The traditional Thanksgiving Day games, with the Lions and Cowboys always hosting on the big day. Three selections for us at odds of 2.08, 4.50 and 7.50, starting in Detroit .
HOUSTON TEXANS@ DETROIT LIONS
Detroit are 1-7 on Thanksgiving since moving to Ford Field.
Houston are the number one ranked team currently in the AFC with a 9-1 record, but are 1-1 in non conference games, having lost 42-24 to Green Bay of the NFC North, the same division as the Lions. They edged past another in the Chicago Bears just two weeks ago in the match where Jay Cutler got injured and left the field at the half , we saw how poor the Bears were without him on Monday. On Sunday, the Texans had a massive shootout with Jacksonville, allowing the Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne to pick apart the Texans’ highly regarded (by some) defense, with 458 yards and four touchdown passes, posting 37 points. Houston found a way to finally stop Henne late in the game and won by six points, but the quick turnaround in games, means very little time to work on those defensive shortcomings and now they face the Lions, who have the #2 ranked offense in the NFL.
Lions quarter back Matthew Stafford is a much better passer than Henne and is looking to bounce back after a bad day against Green Bay, where he had a low completion rate, but his team pushed the Pack all the way, not all the misplaced pases were his fault and on another day, they could/should have won that game. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson leads the league in yards receiving and in receptions of at least 20 yards , with the Lions having given up completed passes of 39, 63,67 and 81 yards against the Jags and with top cornerback Johnathan Joseph nursing a sore hamstring and having sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday, he will be salivating at the thought of this game, infront of a massive television audience. Fellow wide receiver Titus Young was benched for this game by coach Jim Schwartz for "unacceptable behavior", I do not see this as a negative, it sends a message to the rest of the team and Young has not played well enough to get away with those kind of antics. Texans also have other issues, mainly with their defensive line and I fancy a bit of an upset here and Detroit to break that Thanksgiving hoodoo.I favour the Lions +3 points 2.08 Pinnacle Sports for 1.25 units
WASHINGTON REDSKINS@DALLAS COWBOYS
Redskins are 1-6 on Thanksgiving, losing all six in Dallas and .....