Hitting Paydirt: Giving Thanks During NFL Week 12 With DraftKings Sportsbook

What is Thanksgiving without football? And in New Jersey, what is football without sports betting? And what is NJ sports betting without market leader DraftKings Sportsbook?

This week, we get all the ingredients of an ideal turkey day.

For the first time since 2015, all NFL games include teams from the same conference. And for the first time since 2014, here in Week 12, all games feature division rivalries.

It’s an all-NFC Thanksgiving this week. And from DraftKings, for the first time, NJ sports betting gets a taste of gridiron action. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Chicago Bears (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6)

For the 49th straight year, the Lions will play on Thanksgiving. The last time turkey day went without Detroit on the gridiron: 1969.

Just three games behind NFC North-leading Chicago, the Lions enter the game already behind the eight ball. Detroit, losing three of its last four games, will likely be without RB Kerryon Johnson, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

On top of that, Chicago is rolling, winning each of the last four, including a 34-22 win at home against the Lions two weeks ago.

Linebacker Khalil Mack leads a stout Bears defense that ranks first in the NFL against the run. Mack has posted a league-high five forced fumbles to go along with eight sacks. Behind him, Chicago has racked up an NFL-best 27 takeaways.

As four-point underdogs, the Lions will have to rely on QB Matthew Stafford and WR Kenny Golladay, who comes off a career-high eight receptions for 113 yards. An outright Detroit win pays +170, while the Chicago moneyline sits at -210.

The Bears have covered the spread in four straight games, but the Lions have gone 4-1 in the last five Thanksgiving games.

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Washington Redskins (6-4) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

Similar to Detroit, the Cowboys have been regular Turkey Day gamers, as Thursday will become the 41st straight season Dallas appears on Thanksgiving.

Dallas has won two straight, thanks in large part to RB Ezekiel Elliott, who has rushed for over 120 yards in each of those games. With the league’s top rusher in terms of yards per game, Dallas also features a defense that has allowed the third-fewest points per game this season.

Despite sitting behind in the NFC East standings, the Cowboys come in as 7.5-point favorites against the division-leading Redskins.

While Washington continues to enjoy a rejuvenated Adrian Peterson, who has rushed for 723 yards and six TDs this season, the Redskins will be without QB Alex Smith, who broke his leg last week.

In his place, backup Colt McCoy completed 6 of 12 passes for 54 yards and a score while rushing for another 35 yards in Washington’s 23-21 loss against Houston.

McCoy will make his first start since December 2014, and DraftKings offers an over/under on his passing yards: 220.5, with a +100 payout on the over. On top of that, should McCoy throw for more TDs than Dallas QB Dak Prescott, bettors will enjoy a +230 payout (or +225 for a tie).

In five straight games involving Dallas, the underdog has gone 5-0. Washington itself is 5-1 in its last six games as a dog vs. NFC opponents. On top of that: In Washington-Dallas games, five of the last seven winners entered as underdogs.

Atlanta Falcons (4-6) at New Orleans Saints (9-1)

Just days after a Monday Night Football shootout that combined for 105 points, two of the top offenses in football wrap up the Thanksgiving lineup.

In a game with an over/under of 59.5, Atlanta enters on a two-game losing streak. Although the Falcons feature the league’s top passer in terms of yards per game (QB Matt Ryan) and the top receiver in Julia Jones.

New Orleans rallied against Atlanta earlier this season, scoring with just over a minute left in Week 3 to force overtime, where the Saints scored late to win. Their attack should give the Falcons trouble throughout the day, considering Atlanta owns the league’s fourth-worst pass defense.

Drew Brees has completed a ridiculous 76.9 percent of his passes for 25 TDs against just one interception for the Saints, who are averaging 48 points per game over the past three weeks.

New Orleans sits as 12.5-point favorites with a heavy-favorite moneyline of -770, compared with Atlanta’s line of +500.

With DraftKings, bettors can wager on the total points scored by the Saints, an over/under listed at 35.5 points. Additionally, lines for total touchdowns in the game sit at 5.5 (-315 over/+220 under), 6.5 (-141/+104) and 7.5 (+145/-200).

For your consideration: New Orleans itself has scored six TDs in three straight games, and five Saints games featured eight or more TDs.

Thanksgiving specials

Along with individual game offerings, DraftKings features a number of wagers tying together all three games.

Among the categories (and the top three favorites):

  • Most rushing yards (Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott +190, New Orleans’ Mark Ingram +400, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara +400)
  • Most receiving yards (New Orleans’ Michael Thomas +200, Atlanta’s Julio Jones +225, Dallas’ Amari Cooper +450)
  • Highest-scoring game (Falcons-Saints -250, Bears-Lions +375, Redskins-Cowboys +450)
  • Lowest-scoring game (Redskins-Cowboys +115, Bears-Lions +125, Falcons-Saints +400)
  • Highest-scoring team (Saints +100, Cowboys +400, Falcons +450)
  • Lowest-scoring team (Redskins +225, Lions +300, Bears +400)

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

Outside of Nevada, New Jersey offers the widest selection of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

About the Author

Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.