On a day when everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions, I’m continuing my Thursday tradition with a Three Team Special Teaser. Not only have my teasers become a tradition, but a WINNING tradition at that. You can read and see the results of my past three winning Thursday teasers for NFL Week 9, Week 10 and Week 11 here.
Let’s get started with the first Thursday game which has the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6, 4-6 ATS) traveling to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions (3-7, 3-7 ATS). The Eagles hit the road after two straight home losses, the last being a 45-17 beat down at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rumblings around the NFL have people saying Eagles coach Chip Kelly has lost the team after he dismantled it and rebuilt this past offseason. The Eagles gave up their most rushing yards since 1973 last week, as the Buccs ran for 283 yards including 235 by Doug Martin. Their woes didn’t end there, as rookie QB Jameis Winston threw five touchdown passes while the Eagles’ offense could only manage a field goal after Darren Sproles’ TD at the 6-minute mark of the second quarter.
After starting the season with five losses, the Lions are now riding a two-game winning streak, their latest an 18-13 win at home versus the Raiders. However, the Lions are winning with defense, as they have only scored 36 points in the two wins. This game is currently a PICK with the total set at 45.
The second Turkey Day game is also a PICK when the undefeated Carolina Panthers (10-0, 8-2 ATS) play the Dallas Cowboys (3-7, 3-7 ATS) at Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas. I wrote an article two week ago about the little respect the Panthers are getting, and the line in this game further strengthens my case. Is Tony Romo really that good for a 3-win Cowboy team to open as a 1-point favorite against a 10-win Panther team? The line has since been bet down to a PK with some sites now posting the Panthers as a 1-point favorite.
The Cowboy defense is ranked 15th in points per game, allowing 22.8/game with Carolina #5 giving up 19.1. On the offensive side, the numbers aren’t even close, as the Panthers score an average of 29.9/game, good for 3rd in the league with the Cowboys only managing to score 19 which has them at #27. That must be some good home cookin’!
The late Thursday game has the Green Bay Packers (7-3, 6-4 ATS) hosting the Chicago Bears (4-6, 6-4 ATS) on a night that Packer legend Brett Favre’s jersey will finally be retired in the frozen tundra. Not only will Favre be on hand, but also Bart Starr will be there to take part in the halftime festivities.
The Pack started the season 6-0 only to lose their next 3, a skid that was halted last week with a decisive 30-13 win in Minnesota to regain top spot in the NFC North. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers got back on track throwing for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns without turning the ball over. Running back Eddie Lacy also looked to regain his form, running for 100 yards on 22 carries. The defense was able to sack Teddy Bridgewater six times.
Although the Bears lost 17-15 last week to the Broncos, coach John Fox has his team playing some inspired football. They had won their previous 2 games on the road in San Diego and St. Louis, allowing only 32 points.
As far as the head-to-head matchup between these two NFC North rivals goes, the OVER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings, the same record the favorite has ATS. Having said that, the UNDER is 5-2 in the last 7 games in Green Bay with the Bears going 5-2 ATS their last 7 times playing at Lambeau Field.
In the last ten meetings between these two, Green Bay has won the 9 of them, with Green Bay scoring 55 points in the last game at Lambeau to beat the Bears 55-14. Another telling stat to know going into this one is Bears QB Jay Cutler has only one win in 13 tries against the Packers. The Pack are a 9-point home favorite with the number at 46.
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…here’s how my Three Team Special Teaser looks. Take Eagles/Lions OVER 35½ (B+10), Panthers +10 (B+10) and Packers +1 (B+10) to give you one more thing to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Weekend! Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thanks for reading. Don’t forget to like our Ask the Bookie Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any of our great content.