Thanksgiving week means we have a full slate of games again for the NFL this week. It also means the playoff races are heating up, with teams needing to get as many wins as possible between now and the New Year if they hope to keep playing into 2020. Let’s take a look at each game and give a betting prediction for each game.
- Thursday, November 28
- Sunday, December 1
- Monday, December 2
- Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
- Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys
- New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
- New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
- Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
- Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
- Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
- Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
- San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
- Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
- Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
- Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
- New England Patriots at Houston Texans
- Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Thursday, November 28
Sunday, December 1
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Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
- Spread Odds: Chicago Bears -3.0
- Total: 39.0
If you are a fan of high-powered offenses, then this is not the game you should be watching. Detroit will be playing a backup quarterback, and the Chicago Bears have had trouble on offense all season long.
The Bears are running for less than 80 yards per game, and that hasn’t helped quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago’s defense is still great, and that has kept it winning games.
Detroit gives up more than 27 points per game, and its offense can’t cover that. The Lions are going to lose this game at home.
Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Detroit Lions.
Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys
- Spread Odds: Dallas Cowboys -6.5
- Total: 45.0
Dallas gets all of the hype, but the Bills just keep winning games. Buffalo is allowing just 15.7 points per game this season, and its offense can really run the football.
Dallas is top five in the NFL in both rushing and passing yards, but it struggles to score points. The Cowboys are much better at home, but they don’t have a team to blow people out.
Take the +6.5 points and bet the Bills in this one.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
- Spread Odds: New Orleans Saints -6.5
- Total: 48.5
The final game on Thanksgiving Day could provide plenty of fireworks and a ton of offense. The Falcons and Saints both have future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, and their offenses have carried their teams all season long.
Atlanta has had a miserable season, but it has played better of late. The Falcons don’t have any defense, and that will be a problem.
New Orleans is a well-balanced team, and its defense won’t give up a ton. The Saints will score enough to blow this game open. Bet the Saints -6.5 in this one.
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals
- Spread Odds: New York Jets -3.5
- Total: 41.0
Some games are hard to figure out, but this is not one of them. The Cincinnati Bengals have yet to win a game all season long, and it’s not going to happen this week either.
The New York Jets have played well at times this season, and their young quarterback is figuring things out. New York will take advantage of a bad Bengals defense and blow this game open.
The Jets -3.5 is the right pick.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
- Spread Odds: Indianapolis Colts -2.5
- Total: 43.5
The Colts have lost three of four games, and the Titans have won four of their last five. Tennessee has been scoring points like crazy of late, and it can really run the football. Indianapolis has dealt with injuries this season, and it has hurt its offense at this point of the season.
Defense will likely play a role in this game, and that is where the Colts have the edge. Indianapolis can really defend, especially at home.
Bet the Colts -2.5 over the Tennessee Titans in this game.
Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins
- Spread Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -9.0
- Total: 45.5
The Eagles are the better team in this matchup, but they haven’t exactly been playing like it. Philadelphia has finally found some defense, but quarterback Carson Wentz has struggled at times.
Miami has actually won two games recently, but this is still a team with a lot of holes. The Dolphins are better served to lose, and that is what they will do. Look for Miami to keep it close, but the Eagles win.
Take the Dolphins at +9.0 at home.
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -6.5
- Total: 45.5
The Packers got blasted by the 49ers on Sunday night and will remain on the road against the Giants on Sunday. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t have time to operate in week 12, and the Packers defense was a mess as well.
The Giants are in a bit of a freefall, and quarterback Daniel Jones has struggled of late. New York running back Saquon Barkley hasn’t had much success this season, but teams are stacking the box to stop him.
This game shouldn’t be close as the Packers -6.5 is the winner.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Spread Odds: Cleveland Browns -2.0
- Total: 40.0
All of a sudden, the Cleveland Browns have won three games in a row and looked good doing it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is finding his two top targets, and the Browns are scoring points like crazy.
Devlin Hodges will likely start at QB for the Steelers in this game after leading them to a win in Week 12. The Steelers are without several key players, and their defense has had to carry a huge load this season.
Take the Browns -2.0 as they win their fourth straight in this game.
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
- Spread Odds: Carolina Panthers -10.0
- Total: 40.0
Christian McCaffrey is having a monster season for the Panthers, and he should have a big game in this one. The Washington defense has been a mess at times, and Carolina should put up a ton of points.
The Redskins were able to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 12, but it was just their second win of the season. Washington has struggled to score points on offense, and it appears it has given up.
Bet the Panthers -10.0 over Washington in this game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Spread Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars -1.0
- Total: 48.5
The Jacksonville Jaguars simply don’t play much defense anymore, and that will be a problem in this game. Jacksonville got toasted by the Titans in Week 12, and it doesn’t have the offense to make up for it.
Tampa Bay will throw the ball a ton in this game, and they can really score the ball. The Buccaneers don’t defend much either, but the Jaguars don’t pose a huge offensive threat.
Bet the Buccaneers +1.0 over the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
- Spread Odds: Baltimore Ravens -6.0
- Total: 46.0
There is a pretty good chance that this game could be a preview of this year’s Super Bowl. The Ravens and Niners have both been blowing teams out all season long, and they can both really run the football.
Baltimore has three 30-plus-point wins in a row, and it is unstoppable at home. San Francisco’s defense is downright nasty, but its offense has struggled at times.
Don’t expect many passes in this game, but the Ravens like that style the best. Bet the Ravens -6.0 in this game.
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Rams -3.0
- Total: 46.5
The Los Angeles Rams must rebound quickly after getting embarrassed by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Los Angeles just has not been able to find a rhythm on offense, and its defense was exposed in Week 12.
Arizona has shown glimpses this season, but it still has a lot of improving to do. The Cardinals have a rookie quarterback in Kyler Murray, and their defense has been bad at times. Playing Arizona should be what the Rams need to bounce back.
Bet the LA Rams -3.0 in this one.
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -2.5
- Total: 38.5
Both the Chargers and Broncos have had disappointing seasons in 2019, and a lack of offense has hurt each team. Denver thought that Joe Flacco would be the answer, but that has not been the case. The Chargers still have a Hall of Famer in Philip Rivers, but he has struggled to take care of the ball this season.
Defense will likely play a huge role in this game, and that is where the Broncos will shine. Denver is always a tough place for opponents to play, and the Broncos will find a way to get this win.
Bet the Broncos +2.5 against the Chargers in this game.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
- Spread Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -10.0
- Total: 51.5
The Chiefs and Raiders have one of the best rivalries in football, and it will make for a fun atmosphere on Sunday. Oakland has been a pleasant surprise this season, but it is coming off of a blowout loss to the Jets.
Kansas City still has an explosive offense, and it should score a ton of points in this game. The Chiefs still struggle to get stops at times, and that will let the Raiders hang around.
Take the +10.0 points and bet the Raiders in this matchup with the Chiefs.
New England Patriots at Houston Texans
- Spread Odds: New England Patriots -3.0
- Total: 44.5
The New England Patriots have not been sharp this season, yet they still have just one loss. The Patriots are giving up just over 10.0 points per game, and they have bailed out their struggling offense.
Houston has been scoring points like crazy this season, but its defense has taken a hit. The Texans will need to find a way to pressure Tom Brady in this game.
New England just finds a way, and taking the Patriots at -3.0 is the pick in this game.
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
- Spread Odds: Seattle Seahawks -3.0
- Total: 49.0
The Monday Night Football matchup will likely be the best game of the weekend. Seattle and Minnesota are both near the top of the conference standings, and both teams have been playing well of late.
Minnesota is throwing the ball all over the field, but its defense has let them it at times. Seattle has a potential MVP in quarterback Russell Wilson, and its defense continues to get better.
Minnesota will hang tough, but the Seahawks -3.0 is the right pick.