Turkey Day Three Team Teaser
It’s Turkey Day in America…and we all know what that means, the three F’s…family, food and football! While most of us love spending time with family around the table as we eat ourselves into a tryptophan coma, the NFL has graced us with three great games, including two divisional matchups, starting with the top two seeds in the NFC North. Need a little more excitement? Here’s a three-team teaser to sink your teeth into to pad your account at your favorite sportsbook heading into the weekend.
Minnesota Vikings (8-2) at Detroit Lions (6-4) – Thursday, 12:30 PM ET
The Minnesota Vikings come into this one on top of the NFC North with an 8-2 record, including a convincing 24-7 victory over the NFC West leading Rams last Sunday. The win was their 6 th in a row.
The Lions played another division rival last week, sneaking out of the Windy City with a 27-24 win. That win puts their streak at three in the win column. The Lions truly did sneak out the win, as Bears place kicker missed a 46-yard field goal with 8 seconds left that would have tied the game, and potentially put it into overtime.
The Vikings and Lions played in Week 5 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota where the Lions came in and stole a 14-7 win, the only Viking loss within both their division and conference. Ameer Abdullah ran in for a 3-yard score midway through the third quarter, and the Lions defense did the rest, holding Minnesota to 87 yards on the ground.
The big difference were the three fumbles by the Vikings, helping the Lions dominate time of possession 36:27 to 23:33. Most top sportsbooks currently have the Vikings a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 44.5.
Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – Thursday, 4:30 PM ET
The Chargers visit Dallas for the first time since December of 2009, a game that they walked away with a 20-17 win as a 3.5-point road dog. They are coming off an impressive 54-24 victory this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Your bookie most likely has Dallas a 2-point home underdog with the total at 47.5.
For the Cowboys, things haven’t been so rosy. I don’t know if it’s the on again, off again suspension of lead running back Ezekiel Elliott, or the feud between owner Jerry Jones and commissioner Roger Goodell, but the Cowboys just don’t look right.
You don’t have to look far to see what I am talking about, as the Boys have scored a total of 16 points in their last two games. These lackluster offensive outings led to consecutive losses, 37-9 last week to the Eagles and 27-7 in Atlanta the week before. The total is Dallas’ games are now 5-5 with the last three going UNDER.
New York Giants (2-8) at Washington Redskins (4-6) – Thursday, 8:30 PM ET
The last Thanksgiving Day game is the second divisional matchup of the day when the Giants look for their second win at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. That might be a tall task as the Redskins will look to atone for a late loss to the New Orleans Saints last week.
The Redskins went up 31-16 with less than 6 minutes to play after tight end Jeremy Sprinkle caught a 7-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins. That’s when Drew Brees and the Saints took over, marching down the field to score touchdowns on back-to- back possessions. The second included a 2-point conversion that sent the game to OT. The Redskins would go three-and- out on their first possession in extra time. After Mark Ingram ran 51-yards on two plays, the Saints completed the comeback after a 28-yard field goal from Wil Lutz.
These two rivals know each other quite well, but the Giants have gotten the better of the Redskins in the recent past, going 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings. For those who like betting the total at your favorite sportsbook will know the total has gone UNDER in 7 of the last 10. The OVER/UNDER for this one has currently been set at 44.5 with the Redskins giving a touchdown.
The Pick for My 7-Point Teaser
I like the Vikings to win on the road in this one, and with our teaser, we’ll get take the Vikings at +4. I’ll admit I am having some trouble deciding which way to go with the Chargers/Dallas game, but looking at the big picture of how each of them are playing, I feel comfortable getting the Chargers +5. In the late game, I just can’t see the Giants repeating their performance against the Chiefs last week. Take the Redskins PK.
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