There will be no shortage of quality NFL games to bet on this Thanksgiving Thursday, but the opener might be what fans focus most on while prepping their holiday meals. Just past noon, the moribund Detroit Lions will get one last chance to win over fans this year as they line up against the AFC South-leading Houston Texans.
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After qualifying for the playoffs last fall, the Lions faltered out of the gates in 2012. Mediocre seasons from both Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson have left the once intimidating offensive barrage relatively harmless over the course of the regular season.
According to NFL betting experts, the early struggles have resulted in the franchise sinking down the football futures. Now with just 250/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, Lions fans are getting ready to call time of death.
On Thursday, the Lions will host a 9-1 Houston team that has league-best NFL odds of 5/1. Between Matt Schaub (who tied the record for the second-most passing yards in a single game just last week) and superstar running back Arian Foster, they’re no easy matchup.
Whether you’re optimistic that there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Detroit, or simply looking for the Texans to continue their beat down on the NFL at large, there will be plenty to be thankful for in the NFL sportsbook.
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