The home teams all opened as betting favorites for the three Thanksgiving Day games on the Week 13 NFL schedule, but the main course of the week’s slate are the two marquee matchups taking place late on Sunday afternoon.
For Thursday, the Detroit Lions opened as 5.5-point home favorites against the Chicago Bears, with the Dallas Cowboys at -3 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Francisco 49ers at -1 at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Dallas and Philadelphia are both 8-3 SU atop the NFC East, while Seattle and San Francisco are both 7-4 SU and tied for second place in the NFC West.
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The biggest game of the week, though, might be the Green Bay Packers hosting the New England Patriots late on Sunday afternoon – with Aaron Rodgers and company opening as 4-point home favorites against Tom Brady and the Pats. Green Bay leads the NFC North at 8-3 SU (6-4-1 ATS), while New England leads the AFC East at 9-2 SU (7-4 ATS).
Sunday Night Football then has Denver at Kansas City, with the Chiefs the 1.5-point home underdogs on the opening NFL betting lines for Week 13. The Broncos (8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) hold a slim one-game lead on both the Chiefs (7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS) and the San Diego Chargers (7-4 SU, 5-6 ATS) in the AFC West standings heading into the week.
Matchup Reports: Seattle vs. San Fran | New England vs. Green Bay | Denver vs. Kansas City
Three other teams opened as home underdogs for Week 13, with Jacksonville +1.5 hosting the Giants, Tampa Bay +4 host Cincinnati, and the Jets +4 hosting Miami on Monday Night Football. The Cleveland/Buffalo and Arizona/Atlanta matchups for Sunday afternoon both opened as pick’ems.
The Indianapolis Colts, after covering a 15-point spread against Jacksonville in Week 12, opened as 8-point home favorites against Washington for Sunday. The Chargers, looking to keep pace in the race for playoff berths in the AFC, opened as 4.5-point road underdogs against the Ravens.
Week 13 NFL Opening Betting Lines:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Chicago at Detroit (-5.5), 12:30pm ET
Philadelphia at Dallas (-3), 4:30pm ET
Seattle at San Francisco (-1), 8:30pm ET
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Washington at Indianapolis (-8), 1:00pm ET
Tennessee at Houston (-6.5), 1:00pm ET
Cleveland at Buffalo (pick’em), 1:00pm ET
San Diego at Baltimore (-4.5), 1:00pm ET
NY Giants at Jacksonville (+1.5), 1:00pm ET
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (+4), 1:00pm ET
Oakland at St. Louis (-6.5), 1:00pm ET
New Orleans at Pittsburgh (-3), 1:00pm ET
Carolina at Minnesota (-2), 1:00pm ET
Arizona at Atlanta (pick’em), 4:05pm ET
New England at Green Bay (-4), 4:25pm ET
Denver at Kansas City (+1.5), 8:30pm ET
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
Miami at NY Jets (+4), 8:30pm ET