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NFL Opening Lines: Packers Favored

Football on Thanksgiving is an American tradition, and this year’s Turkey Day football betting card doesn’t disappoint. In arguably the biggest game of the holiday weekend, the Green Bay Packers will try to stay undefeated on the road against the Detroit Lions.

Green Bay has dominated this series over the last five years, holding a 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS edge over Detroit since 2006. But this year’s Detroit team is much better than that of previous years, and the Lions did manage to go 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS against the Packers last season. Green Bay is currently a 7-point favorite in this Thursday’s matchup at Bovada.

No team opened as a double-digit favorite this week, but the line on the Pittsburgh at Kansas City game hasn’t been released yet. After Kansas City’s 34-3 loss Monday night, there’s a good chance they’ll be a very big underdog at home.

Totals trended UNDER for the fourth straight week last week, this time just barely at 7-6-1. Bookmakers are expecting plenty of fireworks when Green Bay heads to Detroit with the total set at 56 at TopBet, the highest total of the week.

Underdogs held the slight edge in Week 11 with an 8-6 ATS record while home teams took command over road teams with a 10-4 SU record.

Key matchups with Week 12 Odds courtesy of BetOnline:

49ers +3 at Baltimore – San Francisco holds the NFL’s second best SU record at 9-1, but also the league’s best ATS record at 9-0-1. Baltimore is 5-0 SU and 3-1-1 ATS at home this season.

Bears +4.5 at Oakland – Chicago improved to 7-3 SU after beating San Diego last Sunday, but QB Jay Cutler was injured in the process. Oakland hopes to add to its lead in the AFC West with a win, but they are just 1-3-1 ATS at home this season.

Broncos +6.5 at San Diego – Will Tim Tebow continue to defy all logic? The Broncos are 4-1 SU and ATS since he has taken over at quarterback, while San Diego is now 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five behind a struggling Philip Rivers.

Giants +7 at New Orleans – After losing two straight, New York has allowed Dallas to catch up to them in the NFC East, and getting things back on track against New Orleans on Monday night won’t be easy. The Saints are 4-0 SU and ATS at home this season.

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