NFL picks, Thanksgiving predictions: Bears beat humble lions; Cowboys, Bills are back on track

The NFL tradition of Thanksgiving football continues Thursday with three matchups with six teams losing in Week 11.

Detroit remains undefeated and the Lions have lost their last four Thanksgiving games. However, NFC North rival Chicago is in a similar slide, so maybe this is the game.

Dallas is trying to keep up with the top teams in the NFC playoffs, and Las Vegas is trying to break a three-game losing streak. Finally, Buffalo, an increasingly difficult team to figure out, travels to New Orleans in prime time.

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  • Week 11: 8-7
  • Total: 102-62-1

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NFL picks, predictions for Thanksgiving

  • Chicago Bears (-3.5) at the Detroit Lions

Thursday at 12.30, FOX

Who will be the quarterbacks? Jared Goff could return to Detroit, but if not, Tim Boyle will get another start in a row. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Andy Dalton will get the start for the Bears with Justin Fields likely inactive with a rib injury. Ugly football can yield unexpected results, but Chicago has the better rushing attack and defense. Under (41.5) could be in play.

Pick: Bears 23, lions 13

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  • Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (-7)

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., CBS

Dak Prescott may be without both Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion protocol), but the Cowboys remain a touchdown favorite against the Raiders. Las Vegas has -4 in turnover ratio in their losing streak, so watch out for Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs and the big game in defense. The Cowboys break a losing streak of two games in Thanksgiving matches.

Pick: Cowboys 31, Raiders 22

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  • Buffalo Bills (-4) at New Orleans Saints

Thursday at 20.20, NBC

The Saints are on a three-game losing streak, and Trevor Siemian completes 57.3% of his passes in that losing streak. The bills have on average had three lost revenue per. struggle the last three weeks and if they do not clean up in it, this can also be close. We will trust that Josh Allen will direct the ship in a fierce battle on the road. Buffalo is 2-3 ATS when preferred by single digits so it can be close.

Pick: Bills 27, Saints 24

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