Pro Picks: Top 3 Division Matchups to Watch This Thanksgiving Day

by Lucas Garcia
NFL Thanksgiving Predictions

In his weekly Pro Picks column, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi outlines his selections for upcoming games. For a comprehensive list of all Pro Picks, visit this link.

This Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions are showcasing a remarkable transformation. Currently, the Lions boast an impressive 8-2 record as they prepare for their Thursday game against the Green Bay Packers, who stand at 4-6. This marks Detroit’s most successful start since 1962, continuing their upward trajectory from a 7-2 finish last season following an initial 1-6 slump.

Quarterback Jared Goff led the Lions to a thrilling victory against Chicago last week, despite earlier setbacks. On the other side, Jordan Love was pivotal in the Packers’ recent triumph over the Chargers.

Thanksgiving Day football begins with the Packers-Lions game, followed by Dallas taking on Washington, and San Francisco facing Seattle in the evening game.

The Lions are favored to win by 7 1/2 points, as per FanDuel Sportsbook. Pro Picks endorses the leading team.

LIONS predicted to win 27-17.

Point Spread: Steelers -1 1/2

Pittsburgh (6-4), now under a new offensive coordinator, hopes to revitalize their gameplay with Kenny Pickett at the helm. The Bengals (5-5), missing Joe Burrow for the season, will rely on Jake Browning.

Pro Pick: STEELERS to win 22-16.

Point Spread: Eagles -3

The Eagles (9-1) are in high spirits following a victory over Kansas City. Despite their strong form, matching the previous game’s intensity on a short week might be challenging. The Bills (6-5), led by Josh Allen, are more driven in this matchup.

Pro Pick: BILLS to edge out with a 24-23 win.

Point Spread: Cowboys -12 1/2

Dallas (7-3) has a strong record but faces a challenging schedule post-Washington (4-7). The Commanders have had mixed results, performing well against Philadelphia but losing to the Giants.

Pro Pick: COWBOYS to win 31-16.

Point Spread: 49ers -7

A fully fit 49ers team (7-3) is playing at a high level, while the Seahawks (6-4) are struggling post-Rams sweep and with a hurt Geno Smith.

Pro Pick: 49ERS to win 26-17.

Point Spread: Dolphins -9 1/2

The game features Miami’s dynamic offense against the Jets’ (4-6) robust defense. Tim Boyle steps in for the Jets against the leading Dolphins (7-3).

Pro Pick: DOLPHINS to win 24-16.

Point Spread: Patriots -3 1/2

The Patriots (2-8), surprisingly favored, may start Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe. The Giants (3-8) are close behind, following a win led by Tommy DeVito.

Pro Pick: PATRIOTS to win 23-18.

Point Spread: Jaguars -1 1/2

In a surprising twist, both the Jaguars (7-3) and Texans (6-4) are vying for the top spot in the AFC South, with Houston’s rookie QB C.J. Stroud and coach DeMeco Ryans leading the charge.

Pro Pick: JAGUARS to win 27-23.

Point Spread: Falcons -1 1/2

This crucial matchup between the Saints (5-5) and Falcons (4-6) could foreshadow the NFC South’s direction. Desmond Ridder returns as Atlanta’s QB, while New Orleans may start Derek Carr or Jameis Winston.

Pro Pick: FALCONS to win 22-20.

Point Spread: Titans -4

Both the Panthers (1-9) and Titans (3-7) are enduring tough seasons. Carolina’s loss, however, impacts their draft pick, which belongs to Chicago.

Pro Pick: TITANS to narrowly win 21-20.

Point Spread: Colts -2 1/2

The Colts (5-5) remain in playoff contention but recently released linebacker Shaquille Leonard. The Buccaneers (4-6) are still in the race due to their division’s overall performance.

Pro Pick: BUCCANEERS to win 24-23.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NFL Thanksgiving Predictions

What is Pro Picks and who writes it?

Pro Picks is a weekly sports column written by AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi, where he shares his predictions for upcoming NFL games.

Are the Detroit Lions favored to win their Thanksgiving game?

Yes, the Detroit Lions are favored to win their Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers, with a point spread of 7 1/2 in favor of the Lions.

What is the significance of the Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati game?

The Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati game is notable for possibly revitalizing the Steelers’ gameplay with Kenny Pickett and the Bengals relying on Jake Browning in Joe Burrow’s absence.

Which team is the upset special in the Buffalo vs. Philadelphia game?

The Buffalo Bills are the upset special in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, with a predicted close win of 24-23.

How are the San Francisco 49ers performing this season?

The San Francisco 49ers are in good health and playing at a championship level, with a strong performance anticipated against the Seattle Seahawks.

What are the predictions for the Miami vs. New York Jets game?

The predictions for the Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets game favor the Dolphins, with a predicted score of 24-16, highlighting Miami’s dynamic offense against the Jets’ defense.

Which team is favored in the New England vs. New York Giants game?

The New England Patriots are surprisingly favored against the New York Giants, with a predicted win of 23-18 despite their challenging season.

More about NFL Thanksgiving Predictions

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers Strategy
  • Buffalo Bills Upset Potential
  • San Francisco 49ers Current Form
  • Miami Dolphins Offensive Strategy
  • New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Preview

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JennyGridiron November 23, 2023 - 1:37 pm

wow, the 49ers are really back in form! looking forward to seeing them take on the Seahawks, should be a good game.

MikeSportsFan89 November 23, 2023 - 2:02 pm

hey, did you guys notice how the Lions are really stepping up this year? it’s like a total 180 from their usual stuff on Thanksgiving.

TouchdownTommy November 24, 2023 - 12:57 am

Steelers game gonna be interesting with Pickett, but i’m not so sure about the Bengals without Burrow. feels like it could go either way, ya know?

DolphinsDude November 24, 2023 - 3:20 am

Dolphins all the way! Jets don’t stand a chance, especially with Boyle at QB, Tua’s gonna light it up.

EaglesEagle November 24, 2023 - 5:11 am

Can’t believe the Bills are the upset pick against the Eagles. we’re flying high this season, no way we’re losing that one.


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