Thu, Nov 23, 1:13pm by Staff Writer
Week 12 is a special week in the NFL calendar, with three Thanksgiving games on Friday morning as well as the usual Sunday and Monday Night Football blockbusters.
The Philadelphia Eagles continue to roll in the NFC, moving to a league-best 9-1 after easy beating the Dallas Cowboys last week.
In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots continue to be the benchmark teams at 8-2.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Friday, 24 November 2017 at 4.30am AEDST
Detroit will be hoping for a season sweep of Minnesota when the two teams face off in the first of three Thanksgiving Day fixtures at Ford Field in Detroit.
In week 4, the Lions won 14-7 with defence prevailing after both teams failed to have more than 284 total yards.
The Lions hosted the Vikings on Thanksgiving Day last season, beating Minnesota 16-13.
The Vikings have a two game lead atop the NFC North, with the Lions chasing their tail at 6-3.
The Vikings have won six straight games, including last week against the in-form Los Angeles Rams.
In what is sure to be another tight, defensive battle, we are siding with the home team to win this one.
Detroit will be the hungrier of the two teams and will look to win back-to-back Thanksgiving games against the Vikings. It’s a must-win for the Lions if they have any hope of catching the Vikings in the standings and they would earn the tiebreaker with a win.
Best bet- Detroit Lions to win at $2.24 at Sportsbet
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys
Friday, 24 November 2017 at 8.30am AEDST
For the first time, the Dallas Cowboys will be hosting the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving.
The Chargers (4-6) head into this game after a huge 54-24 over Buffalo last Sunday. The Chargers entered half-time with a 37-7 lead, thanks in large part to five first-half interceptions by Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman.
The Cowboys miss superstar Ezekiel Elliott who has served two games of a six-game suspension.
Dallas have a short turnaround after being pummeled on Sunday Night Football by the Eagles, losing 37-9.
Last time these two teams met in San Diego, the Chargers prevailed 30-21.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had one of the worst games of his career last start, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble that was returned for an Eagles touchdown.
The Cowboys miss Elliott and are on limited rest, whereas the Chargers just played their best game of the season.
The Chargers at the handicap is our pick in this one.
Best bet- Los Angeles Chargers to cover 2.5 point start at $1.97 at Sportsbet
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday, 27 November 2017 at 12.30pm AEDST
A historic match-up between two of the oldest rivals in the NFL takes place on Sunday Night Football when the Packers visit the Steelers.
The Steelers are on the cusp of another AFC North division title, as they hold a three-game lead over Baltimore.
The Packers visit Heinz Field after an embarrassing 23-0 loss to Baltimore at home last Sunday.
Quarterback Brett Hundley struggled with three interceptions. In his five appearances this season, he has only thrown two touchdowns.
The Packers are 20th in the NFL in scoring and has allowed an average of 23 points against per game since Aaron Rogers’ injury.
The Steelers have won five straight and are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
A 40-17 thumping of the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football means the Steelers are not only in form, but well rested heading into this clash.
The Steelers have been tremendous on both sides of the ball this season. We are expecting a lot of points and a big Steelers win in this one.
Best bet- Pittsburgh Steelers to win & Over 43.5 points $2.10 at Sportsbet
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