2012 NFL Week 13 Betting Odds & Best Bets

by Scott

I had my worst week this season last week and it definitely put my season into jeopardy now. I went 3-11-2 last week after a very bad run and that brings my record on the season to 91-75-6. This week I’m going to try and bounce back. We have another huge slate of match-ups this week, as the bye weeks are now complete and I’ll be looking to do the opposite of last week.

New Orleans Saints +3.5 (-110) vs. Atlanta Falcons -3.5 (-110) – Pick: Falcons -3.5

The Saints beat the Falcons at home a few weeks back, but the Falcons should win at home. I’d prefer to get -3 on the spread, but the juice is way too high at 5Dimes right now. Atlanta played great on the road last week to beat the streaking Bucs while the Saints couldn’t handle the 49ers at home. Look for the Falcons to even the season series in this divisional match-up.

Seattle Seahawks +3 (+100) vs. Chicago Bears -3 (-120) – Pick: Bears -3

You can still bet the Bears at -3 with some extra juice, which I think is worth doing. Chicago at home this year is 5-1 while Seattle has gone just 1-5 on the road. Seattle is a home team and with the low spread I’m taking the Bears. Cutler looked alright in his 1st game back from concussion and Marshall almost had 100 receiving yards. Take the Bears to cover the spread at Soldiers Field.

Minnesota Vikings +8.5 (-110) vs. Green Bay Packers -8.5 (-110) – Pick: Vikings +8.5

The Vikings can pass the Packers with a win this week in the NFC North. Both teams were blown out last week and this week I’m going to grab the points in this match-up. Minnesota shouldn’t get blown out by the Packers and with the injuries to the Packers defense right now I think the Vikings will be able to put up some points, especially if Harvin suits up and plays this Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers -7 (-110) vs. St. Louis Rams +7 (-110) – Pick: 49ers -7

I think this spread is right on and is going to be close. The reason I bet the 49ers -7 is because they’ve been playing great the L2 weeks after tying the Rams 24-24 at home. I expect the 49ers to take this game seriously and they should cover the TD spread if they show up to play in St. Louis. The Rams played great last week on the road, but the 49ers smoked NO and CHI the L2 weeks.

Arizona Cardinals +4.5 (-110) vs. New York Jets -4.5 (-110) – Pick: Cardinals +4.5

Both of these teams were blown out last week as well. The Cardinals lost at home to the Rams and the Jets lost at home to the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day. The Jets shouldn’t be favored by -4.5 against anyone in my opinion and I’m taking the Cardinals, as I think they’ll bounce back from their poor performance last week. The Jets are in disarray and I won’t be betting on them.

Carolina Panthers -3 (-105) vs. Kansas City Chiefs +3 (-115) – Pick: Panthers -3

Carolina has had a tough time playing under the pressure at home this season, but on the road they’ve put up a 5-1 ATS mark. In most games they were underdogs, but they are fresh off beating the Eagles on MNF. A short week could hurt the Panthers, but they should pick up a win against the Chiefs who haven’t won since week 3 against the Saints. Take Carolina by a FG.

Indianapolis Colts +4.5 (-110) vs. Detroit Lions -4.5 (-110) – Pick: Colts +4.5

Detroit has lost their L3 games despite being close the past two weeks to picking up a win. I think not winning the L2 weeks will hurt this team’s motivation going forward, as they’re just 4-7 currently. They won’t be making the playoffs this season and the Colts still have a lot to play for, as they’re currently the 1st wildcard in the AFC. I’m surprised the spread is +4.5, but take IND.

Jacksonville Jaguars +6 (-110) vs. Buffalo Bills -6 (-110) – Pick: Jaguars +6

The Jaguars may have only won 2 games so far this season, but they’re a perfect 5-0 ATS on the road. Buffalo hasn’t played well lately and I thought they played poorly last week against the Colts. The Jaguars have played well the last two weeks including a win last week against the Titans. With the Jaguars getting almost a TD on the point spread I’m betting them. They may even win.

New England Patriots -7.5 (-105) vs. Miami Dolphins +7.5 (-115) – Pick: Patriots -7.5

New England has been winning with ease the past few weeks and they should continue that trend although I would much rather bet this game at -7 instead of -7.5. I think the spread may drop, so wait on betting the Pats. Miami won last week against Seattle and surprised me, but the Pats have a much more potent offense than the Seahawks and I can’t imagine Miami keeping up.

Houston Texans -6 (-110) vs. Tennessee Titans +6 (-110) – Pick: Texans -6

Houston has won 5 in a row now, but the last couple weeks they haven’t played overly well. The Titans lost to the Jaguars last weekend and now play their division rival who has owned the series recently. Earlier this year the Texans beat the Titans 38-14 and while I don’t expect such a lopsided score this time around I think we’re getting value on Houston at -6 points.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7 (-110) vs. Denver Broncos -7 (-110) – Pick: Under 50

This total has been dropping this week already, so make sure you bet it now while you’re still getting U50. The point spread will be very close, but I expect the under to hit with ease as long as neither team turns the football over too much. Both defenses should keep the opposition out of the endzone and this game I predict will stay under 40 points on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns +3 (-110) vs. Oakland Raiders -3 (-110) – Pick: Browns +3

Cleveland has been playing better football the past few weeks and they just beat the Steelers albeit a crippled Steelers team. In this game getting +3 on the Browns is a gift simply because they’re on the road. Look for the Browns to find running room in the game this Sunday and win SU. Oakland has been blown out 4 weeks in a row and while this game will be closer, take the +3 pts.

Pittsburgh Steelers +6.5 (-110) vs. Baltimore Ravens -6.5 (-110) – Pick: Ravens -6.5

Big Ben is questionable this week, but it looks like Batch will be playing this week. He was dreadful last week in Cleveland and if he plays the Ravens should cover the spread. It worries me that the Ravens have looked poor the past two weeks. They barely beat the Steelers with Leftwich playing (13-10) and last week they needed OT and a big late comeback to beat SD (16-13).

Cincinnati Bengals -2.5 (-115) vs. San Diego Chargers +2.5 (-105) – Pick: Bengals -2.5

San Diego really need to beat the Ravens last week and I thought they were going to, but they ended up blowing the game and lost in OT by a late FG. The Bengals are now on a 3-game winning streak and all of those games haven’t even been close. I don’t think the Bengals are a contender this year, but they’ll beat the Chargers this week after SD suffered a demoralizing loss LW.

Philadelphia Eagles +10 (-110) vs. Dallas Cowboys -10 (-110) – Pick: Eagles +10

I didn’t think I’d be betting the Eagles at the start of the week, but at +10 you have to take them. The Eagles are injured and the entire team is in disarray right now, but the Cowboys aren’t in a much better predicament. Dallas lost to Washington at home last week on Thanksgiving and this should be a sloppy match-up where both teams have a shot to win at the end of the game.

New York Giants -2.5 (-120) vs. Washington Redskins +2.5 (+100) – Pick: Giants -2.5

Both of these teams have been better on the road this season. The Giants are also a stronger team in my opinion. Both teams have played well recently, but the Redskins passing defense is going to have troubles against Eli Manning. In the 1st match-up the Giants beat the Redskins 27-23 at home in week 7 and I expect a similar type of score this week with the G-Men covering ATS.

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