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Lions Heavily Favored To Top Packers On Thanksgiving

The Lions look to run their record to 9-2 in their home tilt against Green Bay




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Another week, another shootout victory, as the Lions upped their record to 8-2 after topping the Chicago Bears 31-26 at home this past Sunday.

And in one of the NFL’s oldest traditions, the Lions will take the field for the 83rd time on Thanksgiving. The Packers are coming to town, and the Lions will hope to continue their winning ways.

America’s sportsbooks certainly think they will, as they’re hefty 7.5-point favorites (-110 across the board) for the 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

On the moneyline, the Lions can be had for -350 at PointsBet and BetMGM, and the oddsmakers expect another decently high-scoring affair, with the total set as high as 47.5 at DraftKings at -108, though 46.5 can be had at FanDuel for -118.

Props and futures

On the prop front, Jared Goff’s passing yardage number is set at 253.5 (-115) at BetMGM. Goff has hit that number half the time this year, though only two out of five times at home.

Clearly, the Lions would prefer to run the ball down the Packers’ throats, and it’s certainly worth mentioning the Packers have only given up more than 253.5 passing yards once this year, back in Week 8 against the Vikings.

Meanwhile, Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to be unstoppable. He has either 100 yards or a touchdown in every game this season. This week, his yardage prop is set at 82.5 on the over at FanDuel at -114 (and at 85.5 and -115 virtually everywhere else). As for touchdowns, St. Brown is +120 to get into the paint at FanDuel.

The Lions’ two-headed thunder and lightning backfield continues to impress. Last week, David Mongomery and Jahmyr Gibbs combined for 20 carries for 112 yards and two scores, and another 8 catches for 81 yards receiving. They are a dangerous combination.

This week, the sportsbooks have had enough. They’ve both been plus-money each week to score, but now Montgomery is -150 and Gibbs is -105 — both at Caesars — to do an end zone turkey trot.

Lastly, the comeback win against the Bears, while fun to watch, didn’t do much to help the Lions’ long-term odds. They were +550 to win the NFC and +1400 to win the Super Bowl before Week 11, and they’re still +550 to win the NFC, though the shortest Super Bowl odds are now +1300 at FanDuel.

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