Running back Frank Gore and the winless New York Jets have opened as 7-point home underdogs to the Miami Dolphins. Photo from @nyjets (Twitter).
- The opening lines for Week 12 of the NFL season have been posted, a full 16-game Thanksgiving holiday slate
- The largest spread is 7 points, with the Miami Dolphins favored over the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears by that many
- The over/under is just 43.5 points for the New York Giants-Cincinnati Bengals game
The usual Thanksgiving football feast is on tap with three NFL games set for Thursday followed by 13 more contests over the weekend.
The Week 12 opening lines have been posted and you can check out the latest NFL odds.
NFL Week 12 Opening Lines
|Houston Texans||-126||-1.5 (-115)||Over 50.5 (-110)|
|Detroit Lions||+108||+1.5 (-105)||Under 50.5 (-110)|
|Washington Football Team||+126||+2.5 (-102)||Over 48 (-110)|
|Dallas Cowboys||-148||-2.5 (-120)||Under 48 (-110)|
|Baltimore Ravens||+134||+3 (-110)||Over 46.5 (-106)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||-158||-3 (-110)||Under 46.5 (-114)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||-116||-1.5 (-105)||Over 53.5 (-110)|
|Atlanta Falcons||-102||+1.5 (-115)||Under 53.5 (-110)|
|Arizona Cardinals||-138||-2.5 (-114)||Over 48.5 (-110)|
|New England Patriots||+118||+2.5 (-106)||Under 48.5 (-110)|
|New York Giants||-174||-3.5 (-105)||Over 43.5 (-106)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||+146||+3.5 (-115)||Under 43.5 (-114)|
|Cleveland Browns||-255||-6.5 (-105)||Over 46.5 (-110)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||+210||+6.5 (-115)||Under 46.5 (-110)|
|Carolina Panthers||+172||+4.5 (-110)||Over 50.5 (-115)|
|Minnesota Vikings||-205||-4.5 (-110)||Under 50.5 (-105)|
|Tennessee Titans||+140||+3 (-110)||Over 50.5 (-115)|
|Indianapolis Colts||-168||-3 (-110)||Under 50.5 (-105)|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+184||+5 (-110)||Over 52.5 (-106)|
|Buffalo Bills||-220||-5 (-110)||Under 52.5 (-114)|
|Miami Dolphins||-260||-7 (-104)||Over 45.5 (-115)|
|New York Jets||+215||+7 (-118)||Under 45.5 (-105)|
|New Orleans Saints||-260||-5.5 (-114)||Over 45.5 (-114)|
|Denver Broncos||+215||+5.5 (-106)||Under 45.5 (-106)|
|San Francisco 49ers||+205||+6.5 (-114)||Over 46.5 (-110)|
|Las Angeles Rams||-260||-6.5 (-106)||Under 46.5 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-152||-2.5 (-115)||Over 51.5 (-115)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+128||+2.5 (-105)||Under 51.5 (-105)|
|Chicago Bears||+260||+7 (-105)||N/A|
|Green Bay Packers||-320||-7 (-115)||N/A|
|Seattle Seahawks||-245||-5.5 (-110)||Over 52 (-110)|
|Philadelphia Eagles||+195||+5.5 (-110)||Under 52 (-110)|
Odds taken Nov. 22nd from FanDuel.
No Big Favorites
The oddsmakers are expecting a lot of competitive games during the holiday weekend as no opening line is larger than seven points.
The visiting Miami Dolphins are favored by that many over the New York Jets. So are the Green Bay Packers at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.
The Dolphins (6-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday when they were upset 20-13 by the Broncos in Denver as 4-point favorites.
Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa missed a chance to become just the second rookie quarterback in the last 40 years to win his first four starts. He was sacked six times and knocked from the game in the fourth quarter.
Praying Tua Tagovailoa is ok 🙏🏻pic.twitter.com/V4AfNldvfI
— Alabama Diehards (@AlabamaDieHards) November 22, 2020
The Jets (0-10) remained the NFL’s last winless team as they fell 34-28 on the road to the Los Angeles Chargers, though New York got a late backdoor cover as a 10-point underdog.
Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert burned the Jets for 366 yards and three touchdown passes. Keenan Allen had a team-record 16 receptions.
The Packers (7-3) lost to the Colts 34-31 in overtime in Indianapolis.
Green Bay took a 28-14 halftime lead. However, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense scored just three points in the second half and OT.
Aaron Rodgers is 1-2 in his career when leading the Colts by 14+ points, and 95-2 vs everyone else, including playoffs.
He blew an 18-point lead against Andrew Luck in 2012. Luck threw a game-winning TD to Reggie Wayne in the final minute. pic.twitter.com/kpcUlKkdyI
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 23, 2020
The Bears (5-5) had a bye this week and are on a four-game losing streak.
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Texans, Raiders Slight Choices
Two road teams are 1.5-point favorites, the smallest lines on the schedule.
The Houston Texans are favored by that many over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving as are the Las Vegas Raiders over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Texans (3-7) pulled off a mild upset Sunday as they downed the visiting New England Patriots 27-20.
Deshaun Watson had 344 yards passing and accounted for three touchdowns to lead Houston. Defensive end J.J. Watt had a career-high four passes defended.
Don’t block J.J. Watt with a tight end pic.twitter.com/Xsq9vutFbs
— Asinine Punk (@riversmccown) November 22, 2020
The Lions (4-6) were blanked 20-0 by the Carolina Panthers despite being three-point road favorites.
Detroit was shut out for the first time since 2009. Playing with a thumb injury, Matthew Stafford completed just 18 of 33 passes for 178 yards.
Brian Burns goes untouched to sack Matthew Stafford. This is just bad. pic.twitter.com/O41UjnUauf
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) November 22, 2020
While the Raiders were set to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, the Falcons (3-7) dropped a 24-9 decision to the Saints at New Orleans as 3.5-point underdogs.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan had a rough day as he was sacked eight times and intercepted twice.
No Burrow, Low Total
The week’s lowest total is 43.5 points for the New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow sustained a season-ending leg injury Sunday in a 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team.
Players from both teams surrounded Joe Burrow as he was carted off the field 🙏
— ESPN (@espn) November 22, 2020
Ryan Finley took over at QB and is expected to start against the Giants, who are scoring just 19.5 points a game.
The biggest over/under is 53.5 points for Raiders-Falcons.
The Raiders went into Sunday night averaging 283 points a game and allowing 26.8. The Falcons’ averages are 27.0 and 27.9.
Possible Line Movement
With such a narrow range of lines among the 16 games this week, it seems likely some spreads could see significant movement.
The Giants have opened as 3.5-point favorites over the Bengals. While Burrow is out, that line still seems high considering the Giants are just 3-7.
The Los Angeles Rams are 6.5-point picks over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Though the 49ers have been racked with injuries, the number is a tad large for a Rams team that has been inconsistent offensively.
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.