Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 17

Week 17 of the 2012 NFL betting campaign is about set to kick off on Sunday, 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.

Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos opened up as the biggest favorites that we have seen all year long on the NFL betting lines at -16 against the Kansas City Chiefs. It seems to be a bit of a slam dunk that Denver is going to win this game, knowing that it has to have this one to take a first round bye in the playoffs, especially against a KC team that needs a loss to make sure that it gets the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Denver might have started as the biggest favorite of the year, but it isn’t going to end the year that way. That distinction is going to go to the…

Sportsbook.AGSan Francisco 49ers, who are already at -17 against the Arizona Cardinals. San Fran is in even bigger need of a win than the Broncos are. If the Green Bay Packers lose earlier in the day to the Minnesota Vikings, this game against Arizona is likely the difference between being the No. 2 seed and the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs. To make matters worse for Arizona, which has just one win since September, QB Brian Hoyer is going to be making his first career NFL start this week in place of the injury QB Kevin Kolb and the ineffective QBs Ryan Lindley and John Skelton. And even worse? The Niners were crushed last week by the hottest team in the NFL, the…

Seattle Seahawks, who have outscored their last three foes by the combined score of 150-30. QB Russell Wilson has quietly put his name in the hat for Rookie of the Year consideration, and he will have to be strongly considered if by chance the Seahawks do end up becoming the NFC West winners with the No. 2 seed in the division. Seattle is undefeated from both an SU and an ATS perspective this year at home, and it is the only team in the league this year with at least 11 covers. The only argument that could be made as a more impressive stat from a bettors’ perspective this year is that the…

New England Patriots are 11-4 for ‘over’ bettors on the campaign. That’s just an insane number when you really sit down and think about it, knowing that ‘totals’ are always shaded a point or two too high for New England games with QB Tom Brady under center. Still, this team has been out of this world this year offensively, averaging 426.9 yards and 35.3 points per game. There’s a chance to be the best offense of all-time when push comes to shove, though it is going to take 60 against the Miami Dolphins to get the job done. It’s not likely, but heck, it wasn’t all that likely last year that…

Matthew Stafford was going to get to 5,000 passing yards coming into the last week of the regular season either. Stafford threw for 520 yards against the Green Bay Packers to get there in the finale in 2011, and now, he needs 305 yards to do it for the second straight year. If he does pull off this feat, he will be the first quarterback in the league’s history to throw for at least 5,000 yards in back to back seasons… That is to say, if he can beat…

Drew Brees to that point. Brees is sure to get to 5,000 yards this year, as he only needs 219 yards to reach 5,000 yards. Not only is Brees going to be the first (or second) to throw for 5,000 yards for the second straight season, but he is going to become the only man in NFL history to reach the 5,000-yard barrier three times in a career. It hasn’t been a remarkable year in terms of the record for the Saints though, as the team is going to finish up at just 7-9 or 8-8 this year, which is a real downer for a team that had the potential to play for the Super Bowl at home if not for the Bounty Gate garbage that really cost the team the season. New Orleans has come on strong at the end of the year with back to back victories coming into this one, but the team that is on the other side of the field on Sunday, the…

Carolina Panthers are winners of three in a row and could be in for a fourth to finish up the campaign as well. It has been an equally frustrating season for the Panthers, who vowed that this was the year that they would return to the playoffs, but at least there is a heck of a lot of hope for next season. QB Cam Newton has proven that he can be a respectable passer as well as a brutally dangerous runner, and the defense has really done the job at the end of the year to boot. Of course, this is the same song and dance that the…

San Diego Chargers go through seemingly each and every season. Head Coach Norv Turner is likely to do it once again, knowing that his team is likely going to finish up the year going 3-1 in the fourth quarter of the season. The Bolts are a whopping 20-3 in the final four games of the season under Turner’s watch, though he really hasn’t been able to ride that momentum at the end of the year to anything positive the next year at any point. That’s why Turner is on the way out, just like we almost certainly know that…

Ken Whisenhunt is as well. Whisenhunt had the Cardinals in the Super Bowl a few years ago, but over the course of the last two years, matters have gotten worse. Take away a stretch of 13 games in which the team went 11-2 from the start of November last year through the first four games of this year, and the team is just 2-16 to show for its work. There might not be a more embarrassing team in the league right now, which is why when it goes on the road this weekend to San Fran, it is such a big underdog. And that’s why the…

Denver Broncos are going to have to settle for being the second biggest favorites of the season when they take the field this week against the Chiefs. It’s not a worry to QB Peyton Manning though, as he and his Broncos have rattled off 10 straight wins. As long as that streak gets to 14 games and Denver lifts the Lombardi Trophy as a result, there isn’t a single person in Denver that is going to truthfully care whether the Broncos were favored by 16 or 60 over the Chiefs.

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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