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Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:06 PM

Thanksgiving Day Trends

The annual NFL Thanksgiving Day slate has arrived and this year’s three-game card will feature a pair of rematches from the 2018 holiday card.

Detroit and Dallas will once again be hosts as they welcome Chicago and Buffalo respectively. In the primetime game, Atlanta and New Orleans will go head-to-head in a divisional clash.

Be sure to check out the latest sports betting trends for all three Thanksgiving Day matchups and the past history.

Trends for Detroit-Chicago

-- After winning four straight games on the holiday from 2013 to 2016, the Lions have dropped their last two games on Thanksgiving Day.

-- Prior to the 4-0 run, the Lions had lost nine straight games on Thanksgiving between 2004 and 2012.

-- Detroit has seen the 'over' go 9-4 in its last 13 games played on Thanksgiving Day.

-- This will be the 10th meeting between Chicago and Detroit on the holiday and it will also be a rematch from last year's Thanksgiving Day matchup.

-- The Lions own a 5-4 record in the first nine holiday encounters.

-- Chicago captured a 23-16 win over Detroit last season, covering as a three-point road favorite while the 'under' (42.5) also connected. In 2014, Detroit doubled-up Chicago with a 34-17 victory. 

-- The Bears have gone 4-7 all-time in the Thanksgiving Day afternoon matchups, which includes a 4-5 record versus the Lions and 0-2 against the Cowboys.

Trends for Dallas-Buffalo

-- Dallas owns an all-time 31-19-1 record on Thanksgiving Day.

-- The Cowboys defeated Washington 31-23 last season on the holiday, covering as a seven-point favorite. The 'over' (40) cashed as the pair exploded with 37 points in the second-half.

-- Prior to that win, Dallas had dropped three of its last four games on the holiday and the only wins in the last five years on Thanksgiving have both come against Washington. All three of the losses came by double digits. 

-- Dallas has allowed 29.3 points per game in its last seven holiday matchups.

-- Buffalo owns a 0-2 all-time record on the holiday, its last appearance coming in the 1994 season. Both games were against the Lions and the Bills were blown out in each contest (35-21, 27-14).

Thanksgiving History - Detroit
Year Matchup
2018 Chicago 23 Detroit 16
2017 Minnesota 30 Detroit 23
2016 Detroit 16 Minnesota 13
2015 Detroit 45 Philadelphia 14
2014 Detroit 34 Chicago 17
2013 Detroit 40 Green Bay 10
2012 Houston 34 Detroit 31 (OT)
2011 Green Bay 27 Detroit 15
2010 New England 45 Detroit 24
2009 Green Bay 34 Detroit 12
2008 Tennessee 47 Detroit 10
2007 Green Bay 37 Detroit 26
2006 Miami 27 Detroit 10
2005 Atlanta 27 Detroit 7
2004 Indianapolis 41 Detroit 9
2003 Detroit 22 Green Bay 14
2002 New England 20 Detroit 12
2001 Green Bay 29 Detroit 27
2000 Detroit 34 New England 9
1999 Detroit 21 Chicago 17
1998 Detroit 19 Pittsburgh 16 (OT)
1997 Detroit 55 Chicago 20
1996 Kansas City 28 Detroit 24
1995 Detroit 44 Minnesota 38
1994 Detroit 35 Buffalo 21
1993 Chicago 10 Detroit 6
1992 Houston 24 Detroit 21
1991 Detroit 16 Chicago 6
1990 Detroit 40 Denver 27
1989 Detroit 13 Cleveland 10
1988 Minnesota 23 Detroit 0
1987 Kansas City 27 Detroit 20
1986 Green Bay 44 Detroit 40
1985 Detroit 31 N.Y. Jets 20
1984 Detroit 31 Green Bay 28
1983 Detroit 45 Pittsburgh 3
1982 N.Y. Giants 13 Detroit 6
1981 Detroit 27 Kansas City 10
1980 Chicago 23 Detroit 17 (OT)
1979 Detroit 20 Chicago 0
1978 Detroit 17 Denver 14
1977 Chicago 31 Detroit 14
1976 Detroit 27 Buffalo 14
1975 L.A. 20 Detroit 0
1974 Denver 31 Detroit 27
1973 Washington 20 Detroit 0
1972 Detroit 37 N.Y. Jets 20
1971 Detroit 32 Kansas City 21
1970 Detroit 28 Oakland 14
1969 Minnesota 27 Detroit 0
1968 Philadelphia 12 Detroit 0
1967 L.A. Rams 31 Detroit 7
Thanksgiving History - Dallas
Year Matchup
2018 Dallas 31 Washingon 23
2017 L.A. Chargers 28 Dallas 6
2016 Dallas 31 Washington 26 
2015 Carolina 33 Dallas 14
2014 Philadelphia 33 Dallas 10
2013 Dallas 31 Oakland 24
2012 Dallas 31 Washington 38 
2011 Dallas 20 Miami 19
2010 New Orleans 30 Dallas 27
2009 Dallas 24 Oakland 7
2008 Dallas 34 Seattle 9
2007 Dallas 34 N.Y. Jets 3
2006 Dallas 38 Tampa Bay 10
2005 Denver 24 Dallas 21 (OT)
2004 Dallas 21 Chicago 7
2003 Miami 40 Dallas 21
2002 Dallas 27 Washington 20
2001 Denver 26 Dallas 24
2000 Minnesota 27 Dallas 15
1999 Dallas 20 Miami 0
1998 Minnesota 46 Dallas 36
1997 Tennessee 27 Dallas 14
1996 Dallas 21 Washington 10
1995 Dallas 24 Kansas City 12
1994 Dallas 42 Green Bay 31
1993 Miami 16 Dallas 14
1992 Dallas 30 N.Y. Giants 3
1991 Dallas 20 Pittsburgh 10
1990 Dallas 27 Washington 17
1989 Philadelphia 27 Dallas 0
1988 Houston 25 Dallas 17
1987 Minnesota 44 Dallas 38 (OT)
1986 Seattle 31 Dallas 14
1985 Dallas 35 St. Louis 17
1984 Dallas 20 New England 17
1983 Dallas 35 St. Louis 17
1982 Dallas 31 Cleveland 14
1981 Dallas 10 Chicago 9
1980 Dallas 51 Seattle 7
1979 Houston 30 Dallas 24
1978 Dallas 37 Washington 10
1976 Dallas 19 St. Louis 14
1974 Dallas 24 Washington 23
1973 Miami 14 Dallas 7
1972 San Francisco 31 Dallas 10
1971 Dallas 28 Los Angeles 21
1970 Dallas 16 Green Bay 3
1969 Dallas 24 San Francisco 24
1968 Dallas 29 Washington 20
1967 Dallas 46 St. Louis 21

Trends for New Orleans-Atlanta

-- This will be the 14th season that the NFL will have a night game on Thanksgiving Day. The primetime game began in 2006.

-- Home teams have gone 9-4 straight up during this span.

-- Favorites own a 11-2 straight up and 10-3 against the spread record.

-- Ten of the 13 outcomes have been decided by double digits.

-- The 'under' has gone 9-4 during this span.

-- New Orleans defeated Atlanta 31-17 last season from the Superdome as favorites (-12.5) while the 'under' (61.5) was never in doubt.

-- The Falcons have played in the Thanksgiving night game twice and they're 0-2, both losses coming by double digits.

Thanksgiving History - Night Game (2006-2018)
Year Matchup
2018 New Orleans Saints 31 vs. Atlanta Falcons 17
2017 Washington Redskins 20 vs. New York Giants 10
2016 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 at Indianapolis Colts 7
2015 Chicago Bears 17 at Green Bay Packers 13
2014 Seattle Seahawks 19 at San Francisco 49ers 3
2013 Baltimore Ravens 22 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 20
2012 New England Patriots 49 at New York Jets 19
2011 Baltimore Ravens 16 vs. San Francisco 49ers 6
2010 New York Jets 26 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 10
2009 Denver Broncos 26 vs. New York Giants 6
2008 Philadelphia Eagles 48 vs. Arizona Cardinals 20
2007 Indianapolis Colts 31 at Atlanta Falcons 13
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 19 vs. Denver Broncos 10


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