NFL fans and bettors alike should note that Week 12 of the NFL schedule is not a normal one. Today is Thanksgiving in the USA and it’s customary for the NFL to have a non-standard schedule during this holiday week.
There will be three games on Thursday, two of them being early starts and one in the evening. Those games are listed below with all spreads mentioned coming from bet365 sportsbook.
November 24th, 2022: NFL games (all times Eastern)
- Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM (Bills -9.5)
- New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 4:30 PM (Cowboys -9.5)
- New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings 8:20 PM (Vikings -2.5)
After this triple header, it will be back to normal. Most of the games will be played on Sunday (12 this week) and then there will be a Monday nighter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts. Week 12 is special in the sense that there are no bye weeks for any teams, something that’s a little different for this point in the season.
Important games and NFL subplots
Playoff positioning is becoming more and more important as the weeks go by. However, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys are neck-and-neck in their division. Their Thursday showdown is important for both teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat for the top Wild Card spot.
One subplot in this game has to do with Saquon Barkley. He is second in the league in rushing yards. Will a big game get him over the top for the stretch run? Also, on Thursday Justin Jefferson will be in action. He is also second in the league in an important statistical category, receiving yards. A big game could help him close the gap on Tyreek Hill.
Atlanta at Washington on Sunday is a game between two teams on the playoff bubble. Neither can afford a loss at this junction of the season. It promises to be a fiercely contested game with Washington currently -4.5 favorites with bet365. That is a betting line that has bumped in Washington’s favor over the last 24 hours. Formerly, Washington was at -3.5.
No blockbuster game on NFL Sunday
The Sunday schedule this week lacks a major showdown game between two top teams. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins are the top favorites for the week. The Chiefs are -14.0 as they prepare to host the LA Rams while the Dolphins are -11.5 as they prepare to host the Houston Texans. Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa are among the favorites for the NFL MVP.