Nothing says Thanksgiving like turkey and football. This year, Thanksgiving football offers a full complement of top ranked divisional matchups and teams fighting for their playoff lives. The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions kick off the day at Ford Field.


Minnesota Vikings (-3) at Detroit Lions, 12:30 PM ET

The first game of the three-game Thanksgiving set features two NFC North rivals that are fighting for the top spot in the division. The Minnesota Vikings (8-2) have a comfortable lead over the Detroit Lions (6-4 SU, 5-4-1 ATS), and have rattled off six straight victories after starting the year 2-2. The Vikes are coming off an impressive 24-7 victory over the NFC East-leading Los Angeles Rams in Week 11. Minnesota ran the ball effectively against the league’s 28th ranked run defense, and now own the eighth best running game in the NFL. Relying on the combination of running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, the Vikings may opt for a similar strategy against a Lions defense that has struggled to shut down the opposition’s run game.

Entering Week 12, the Lions are on a winning streak of their own, securing victories in each of their last three games. The most recent win came against the Chicago Bears, where kicker Matt Prater put the Lions on top with a 52-yard field goal in the last two minutes of the game. The Lions have pulled within two games of the Vikings but will need a big performance from their quarterback Matthew Stafford if they hope to top the league’s fourth-ranked defense.


Los Angeles Chargers (-1) at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 PM ET 

Thursday afternoon’s game showcases two teams that desperately need a win. After opening the season with four straight losses, Philip Rivers and company have clawed their way back to a 4-6 record (5-4-1 ATS). They’re coming off of an impressive 54-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.

The 5-5 SU and ATS Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, are in a freefall. They’ve lost two straight games, including a 37-9 drubbing to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. The Cowboys seem to be a shell of their former selves without running back Ezekiel Elliott, who’s entering the third game of his six-game suspension. Although the odds are even leading up to this one, the Chargers are trending in the opposite direction of Dallas.


New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-7.5), 8:30 PM ET

The night game features one team that’s already thinking about next season and another that’s struggling to stay afloat. The Giants (2-8 SU, 4-6 ATS) pulled off the upset of the week in Week 11 with a 12-9 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite that, they still seem to be thinking about next year’s draft, and shouldn’t be much of a challenge for Washington to beat straight up.

The Redskins are coming off of two straight losses, albeit to two very good teams. They fell in overtime last week to the New Orleans Saints and will be looking to tie the Cowboys for second in the NFC East with a victory and a Cowboys loss. Look for Kirk Cousins, the league’s second ranked quarterback in passing yards, to carve up New York’s 29th ranked pass defense.


*Odds as of November 22, 2017