Turkey Day menu unlikely to include Lion


The Detroit Lions will look to complete a clean sweep against the Minnesota Vikings when the NFC North adversaries kick-off the Thanksgiving extravaganza.

The US holiday means nothing to the majority of the UK, but for NFL fans it is a chance to slob out on the sofa and enjoy three games back-to-back on a Thursday. Nice.

The Lions have been the curtain-raiser for almost every Turkey Day since 1935 and this year’s encounter should be a thriller.

With the regular season entering the home stretch, Detroit stands at 6-4, trailing the 8-2 Vikings in the race for the NFC North.

Minnesota shut down NFC Championship hopefuls the LA Rams on Sunday and start as the 20/31 favourites, with the Lions 13/10 to repeat the 14-7 win they enjoyed at U.S. Bank Stadium in October.

The Detroit defence came out on top that day, the D-line’s best performance of the season with the majority of their wins coming thanks to quarter-back Matthew Stafford and the offence.

The Lions have won three in a row after edging out Chicago on Sunday and are worth taking with a +3 handicap on the spread at 50/57.

Elsewhere on Thanksgiving, Dallas at 20/21 should edge out the Los Angeles Charges at home, despite their struggles since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension began.

It has been two heavy defeats since Elliott left the party but it has arguably been the absence of left-tackle Tyron Smith that has hurt them more, quarter-back Dak Prescott taking a hammering without Smith to protect him.

The Chargers defence is not to be underestimated and the Cowboys will need Smith up to speed if passed fit to return. Putting LA’s big win over Buffalo on Sunday to one side, these two have had problems on offence at times this season and under 48 points at 10/11 makes sense.

The final offering on Thanksgiving see the New York Giants travel to Washington for what should be a turkey shoot for the Redskins.

The Giants won for only the second time this season on Sunday but seem unlikely to repeat that trick in the nation’s capital, with the Redskins 25/28 to cover a -7 spread.

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