Bears, Cowboys, Bills are U.S. Thanksgiving NFL favourites

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) catches a pass from quarterback Justin Fields as Detroit Lions defensive back Bobby Price defends during the second half on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP)

The NFL will rekindle its longstanding American Thanksgiving tradition with three Week 12 games on Thursday. The action begins in Detroit on Thursday afternoon as the winless Lions take on the Chicago Bears as three-point home underdogs on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Detroit returns home for its annual Thanksgiving Day game after dropping a 13-10 decision to the Cleveland Browns in Week 11, extending the team’s current winless streak to 13 games going into Thursday afternoon’s matchup at Ford Field.

The Lions have been outscored by an average of 11.3 points per game while compiling an 0-9-1 straight-up record this season. As well, they have gone 0-3 ATS this season as underdogs of four or fewer points at the sportsbooks, and 3-12 ATS in their past 15 such outings, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Bears arrive in Detroit looking to snap a five-game SU slide, capped by last weekend’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens that marked the third time they have scored 14 or fewer points during their current swoon. However, Chicago enjoys a steady 6-1 SU run against the Lions, including three straight wins in Detroit by an overall margin of just 15 points.

Later on Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to pad their lead atop the NFC East as they play host to the Las Vegas Raiders as 7.5-point favourites at sports betting sites, while the Buffalo Bills visit the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night as 6-point betting chalk.

The Cowboys are coming off their weakest offensive performance of the season in last weekend’s 19-9 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and have now lost outright in two of their past three games. Injuries remain an issue for Dallas, with the health of running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and receiver CeeDee Lamb (concussion) both a concern. Complicating matters is the team’s 2-5 SU run in Thanksgiving Day contests. However, they face a Raiders team that is battling for its playoff life after suffering three straight lopsided defeats, capped by last weekend’s 32-13 loss to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

And now lagging in second place in the AFC East standings, the Bills will be looking to regain their scoring touch in Thursday night’s visit to the Big Easy. The Bills were humbled in last weekend’s 41-15 loss to the visiting Indianapolis Colts, and have averaged just 21 points per game while going 1-2 SU and 0-2-1 ATS in their past three games on the road.

Ravaged by injuries, the Saints return to action riding a three-game SU losing streak after being thoroughly outclassed in last weekend’s 40-29 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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