Thanksgiving Day NFL and College Football Lineup

Thanksgiving has arrived and that means family, friends, fowl, fixings and football.

The NFL tradition of playing on Thanksgiving continues today with three great games. Add to that two college football games and bettors have a smorgasbord to choose from.

For some football fans and odds makers alike, this Thanksgiving lineup is the best there has been in quite some time especially when it come to the three NFL games.

NFL Thanksgiving Day Games

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

According to Bovada and topbet, the Lions are favored by 7 points with the total points sitting on 47.5. The offense for Detroit has sputtered of late, but their defense comes to play each week, which could make the UNDER almost automatic in this game. However, Chicago could win this outright and receiving a touchdown is almost too much to pass up in this bitter rivalry.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas is favored by 3 points, with the point total at 55. Both teams are tied for first place in the NFC East with identical records. The Dallas offense led by DeMarco Murray is explosive and can put up points just as well as the Eagles offense can. Defensively both teams have struggled at times this season. Could a last possession score determine the winner, stay tuned.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are favored by one point, with the point total on just 40. This game is for all intents and purposes a tossup. The teams have identical 7-4 records and trail Arizona by two games in the NFC West. The teams have split the past 4 head-to-head games, with each game won by the home team. A late field goal wins this one.

College Football

TCU vs. Texas

The TCU Horned Frogs are favored in this matchup by 6.5 points with the point total on 56.5. Texas has not beaten major opponents but has gained a great deal of confidence with winning four of its past five games overall.

The Longhorns defense is No. 12 in the nation in yards allowed per play at 4.6. That is one reason, according to and betonline, the UNDER has cashed so many times for Texas. The Longhorns could surprise the Horned Frogs and not only cover, but win outright.

LSU vs. Texas A&M

LSU is favored by 3 points, with the point total on 50.5 in this matchup. The offense for LSU has done little all season. The Texas A&M Aggies have not faced such a strong defense this season and that could prove too much for their offense to handle. The Tigers should cover this with the points staying UNDER.

A Trio of Thanksgiving Games For Your Plate

Jay Cutler needs to take full advantage of his weapons if the Bears are to defeat Detroit on Thursday.

I’m getting you you’re Thanksgiving Day games early because I know many of you will be on the road or sleeping in or you’ll be stuck at work so here is my take on al three games for Turkey Day.

Chicago (+7) at Detroit (O/U 47) – At 5-6, the Chicago Bears are in no position to lose games. Thursday will mark the first of two meetings with the Lions in the final five weeks of the season. For Detroit, they cannot afford to fall any further behind Green Bay who they will face in Lambeau Field on the final day of the season. And they haven’t won there in about 25 years.

Defensively, the Bears have struggled all year and that’s good news for a Detroit offense that is also struggling. The key match-up for this one is the Detroit defense against the Chicago offense. If the Bears can’t generate any offense then this could get ugly.

Trends: Chicago is 9-3 straight up in their last 12 games versus Detroit… The Lions are 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight games against the Bears… The total has gone OVER in four of Chicago’s last five games when playing in Detroit… The Lions are 1-9 in their last ten Thanksgiving Day Games.

The Pick: I love the Bears getting a touchdown and take the OVER.

The Eagles need Mark Sanchez to take care of the ball and they can do that with a good running game.

Philadelphia (+3) at Dallas (O/U 54.5) – Both teams are 8-3 and a win would go a long way towards a division title but these two will meet again on December 14th in Philly.

It may be cliché to say, but I think whichever team has more success running the ball will have an inside track on winning the game. I say this because Mark Sanchez and to a slightly smaller extent Tony Romo, will turn the ball over.

The better each team can run the ball the better each team’s quarterback play is likely to be. One other thing to keep an eye on… The Eagles excellent special teams unit.

Trends: Philadelphia is 15-5 straight up in their last 20 games… The Cowboys are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games… The total has gone UNDER in five of the Eagles’ last seven games playing in Dallas… The Cowboys have won eight of their last ten games on Thanksgiving Day.

The Pick: I like the Eagles getting three and I like the OVER.

Seattle (EVEN) at San Francisco (O/U 40) – These two NFC West foes will follow the same patter as Dallas and Philadelphia. They’ll play each on Turkey Day then see each other again on December 14th.

With each team at 7-4 and trailing the Arizona Cardinals by two games, this game carries monstrous implications. Arizona will have a very winnable game at Atlanta on Sunday so the loser here could fall back three games with four to play.

The 49ers have struggled to score points recently and that will be a factor here despite their home-field advantage.

Trends: Seattle is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games… The 49ers are 0-5 ATS in their five games against Seattle… The total has gone UNDER in five of the last 6 times Seattle and San Francisco have played each other… The Seahawks are 1-2 in career Thanksgiving Day Games while the 49ers are 3-1-1 on Turkey Day.

The Pick: I think the Seahawks ride the momentum of their win last week and win in San Francisco. Take the UNDER as well.

Thanksgiving Day Games Top NFL Week 12 Early Line

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 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.