Lions struggling to cover on Thanksgiving
Matthew Stafford and the Lions have won and covered the spread in each of the last two years on Thanksgiving Day, but the holiday has not been kind to Detroit over the past 10 seasons.
Over the last 10 years, the Lions are just 2-8 straight up on Thanksgiving and are 2-7-1 against the spread in those 10 games. Conversely, the Eagles are a perfect 6-0 straight up all-time on Thanksgiving according to PredictionMachine.com, and they're also 3-0 against the spread in those games that the website has data for.
Despite the Lions' struggles on Thanksgiving, they're currently listed as a 2.5-point home favorite over the Eagles according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. Our NFL Public Betting page also shows that 65% of public bettors are backing Detroit, so clearly bettors aren't scared off by the Lions' Turkey Day problems.
Perhaps the Lions' struggles on Thanksgiving ended two years ago when they crushed the Packers 40-10 as a 7-point home favorite. They also won last year 34-17 over the Bears as a 7.5-point favorite. Three years ago, Detroit pushed as a 3-point underdog in a 34-31 overtime loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving and four years ago the Lions lost 27-15 to the Packers as a 4-point underdog. In 2010, they were crushed by the Patriots 45-24 as a 7-point home dog.