We have a three-course meal of NFL parlay picks to accompany Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day tripleheader on the gridiron.
There’s no better way to spruce up a day dedicated to food and football than by adding a parlay with picks on all three games.
Here’s a look at my top parlay picks for Thursday’s Thanksgiving NFL action (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence based on 1-to-5-star scale).
Thanksgiving NFL Parlay Picks
Chicago Bears (-140) vs. Detroit Lions ★★★★
Dallas Cowboys -7.5 (+100) vs. Las Vegas Raiders ★★★
Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints Under 45 (-110) ★★★
NFL Parlay Predictions
It shouldn't take much convincing to back the Chicago Bears outright at a short number against a winless team playing a backup quarterback with one career start under his belt. Tim Boyle could be getting the call for the second consecutive game for the hapless Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Jared Goff is a game-time decision due to an oblique injury, but even if he is ready to go, he doesn't elicit much confidence considering he couldn't lead Detroit to victory against Mason Rudolph in the slop bowl in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
The 3-7 Bears will be starting a backup quarterback as well, turning back to Andy Dalton, as rookie Justin Fields has already been ruled out with a rib injury. Dalton may not be a fan favorite in Chicago, but he's shown — in limited action — that he's capable of leading the offense. In relief duty, he threw for two touchdowns in a narrow loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The Bears have won six of the last seven head-to-head battles with the Lions, including their last two Thanksgiving Day affairs in 2018 and 2019. Detroit has a losing record playing on Thanksgiving (37-42-2) and has lost its last four games on the holiday. Fade the Lions to kick off our NFL parlay picks.
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Cowboys -7.5 (+100)
Nothing helps a scuffling offense quite like facing the Las Vegas Raiders — just ask the Kansas City Chiefs. For three weeks, the Chiefs couldn't score more than 20 points, then they exploded for 41 against the Raiders' leaky defense in Week 10. Now, the Dallas Cowboys and their top-ranked offense face the Raiders after being held to nine points by the Chiefs in Week 11.
During their current three-game losing streak, the Raiders have allowed 32 points per game and averaged just 14.3 points scored per game. They've hit a wall since the off-field issues that led to the dismissals of head coach Jon Gruden and former first-round picks Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette.
Even if the Cowboys are without star wideouts Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the league's third-highest scoring team still has enough weapons to run up the score on Vegas.
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Bills-Saints Under 45 (-110)
The total line continues to drop as the New Orleans Saints could remain without key players. They've been missing their opening day quarterback, star running back, and two starting tackles.
However, both teams do have top-10 defenses looking to rebound from embarrassing performances on Sunday. The Saints and Buffalo Bills also rank in the top 10 in the fewest points allowed per game.
Josh Allen and the Bills offense figure to get their share of points, but it's hard to envision Saints QB Trevor Siemian leading a collection of backups to enough scoring drives against the Buffalo defense. Expect a lower-scoring affair to close out our NFL parlay picks.
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Combined Odds: Bears ML (-140) + Cowboys -7.5 (+100) + Bills-Saints Under 45 (-110) = +554
NFL parlay picks made 11/24/2021 at 8:53 a.m. ET