Thanksgiving NFL Betting Trend Favors the Chicago Bears in 2021

min read
(Photo by All-Pro Reels/Wikimedia Commons)
Andrew Doughty Nov 23, 2021, 7:47 PM

The Houston Texans trailed Detroit 14-13 early in the second quarter of their Week 12 game on Thanksgiving last season before scoring 28 of the game’s next 31 points en route to a 16-point win. And in covering a 3-point spread as a road favorite, the Texans followed an NFL betting trend for Thanksgiving games.

The Texans were the eighth road team since 2003 to close as a favorite of three points or fewer in a Thanksgiving game. Those teams are 8-0 against the spread, covering by an average of 10.9 points per game. Five of those teams covered by at least 10 points, including the Texans.

YearMatchupScore
2005Broncos (-1.5) at CowboysBroncos 24, Cowboys 21
2005 Falcons (-3) at LionsFalcons 27, Lions 7
2006Dolphins (-3) at LionsDolphins 27, Lions 10
2015Panthers (-1) at CowboysPanthers 33, Cowboys 14
2017Chargers (-1) at CowboysChargers 28, Cowboys 6
2017Vikings (-2.5) at LionsVikings 30, Cowboys 23
2018Bears (-3) at LionsBears 23, Lions 16
2020Texans (-3) at LionsTexans 41, Lions 25

In all other Thanksgiving games over the last 18 seasons, the road team is just 21-22 against the spread, including 3-10 when the home team is favored by at least 10 points.

The Chicago Bears, as of Tuesday, Nov. 23, are 3-point road favorites against the Detroit Lions on Thursday. It’s their third Thanksgiving game in the last four seasons, all of which have been at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions. And in one of those visits – 2018 – they covered -3 in a 23-16 win.

You can view updated NFL spreads for all Week 12 games at the BetMGM sportsbook.

Bet on Chicago Bears Odds

At the best online sportsbook, you can bet on updated odds for the Chicago Bears and other NFL teams. From NFL futures and live sports betting to weekly NFL spreads and prop bets, BetMGM is your ticket for Bears’ betting throughout the season.

BetMGM $1000 Welcome Bonus Offer
About the Author

Andrew Doughty

Read More

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.