Last Updated on November 26, 2020

Food. Family. Football. How often have you seen those three words associated with Thanksgiving Day? Of course, 2020 will be different across the world during the coronavirus pandemic but there will still be NFL football played on Thanksgiving Day. With a normal three-game schedule on Turkey Day, there is a large amount of legal sports betting set to occur and the sportsbooks will be ready with promotions and more for users across the country. NFL wagering is no longer limited to just spreads and totals, as there are props, parlays, and more.

Here is your 2020 NFL Thanksgiving betting guide with the latest odds, our favorite betting picks, a look at props, history and more.



2020 NFL Thanksgiving Odds

Here is a look at the schedule for Week 12 in the NFL, which includes the Thanksgiving Day NFL schedule.


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Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Odds

Spread: Detroit (-2)
Total: 51.5
Moneyline: DET (-136), HOU (+112)


The opening odds have the Lions as two-point favorites at home on Thanksgiving. This will certainly move, but seeing Detroit as home favorites is not a shock. Week 11’s games will likely determine the initial odds movement leading up to the Thanksgiving matchup.


Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys Odds

Spread: Dallas (-1.5)
Total: 46.5
Moneyline: DAL (-130), WAS (+107)


As expected, the Dallas Cowboys open up as favorites at home on Thanksgiving. With that said, the line is very close at 1.5 points, and could certainly sway towards Washington depending on how Week 11 games shape up. Dallas has Minnesota, but a convincing win (or loss) will move the line one way or the other.

Update: Morning odds movement now has the Cowboys at -3, and the total is 46.5.

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NFL Thanksgiving Betting Picks

Every year, there are three games on Thanksgiving Day. This is one of the largest days of the NFL season in terms of betting handle, and it all stems from bettors wagering on each of the Thanksgiving games. In addition, most legal sportsbooks post promotions and boosters for those doing a parlay on all three Thanksgiving games. Below is our favorite picks for 2020 Thanksgiving Day in the NFL:

Thanksgiving NFL Game Picks

  • HOU +2
  • DAL -1.5


Thanksgiving NFL Total Picks

  • HOU/DET over 51.5
  • DAL/WAS over 46.5


Thanksgiving NFL Parlay

  • HOU ML (moneyline)
  • DAL ML



NFL on Thanksgiving Betting History

The NFL has played on Thanksgiving for decades, and it has been one of the more popular betting days of the entire season. Here is a look at the 2019 Thanksgiving Day slate with odds.


Chicago Bears (-5.5) vs. Detroit Lions

The Chicago Bears won 24-20, so the Lions covered.


Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys (-6.5)

The Buffalo Bills won in an upset, 26-15. This was the lone upset in the NFL last season on Thanksgiving.


New Orleans Saints (-7) vs. Atlanta Falcons

The New Orleans Saints won (and covered) 26-18.


NFL Thanksgiving Betting Trends

  • The Detroit Lions games have gone over in nine of the last 14 Thanksgiving games.
  • Dallas Cowboys are 31-20-1 all-time on Thanksgiving.
  • The Lions are 37-40-2 all time on Thanksgiving.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are 0-8 ATS on Thanksgiving in the last eight years.



NFL Thanksgiving 2020 Frequently Asked Questions


Who plays on Thanksgiving this year in the NFL?

There are three games on Thanksgiving in 2020. Houston vs. Detroit, Washington vs. Dallas, and Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh.


Who do the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving?

The Dallas Cowboys play against the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day in 2020.


Are there NFL games on Thanksgiving?

Yes. There are three Thanksgiving Day games in the NFL in 2020.


Can I bet on Thanksgiving NFL games?

Yes. With legal sports betting enabling certain states’ residents and visitors to wager on sports, you can bet on the NFL Thanksgiving games in legal states.



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