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NFL Week 12: 5 favorites to bet on

With NFL Week 12 getting underway tonight with a Thursday Night Football double, we take a look at some favourites bets.

5. Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens (-10.5)

This is one of the bigger lines in NFL Week 12, but have you seen the Raiders? They did find a way to eek out a victory over the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, but now they have to come all the way across the country against a team in the playoff race. Baltimore isn’t terrific by any means, but it has a top-notch defense and the ability to run the ball with the duo of Alex Collins and Gus Edwards. The Ravens likely force some turnovers, don’t allow 10 points and win by plenty.

4. Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-5.5)

With Marcus Mariota dealing with an injury again, the Titans are fighting for their lives in the playoff mix at 5-5. Tennessee could be playing with Blaine Gabbert under center, and if that’s the case, pound both the under and the Texans to cover. However, should Mariota play, this bet becomes a lot more uncertain. In the end, though, the Texans have won seven consecutive games and should be able to handle the Titans at home, regardless of who is under center.

 

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3. New England Patriots (-9.5) at New York Jets

This might be the easiest one of them all to bet in NFL Week 12. The Patriots aren’t even laying 10 points against a Jets team that just got beat 41-10 by the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Additionally, the Patriots are coming off a 34-10 beating at the hands of the Titans. If you needed any more reason to think New England is going to come out and hammer the overmatched Jets, consider that Bill Belichick is coming off a bye week. It’s going to be ugly.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (-3) at Buffalo Bills

God bless anybody willing to sit through this tragedy of a football game. The Jaguars and Bills are both horrendous, and the quarterback matchup is Josh Allen and Blake Bortles. Again, the quarterback matchup is Josh Allen and Blake Bortles. So why bet on this game? For one, to make it interesting. For two, because the Jaguars might shut out Allen and the Bills, who have one of the worst offenses of modern times.

 

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1. Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers (-12.5)

This is a huge line, but the Chargers should be able to cover it. For starters, they are coming off a ridiculous loss that should have a fire lit under them for the next few weeks. In addition, Los Angeles has a very good pass rush with Melvin Ingram and Joey Boss, and the Cardinals can’t block at all, especially on the edges. Josh Rosen is going to be on his back plenty in this game.

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