Thanksgiving NFL games (betting spreads, lines, picks) - Metro US

Thanksgiving NFL games (betting spreads, lines, picks)

The 1999 Detroit Lions go to town on a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
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A look at where to place your money on Thanksgiving Day.

Minnesota Vikings atDetroit Lions (-2.5)

Detroit has won and covered in three straight Thanksgiving Day games, and they should make it four against the division-rival Vikings this Thursday.

The Lions have allowed an average of just 297 yards in their last three games, while Sam Bradford and company come into this contest ranked last in YPG and 22nd in scoring. And were it not for their above-average scoring defense and special teams, that rank would be even lower.

The Vikings defense, which looked solid at the beginning of the year, suddenly appears vulnerable. After giving up a respectable 311 yards of offense to the Lions on Nov. 6, the Vikings have allowed 678 yards in their last two games combined. Matt Stafford should be able to work his will against Minnesota with the change in venue in his favor.

Lions fans will be counting their blessings when their team walks out of Ford Field on Thursday with a division lead. Detroit is the best bet of the week.

The pick: Lions -2.5

Best of the rest (picks inbold)

Washington Redskins@ Dallas Cowboys (-7)

Pittsburgh Steelers(-6) @ Indianapolis Colts

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