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NFL Thursday Night Football predictions & betting tips: Best bets for Thanksgiving Day

Leigh Copson in NFL 21 Nov 2017
  • Get free betting tips & predictions for NFL Week 12
  • Thanksgiving Day plays host to the annual triple-header

NFL Thursday Night Football predictions for Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season. The traditional Thanksgiving Day triple-header takes place this Thursday – so who will be celebrating victory at the end of ‘Turkey Day’? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (17:30 GMT)

Of the three games taking place on Thursday night, the first one may be the biggest because it is likely to play a huge role in who wins the NFC North this season. Green Bay’s season appeared to go up in smoke when Aaron Rodgers went down with injury and that has left Minnesota and Detroit to fight for the division crown. The Vikings were able to maintain their two-game cushion as they beat the Los Angeles Rams and the Lions scraped past the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and that means a victory on Thursday night should all but secure the NFC North crown for Mike Zimmer’s team.

But can the Vikings extend their win streak to seven games and open up a three-game lead over the Lions? My answer is yes. Detroit were somewhat fortunate to leave Soldier Field with a victory last weekend – a botched snap and a missed field goal proving to be the Bears’ undoing – and they are unlikely to get the same gifts from a Minnesota team that is full of confidence having impressively dispatched of the in-form Rams last weekend. The offense is performing well and that defense is monstrous – it should be able to slow down a one-sided offense that relies massively on Matthew Stafford. The Lions will not roll over on Thanksgiving, but they will be beaten.

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (21:30 GMT)

Dallas have given themselves a sizeable hill to climb in their quest to reach the post-season. The Cowboys have suffered resounding defeats to Atlanta and Philadelphia in the past two weeks and they desperately need to stop the rot if they are to challenge for wildcard spot in the NFC. A home game with a Los Angeles Chargers team that are below .500 should be a case of good timing for Jason Garrett’s team, but that may not prove to be the case on Thursday night.

The Chargers are 1-2 in their last their last three games but that does not tell the story of how things have gone for them over the past few weeks. Those defeats did come on the road against two talented teams in New England and Jacksonville, so there was no massive shame in either of those losses. They bounced back this past weekend by putting 54 points on woeful Buffalo, and while Dallas are a step up from the Bills they are without star running back Ezekiel Elliott and key lineman Tyron Smith and that does not bode well for this meeting with a Chargers defense that has two of the best edge-rushers in the league. Los Angeles can move a step closer to .500 with a win here.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins (Friday 01:30 GMT)

The Thanksgiving Day triple-header wraps up with an all-NFC East clash between two teams that find themselves below .500 heading into Week 12. The 2-8 New York Giants are already looking ahead to next season despite the shock win over Kansas City last Sunday, while the Washington Redskins are aiming to keep their fading playoff dreams alive in the wake of an overtime defeat to New Orleans that saw them fall to 4-6 for the season.

This, quite frankly, is a must-win game for Washington as they chase a wildcard spot, and while New York did upset Kansas City at the weekend, that victory was more about the Chiefs throwing it away than the Giants ripping the ‘W’ away from them. The Redskins are without Chris Thompson due to a season-ending injury, but the simple fact is they are the better team and they should have too much for these dreadful Giants on Thursday night. I recommend backing the home team to win by at least 10 points.

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips (winners in bold)

(10pt STAKE)
Week 1Patriots by 1-13 pts @ EVSBrandin Cooks Anytime TD @ 5/4U20
Week 2Houston Texans to win @ 2/1Under 38 Total Points @ EVS+5
Week 3LA Rams win @ 3/4SF -17 Points @ 9/5U3
Week 4Packers -8.5 win @ 21/20Jordy Nelson Anytime TD @ 5/6+52
Week 5Buccaneers win @ 21/10DeSean Jackson Anytime TD @ 7/4U20
Week 6Panthers winDevin Funchess Anytime TD @ 11/8U20
Week 7Chiefs -4.5 win @ 11/8Kareem Hunt Anytime TD @ 7/5U20
Week 8Dolphins win @ 13/10Jay Ajayi Anytime TD @ 7/5U20
Week 9Bills -6.5 win @ 6/4LeSean McCoy Anytime TD @ 4/7U20
Week 10Seahawks -6.5 win @ EVSJimmy Graham Anytime TD @ 7/4+1
Week 11Steelers by 1-13 pts @ 7/5JuJu Smith-Schuster Anytime TD @ 11/10U20

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