Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 13

Week 13 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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the more intriguing teams right now in the NFL. They’re a 6-5 team, and they are right on the verge of that last playoff spot in the NFC, yet they have a defense that has just been all over the place. They have allowed 315.5 passing yards per game, ranking dead last in the league, yet they are allowing just 81.5 yards per game on the ground, ranking first in the league. What does that mean this week? It means that RB Willis McGahee’s absence from the Denver Broncos’ lineup isn’t going to mean much, and it means that it could be a banner day for…

Peyton Manning. What a story Manning is this year! He’s going to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award unanimously, and he might be the league’s MVP this year as well. He has thrown for 3,260 yards and 26 TDs, and this might turn out to be one of the best years of his entire career. What’s most important about the Broncos though, is that they have really rolled through the AFC West, and they are going to lock up the division title with a win in this one. They’ve picked up six wins in a row, the longest winning streak in the game. There are two teams that are tied for the second longest streak of wins, and it is clear that the team that the team that everyone is afraid of right now is one of those clubs, the…

New England Patriots. The Pats have rolled off five in a row, and are doing it the good old fashioned way, as far as they’re concerned. They have averaged 43.8 points per game over the course of their last five, and they now have put up at least 45 points four times on the campaign, including three times in the last four games. Even without TE Rob Gronkowski, New England just keeps rolling and rolling, and the team just can’t be stopped. QB Tom Brady has 24 TDs against three picks, the best TD/INT ratio in the league for any quarterback with at least 15 TDs, and he too, might be on his way to the MVP this year. This is going to be a tough one this week against the Miami Dolphins, who have covered five of the past nine in this series, especially with next week’s game against the…

Houston Texans looming. The Texans have really started to fall apart just a bit over the course of the last few weeks. They’re winning games, but they haven’t always been pretty, and they’ve been made to play basically 10 full quarters of football over the course of the last two weeks as a result. Houston has another game against the Titans this week that could be a trap game with the trip to Foxboro coming up, especially knowing that the season is on the line here for Tennessee. Lose this one, and the chances to make the playoffs just aren’t really existent at all. Part of the problem that the Titans and so many teams in the AFC playoff chase have right now is that the schedule for the…

Buffalo Bills is awfully weak over the course of the next few weeks. We bet that you didn’t see this one coming, knowing that Buffalo is just a 4-7 team like Tennessee is. However, with just two games to make up with five to play, and four home games coming on the slate still, there is no way that we can count out Buffalo. The Bills have played better ball over the course of the last week, accounting for seven sacks in two games with mixed final results. Should Buffalo ultimately end up taking these next three, all of which are at home, look out! This could become a team to be reckoned with. The seven sacks in the last two games are notable for the Bills, but not as much as eight forced turnovers in one game is for the…

Cleveland Browns. Sure, the Browns are said and done with this year, knowing that they are going to be left out of the second season again, but last week, they won their equivalent of the Super Bowl, forcing those eight turnovers against the Pittsburgh Steelers, their most hated foe. Cleveland’s defense actually surprisingly has some solid stats this year, as the team is tied for 11th in sacks (28), tied for seventh in interceptions (13), and is fourth in forced fumbles (13). Probably the only other team that you would be more surprised to see numbers like that on is Cleveland’s divisional rival, the…

Cincinnati Bengals. Did you know that the Bengals have 35 sacks this year, second to just the Broncos? Did you also know that Cincinnati has allowed just a total of 29 points over the course of its last three games, all of which have been wins. You also might not have noticed, but the Bengals are favored on the road against the San Diego Chargers, and odds have it if they win that game, they’re going to be in the playoffs once again. Oh, and the schedule the rest of the way? It’s bad, but it’s not unbeatable. The Bengals are actually -1 this week at Qualcomm, and they are probably the most surprising road favorite of the weekend. The most surprising road dog? That’s clearly the…

Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are in the playoffs right now in the AFC, and they have a game edge on the Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card chase. However, they’re +4.5 on the road against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and the Lions are clearly on the wrong side of the postseason at 4-7, likely for the rest of the year. However, the oddsmakers might be onto something. Look at who Indy has beaten in this run of late… Buffalo, Jacksonville, Miami, Tennessee, and Cleveland. The only truly good win of the year came against the Packers, though the win at home against the Vikes was a nice one as well. Going on the road and winning games is tough, and when your only road wins of the year are against the Jaguars and Titans (when they had no identity), you really don’t have a lot to look forward to. Detroit is one of the many teams hoping that their division rivals, the

Chicago Bears can take care of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Of course, the Seahawks are scoffing at this idea, as they have had no problems coming on the road to Soldier Field and picking up victories in the past; they’ve done so in each of the last two regular seasons. Chicago probably won’t be with RB Matt Forte though, and that’s really leaving the door open for the Seahawks to pull off the upset at Soldier Field. Not only will that be bad news for the Lions, but it’ll be worse for the…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are only on the wrong side of the playoff picture right now only due to the fact that they are losing the three-team tiebreaker with the Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. Tampa Bay just needs to worry about its own business first, and that means taking care of itself on Sunday afternoon at Mile High against Manning and company.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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