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After you’ve finished the turkey and stuffing and you sit back in your chair, here are three critical NFL games that will be on tap Thursday.
Bears at Lions
First up in an NFC North showdown, the Bears will head to Ford Field to take on the Lions. Detroit is currently on a two game losing streak, first falling to Arizona two weeks ago and then to New England last weekend. Before the two losses, Detroit won four in a row, which is the type of streak that they’ll hope to get back on against Chicago.
For the Bears, they find themselves 2 games behind Detroit in the NFC North, but they’ve won two in a row and are trying to keep in the picture. Unfortunately for Chicago, their last two wins have been at home against lackluster teams in Minnesota and Tampa Bay. Four weeks ago, the Bears lost on the road to New England, followed by a 55-14 loss to Green Bay the following week. If Chicago wants to stay in the NFC North conversation, they’ll need to hope for a road win on Thanksgiving.
The Lions are currently listed at 65/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, while the Bears are down at 125/1.
Eagles at Cowboys
There is always a bit of excitement when NFC East divisional foes Dallas and Philadelphia play one another, but Thursday’s game will have more on the line than most games in recent memory. Both teams are 8-3 heading into Thursday’s game, so both the Cowboys and the Eagles will want to make a statement that are the real deal this season.
Philadelphia comes into the game with the 4th most passing yards per game at 293. However, they are still adjusting to Mark Sanchez in the backfield as a replacement to Nick Foles. Sanchez led the Eagles to a win last weekend against a mediocre Tennessee Titans squad, and the Cowboys will certainly be a much tougher task.
Dallas is coming off a big emotional win over the Giants on Sunday Night Football. Despite trailing early, Tony Romo led the Cowboys with his 27th career 4th quarter comeback. Not only did the victory mark the 8-win mark on the season for Dallas, but it also established the Cowboys as a legit team to contend this season. They’ll be able to prove that to be even more the case on Thursday. Keep an eye out for DeMarco Murray on Thanksgiving, as he is the biggest factor for a Cowboys’ offense that ranks second in the league with 150 rushing yards per game.
The Cowboys and Eagles both have 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, so Thursdays game will be a big one for both teams moving forward. These teams will also match up again in two weeks, so be sure to check in with sportspicks.com handicappers for more insight.
Seahawks at 49ers
In the final game of the day, NFC West powerhouses Seattle and San Francisco will matchup against one another. At 7-4, both teams are hoping to get a win that will get them one game closer to division-leader Arizona.
Seattle is coming off an impressive win against Arizona, which was exactly what the doctor ordered after a tough 24-20 loss against Kansas City two weeks ago. The Seahawks already have 4 losses on the season, which was enough to make them fall out of the Top 5 rankings on many NFL polls. However, after their win over Arizona, Seattle has made their way back up to 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, which is the best in the NFC West.
As for the 49ers, they are currently riding a 3-game winning streak with victories over New Orleans, New York and Washington. There’s no denying that their matchup this weekend against Seattle will most certainly be the biggest challenge of their current stretch. Because the Seahawks have struggled more so this season than in recent years, it was the ideal time for San Francisco to take advantage of the NFC West. However, their own struggles leave them in the same boat as the Seahawks, which makes for a very important game on Thursday afternoon.
Whoever wins this nightcap on Thursday will not only get one step close to Arizona for the NFC West lead, but they’ll also make a statement that they are one of the top teams in the conference to worry about in the final weeks of the season.