Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 16

Week 16 of the 2012 NFL betting campaign is about set to kick off on Saturday 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.

There are a number of teams that are hoping to unwrap a lot of early Christmas presents this week. The team that could be in for the biggest present is the one that is going to sneak down to the tree a bit early this week, the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is going to start off the week on Saturday, a day earlier than the rest of the NFL against the Detroit Lions, and it is a 3.5-point favorite. Win this one, and the road to the Super Bowl goes through Hot ‘Lanta. Of course, this hasn’t been good news of late in the NFC, as the No. 1 seed has lost its first playoff game in back to back seasons, and Atlanta was one of those teams that was a No. 1 to get knocked off right away. This isn’t the only top seed that could be handed out in Week 16, though. The…

Bet at 5dimesHouston Texans are right there as well. Christmas came early for the Texans last week, as they were able to beat the Indianapolis Colts to win their second straight AFC South title, and then the New England Patriots lost to the San Francisco 49ers, which took all of the pressure off and made it so they only needed to win one of their last two games of the year to win the AFC regular season title. RB Arian Foster is still leading the league in touchdowns with 16, but for a rare change, he isn’t going to be the top running back on display when the Texans, 10-point favorites, take on the Minnesota Vikings. That title clearly goes to…

Adrian Peterson, who is having one of the greatest years that a running back has ever had in the NFL. Give it up for All Day, who has at least 150 rushing yards in five of his last six games dating back to Week 9. He has averaged at least 6.0 yards per carry in all but one of those games as well, and he is just getting stronger and stronger as the season wears on. It is unlikely that he is going to run down RB Eric Dickerson for the most yards in a single season in NFL history, but getting just 188 more yards can make AP a 2,000-yard back. Peterson has a chance to break his record in Week 17, but it might not even be the most impressive single season accomplishment this year. That could go to…

Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. The Lions have been a brutal disappointment this year, and you can tell just by seeing the fact that Megatron has just five TDs all season long what a wreck of a campaign that it has been. Johnson is already the only receiver in the NFL to have back to back seasons of at least 1,600 receiving yards, and he is just 181 yards in two games away from breaking the all-time record for most receiving yards in a campaign, held by the great WR Jerry Rice. Rice is the only man to ever get to 1,800 receiving yards in a season when he did so in 1995. With literally nothing else but draft positioning to play for, QB Matt Stafford may as well chuck the ball up there to Johnson 15 or 20 times per game to see what happens. We would bet good money that Johnson gets there, if not this week against Atlanta, then definitely next week again the…

Chicago Bears. Whereas a number of teams have already either gotten early Christmas presents or are hoping to get some, Chicago is just hoping to not see a gigantic lump of coal in its stocking this year. Head Coach Lovie Smith and the Bears were an 8-3 team just three weeks ago, and it truly seemed impossible to fall out of the playoff picture at that point. However, three losses in a row, and now, the impossible is very plausible. The Bears are favored by five on the road against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, but they aren’t the only team that is trying to hold off what would be considered an epic slide right out of the playoffs. The other title for that distinction would go to the…

Baltimore Ravens. It is going to take a lot more to get the Ravens out of the playoffs than it is going to take to keep Chicago out, but that would make the collapse all the more epic if it were to happen. A 9-2 team has become a 9-5 team, and all of a sudden, history might be made if this week’s game against the New York Giants is lost. Heck, things are so bad that the Ravens, who ran the table last year at home to a perfect 9-0 record, are one-point pups against the G-Men at M&T Bank Stadium. Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t figure to be in any serious trouble for this, but he has already fired OC Cam Cameron and badly needs to figure out how to get things righted for a team that looked oh so good at the start of the year and was on the verge of the Super Bowl a season ago. Baltimore’s fate might be easily decided by how the hated…

Pittsburgh Steelers end up doing on Sunday. It’s a double-edged sword for the Ravens, who would probably much rather the Steelers lose on Sunday to make sure that they are in the playoffs. However, should Pittsburgh win, as the oddsmakers are expecting, making it a 3.5-point favorite, the division title could be wrapped up on Sunday with a victory. The Steelers know exactly what they are playing for. They need two wins, and nothing else will do to get into the playoffs. Those two wins will do the trick though, and there are a number of teams that are clawing for just that in the NFC as well, including the…

Dallas Cowboys, who probably kept their season alive last week when they beat the aforementioned Steelers in overtime thanks to a pick by DB Brandon Carr. Dallas isn’t quite in the same boat that Pittsburgh is in, as the Cowboys could still get into the playoffs with a 1-1 record in the final two games of the season, but it just isn’t all that likely. Two wins will win the NFC East, but two losses will certainly keep the Boys out. Up first is a date with the New Orleans Saints as one-point home favorites. The Saints are the team with the slimmest chance to get into the playoffs still this year, but at least it’s still possible, even at 6-8. The win for Dallas last week was one of the biggest ones that a team has had all season long at any level, but it wasn’t even the most notable victory of Week 15. That right clearly goes to the…

San Francisco 49ers, who went on the road and beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro. They blew a 28-point lead in seemingly the blink of an eye last week, but they were still good enough to fight back on the road against arguably the best offense in football and claim a victory. Now, the Niners have the keys to the No. 2 seed in the NFC just by winning their last two games of the year. QB Colin Kaepernick has proven that he is the real deal and has the ability to win games against any team, anywhere in the league, and that will serve him well this year in the playoffs and for the rest of his career. But the 49ers and the rest of the teams in the NFC are still chasing the…

Atlanta Falcons, who are going to hope to finally break their hex and win a playoff game for the first time under QB Matt Ryan after three failed attempts at doing so this year. But first things first comes that game with Detroit in Motown on Saturday, a game that really should be won if the Falcons think that they are going to ultimately go into the playoffs sky high with confidence that they can take down anyone that the NFC playoffs throw their way.

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Adam Markowitz

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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