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New England at NY Jets
The Patriots look to build on their 7-3-1 ATS record in their last 11 road games against teams with a losing home record. New England is the pick (-6 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Patriots favored by 14 1/2. Dunkel Pick: New England (-6 1/2)

Game 103-104: Houston at Detroit (12:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 138.139; Detroit 136.551
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1 1/2; 46
Vegas Line: Houston by 3 1/2; 50 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+3 1/2); Under

Game 105-106: Washington at Dallas (12:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 131.590; Dallas 131.544
Dunkel Line: Even; 51
Vegas Line: Dallas by 3 1/2; 48
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+3 1/2); Over

Game 107-108: New England at NY Jets (8:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New England 142.851; NY Jets 128.310
Dunkel Line: New England by 14 1/2; 52
Vegas Line: New England by 6 1/2; 48
Dunkel Pick: New England (-6 1/2); Over

NCAAF

TCU at Texas
The Horned Frogs look to build on their 6-0 ATS record in their last 6 games off a bye week. TCU is the pick (+7) according to Dunkel, which has the Horned Frogs favored by 3. Dunkel Pick: TCU (+7)

Game 109-110: TCU at Texas (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: TCU 99.510; Texas 96.583
Dunkel Line: TCU by 3; 60
Vegas Line: Texas by 7; 57 1/2
Dunkel Pick: TCU (+7); Over

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Duke vs. Minnesota
The Blue Devils look to take advantage of a Minnesota team that is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games versus ACC teams. Duke is the pick (-3) according to Dunkel, which has the Blue Devils favored by 6. Dunkel Pick: Duke (-3)

Game 701-702: West Virginia vs. Marist (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: West Virginia 61.257; Marist 47.798
Dunkel Line: West Virginia by 13 1/2; 143
Vegas Line: West Virginia by 11; 137
Dunkel Pick: West Virginia (-11); Over

Game 703-704: Vanderbilt vs. Davidson (2:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Vanderbilt 56.718; Davidson 67.269
Dunkel Line: Davidson by 10 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: Davidson by 8 1/2; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Davidson (-8 1/2); Under

Game 705-706: UTEP vs. Oklahoma (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UTEP 56.874; Oklahoma 60.892
Dunkel Line: Oklahoma by 4; 129
Vegas Line: Oklahoma by 3; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oklahoma (-3); Over

Game 707-708: Clemson vs. Gonzaga (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Clemson 61.476; Gonzaga 75.634
Dunkel Line: Gonzaga by 14; 126
Vegas Line: Gonzaga by 12; 131
Dunkel Pick: Gonzaga (-12); Under

Game 709-710: Missouri vs. Stanford (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Missouri 68.923; Stanford 67.213
Dunkel Line: Missouri by 1 1/2
Vegas Line: Missouri by 3
Dunkel Pick: Stanford (+3)

Game 711-712: Duke vs. Minnesota (3:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Duke 75.018; Minnesota 68.802
Dunkel Line: Duke by 6
Vegas Line: Duke by 3
Dunkel Pick: Duke (-3)

Game 713-714: Memphis vs. VCU (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Memphis 71.338; VCU 66.237
Dunkel Line: Memphis by 5; 126
Vegas Line: Memphis by 3; 132
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-3); Under

Game 715-716: Louisville vs. Northern Iowa (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Louisville 75.126; Northern Iowa 59.350
Dunkel Line: Louisville by 16; 132
Vegas Line: Louisville by 9 1/2; 125
Dunkel Pick: Louisville (-9 1/2); Over

Game 717-718: Pacific vs. Xavier (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pacific 56.830; Xavier 60.784
Dunkel Line: Xavier by 4; 124
Vegas Line: Xavier by 6; 128
Dunkel Pick: Pacific (+6); Under

Game 719-720: Drexel vs. St. Mary's (CA) (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Drexel 61.553; St. Mary's (CA) 64.296
Dunkel Line: St. Mary's (CA) by 2 1/2; 131
Vegas Line: St. Mary's (CA) by 7 1/2; 127
Dunkel Pick: Drexel (+7 1/2); Over

Game 721-722: Rice vs. Georgia Tech (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rice 50.378; Georgia Tech 64.326
Dunkel Line: Georgia Tech by 14; 121
Vegas Line: Georgia Tech by 12; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Georgia Tech (-12); Under

Game 723-724: Drake vs. California (11:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Drake 56.773; California 63.217
Dunkel Line: California by 6 1/2; 145
Vegas Line: California by 11; 140
Dunkel Pick: Drake (+11); Over

Game 725-726: Oral Roberts vs. Loyola-Marymount (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oral Roberts 55.031; Loyola-Marymount 52.202
Dunkel Line: Oral Roberts by 3; 134
Vegas Line: Oral Roberts by 1 1/2; 138
Dunkel Pick: Oral Roberts (-1 1/2); Under

Game 727-728: Charlotte vs. Texas State (11:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 53.965; Texas State 48.909
Dunkel Line: Charlotte by 5; 150
Vegas Line: Charlotte by 7; 146 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas State (+7); Over

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New England at New York
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The New England Patriots offense has been executing with precision for years and especially over the last three seasons. Over that span, they have averaged 32.1 points per game or more every season. This year they are even better at 35.6 ppg. But, things may be a bit different for the Pats here, as they lost Rob Gronkowski to a broken forearm last week. Gronkowski was in the midst of a spectacular season, having caught 10 of the Pats’ 21 TD passes on the season. Having a short week and playing on the road against the Jets, I look for the Patriots to run the ball a lot more in this game. The Jets rank No. 6 against the pass, but are just No. 30 against the run. So Belichick is likely to play to those numbers. Aaron Hernandez may play this week, but likely won't be near 100%. That is a big part of the Pats’ passing game that will be missing. The Jets’ offense often bogs down. As a result, this team has scored 10 points or less in four of their ten games. This total is very high. It opened higher and has been bet down but I still think it's too high. I look for a lot more running from both teams here as the Jets' run defense is their achilles heel, and they want to limit Brady's field time. The Jets will also use the run to limit Sanchez' risk on offense. After a 59-point offensive outburst last week from the Pats, contrarian is the way to this week. Take the UNDER here.

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New England Patriots -7
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Since losing two of their first three, the Patriots have won six of seven, including each of their last four. Their last six victories have come by an average of 19.3 points.
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New England has been an outstanding investment on the road. It has covered the spread in 14 of its last 19 games that have been played away from home and have won these by an average score of 32.6 to 22.0. Its road success goes back even further.
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The Patriots are a dominant 65-37 against the spread on the road under coach Bill Belichick. They are on a 52-33 against the spread run in road games in the second half of the season over the last two decades and a 44-23 against the spread run in road games versus division opponents during the same time frame.
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In addition, New England is 35-21 against the spread as a road favorite under Belichick, including 19-9 against the number as a road favorite of 3.5 to 7.0 points. It is an incredible 54-36 against the spread in all games as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points under Belichick.
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The Jets are one of the worst teams in the NFL in terms of defending the run. They currently rank 30th in the league against the run with 141.7 yards allowed per game. New England’s fifth-ranked rushing attack, which averages 142.9 yards per game, should be able to take advantage. Consider that the Pats are on a 19-8 against the spread run in road games versus teams that give up 130.0 rushing yards or more per game. They have won these contests by an average score of 27.8 to 17.3.
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New England has won each of the past three meetings in the series with two of the wins coming by nine and 21 points. Lay the number.

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Redskins vs. Cowboys
Play: Under 48
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I'm not quite sure why this total is so high to be honest as the Cowboys have struggled to put up points while the Redskins have too at times. These two teams are among the worst in the league in committing penalties which has plenty to do with why they stall on drives and are not effective in the red zone.
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Cowboys offense is 27th in red zone offense and that's mainly to do with no running game. Most defenses know what is coming and that's the pass, while the Redskins are 15th, but they go up against the Cowboys who only allow 36% touchdowns in the red zone. Cowboys are also great on third down ranked 5th while the Redskins are 30th in red zone conversions. The tape is out on the Redskins and in order for them to score a lot of points they are taking shots deep. I don't know if they will convert them, but what I like in this match up against division opponents is for a low scoring game.
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Key Trends
Under is 65-32-4 in Cowboys last 101 vs. a team with a losing record
Under is 19-9-1 in Redskins last 29 games on fieldturf.
Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

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Duke vs. Minnesota
Play: Minnesota

The Gophers are a live dog here today. Minnesota is a perfect 4-0 this season and has been playing lock down defense allowing 33% or less shooting in all of their games. They are 31-3 straight up in non conference games and 18-5 after allowing 60 or less. In games vs the ACC they have won 3 of the past 4. Today they will take on a Duke team that has played well without Marshall Plumlee. Today they may be without guard Quinn Cook as he is questionable and a game time decision. Duke is a perennial Power house, however they are just 4-3 as a favorite of 3 or less in Neutral court games. Look for a close game with Minnesota getting the cash as a small 2-3 point dog.

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Duke vs. Minnesota
Play: Minnesota

Take Minnesota +3. I bet that most people are surprised that a Top 10 team like Duke is only favored by 2 or 3 points versus an average Big Ten team but a closer look shows that the Gophers are a good team. They get Trevor (spell check) Mbakwe back for inside defense and Rodney Williams is a solid scorer for Tubby Smith's team.

Duke does have some solid veterans like Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly but I think we see a close game so take the points in this early Big Ten/ACC Challenge!

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Sean Higgs

Duke vs. Minnesota
Play: Minnesota

Tubby Smith has all his top scorers back for the Golden Gophers this year and has some size. Duke has not impressed me early at all. This is Duke. You know that every team that plays them puts a bulls-eye on them to go for the knock-out. Duke 1-8 ATS their last 9, Minny 10-1-1 ATS their last 12. Those go into last year, but Minny does return the bulk of its starters and I think they knock off the Blue Devils this afternoon

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Duke vs. Minnesota
Play: Duke

The odds makers have given us a gift as they have Duke a mere 2.5 point favorite against a Minnesota team that has only played the likes of American, Tennessee State, Toledo and Richmond. Minnesota is in for a rude awakening when they face a Duke team that has already beating a top 5 team. The Golden Gophers will pose no problems for the Blue Devils and Duke gets another blow out win this season.

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Jim Feist

Louisville vs Northern Iowa
Pick: Under

Northern Iowa is a strong defensive team and faces a Louisville squad that knows how to play better defense, ranked No. 2 in the nation. Northern Iowa (3-0) is a strong all around team and the under is 5-2 in the Panthers last 7 games following a win. Louisville plays outstanding defense, off a win where they allowed 39 points. The under is 6-1 in the Cardinals last 7 overall, and 6-1 under the total in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. In addition, the under is 20-8-1 in the Cardinals last 29 neutral site games. Play Northern Iowa/Louisville under the total.

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Greg Daraban

Memphis vs V Commonwealth
Pick: V Commonwealth

Both teams should put on on quite a display in Atlantis. This will be the first test for the Tigers, meanwhile VCU lost a heartbreaker to Wisconsin. HC Shaka will have his Commonwealth team up for the task.

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Dave Cokin

Clemson vs Gonzaga
Pick: Gonzaga

Gonzaga is off to a great start, and the Bulldogs have always put lots of emphasis on these early season hookups with schools out of the marquee leagues. You'll have to pay the price with this big number, but I expect Gonzaga to put away Clemson by a big margin, so lay the points.

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Missouri -3

These   Webster Chan led Mizzou Tigers will get it done @ the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Thursday.. This true freshmen 6'7"  kid can hoop as the J Oster has had the well coached and rock solid Haith Mizzou Tigers on the radar screen. They will be ready to chew up the Tree Cardinals. These Mizzou Tigers can clean the glass on both ends.  The Tigers have owned the glass & have a strong edge on the D end... Just a 1 pm rock solid 7 to 9 point winner here early T Day.

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Dallas Cowboys - 3

The Washington Redskins enter the week 4-6 and 2-3 on the road, while the Cowboys are 5-5 and 2-2 at home this year. The Redskins blew out the Eagles 31-6 last week, while the Cowboys needed overtime to beat the Browns at home as 8 point favorites. It seems as if the public is looking at last week's performances and making their picks based on the Redskins looking good and the Cowboys barely beating a then 2-7 team at home. Take note though that the Redskins are just 1-3 over their last 4 games, with three straight losses against Carolina, Pittsburgh and New York Giants. The Cowboys have won two straight games, including handling the same Eagles team Washington beat at home last week 38-23 in Philadelphia. They are 3-2 over their last 5, with losses coming against the Giants and @Atlanta. The Redskins have the advantage on offense so far this season, ranking 8th and scoring just over 4 more ppg than the Cowboys (who rank 11th in the league). But with that said, the Cowboys rank 7th overall defensively and are giving up 3 less papg than the 26th ranked Washington defense. The Redskins are also 29th in the league against the pass. RG3 has been better than Tony Romo at the QB position this year, but with Dallas' pass rush and Washington's weak pass defense I wouldn't be surprised to see Romo have the better Thanksgiving Day. Take note that the Cowboys historically play well hosting their Thanksgiving Day game. They should have an even bigger advantage with just 3.5 days of rest for each team, and the Cowboys not having to travel. Note tha the Redskins are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 following a straight up win. The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. With very limited time to prepare for a divisional opponent on Thanksgiving Day I think the Redskins will have some troubles on Thursday. RG3's natural ability won't be enough to get them past Dallas on Thanksgiving. Take the Cowboys to win and cover in a big divisional game.

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Strong Opinion - Detroit Lions

The biggest difference between these teams this season has been turnovers and the Texans winning their close games (4-0 in games decided by 7 points or less while Detroit is 3-4 in close games). Houston has outplayed their opponents 5.6 yards per play to 5.0 yppl against a schedule that is 0.2 yppl easier than average, they the Texans have only been 0.4 yppl better than an average team this season. Detroit, meanwhile, has outplayed their opponents 5.6 yppl to 5.3 yppl while facing a schedule that is 0.2 yppl better than average, so the Lions have been 0.5 yppl better than average. Houston is +7 in turnover margin while Detroit is -7 in turnover margin, so the Texans have been better able to turn their yards into points. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown 9 interceptions while Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has thrown 10 picks, so the turnover differential between these teams have been the result of more randomness than skill (like Houston losing only 2 fumbles all season and Detroit’s good defense only recovering 5 fumbles).

My math model projects turnovers to be even (actually, Houston with a 0.05 advantage) and this game is likely to be very close if turnovers are not the factor that they have been for these two teams. The math projects both teams at 5.3 yppl and gives Detroit a slight 18 yards edge in total yards because they tend to run more plays, and overall the math favors the Lions by ½ a point in this game.

Thanksgiving day favorites have been on a roll lately (17-2 ATS since 1988), but Detroit applies to a very good 81-26-4 ATS situation that is 4-2 ATS for dogs on turkey day and the Lions also apply to a 34-8-1 ATS home underdog bounce-back situation. Detroit outplayed Green Bay as a home dog last week but were -3 in turnovers (-2 in fumbles) and still would have covered the spread despite the turnovers if not for a last minute Packers’ field goal. If Detroit is negative -2 or more in turnovers again then they won’t win this game, but I’d expect the Lions to win if turnovers are even or in Detroit’s favor. I’ll consider Detroit a Strong Opinion in this game.

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DETROIT +3 over Houston
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The Lions have been lousy and despite some talented offensive players, they just can’t find ways to win. That could change here, as the Texans are coming off an exhausting shootout win over the Jags in a game they needed nearly five quarters to dispose of that hapless group. They also had to rally from 10 down late in the fourth quarter. They must now travel and compete again on three days rest against a Lions defense that has not allowed any opponent to score more than 24 points on them at home all year. At 9-1 and with command of their division, Texans could suffer a mental lapse in this one.
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Matthew Stafford is off his 5000 yard pace but he's still posting big yards in most games and has five efforts that exceeded 300 yards. Facing a tired Texans defense that saw Chad Henne rip them apart, Stafford could have a big game here. What happened to the Texans last week wasn’t supposed to happen. What it did was take a lot out of them and subsequently sets this one up nicely on a short week for the host to win outright.
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DALLAS -3½ +106 over Washington
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The Cowboys usually bring their absolute best to these traditional Thanksgiving Day games. They’ve won six of the past seven with only loss occurring in 2010 against the then powerful Saints.
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The Redskins were expected to be a work in progress this year but RG3 has provided a spark and by doing so, has raised expectations. However, his numbers aren’t that good (eight passing TD’s over his last nine games), he doesn’t play defense and the ‘Skins are among the weaker stop units in the league. RG3’s role as a runner is a factor in most games though the only time he faced top defenses this year, he was held to under 10 rushing yards against the Falcons and Steelers and he also passed for less than 200 yards in those games. Statistically, Dallas possesses one of the best defenses in the game. Washington’s lopsided win over the Eagles made the world right for one week but doesn't erase the struggles the Redskins have had scoring points and playing defense. They’re giving up an average of 28 points per road opponent. The Cowboys continue to underachieve but this is a short price, largely predicated on last week’s results where the Cowboys struggled with the Browns and the Redskins romped. Let's take advantage of that.
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N.Y. JETS +7½ +100 over New England
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It’s not easy to spin a recommendation on the Jets in this setting but sometimes you have to go with the value and we believe it applies here. After putting up 141 points over their past three games, the betting public is fearful of fading the Patriots. Oddsmakers are well aware of that and have posted an inflated number. The public has bought in and then some by betting it up to its current price of +7½. The loss of Rob Gronkowski helps our cause, as the talented tight end has been the central man in the passing scheme for two seasons now.
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The Jets’ effortless losses in back-to-back games against Miami and Seattle stick out in many people’s minds. However, let’s not ignore some solid performances against quality clubs. The Jets nearly pulled off an upset against Houston. They took New England to the wire four weeks ago before losing in OT and now playing at home on Thanksgiving, the Jets are undervalued. SportsInteraction is offering the best line right now at +7½ +100

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Patriots / Jets Over 48

The New England Patriots (7-3, 6-4 ATS) demolished the Colts on Sunday, but they now find themselves favored by a touchdown in a division road game when they visit the New York Jets (4-6, 6-4 ATS) Thursday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ at 8:20 ET on NBC. The Jets meanwhile are coming off of a nice 27-13 road win over the St. Louis Rams with Mark Sanchez having a rare efficient game.

The Patriots routed the Colts 59-24 in Foxboro as apparently Tom Brady had heard enough about what a great rookie season Andrew Luck was having while having the Colts in position to make the playoffs. Brady responded by completing 24-of-35 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns, although the Patriots have gone away from the offensive balance they displayed earlier in the season and are returning to being a one-dimensional passing attack. Sure the stat sheet says that New England had 115 rushing yards on 25 carries vs. Indianapolis, but that included a 47 yard run by wide receiver Julian Edelman on an end around, meaning that the running backs rushed for only 68 yards on 24 carries for a woeful 2.8 yards per carry. Granted you can get away with a one-dimensional offense when Tom Brady is your quarterback, but the problem with that in this particular game is that the Jets have defended Brady as well as any team in the NFL in recent years. That includes a near upset by the Jets in Foxboro earlier this season when the Patriots won just 29-26 in overtime with Brady held to a reasonable 259 passing yards.

In fact, Sanchez outdid Brady in that contest by completing 28-of-41 passes for an impressive 328 yards. Now we obviously realize that Sanchez is not nearly as good as those numbers, but the New England pass defense is that bad, ranking 30th out of 32 NFL teams allowing 290.5 passing yards per game. Thus, even though you cannot expect another 300-yard passing game from Sanchez, he could still pass the ball well enough to keep the Jets within a touchdown at home in this nationally televised prime time game. The Jets have also run the ball better in recent weeks as Shonn Greene has shown marked improvement after a terrible start and the Jets are developing a nice compliment to him in Bilal Powell, who rushed for 42 yards on just 11 carries with two touchdowns in the win over the Rams last week. He may actually give the Jets some versatility on offense that they lacked when taking New England into overtime the first time around. Meanwhile the Jets rank an excellent fourth in the NFL in passing defense allowing only 200.1 yards per game, so they have not fallen apart as many expected after losing shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season.

Despite their losing record, the Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games this season including covering against another elite team in prime time in the Houston Texans on a Monday night. The Patriots are only 2-5 ATS the last seven games when coming off of a straight up win by more than 14 points.

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hanksgiving Day comp play winner is the Over in the Redskins-Cowboys contest.

Don't let the fact the Redskins have played four straight Unders coming into this game scare you off thinking this game cannot go Over. Not only can it go Over, but it will go Over!

RGIII back in his home state, and Washington coming off a 31 point outburst against the Eagles will have the Redskins extremely confidant that they can move the football against a Dallas team that is allowing over 24 points per game their last seven times on the gridiron.

Dallas also has some confidence working, as their offense was able to come from two scores down at the half on Sunday at home in their 23-20 overtime win over Cleveland, as the Pokes have tallied 61 points now their last pair of games.

Two of the Cowboys last three games at home have landed Over the total, and two of the last three in this series have also played Over the posted price.

Easy for me to see this game turning into a shootout.

Washington-Dallas to go Over the total.

2* WASHINGTON-DALLAS OVER

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Freebie for Turkey Day is a Thursday night shootout at MetLife Stadium between the Patriots and the Jets.

One thing for sure when these teams get together, and that is the points will fly.

The last six times these teams have played, the Over is a perfect 6-0.

The high-scoring trends don't stop there, as New England has played Overs in eight in a row this season, and they are on a 36-12 Over roll since the the '09 season.

The Jets can also help the high-scoring cause with Overs in three of their last five games played, and are on a long-term 33-16 Over clip since the 2009 campaign.

Gronkowski may be out, but I have no doubt Tom Brady will find a way to get the pigskin into the end zone.

Patriots-Jets make it seven in a row Over.

3* NEW ENGLAND-N.Y. JETS OVER

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Craig Davis

Free play for Thanksgiving is the Sooners as the small favorite over the Miners of UTEP.

Oklahoma has won their first two games this season under Lon Kruger, and I am a big believer in Kruger's talent as a head coach. Last year was a bit rocky for Kruger in his first season in Norman, but he has some pieces in place to make his second year at OU much better.

Amath M'Baye is now eligible after transferring from Wyoming, and at 6' 9" is a force in the paint.

As for UTEP, the much-traveled Tim Floyd is in his second season with the Miners, and all reports say that while the Miners are improved, they are still a season away from making some big noise.

This is the first game on the night card at the Old Spice Classic, and I will side with the Sooners as the small neutral site favorite to come through with the cover.

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