NFL Total Plays For Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a little more joyful when you’re born into a football family. Holiday celebrations in a social environment that revere the pigskin, means the TV isn’t the enemy of the dinner table but more like an unofficial guest of honor. Let’s see if it can also give us some Black Friday spending money as we’re playing one total in each of Thursday’s games.

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions Under 54 ½
Dallas Cowboys Team Total Over 27 ½
NE Patriots at Minnesota Vikings Over 42.5

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Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions Under 54 ½

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
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Time-TV: CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET
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Talk about convenience, the Bills get to play in Detroit again. How hurt is Josh Allen? He only ran three times against the Browns, had less than 200 yards passing, and they settled for six field goals. They still scored 31 points. What’s up with the Lions? In their two road games in October, they scored a total of six points. Then they throw up 31 two weeks in a row away from home.

Buffalo had the number one defense in the league last year and was leading the league earlier before dropping to fifth allowing 17 points a game. Here’s thinking that Allen will keep the offense simple and rely on the other side of the ball to help secure win number eight. That crazy Vikings game was the only time this season that the Bills allowed more than 23 points. The Bills care about winning, not covering that huge spread.

Dallas Cowboys Team Total Over 27 ½

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
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Time-TV: FOX, 10:30 p.m. ET
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The Giants had 10 wins combined the last two seasons and then they rattled off six wins in seven games to start the year and Big Blue fans were jumping for joy. After they lost two of the last three, that fanbase is still jumping, it’s just off of the bandwagon.  Was Dallas the reason they scored 40 points or did that fall more on the Vikings’ shoulders? Ironically both teams are part of the holiday lineup.

This is the only division game on Thursday and it‘s a huge one. Two teams that are both 7-3 means the winner will be smelling more than Al’s famous Mac n Cheese, the scent of a playoff berth will be wafting through that lucky locker room. Dak came back from a game where he threw two ugly interceptions to one in which he only had three incompletions. Dallas has scored 35 or more against the Giants in their last three visits to Jerry World, and we’ll assume that streak continues this year.

NE Patriots at Minnesota Vikings Over 42.5

Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
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Time-TV: NBC, 2:20 a.m. ET
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Bill Belichick got Frank Reich fired when his team only allowed the Colts three points. Then the next week, they also held the Jets to a lone field goal. That type of defense makes all the difference when you’ve only scored 18 points a game over your last four matchups. If your team scores three points, you’re looking great in Qatar, but not so much in the National Football League. How did the Vikings go from averaging 28 points a week over seven games to getting beat 40-3?

New England spent the last four weeks beating Indianapolis, and the Jets twice while having their bye week along the way. While New York seems to be much better than the Colts, they have an inferiority complex when it comes to the Patriots. Contrary to what we saw last week, the Vikings have a decent offense and are arguably better than either of the Pats’ last two competitors. However, their defense is  29th in the league and allows over 388 yards a game. You’d have to think that the film of the Dallas game might give the Hoodie some ideas on how to replicate that type of outing.