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  • Steelers slight home favorites over AFC North rival Ravens
  • NFC LEAST: Cowboys field goal favorites over Redskins
  • Motown Memories: Texans road favorites over reeling Lions

Due to COVID-related issues, Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving Day matchup has been postponed until this Sunday

The Thanksgiving Day tradition of turkey, mashed potatoes with all the trimmings would not be complete without, most importantly, a nice tall glass of chilled egg nog and the NFL’s triple-header buffet of games.

Per the norm, the Lions kick the festivities off as Detroit plays host to the Texans. Matt Patricia’s crew just got shutout, 20-0, by the Panthers to fall to 4-6 straight up and against the spread. A 2-7 Houston squad managed to shred the Patriots secondary in a 27-20 upset win to improve to 3-7 SU and ATS.

Up next, the Cowboys play host to the Washington Football Team. While the initial plan wasn’t an Andy Dalton vs. Alex Smith quarterback matchup, we’ll take what we can get out of 2020, right? Dalton’s return from a scary concussion suffered a few weeks back helped lead the Cowboys to an upset 31-28 win at Minnesota last Sunday. Dallas improved to 3-7 overall and 2-8 against the spread. Washington beat Dalton’s old team, the Bengals, 20-9, as Cincinnati lost rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for the season. Running back Antonio Gibson averaged 5.9 yards per rush in the victory that improved the Football Team to 3-7 and 4-5-1 ATS.

And in the nightcap, we have an AFC North clash between the Ravens and Steelers. Pittsburgh improved to 10-0 and 8-2 against the spread with a convincing win over the Jaguars, while Baltimore has lost three of four after falling to the Titans at home in overtime, 30-24. The Ravens are just 6-4 SU and 4-5-1 against the spread.

Week 12: Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions
Date: November 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET
Stadium: Ford Field
TV Coverage: CBS
Opening Odds: Texans -2 | O/U 51
Week 12: Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys
Date: November 26, 2020, 4:30 p.m. ET
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Coverage: FOX
Opening Odds: Cowboys -3 | O/U 44.5
Week 12: Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: November 26, 2020, 8:20 p.m. ET
Stadium: Heinz Field
TV Coverage: NBC
Opening Odds: Steelers +1 | O/U 45.5
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Line Movement

The Texans opened 2-point road favorites at Detroit, but can be found as low as Houston -1.5 and high as Houston -2.5 at the sportsbooks we track. The Lions moneyline opened at +111. The point total opened at 51. The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Lions last 11 home games.

The Cowboys originally opened 11.5-point favorites when Dak Prescott was healthy, but the common A.D. line is Dallas -3. Washington’s ML is +135. The point total opened at 44.5, but has since jumped up to 47.5 as both Dalton and Smith have pumped some life into their respective offenses. Betting a Cowboys or Football Team total has been a literal coin flip this season. Best to look elsewhere.

The Steelers opened as 1-point home dogs, but after the Ravens’ recent woes, Pittsburgh’s now -3 to -3.5 depending on the book. The Ravens’ moneyline is +155. The point total for Thursday night’s primetime event is 45.5. The OVER has hit in four of the last six Ravens-Steelers games.

Texans-Lions News and Notes

Here are five things to know heading into Texans-Lions:

  • Minus Deshaun Watson’s contributions, Houston rushed for a season-low 19 yards against the Patriots. Detroit allows the third-most rushing yards per game. In order for the Texans to move the ball, finding some semblance of a rush attack if necessary.
  • Not to be outdone, the Lions rushed for just 40 yards against a Panthers defense that allows more than 116 per game. Once more, the Texans allow the MOST rush yards per game this season. Although, they did hold the Patriots to just 86. Adrian Peterson hasn’t rushed for more than 40 yards since Week 3, while Kerryon Johnson has contributed little. With the total 51, bookmakers believe this is an airshow regardless of how poor the two rush defenses have been this season.
  • Detroit allowed an experienced quarterback dominate time of possession 37-to-23 last Sunday. The Panthers were without Teddy Bridgewater AND Christian McCaffrey, too. Imagine what Watson can do.
  • Watson has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over his past 11 games. The Lions allow 1.8 passing touchdown per game this season.
  • On the injury front, Houston’s Randall Cobb is doubtful after leaving Sunday’s game with a toe injury. Kenny Still is questionable with a quad. Detroit’s best receiver, Kenny Golladay, has missed the past three games with a hip injury and is questionable for Thursday’s game.

Washington-Cowboys News and Notes

Here are five things to know heading into Washington-Dallas:

  • According to reports, Andy Dalton dealt with memory loss after suffering a concussion in the Cowboys first game against the Redskins. He then contracted COVID-19 and doesn’t have full sense of smell or taste back. Despite a hell of a month, within a hell of a year, Dalton passed for 200 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back. Should be worthy of Comeback Player of the (Within A) Year category.
  • Redskins rookie running back Antonio Gibson has scored at least one touchdown in four straight games. His 4.9 yards per rush ranks 19th in the league just behind Alvin Kamara.
  • Ezekiel Elliott’s 104 rush yards against the Viking marked the first time he hit the century mark this season and it’s only the third time he’s rushed for more than 100 yards since early-November 2019.
  • Washington’s pass rush got 12 hits on Bengals quarterbacks this past Sunday. One of which, obviously, knocked Joe Burrow out for the season. Washington ranks sixth in the league in sacks per game, 3.2. Dallas is playing with a reshuffled offensive line due to injuries.
  • Perhaps one of the more surprising stats of the season to-date: the Football Team ranks seventh in the league in yards allowed per play, 5.1. Five of the six teams ahead of them are in playoff contention, while the Eagles are fighting Washington for the NFC East title.

Ravens-Steelers News and Notes

Here are five things to know heading into Ravens-Steelers:

  • Since beating the Ravens last month, Pittsburgh’s cupcake schedule has included wins over the Cowboys, Bengals and Jaguars.
  • Since losing to the Steelers last month, Baltimore’s gauntlet schedule has included a win over the Colts and losses to the Patriots and Titans.
  • Baltimore’s red zone scoring percentage has dipped eight percent the past three weeks when compared to their season-to-date mark. In other words, the Ravens are having trouble finding the end zone.
    • RZ TD rate is down from 67.2% in 2019 to 58.8% this season.
  • The Steelers forced four turnovers of Baltimore in their road win earlier this season. Those turnovers were converted into 14 points in a 28-24 Pittsburgh win. Mike Tomlin’s defense just picked off four more passes last Sunday.
  • Baltimore had to close its team facility Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Betting Picks: Texans -2.5, Redskins ML, Steelers -3

Sit on the couch. Sip your nog. Lock in for 9+ hours of football. And be thankful.

Check out our expert NFL betting guide if you want to learn more about How to Bet on Week 12 of the NFL or head right to our favorite online sportsbook review page and find the right site for you!

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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