NFL Betting – Patriots at Lions on Thanksgiving Day

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

The New England Patriots are road favorites in NFL betting at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The Patriots are tied with the Jets and Falcons for the NFL’s best record at 8-2 while the Lions come into the game at 2-8. Gambling will likely lean to the Patriots in this game with their NFL bet at Sbgglobal but it is a letdown spot for New England as they are coming off an emotional win against the Colts on Sunday.

Patriots Outscoring Opponents
There is no secret to how New England is winning games. They are outscoring teams. The Patriots are first in the NFL in points per game and that makes up for their average defense.  That defense nearly gave the game away against Indianapolis last week but they got a late interception to save the day.  Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes last week in the win as he ran his home winning streak to 25 straight.

Lions Still Finding Ways to Lose
The Lions are a much better team than in past seasons but they are still finding ways to lose. They are 2-8 after a loss to Dallas last week.  Quarterback Shaun Hill was 32 of 47 for 289 yards and two touchdowns but the Lions had no running game. Jahvid Best is playing hurt and is totally ineffective and backup Maurice Morris is not much better. The Lions have covered the spread in each of their four home games so that is something to keep in mind as you make an NFL bet.

Way over the Total
Can they make a total high enough for this game in NFL betting?  The Patriots are scoring points in bunches and they have a defense that is giving up a lot of points. The Lions are also scoring a lot of points and they can’t stop anyone so this game could go over. In this series the Patriots have won four of the last six both straight up and against the spread.  The last time they met was in 2006 as the Patriots won 28-21 at home and that game did go over the total. The last time the teams met in Detroit was in 2002 as the Patriots came away with a 20-12 victory.

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