Week 12 of the NFL still has two Monday Night Football games to be played, but that does not stop the odds makers from looking to Week 13 and releasing their opening lines for what should be an exciting lineup of games.
This week is Thanksgiving and the traditional three games will be played so fans can enjoy their turkey and fixings and see their favorite teams play football.
The lineup of games on Thanksgiving is superb with division rivalries between teams battling to win their respective division or stay alive in the hunt for the postseason.
Here is an early look at the three Thanksgiving Day NFL games.
November 27- Thanksgiving Day
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Bovada and topbet opened the early game on Thanksgiving with Detroit favored at home by -6. Other books had Detroit favored by 7, but within an hour of it being posted on Sunday the betting had pulled it down to -6.5. Detroit has not been profitable when it comes to covering the spread. The Lions are 1-4 ATS over their past 5 games. Detroit returns home following two straight losses on the road, including Sunday at New England. Chicago has won two straight, which has kept the team’s hopes alive for the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dallas opened on sportsbook.com and betonline as a 3-point favorite at home. This is a huge game for the two NFC East rivals that are tied atop the division at 8-3 and the first game of two between them over a three-week period.
Dallas pulled out a huge win on Sunday night over NFC East rivals the New York Giants, while Philadelphia easily defeated the Tennessee Titans earlier on Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
The line on this game opened with San Francisco favored at home by 1 point.
This game is huge in the NFC West and the playoff picture in all of the NFC. San Francisco won its third consecutive game on Sunday but did not cover the points in its 17-13 win at home against Washington.
Seattle narrowed the distance between themselves and Arizona the NFC West leaders by downing the Cardinals 19-3 at home.
Arizona is now on top by just two games at 9-2, while the Seahawks and 49ers are both at 7-4. The team that loses will be in jeopardy of falling out of the playoff picture in the NFC, while the winner will hope that the Cardinals will continue to lose heading down the stretch.