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Prop it Like It’s Hot: NFL Prop Bets Thanksgiving Edition

Image courtesy of Marianne O'Leary/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Marianne O’Leary/Flickr.

Although I’m Canadian and up north it’s just another Thursday, I share my American friends views of watching NFL football all day, while allowing myself to celebrate Thanksgiving for the second time this year. Though it’s not a holiday in Canada, we still like to pretend that it is by gambling viciously on prop bets throughout our afternoon at work. Onwards to Week 13!

Will Mark Sanchez Record 300 or More Passing Yards? (Yes: +140)

This is a reminder to all of those gambling on the Philadelphia Eagles this week that last time Sanchez started a game on Thanksgiving, this happened. However, he still managed to throw for 301 yards against a very good New England Patriots team that beat them handily 49-19. Also, Sanchez has thrown for three consecutive 300 yards or more games, so expect him to redeem himself from his embarrassment two years ago.

How Many Touchdowns will the Detroit Lions Score? (Over 2.5: -175) 

The Detroit Lions have not scored three touchdowns since Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints. That’s four straight lonely weeks where they scored only 22, 20, 6, and 9 points. The offense is looking very weak as of right now, and that’s sad news for fans after their defense has looked strong all season. Luckily for the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears defense is far removed from their famous 1985 season and has allowed 31 or more points (including two 50 point games) in four of their 11 games this season. Expect Matthew Stafford to finally get his game back here.

Who Will Record the Most Rushing Yards? DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch or other: (DeMarco Murray: Even)

The Thanksgiving games include three of the top five rushing running backs in the NFL this season, so this is a tough choice to make. DeMarco Murray is destroying the league on the ground and is on pace to break many records, so he is the obvious choice here. Also, of the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles are allowing the most yards per game with 109.0 rushing yards allowed per game. The statistics say that Murray should keep running against the Eagles, so Cowboys fans should be getting a nice Thanksgiving gift with a few Murray touchdowns.

Who Will Record the Most Receiving Yards? Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Dez Bryant, Ashlon Jeffery, Jeremy Maclin or other: (Dez Bryant: +450) 

In 2012, Dez Bryant went off on Thanksgiving against the Washington Redskins when he had eight receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant is a player who loves the spotlight (as shown in the Sunday night game last week), and will shine during Thanksgiving. After watching the Dallas Cowboys last week give Tony Romo enough time to bake a cake in the pocket, Bryant should have no problem getting himself open often.

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