Hold up, Vegas. What are you trying to pull?
Just because things didn't go your way last week, doesn't mean you get extra time to think about the NFL lines this week.
Some lines are hard to find and some were downright impossible.
I understand, quarterback controversies in San Francisco and Arizona, plus a Jay Cutler injury in Chicago makes things difficult to prognosticate.
However, we're here with your first look at this week's NFL spreads and odds. Good luck!
All lines via bovada.lv, sportsbook.ag, footballlocks.com, and espn.go.com.
The any-given-Sunday nature of the NFL has Vegas confused, so let's make this simple.
The Houston Texans are good.
The Detroit Lions are not.
It's that simple.
Perhaps the odds-makers are concerned that nobody is willing to trust the Texans after their closer-than-it-should-have-been win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
However, 3.5 points seems a little generous against a reeling Lions team.
One team took care of business against an inferior opponent.
One team did not.
Yes, the Dallas Cowboys have a better record. But the losses between the two are quite similar.
I suppose I can understand Vegas believing both teams are worth the same on a neutral field. However, I can't understand why the Cowboys have a home-field advantage when they're playing .500 ball with a -12 point differential at home.
I've already gone back and forth on this game four times and I've known the line for all of five minutes.
That's the definition of a stay-away game.
The Tennessee Titans have risen up to beat contenders and pound weaklings. They were also stomped by the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.
Usually, I'd have no problem giving up three points to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But after the Chad Henne and Justin Blackmon show that was performed in Houston, I'm much more nervous.
Still don't know who to play, do you?
You have two rookie quarterbacks, so that automatically means anything can happen.
Russell Wilson has been lights out at home, but this one will be taking place in Miami.
Plus, the Miami Dolphins are about due for a win. The defense is sure to be keyed up and the inconsistency of rookie quarterbacks seems to "dictate" that Ryan Tannehill will bounce back from a few bad outings.
Besides, it's plus-135. It's worth a shot.
Thanksgiving Day Games
Houston Texans (-3.5) vs. Detroit Lions; O/U 50.5
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (-3); O/U 48
New England Patriots (-7) vs. New York Jets; O/U 48
Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-8); 48.5
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) vs. Cleveland Browns; O/U not available
Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts (-3); O/U 51
Denver Broncos (-10.5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs; O/U 44
Tennessee Titans (-3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars; O/U 43.5
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Pick 'Em; O/U not available
Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; O/U 48.5
Seattle Seahawks (-3) vs. Miami Dolphins; O/U 37.5
Baltimore Ravens (-1) vs. San Diego Chargers; O/U 47
San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) vs. New Orleans Saints; O/U 49
St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals (-3); O/U 37.5
Green Bay Packers vs. New york Giants (-3); O/U 49.5
Monday Night Game
Carolina Panthers (-2.5) vs. Philadelphia Eagles; O/U not available