For the only time in the 2013 NFL season, six teams will play on Thursday. It’s the eighth straight year in which Thanksgiving will feature three games.
Each game on the holiday schedule has playoff implications. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, who play on Thanksgiving every year, are both favored by at least a touchdown. The Lions host the Green Bay Packers, who will likely start Matt Flynn at quarterback, while Dallas welcomes in the Oakland Raiders, as they look to hold their spot atop the NFC East. The night contest involves the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, and the losing team could be essentially knocked out of the postseason race.
Along with the Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers are the biggest favorites of Week 13. They are giving the St. Louis Rams 9.5 points in their second matchup of the season. When these teams met in Week Four, the 49ers blew the Rams out by 24 points.
Two matchups involve a betting line of exactly one point, for the smallest point spread of the week. Still without Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears are underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings, who are favored for the first time in seven games. The Cincinnati Bengals are also getting a point in San Diego.
The Kansas City Chiefs are getting 4.5 points at home, despite sharing the best record in the AFC. They’ll have a rematch with the Denver Broncos on Sunday, against whom they lost their first game of the season two weeks ago. The winner will be in the driver’s seat to clinch the division, as well as the top spot in the conference.
The "Monday Night Football" game could determine the No.1 seed in the NFC. The Seattle Seahawks have a one-game advantage over the visiting New Orleans Saints. The clubs have the two best home-field advantages in the conference, which has helped make the Seahawks 5.5-point favorites.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 13 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Green Bay Packers (+6) at Detroit Lions, 50
Oakland Raiders (+9.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 46.5
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at Baltimore Ravens, 40.5
Tennessee Titans (+4) at Indianapolis Colts, 44.5
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at Kansas City Chiefs, 48.5
Jacksonville Jaguars (+7) at Cleveland Browns, 40.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+8) at Carolina Panthers, 41.5
Chicago Bears (+1) at Minnesota Vikings, 48
Arizona Cardinals (+3.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 48.5
Miami Dolphins (+1.5) at New York Jets, 38.5
Atlanta Falcons (+3.5) at Buffalo Bills, 46
St. Louis Rams (+9.5) at San Francisco 49ers, 42
New England Patriots (-7.5) at Houston Texans, 47
Cincinnati Bengals (+1) at San Diego Chargers, 48.5
New York Giants (-1.5) at Washington Redskins, 46.5
New Orleans Saints (+5.5) at Seattle Seahawks, 47