We had a decent sized portion of NFL action on Thanksgiving Thursday, but the main course is ready to be served up Sunday.
We talk to oddsmakers about the action coming in on some of Sunday's matchups and where the lines could close come kickoff:
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Open: +4, Move: +5.5
News in regards to a pair of the Chiefs best players on the defensive side of the ball has swayed the line to Denver. LB Justin Houston will be out Sunday (and could be out 2-3 weeks) while Tamba Hali, a doubt most of the week, has declared himself 'ready to go'.
"Action has been loving Denver since release by about a 4-to-1 clip," says Aron Black of Bet365
. "It's the same as the SU action. This line will move one way or another depending on up/downgrades."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers - Open: -8, Move: -7
The Panthers come into this NFC South meeting riding a sizzling seven-game winning streak and are 6-1 ATS during that stretch. The Buccaneers are hot in their own right, having won three straight, but injuries could play a big factor Sunday.
"Tampa Bay has been much better recently, but are in tough with TE’s and RB’s missing and/or banged up," says Black. "Carolina has played tough D, and though they have their own injury worries, they should be too much for Tampa. One of the more lopsided games we have action wise, with about 8-to-1 Carolina action ATS."
, this is a classic "sharps versus public" game with sharp bettors backing the vastly improved Bucs.
"Sharp vs Public split on the Tampa vs Carolina match up with smart money backing the Bucs at the +8 line value," says one oddsmaker. "The public is siding with Cam Newton and the red-hot Carolina Panthers."
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - Open: -1, Move: +1, Move: -1
Most outlets opened the Vikes as a small 1-point home fave and it has teetered to either side throughout the week. The Bears went to slight road faves Saturday, before the line swung back to the Vikes.
"Bears RB Matt Forte and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson are both carrying injuries but are both probable and the line has been back and forth," Black said. "Action has been split ATS but more have taken early lines on Chicago as a very small dog to small fave. Total action likes the over by about 3-to-1 clip to under."