The Minnesota Vikings will take on the New England Patriots as the Vikings host their very first Thanksgiving Day game after some exciting new additions to their roster in the form of Za’Darius Smith, Chris Reed, Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth Jr.
The last time the Patriots played on Thanksgiving was in 2012 when the Patriots defeated the New York Jets.
BetUS oddsmakers have the NFC North’s conference-leading Vikings as a –2 point favorite on the pointspread, and a –140 favorite on the moneyline, or odds on the outright winner. The Patriots are +120 underdogs on the moneyline.
“With just a 2-point spread we can expect a tight game. Our customers have so far been leaning toward the Vikings covering the tight spread, with 59% of bets backing the Vikings,” says Barry Barger, senior betting analyst for BetUS.
“What are customers are most confident in is this being a low-scoring game, with a pretty remarkable 78.57% of bets and 88.72% of the dollar volume on the ‘over/under’ being bet on the ‘under’, which is currently set at 42 ½ points,” Barger adds.
Minnesota has one of the best receivers in the NFL in Justin Jefferson, who ranks second in the league in receiving yards.
One of the more popular alternative (‘prop’) bets with BetUS customers are over/unders (O/U) on total receiving yards and longest reception for particular players. This Thanksgiving, BetUS oddsmakers have the O/U on Jefferson’s total receiving yards pegged at 87.5 yars and his longest reception at O/U 28.5 yards.
For those that prefer the ground game, BetUS also offers odds on player rushing yards. For example, Belichick’s power running back, 230-pound Rhamondre Stevenson is posted with an O/U of 58.5 rushing yards, an O/U on his longest rush from the line of scrimmage at 15.5 yards.