Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 11

Week 11 of the 2012 NFL betting campaign is about set to kick off on Thursday night, as all 32 teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about as the season continues.

The best team in the NFL very well could be the Houston Texans after all. They were able to go on the road this week and beat the Chicago Bears in a game that very much so resembled a Chicago type of atmosphere. The Bears had Mother Nature on their side, and they had the cold, gritty game that they wanted to play against Houston. Yet the Texans were able to get the job done and make one of the biggest statements to the NFL that one could make. It was a big time statement for sure, but another team that took another step towards a dominating statement was the…

Bet at 5dimesNew Orleans Saints, who toppled the previously unbeaten Atlanta Falcons to help ensure the fact that Houston really is the top team on the Super Bowl odds at the moment. QB Drew Brees and the gang are still putting up points left and right and finding ways to win games in spite of the fact that the defense is still doing a really shoddy job over the course of the whole year. The Oakland Raiders are on tap, and New Orleans is one of the most public favorites of the week at -4.5. The only team that is a bigger public favorite is the…

Cincinnati Bengals, who are getting over 72% of the betting action right now as field goal favorites over the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City has clearly been one of the worst teams in the NFL this year, and it is showing as an awful club. The Chiefs did lead for the first time last week in a game, but they weren’t good enough to pick up just their second victory of the campaign. Still, they did a number on the…

Pittsburgh Steelers, who are going to be without QB Ben Roethlisberger this weekend. Big Ben is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and his team really needs him this week against the Baltimore Ravens. As proof of just how much Roethlisberger means in the eyes of the oddsmakers, his absence flipped the NFL point spreads from Pittsburgh -3.5 to Baltimore -3.5 in a span of just a few hours. QB Byron Leftwich is going to start this week for the Steelers instead, and he is going to have to figure out how to get the job done at home to give the men in black and gold any chance whatsoever of winning the AFC North this year. Leftwich has done his share of starting over the course of the last few years, but not as much as…

Jason Campbell has done. Campbell has 70 starts over the course of his career, and he might be forced into start No. 71 this week for the Chicago Bears. The news with QB Jay Cutler isn’t looking all that great, knowing that he suffered a horrible hit against the Texans on Sunday night in which he suffered a concussion. He stayed in the game for the moment to complete that drive, but after being evaluated at halftime, Cutler was ruled out for the rest of the day, and he might be out for quite some time after taking that hit. The news is better for the San Francisco 49ers and their quarterback…

Alex Smith. Smith also suffered a concussion last week, but he looks to be ready to go on Sunday against the Bears after passing all of his concussion tests. Smith is probably the man that is most likely to lose his starting quarterback job of all of the contending teams this year, and it really isn’t his fault. Yes, he has the game’s 28th ranked passing offense, and yes, he only has 13 TDs against five picks, but Smith is still winning games for the most part. Probably the best endorsement for Smith was the fact that QB Collin Kaepernick just wasn’t able to get the job done against the St. Louis Rams last week after coming into the game, and the end result was the NFL’s first tie in the last four years. The last time there was a tied game in the NFL, it involved the…

Philadelphia Eagles. QB Donovan McNabb made a fool out of himself, stating in the media that he didn’t even know that an NFL game could end in a tie (even though there had been three other ties in the previous decade, including one involving his Eagles). Of course, many think that that was the beginning of the end of McNabb in the City of Brotherly Love, and the time might be here for the man that took over for him…

Michael Vick, to step aside as well. Vick’s season might be said and done with after last week’s hit that sent him to another concussion. This is the most severe of all of the injuries that starting quarterbacks suffered last week, and Philly is the team that is least able to cope with such an injury. It’s going to be up to rookie QB Nick Foles to step in and get the job done for the Eagles with their season hanging in the balance, but the oddsmakers have no confidence in him whatsoever, knowing that Philly is a 3.5 point underdog to the Washington Redskins. Wouldn’t it be nice to have back…

Kevin Kolb right now? The Eagles traded him for DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie two offseasons ago, and the truth of the matter is that Philly and the Arizona Cardinals have to be disappointed with the results. Kolb has suffered from multiple injuries and is largely considered one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league when he is out there, while Rodgers-Cromartie was supposed to solidify the best secondary in football and has failed to do as such. Kolb will miss another game this week, and QB John Skelton will try his best to stop a five-game skid against the Atlanta Falcons. Arizona is the second biggest underdog of the weekend, but at least it isn’t playing the…

Houston Texans. The Texans might be the best team in the league, and they might be playing against the worst team in the league in the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. There’s a reason that the oddsmakers have lined this one at Houston -15.5, and there’s also a reason why NFL bettors are lining up left and right to lay the hefty point spread in spite of the fact that the Jaguars are an undefeated ATS team on the road this year.

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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