Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 6

Week 6 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 Houston Texans have come across their first bit of adversity this season. Yes, they are a 5-0 team, but aside from the fact that they beat the New York Jets in Week 5, there wasn’t much else to be happy about. All of the big time contenders in the AFC won in Week 5 as well, and in the end, it suffered arguably the biggest injury that any team has had to endure this year when it lost LB Brian Cushing for the whole year. Now, this vaunted Houston defense has to take on the Green Bay Packers this week without its star linebacker as five-point favorites. It isn’t the only big injury that occurred in Week 5, though. Perhaps the most notable was the one to…

Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week, we highlighted Cassel in this column and said that he might be set to get replaced as the team’s starting quarterback. We didn’t mean for it to happen like this. Enter: Brady Quinn, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2009 season with the Cleveland Browns. The good news is that Quinn can’t do much worse than Cassel, who was leading the game’s 23rd ranked passing attack. The bad news is that KC is a four-point underdog to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quinn is hoping to do better than the only other backup quarterback that has started a game this year…

Matt Hasselbeck, who is still forced into action for the Tennessee Titans against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday night. Hasselbeck has only led the Titans to a total of 21 points over the course of his two games this year with the Titans, and this is why he is a decided underdog of six points against the Steelers this week. At least Hasselbeck’s Titans have a victory this year. That’s more than we can say for the…

Cleveland Browns, who are now the only team left this year yet to win a game. The Browns are going to get one eventually, and many think that this is going to be the week that that happens against the Cincinnati Bengals. Keep watching QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson, who are going to be the key cogs to this lineup. DB Joe Haden is going to be back in the fold this week off of his suspension, and he is going to hope to shut down WR AJ Green, arguably the top receiver in football this year. Haden might be back, but the suspensions for the players of the…

New Orleans Saints have been reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell. That means that we have seen the end of LB Jonathan Vilma this year, and we won’t see DE Will Smith for the next few games either. New Orleans was the only other team in the league that didn’t have a win coming into Week 5, but it eradicated that problem by beating the San Diego Chargers last week. Though we might ultimately look back and say that that was the turning point of the season for the Saints, the biggest act of the day was the fact that…

Drew Brees broke the record for the most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. He now has 49 straight games with a touchdown pass, breaking the old record that stood for five decades by QB Johnny Unitas. Brees and the Saints are off this week, and it is going to be a good chance to reflect for what should be a huge push in the second half of the season this year. Brees is the league leader in touchdown passes (14) and passing yards (1,720). He is one of the four quarterbacks with at least 1,500 yards this year, but the MVP of the bunch is probably…

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Oh sure, the argument could be made that QB Eli Manning has had less to work with, thus he should be the MVP, but Atlanta is an undefeated team that has virtually zero doubt about getting into the playoffs this year, while the defending Super Bowl champs are clearly up in the air. Matty Ice has lived up to his moniker. He has 13 TDs this year against just three picks, and he is putting up the best numbers of his five-year career. There are 31 receivers in the NFL this year that have at least 300 receiving yards, and 27 of those are on a clip for at least 1,000 this year. Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Julio Jones are three of those receivers, and this makes up the only trio in the league that is on a pace for 1,000+ receiving yards. There have only been five other teams in league history that have pulled off this feat before, and the most recent was the 2008…

Arizona Cardinals, who had WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Anquan Boldin, and WR Steve Breaston all reach 1,000 yards. This year of course, there probably won’t even be 4,000 total passing yards for the Cards between QB Kevin Kolb and QB John Skelton. However, that isn’t stopping the Cards from having one of the better teams in the league. The argument could be made that, in spite of their loss as short favorites last week against the St. Louis Rams, that the Cardinals are the biggest overachievers in the NFL this year. They’re 4.5-point favorites at home this week against the Buffalo Bills, and a win in that one will continue to put pressure on teams like the Saints and the…

Green Bay Packers, who are badly behind right now and need to go on a great run of wins in the very near future or risk missing the playoffs. It’s amazing to think that the Pack were 14-0 last year before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, and since that point, they are just a 4-6 team. The torch of being called the best team in the league is set to be passed unless QB Aaron Rodgers and company can go on the road this week and knock off the…

Houston Texans, who are playing in this, one of the biggest games that they have played in franchise history. Houston has never won six games in a row in franchise history, but it has already been a season of firsts for this franchise. It was the first time the team started 3-0, 4-0, and 5-0, and there are certainly a ton of other firsts here that are possible as well. The first bye in the playoffs. The first home game in the divisional round of the playoffs. The first conference championship game? The first Super Bowl? The first Lombardi Trophy? It’s all possible for the Texans in 2012.

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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