Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Football gets going bright and early on the west coast, which means when this publishes plenty of you all won't be completely zonked out on excessive eating. Thanksgiving is a time for family arguments over inane topics, so why not join your NN family for a little of that during today's triple-header!
The day of football gets started with the Detroit Lions hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. The game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. PT on FOX. The Lions opened as a 1.5-point underdog, but public money is really liking Detroit. They are now a 2.5-point favorite. That two-game winning streak against Green Bay and Oakland has people liking where they are headed. I still think Philly can win this game, but either way, it should be a close one. The Lions are a Thanksgiving tradition, and have won their last two Thanksgiving games after riding an eight-game losing streak.
The second game of the day features the unbeaten Carolina Panthers traveling to face the Dallas Cowboys. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. PT on CBS. The Panthers opened as a one-point favorite, but the line quickly swung the other way, and now the Panthers are a one-point underdog. The last time a 10-0 team was an underdog was 1985. The Chicago Bears were traveling to face the Dallas Cowboys in that game, and managed a 44-0 win. I think Dallas upsets Carolina today, but we'll see what that Panthers defense can do against Tony Romo.
The final game of the day has the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT on NBC. The Packers opened as a touchdown favorite, and the line has grown from there. They are either an 8.5- or 9-point favorite depending on which sportsbook you consider. The Packers have generally owned this series lately against Jay Cutler, particularly at Lambeau Field. I think that continues Thursday evening.