The turkey has been cooked, leftovers have been eaten and the Thanksgiving mile marker is in the rearview mirror in the NFL. Week 12 had all the fixings for one of the better slates of the year. During the Thanksgiving triple header, each game came down the end and even saw some money exchange hands late with the Giants mounting a last-second cover — and hitting the over — with a garbage time touchdown. On Sunday, we had several games go down the wire and the playoff picture is getting even crisper as we barrel down the stretch.
As we wait for Week 12 to officially come to a close with the Steelers and Colts squaring off on Monday night, let’s take our first glimpse of all the Week 13 matchups and get our impression of the opening lines to see if there is anything they can tell us about who the oddsmakers see coming out on top.
Week 13 early odds
(All lines from Caesars Sportsbook, all games on Sunday unless noted)
Opening line: Bills -5.5
Buffalo remains a 5.5-point road favorite following Week 12. Both of these AFC East rivals played on Thanksgiving and came out on opposite ends of the scoreboard. The Bills were able to edge out the Lions, albeit without covering. Meanwhile, the Patriots fell to the Vikings in Minnesota, dropping them to 6-5. Bill Belichick’s team is currently on the outside looking in on the playoffs, so Thursday’s matchup has plenty hanging in the balance. Buffalo also has plenty of skin in this matchup as it is looking to keep pace with the Dolphins for the division lead. While the Patriots may be behind the Bills in the actual standings, they have been a better bet this season, owning a 6-4-1 ATS record. As a road favorite this season, Buffalo is 2-3-1 ATS. They’re also 3-0-1 ATS in their last four trips to New…