NFL Thanksgiving Day previews

Rag2gar previews the Thanksgiving Day games on Thursday in Week 12 of the NFL and he has bets on the Dallas Cowboys to beat the Carolina Panthers, overs in that game and over total points in Green Bay v Chicago match.

One of the most exciting weeks of the NFL season lands this week so break out the turkey, pour the cranberry sauce and fill your plate with all the trimmings as Thanksgiving is upon us!

Thursday night football is quite the feast too with three highly intriguing games for us to get stuck into. Interestingly each of the opening two games are pick 'ems, meaning it's pretty much even money your choice in both games.

The first of the Thanksgiving games takes place in Detroit and this is a road trip the Philadelphia Eagles will be most thankful for after booking two home losses in as many weeks. It's not yet known who will be in at quarterback for the Eagles and who it is will have a big impact on who wins the game. If Bradford is back and healthy, I see no reason why the Eagles can't get it done here. Sanchez I'm not so sure about. He was awful last week against Tampa Bay and just seems to lack what it takes in the NFL.

Next up on Thanksgiving is the game of the week as America's team the Dallas Cowboys take to the field against the 10 and 0 Carolina Panthers in a matchup that will make your mouth water more than the first cut of a delicious roast turkey. The Cowboys exhaled a much needed sigh of relief last week, when Tony Romo returned to the field and boy did he deliver. Although the Cowboys are 3 and 7 overall this season, they are still undefeated when Romo's in at quarterback. With playoff hopes still alive, the Dallas Cowboys need this win. Home team, desperate for a win and all their key players back and match practiced? They couldn't be better primed to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season. The price may be a little skimpy, but I think the Cowboys are going to do it. Expect fireworks either way and lots of points. Two tremendous teams.

The last game of the night see's the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears in what should be a routine victory for the home side. Having watched both of these teams play last Sunday on SKY, there was little to like about how Chicago went down to a Peyton Manning-less Denver Broncos at home and a lot to like about the way Aaron Rodgers returned to form against the Minnesota Vikings away from home. Although Chicago faced a far sterner test against the Denver defence, it's hard to see them getting enough points to overturn Green Bay in Lambeau field. They will certainly need to go all out for points as Rodgers looked back to his blazing hot best last Sunday night. Although Chicago haven't always delivered points this season I think the Green Bay defence will give up at least two or three touchdowns in this one. If that's the case then the 46.5 total points spread seems low. Back the overs here.

Advised bets:

3 points win Dallas Cowboys to beat the Carolina Panthers at Evens with Betway.

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5 points win over 45.5 points in the Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys game at Evens with Matchbook.

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3 points win over 46.5 points in the Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers game at 20/21 with Paddy Power.