Talking about American Football here and this is will be the New England Patriots 4th time that they have been on National Television for Thanksgiving. 3 of those 4 times were against the Detroit Lions. These two teams have played each other 10 time since 1971 and this will be the first time wince 2006 when they won on December 3rd, at Gillette Stadium, by a score of 28 -21.
The Patriots are 1 -0 at Detroit’s Ford Field, winning on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2002 by a score of 20 – 12. As far as the injury situation goes, neither team has anyone listed as Out for the game, although a number of players on both team are nursing small injuries. The Patriots are coming in to this game with an 8 win and 2 loss season record and the Lions are bringing a 2 win and 8 loss season record with them.
The Patriots are clearly the better team here and for the Lions, their season is pretty much over. However the Lions are a much better team, than you would think that they were if you were just looking at the win loss record. Five of the Lion’s eight losses this season have been by five or less points.
The Patriots have a big game against the Jets next week and their challenges this Thanksgiving Day are going to be to keep their eyes on the game at hand and not to look past the Lions. The Patriots are also going to have to tighten up their pass defense against a Detroit team that will be playing in front of a sold out home crowd on Thanksgiving Day.
Line and Pick
Oddsmakers put the line on this game at Patriots -6.5. Although the Lions have not been losing lately by very much, I have to believe that the Patriots are the better team and will be pumped up playing on Thanksgiving Day on National Television.
Sports betting sites anticipate this game to have a good amount of scoring action. The over under spread is 50.5 and since the Patriots do not have very good passing defense, or any other kind of defense for that matter. The score may just get up that high because the Patriots are not going to have any way to control Lions Wide Receiver, Calvin Johnson. Because the Patriots will not be able to stop the Lions from scoring, they are going to have to win this game by outscoring their opponent. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, is going to be pressured all day against a Lion team that has a pretty good pass rush and ranks 6th in sacks this season in the NFL.
My gut tells me that the Patriots will be focused and ready to play and that the Lions will just not have enough weapons to win this war. I am going to my online sportsbook website and betting on the New England Patriots -6.5.