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Week 12 NFL Sports Betting Advice
Bet On These NFL Teams
By Bob Duff
Week 12's best NFL bets, with odds courtesy of Bovada.lv:
Minnesota Vikings (+3) at Detroit Lions (-3)
Thanksgiving football has been a Detroit tradition since 1934 but few Thanksgiving Day games have carried the gravitas that this one does.
The winner will be alone atop the NFC North and in the driver's seat for a playoff position. The Lions, who won two games ago at Minnesota, are proving to be a solid bet, 5-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last six games.
They didn't bring their A game last week against Jacksonville but still found a way to both win and cover. The Lions are 4-1 against the spread in their last five Thursday games.
Minnesota is coming off a win over the Cardinals but is 1-4 in its last five. The Vikings are 9-1 in their last 10 as a road underdog and are 21-8 straight up in their last 29 against Detroit.
But the Vikings are 2-8 straight up in their last 10 road games against teams with winning records. These two have also gone under in five of their last six meetings.
Pick: The Lions (-3 and the Under).
Cincinnati Bengals (+4.5) at Baltimore Ravens (-4.5)
Baltimore and Pittsburgh share the AFC North lead at 5-5, so this is a must-win game if the 3-6-1 Bengals want to stay in contention. And they will take the field minus star wideout A.J. Green, so instantly you'd think it's advantage Ravens. But the Bengals have won five straight against Baltimore and are 4-1 against the spread in those five contests.
Week 12 was kind to Baltimore. The Ravens are 8-0 straight up in games played this week but they are also 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven home games against teams with losing records. The Ravens are also 3-0 both straight up and against the spread this season versus AFC North opposition.
Pick: The Bengals (+4.5 and the Under)
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) at Denver Broncos (-3)
It's tight at the top of the AFC West, with one game separating the leading Oakland Raiders (8-2) from the 7-3 Chiefs and Broncos. Kansas City is struggling of late, losing at home to Tampa Bay. Now they go into perhaps the toughest place to win on the road in the NFL, Denver's mile-high altitude.
Coming off a bye week, the Broncos will be rested and healthy. Kansas City's injury-riddled offense has averaged 18.6 points the last three weeks playing against the Jaguars, Panthers and Buccaneers, none of whom are defensive juggernauts.
So how are they going to score on the Broncos' punishing defense? Oh, and did we mention that Denver is 7-1 in its last eight against Kansas City?
Pick: The Broncos (-3 and the Under)
Green Bay Packers (-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (+4)
When they booked this one for Monday Night Football, nobody probably figured the quarterback everyone would want to see in action would be Eagles rookie Carson Wentz.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers continue to stumble their way through the 2016 campaign.
They've lost four in a row and surrendered 89 points the past two weeks. Green Bay is also 1-3 against the spread in those four setbacks.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are a perfect 4-0 at home this season and the Packers are 1-4 on the road. Philadelphia is also 5-1 both straight up and against the spread in its last six Monday Night Football appearances.
Pick: The Eagles (+4 and the Under)
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