This Thursday, as any American will know, is Thanksgiving and amongst all the traditional celebrations this year, turkey, pumpkin pie there will also be the usual attraction of a trio of top games from the NFL to enjoy. This year sees tradition upheld with both the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions in action on Thanksgiving, but we also have another special game as the AFC North winners-in-waiting, the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers put their perfect record on the line against divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuning in to watch the games on the NFL has become almost as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as the daily celebrations themselves and the three games lined up for Thursday, which start at 5.30pm UK time (midday on the east coast of the United States), do promise to be ones that will get you off your seat.

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Let us now take a closer look at the three games scheduled in the NFL this Thanksgiving, starting with the two games featuring two teams that have traditionally played on this date, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, followed by that huge AFC North clash later on in the day.

NFL Schedule – Thanksgiving

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions (5.30pm)

The first game of Thanksgiving sees the Detroit Lions in action at their usual time. They welcome the Houston Texans to Ford Field knowing that they need a win against the visitors in order to keep up any hopes they have of challenging the Packers and Bears in the NFC North.

With a 4-6 record, despite being bottom of the table, the Lions are not out of it but they will need to be more consistent at home, where they have lost three of their four games played so far this season. One positive is that they face a Texans side that are 1-4 on the road this season and who have won just three games this year so far, the last this past weekend against the Patriots.

The Texans though are reliant entirely on quarterback Deshaun Watson and with little in the way of supporting cast for him, the Texans fortunes rise and fall on the form of their star quarterback. The Lions have their own star in Matt Stafford but again, their offense is not in the best shape.

This game could come down to who makes the fewest mistakes in the game, or who can win the turnover battle and at the moment, I feel the Texans are probably likely to just shade that and land the win here.

Given with a -2.5 handicap you can get on the Texans at 10/11, I’d be taking that bet here.

Washington Football Team @ Dallas Cowboys (9.30pm)

The next game on the evening is one of the most intriguing of the season, for all the wrong reasons. The NFC East, once the hotbed of NFL talent has become the laughing stock division. All four teams in the division, including the two playing here plus the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have won just three games all season. The Eagles lead the division by way of one tied game earlier in the season so with one place in the playoffs up for grabs, any of these four teams could make a massive move over the remainder of the season.

On a positive note, both these teams come into this game having won their last match and it is worth noting that Washington have not won a game on the road this season, losing all four of their contests so far. That does seem to suggest a Cowboys advantage here, even with a less than stellar 2-3 record at home this year.

There’s no doubt that injuries have beset both these teams but in what is the NFL’s strangest division at the moment, it may well be the fine margins such as home advantage, or one player making a key play at the right time, that decides this encounter.

The Cowboys are -3.0 to win this game at even money and I think that is a decent looking bet here.

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1.20am – Friday)

There’s no doubt what the most important game of the night is in terms of the playoff picture and even the potential for a perfect season. That comes in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh to be exact where the hometown Steelers, who are 10-0 so far on the season, take on a Baltimore Ravens side that after their defeat to the Tennessee Titans in overtime at the weekend, have now lost three of their last four games.

The Ravens were most people’s hot pick for the Superbowl this year with the Steelers expected to challenge with the Browns for a place in the playoffs behind them. Things have not worked out that way though as the Ravens have been humbled on four occasions already this season and now lie in third place behind the Browns in the AFC North. Defeat here could well leave them a further game back of their rivals.

For the Steelers, this is a chance to move to 11-0 and to give themselves a crack not just of securing top spot (and a bye) in the playoffs for the AFC, but also perhaps matching the famous 1972 Miami Dolphins team that went the season unbeaten when securing their Superbowl title back then.

Of course, there is still a long way to go and the Steelers remaining schedule does get tougher with games against the Ravens, Bills, Colts and Browns to finish off the regular season. The Steelers ran out 28-24 winners whne the teams met in Baltimore at the start of November and I think they will land the win here.  Back the Steelers at -3.5 at even money with bet365 Sport.

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.30pm on Monday 23rd November 2020.

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