Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 7

Week 7 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.

There is no team that has more to prove this week in NFL betting action than the Baltimore Ravens. They are a 5-1 team, but their last four wins have come by a combined 12 points. Just last week alone, they lost LB Ray Lewis and DB LaDarius Webb for the entire season, and that really takes away from a defense that is thought of as one of the most feared in football. These weren’t the only massive injuries to take away from Week 6 by any stretch of the imagination. In that same game, the Dallas Cowboys lost…

DeMarco Murray, who was leading his team in rushing with 330 yards. Now, the backfield is going to be split up between RB Felix Jones, RB Phillip Tanner, and RB Lance Dunbar in all likelihood, and that really leaves QB Tony Romo without all that much of a ground game that he can rely on regularly. This team already ranks sixth in the league in passing, and Romo has had to put the ball in the air 37.4 times per game. It’s no wonder that he already has nine picks this year, and that’s why his team is just barely favored against the Carolina Panthers this week at -1, and the Panthers might be one of the worst teams in the league. Romo isn’t the king of the INT, though. In 2012 thus far, that title goes to…

Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns. Granted, we know that Weeden threw a ton of picks in his first ever game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he still has 10 in just six games, and that isn’t going to cut it no matter whether you’re a rookie or not. The good news for Weeden is that he did get his first win last week at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that is slumping badly at the moment and looks nothing like a playoff team. This week’s test is one that is winnable as well on the road against the Indianapolis Colts and their rookie signal caller…

Andrew Luck, who has averaged 297.6 passing yards per game to start off his campaign. If Luck keeps this up, he is going to obliterate all of the rookie passing records that were set by QB Cam Newton last year. Luck has thrown the ball 221 times, and now he has a team that just doesn’t have that much of a rushing game or an offensive line to protect him. Think about that for a second, though. 221 throws already. That puts him on a pace for 707 pass attempts, which would be an NFL record, breaking Drew Bledsoe’s record of 691 in 1994. The rookie record? 590 pass attempts by…

Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams. Bradford was also the top pick in the NFL Draft just like Luck was, and he had a degree of success as well with a team that was just generally not all that great. Still, the Rams are 3-3 this year under first year Head Coach Jeff Fisher, and they have a real chance to pull off the upset this week against the Green Bay Packers. They’re 5.5-point underdogs at home, which makes them the implied largest underdog of the weekend if all of the games were played a neutral sites without home field advantage. It’s odd to see a 3-3 team favored by this much over another 3-3 team this deep into the season, but it’s not unprecedented. Just as the…

New York Jets what it’s like to be a 3-3 team that is a huge underdog to another 3-3 team. Of course, this is no average 3-3 team that we’re talking about. It’s the New England Patriots on the other side of the field. QB Tom Brady has to be quite upset over the fact that he was beaten by the Seattle Seahawks last week at the wire, a loss that kept the men from Foxboro from staying over the .500 mark, probably for the rest of the year. Now, here comes Mr. Rex Ryan and the Jets, and they are continuing to blab about how they think they can win this game and all of that. However, this is a team that is severely void of talent, and that’s why it is a team that is getting 10.5 points on the NFL betting lines. Does a lack of talent sound familiar? That’s what’s going on right now with the…

Kansas City Chiefs, who have now opened up the door to quarterback controversy going into their bye week. It’s rough when the two guys that are battling it out are QB Brady Quinn and QB Matt Cassel, both of which are destined to be lifetime backups from here on out if they’re even lucky enough to stick on NFL rosters. It was clear that the gamble to trade for Cassel was a nightmare for GM Scott Pioli, and he is going to pay the price of having to go into either the free agency pool or the NFL Draft pool and try to lure someone like QB Geno Smith or QB Matt Barkley to Arrowhead. That’s the same game plan that so many other teams have too, though, and that includes the…

Jacksonville Jaguars as well. The Jags are on the road this week taking on the Oakland Raiders. Both teams are coming off of their bye, and both are clearly in some trouble. The loser is going to be the one that ends up being the better off, as both teams have just one win, and it’s hard to see how there are more victories coming up the road for either squad when push comes to shove. But we were talking about a lack of talent and why the Jags were just a one-win team to date… Take away RB Maurice Jones-Drew, and this club would have the stellar skill players of QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Justin Blackmon, WR Cecil Shorts, WR Laurent Robinson, and RB Rashard Jennings. Wee. And you wonder why the fans aren’t showing up? There’s a reason that this team is rumored to be on the way out the door from the Sunshine State soon, which would leave them in the city of…

Los Angeles, which has been void of an NFL team since the Rams and the Raiders both left town. There is clearly a ton of bidding going on to bring a team to Los Angeles, and it’s almost as though every city is trying to find new ways to keep their team. St. Louis is working on a new stadium. Minnesota inked a deal for a new stadium. Jacksonville has new ownership. Yet still, somewhere along the way, there is going to be a team that packs up and moves to Los Angeles, taking the…

Baltimore Ravens off of the hook as being the most recent NFL franchise to relocate. However, any franchise owner that is willing to pack up his team and move might point to the Ravens for the reason for that move. Baltimore has been spoiled with the Ravens over the course of the last several years, as they have won a Super Bowl and have been perennial contenders. They’ll become the favorites on the odds to win the AFC if they can go on the road and beat the Texans on Sunday as 6.5-point underdogs.

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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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