Week 12 NFL Picks: Bet Eagles +2.5 vs. Lions on Thanksgiving

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 7:00 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 7:00 PM GMT

We begin the Thanksgiving Weekend festivities by previewing this Thursday's Eagles vs. Lions game and offering a valuable NFL pick for the appetizer segment of your meal.

Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5) vs. Detroit Lions 12:30 ET
It will be a battle of two teams headed opposite directions when the Philadelphia Eagles invade Ford Field to match up with the Detroit Lions in a 12:30 ET kick to begin the Thanksgiving Weekend festivities.    

 

Detroit Lions
After firing the majority of the front office and threatening that HC Caldwell would be next, the Lions were given no chance in their game two weeks ago at Green Bay.  At that time, Detroit had the worst record in the league at 1-7 SU ATS and entered Green Bay on a 24-game losing streak at Lambeau Field.  Responding to the call of the Lone Ranger, the Lions pulled the upset of the year, beating Green Bay (18-16).  But the public, not believing the win was for real, gladly suited up AGAINST THEM last week when they hosted Oakland.  Again, you and I and the Lone Ranger lined up on the Detroit Lions as the contrary selection of the week.  Again, the Lions obeyed our command emerging with a (18-13) win over Oakland.  This victory had more statistical clout to it.  Detroit ran the ball 31 times for a 109-50 overland advantage and out passed the high-powered Raiders’ attack 266-164.  Now, the fickle public has jumped on the Lions’ bandwagon.  Admittedly, Detroit has held these last 2 high-powered offenses to an average of only 14.5 PPG the last 2 weeks.  But, the ground game remains the worst in the NFL at 21/71/3.4.  In short, this is not the week to trust the Lions, even against a Philadelphia team that looks like it is their turn to be left for road kill.

 

Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles enter the Motor City following a pair of defeats.  Worst news is they both came on their home field.  The first was a gut-wrenching home loss to Miami (20-19).  Last week, they simply got handled by the formerly impotent Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  TBay ran the ball 42 times for 283 yards against Philly, added another 238 through the air for a 521-338 yardage advantage and prospered from a (+3) net TO margin for a (45-17) butt-kicking of the Eagles.   Surely, the public believes if they can’t win at home against Miami and TBay, how do they win on the road against the resurgent Lions?  Furthering the scenario to fade the Eagles is that RB Matthews is scheduled to miss this contest and the predicament at the signal caller spot continues.  It is undetermined at this time whether QB Bradley or Sanchez will be taking the snaps. 

With Eagle fans enraged and Detroit fans coming out of the woodwork, I invite you to put the NFL odds in your favor and join me for the appetizer segment of your Thanksgiving meal with our NFL pick on the Philadelphia Eagles.  Note that, for as poorly as the Eagles have played, they remain just 1 game behind the NY Giants in the muddled NFC East.

NFL Picks: Eagles +2.5 at 5Dimes

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