Lions vs. Vikings Odds for 1st Thanksgiving Day’s NFL Matchup

The NFL is rolling out the carpet this Thursday by offering enough action to fill your NFL thanksgiving game odds’ needs. First up will be an NFC North matchup between the leaders of the division, the Minnesota Vikings, and their nearest threat: the Detroit Lions. The Lions actually beat the Vikings earlier this season, so Detroit will be looking to exercise their home field advantage this Thursday in order to remain undefeated against Minnesota. Let’s take a gander at what kind of action NFL gambling sites are predicting for this Thanksgiving matchup.

Betting Minnesota

The Vikings rush into this NFC North rivalry flashing an 8-2 record that pegs them as the best team in the division. Things took a twist in the North when the Packers, the reigning NFC North champions, lost their starting quarterback to a nasty collarbone injury. Minnesota took the ball and ran with it considering that they’re riding a 6 game winning streak into Thursday’s midday matchup. The Vikings most recent win came against the Los Angeles Rams: the leaders of the NFC West. Los Angeles had been putting on quite a clinic all season long, pummeling their opponents offensively while their defense tried to outscore their own O. However, that dynamism was nowhere to be seen this past Sunday as the Vikings delivered a decisive 24-7 finish over the Rams. Los Angeles, despite finding plenty of success this season, is still looked upon by US sportsbooks as a still relatively unproven team and this loss to the Vikings only furthered that sentiment.

Betting Detroit

The Lions crawl into this Thanksgiving pairing sporting a 6-4 record that ranks them 2nd in the North ahead of the 5-5 Green Bay Packers. Like Minnesota, Detroit is hoping to cash in on Rodgers’ injury and the best way to do that is by delivering a massive upset at home this Thursday. The sports gambling betting lines aren’t favoring the Vikings that heavily considering that the spread is set at 3 points. Nevertheless, after seeing how dominant Minnesota looked this past weekend, there’s no question that US sportsbook players will be favoring the away team come Thanksgiving Day. That said, the Lions did pull out a 14-7 road win earlier this year over Minnesota, so it wouldn’t be that shocking to see them do it again at home. Lastly, the Lions come into this game riding a 3 game winnings streak, so their confidence should be high enough to compete with the best of them. But it should be mentioned that the 3 teams the Lions have defeated in that time span are the Rodgers-less Packers, the winless Browns, and the worst team in the division: the Chicago Bears.

In addition to home field advantage, the fact that this game will be played this Thursday plays into the Lions hands. Detroit will come into this game as the slight underdog and the short rest means they’ll be taking on a fatigued Minnesota, not the well-rested bunch the Rams rammed into this past Sunday. Ultimately this game will be decided by raw intangibles; the team with the highest volition will come out on top unquestionably.

US Sportsbook Odds:

Minnesota Vikings -3 (-108)           44½ (-106)     

Detroit Lions             +3 (-112)         44½ (-114)