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Year to year, Thanksgiving is always the biggest day of the NFL Regular Season. This year’s matchups on paper seemed like some of the better Turkey Day matchups we’ve had in awhile entering Thursday’s games.

Thanksgiving Day NFL Football Betting Recap

This year, two divisional matchups took the main stage Thursday as the Minnesota Vikings traveled to Detroit to take on the Lions in an NFC North matchup for the early game. The Vikings had a firm grasp on first place entering the game against the second place Lions and further cemented their division lead with a 30-23 win. The original line for the game opened up at Lions -1, but the public betting quickly turned the tables as the Vikings were -2.5 points by kickoff.

Despite only losing by 7, the Lions were pretty handily defeated, trailing for most of the game and eventually losing QB Matthew Stafford to injury. Despite the Stafford injury, the public money clearly was on the right pick as the Vikings covered with ease.

Curt Presley of Sports Information Traders the worlds best sports betting tips service gave this play out at -2 points as his biggest play of the week and making his clients hundreds of thousands of dollars on Thanksgiving day. To make Black Friday even sweeter Presley’s, boss the legend Jon Price, just went 5-0 in the Las Vegas Super Contest winning all 5 picks against the spread thus confirming the reviews that he is the best living sports handicapper.

For the middle game of Thursday’s festivities, the upstart Los Angeles Chargers were in Dallas to take on the Cowboys who were without RB Ezekiel Elliott who is serving the second game of a six-game suspension. Similar to the early game, Vegas originally introduced the line at Cowboys -3, but the public money eventually moved the line all the way to Chargers -1 by kickoff. That’s a heavy 4 point swing, and the public was right again as the Chargers dominated the Cowboys by a final score of 28 to 6. Dak Prescott had a second consecutive poor game and is starting to show flaws with Zeke out of the lineup.

While the Cowboys have had a very bad two-game slide with a miserable showing, the Los Angeles Chargers are making a run at one of the wildcard spots. After getting off to a 0-4 start to the season, with 3 of the 4 losses coming by 3 points or less, the Chargers have caught fire and started to find their own identity as they’ve now won 5 of their last 7 games. Even more impressive is the way they’ve won their last two games, by crushing two teams in the playoff hunt by a combined 52 point differential.

Philip Rivers and the Chargers are clearly catching fire at the right time of the year and could soon be in one of the wildcard spots which are currently held by the Titans and Ravens.

The nightcap game for Thanksgiving Day was an NFC East showdown between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Neither team has performed up to expectations this year, as both sit in the cellar of the division with the Giants at 2-8 and the Redskins at 4-6 entering Thursday’s game. Unlike the other two games Thursday, Vegas’ line seemed to agree with the public money, as the original line was Redskins -7.5 and only moved to -7 by kickoff. The Giants are coming off a very impressive win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week, and it seems many people saw that performance more as a fluke rather than a sign of things to come, and they were right as the Redskins covered rather easily by defeating the Giants 20-10, and burying the Giants another loss deeper in last place of the NFC East.

With another great day of Thanksgiving NFL Football in the books, hopefully, you were able to capitalize on this holiday and add some cash to your bankroll at the expense of Vegas.

Ryan Dyrud

Author Ryan Dyrud

Founder and CEO of SportsAlDente.com. Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

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