. The Week 13 NFL betting lines show the Cowboys as three-point favorites against the Eagles, who have lost three of the last four meetings straight-up and vs. the line. But Philadelphia has been outstanding away from home playing divisional opponents with a 9-3 SU mark in its past 12 road games in that scenario. Dallas is also just 1-6 ATS in its previous seven games as a home favorite, although the team has covered four of five at home against NFC East teams.
Finally, bettors will be treated to an NFC West matchup between two bitter rivals on Thanksgiving night when the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of last year’s conference championship game. The 49ers are one-point favorites and will be out for revenge after losing to the Seahawks 23-17 as four-point underdogs in the last meeting back on Jan. 19 in the NFC title game. Seattle is 6-0 ATS in the past six meetings while San Francisco is 15-1-1 SU in its previous 17 home games versus divisional opponents, with the loss and tie both coming against the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers fell to the Rams 13-10 on Nov. 2 as 10.5-point home chalk.