2022 NFL Thanksgiving Betting Odds

Will Armitage

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Thanksgiving football is just great, isn’t it?

It is a perfect marriage and no other sport can brag to have such a nice, symbiotic relationship with a holiday.

The NFL has played games on Thanksgiving for 100 years. It’s a special Thursday, as we don’t get only the Thursday Night Football action, but a full-day slate of 3 games.

Can it get better? Yes, it can! The three games are also on national television.

This means the games get absurdly high TV ratings. But that’s not the only good thing. Lots of wagering markets are available to improve your holiday.

Of course, Thanksgiving games are some of the most wagered games in the year.

This article serves as a betting guide regarding Thanksgiving football odds.

As a heads up, this year’s Thanksgiving games are scheduled for Thursday, November 24th.

NFL Thanksgiving Football Odds

Buffalo Bills At Detroit Lions

The starter course for the TV feast this Thanksgiving is a tantalizing match-up with the current Super Bowl favorites (-8) heading to Motor City to tackle the perennially underperforming Lions (+9.5).

The Bills may have lost to another NFC North team in Week 10 in what was surely the Game of the Season or even Decade.

That really was an amazing spectacle. It was a feast for the eyes to behold. Can the Lions possibly replicate the spectacular exploits of the Vikings from 11 days previously?!

I don’t see lightning striking twice. I reckon Buffalo will still be smarting from that most unexpected of defeats.

Despite the incredibly short turnaround of hosting Cleveland on the 20th to clashing with Detroit just four days later, the Bills’ abundant talent should spoil any Lions’ bettors’ Thanksgiving appetizers!

If you are in the camp of believing Detroit keeps it within a converted touchdown, then you really must shop around to ensure you find the best spread lines!

Currently, Draftkings are giving the Lions 8 points, whereas BetRivers are a whole 1.5 points higher. Click here to take advantage of the best odds for the Lions at BetRivers.

If, like me, you believe the Bills will steamroller the Lions, then be sure to take the -8 currently on offer with DraftKings.

They have the best odds on the spread for this game at the moment.

One thing is for sure, there should be a few fireworks on and off the pitch to kick off a cracking day of TV viewing….

New York Giants At Dallas Cowboys

Who would have thought at the start of the season that the NFC East would be the powerhouse division of the NFL?! Certainly, not me.

Well, the main course of the Thanksgiving TV feast now looks like a game worth tuning in for and actually watching intently.

This rivalry can be fractious at times, but given what is on the line now, we can expect this to be really tasty!

Over the past decade, the Giants (+7) have only been victorious against Dallas (-7) on just four occasions.

They have only won once in their past eleven games against America’s Team! And that was at home in January 2021.

The last time they left the Cowboys’ home with bragging rights was just before Christmas 2016.

For those of you expecting a Giants’ Thanksgiving victory against the Cowboys for the first time since 1996, +245 at Betrivers is where you want to head.

In terms of the spread market, Vegas has set the line around the touchdown mark in favor of the team from Texas.

This feels like it’s been very well set. I cannot see much fluctuation from here on until the game.

Whereas I’m confident that the Bills will cover in Detroit, I’m really struggling to come off the fence in terms of who will do so in Dallas!

If I was being pressed into a bet for my Thanksgiving 3-leg parlay, then my main dish will be the over.

The last three meetings in Dallas between these great rivals have yielded an average of over 62 points.

I’m taking these teams to put on a tantalizing game. Don’t go focussing too much on the turkey (or vegan equivalent if that is more your thing).

The scoreboard will be ticking over regularly. I expect it to break above the half-century and make money for those taking the over at 48 with Caesars.

New England Patriots At Minnesota Vikings

Closing Thanksgiving with a bang, we have the Patriots heading west to this season’s surprise package, the Vikings.

This is the meat in the sandwich of three home games for Minnesota. They have been imperious so far this season with Justin Jefferson doing his darndest to put a Wide Receiver on pole for MVP.

What a dessert game we have in store to complement the pumpkin pie this year!

Bill Belichick would like nothing more than to put one over the Vikings and push himself ever closer to beating Don Shula’s winningest coach in NFL history.

He certainly has the brains and cunning to put a rare defeat in the Vikings’ 2022 record. The question is does he have the arsenal at his disposal with which to do it?

The sportsbooks certainly seem to think so! Given their contrasting seasons so far, I’m really surprised that Minnesota at home is available at -1.5. This feels like one of those overly generous lines.

Remember how Malcolm identified notable value on the Seahawks-Bucs game in Munich, Germany a fortnight ago.

Both the data and his gut screamed out for Seattle to cover the spread as underdogs. 

The GOAT spoilt the party that day. So too here, how on earth are the Patriots going to stop Kurt, Justin, Dalvin, and the rest?! 

Surely, they won’t be able to keep within a TD, let alone less than a field goal?!

Time will of course tell.

I hope that the Vikings are home and hosed by the end of the third quarter. That way, I might just sneak myself a second helping of that pumpkin pie.

I’ll put my feet up and not have to worry about Bill Belichick upsetting my apple cart!

Remember to seek out the best value and best odds before placing your Thanksgiving bets.

Hell, you’ll certainly be shopping around for those best deals on Black Friday.

Why wouldn’t you do the same before you make your 3-game Thanksgiving parlay?!

Come on the Bills and Vikings to cover, and the over to win out in Texas!

How To Watch Thanksgiving Football

To this day, Thanksgiving broadcast rights belong to CBS, FOX, and NBC. They televise the games.

The Lions always host the first game of the slate, and it kicks off at 12:30 pm ET.

The Cowboys are in charge of hosting the second game of the day at 4:30 pm ET.

Since the 2012 season, CBS and FOX switch the broadcasts of the early and middle games on a yearly basis. CBS gets the opening Thanksgiving game in even-numbered years, while FOX does it in odd-numbered years.

By this norm, this year’s game between the Lions and Bills is broadcasted by CBS. Then, FOX will televise the Giants vs. Cowboys matchup.

Other streaming services are authorized to air the game, like Amazon Prime, the NFL Network, FOX Sports GO, Twitch, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Sling, and YouTube TV.

Of course, subscriptions to these streaming services are needed to watch the games.

How To Bet Thanksgiving Day Games

Many of the things that apply to Thursday Night Football betting also come in handy when betting on Thanksgiving football.

After all, the teams playing in it face a shortened week.

The fact that they’ve played in Week 12 of the season often makes the physical toll on the players heavier.

All six teams playing on Thanksgiving will have played their Week 11 game on Sunday.

As it’s the norm, all Thanksgiving road teams will play at home the week prior. This is to help those teams to limit the short week to just one travel.

The Bears will take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Bills will host the Indianapolis Colts. The Raiders will entertain the Cincinnati Bengals.

Thanksgiving games also offer the home sides a particular home-field advantage.

The holiday games are an old tradition in Detroit and Dallas, where Turkey Day is a sell-out each season.

The home-field advantage carries the most weight when the hosts have a healthy, top-notch team on the field.

Unfortunately, being at a late week in the season, injuries often limit the rosters.

Needless to say, this is a factor to consider before placing your bets. Key players being out can make or break a bet and destroy the strongest home-field edges.

This increases when talking about short-week games.

NFL Turkey Day Games Stats

– The Lions are as inept as a franchise can be. Still, they have a 37-42-2 outright record in Thanksgiving games. This includes a 4-8 record since the 2009 season.

– In contrast, the Cowboys, who have usually been way better than Detroit in the last decades, have a positive 31-21-1 balance on Turkey Day.

However, since the 2009 season, their performances have amassed a poor 5-7 record.

Point spreads tell a different story. The Lions actually are better bets ATS than the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day over the last decade.

While Detroit is 6-6 ATS in the last 12 games on Turkey Day, Dallas has a dreadful 2-10 ATS record on the holiday.

– Favored teams usually have solid performances on Thanksgiving when betting against the spread. It doesn’t matter if they are the home or road team, since 2009, the favorites are 21-14.

History Of Thanksgiving Day Football

The first official NFL games hosted on Turkey Day date back to 1920.

However, in terms of current teams that play on this day, the Detroit Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game since the 1934 season.

The Cowboys joined the tradition in 1966. Except for the 1975 and 1977 seasons, they’ve always hosted a game on Thursday.

A third game, usually between divisional rivals, was added to the slate as a primetime game in 2006. It was a Broncos vs. Chiefs affair at Arrowhead Stadium.

This year won’t be a divisional game, but one with two postseason hopefuls.

Only one team has never played in a Thanksgiving game. The infamous Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had the honor of doing so.

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Will has been an avid sports fan since the early 1980s. His first sporting love was a mediocre English soccer team that dwelled in the lower league...

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