Thanksgiving Day football betting action kicks off on Thursday from Motown, where the Detroit Lions will play host to the Houston Texans.
The Texans have embarked on a ton of firsts over the course of the last year or so, and this time around, they are going to be playing for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day. Houston is 9-1 and might have the best team in the NFL, and it is certainly the favorite to win the Super Bowl at the moment. QB Matt Schaub and the gang had to survive last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, needing to rally from down 14 points midway through the fourth quarter to win in overtime. This is the first of three straight road games for the Texans, but they have proven to be road warriors this year, going 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in those games, including beating potential Super Bowl contenders, the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos on enemy soil. Watch out for WR Andre Johnson, who looks to be healthy and is coming off of the best game of his career. No. 80 logged 14 catches, 273 yards, and the game winning TD in overtime to take the game.
Meanwhile, the Lions are in some real trouble at the moment. They have lost back to back games and are just 4-6 with six games to play, and they face the realization that they probably need to win out just to have a chance to get into the playoffs. This is the second straight game against a Super Bowl contender after losing at the wire to the Green Bay Packers, and the schedule just isn’t getting any easier from here. The only game that will come against a team that won’t at least be right there in the thick of the playoff fight is a Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals, and by then, that game won’t mean anything. QB Matthew Stafford needs just 12 yards to reach 3,000 for the campaign, while his top target, WR Calvin Johnson, is now over 1,000 yards. No one has more than 5.5 sacks on defense, and no one has more than five touchdowns on offense. This team also has lost its edge, as men like DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley really have been relatively quiet this year, and the Megatron, in spite of all of his yards, really hasn’t been a tremendous piece of the puzzle.
The Texans are going to be as square as could be on Thursday, but we have to think that they are going to get the job done. This one just means too much to them with this being their first Thanksgiving Day game, and the Lions are used to routinely punting this fixture away. Even the fans won’t be shocked. At least they aren’t showing up with bags over their heads anymore… yet… Houston 31 – Detroit 20