Thanksgiving Day and NFL Football

Thanksgiving: Turkey, pumpkin pie, and football. This Thursday we get a whole day of football- all NFC teams- starting at 9:30 AM PT when the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears in the North. That's followed by Dallas hosting the Redskins in the East at 1:30, and finally the regularly scheduled night game- in the South- The New Orleans Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons at 5:20.

That last game should be a fun one to watch, with the over/under at 60 points. The Bears, Redskins, and Saints are all in the playoffs if the season ended today, and the Cowboys, Lions and Falcons are just a game or two behind that 6th spot, so these are three important games for the NFC playoff picture. I think the surprise team in the NFC this year would have to be the Chicago Bears. After losing their opening game to the Packers, which they led for most of the game, it looked like it was going to be another dismal year for them, but they turned it around and are 7-2 since that loss- 5-1 at home. But they will be on the road for this one against the Lions who are 3-2 at home. Chicago is a 4 point road favorite, and are -200 with the money line.

Detroit is +170, and the over/under is 45 points. These teams played just a couple weeks ago in Chicago where the Bears won 34-22. But the Bears just played Sunday night, not morning or afternoon, and have to turn around and go on the road just a few days later on Thanksgiving. Detroit normally has a decent amount of Chicago fans who make the trip, but with the holiday, I'm guessing less fans leave home.

This could also be a letdown game as Chicago is coming off a big victory against another division rival -Vikings. All their road losses have been close: a point, 3 points against Miami, and 7 against the Pats. This will be a good test for them if they can sweep the year vs. Detroit. After this, for their next 5 games they only have 2 at home, and they are against the Pack and the Rams, so I think if they can get this win, they will make the playoffs.

Detroit is coming off a big win themselves, 20-19 against Carolina, but I think the Bears D will be too much. Chicago wins a close, low-scoring game, but I like Detroit Lions getting 4 points at home.