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Steve’s Weekly NFL Bettor’s Guide: Week 12

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Image courtesy of Greg

Another week in the NFL and another miss on the lock of the week. I really did not see the Oakland Raiders playing so well against the San Diego Chargers.

Also, the Denver Broncos didn’t exactly play too vigorously against the St. Louis Rams. Losing 22-7 in St. Louis is not exactly great for the Broncos considering Tom Brady and the New England Patriots blew out the Indianapolis Colts and now look like the team to beat in the AFC.

The good news of the week is that my upset pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Washington Redskins, was correct. The game featured some subpar play by Robert Griffin III and the post game featured some mediocre comments from a leadership standpoint by Mr. RGIII.

This week features several interesting games including one in New York that may not pan out due to #Snowpocalypse, or something like that.

The AFC North continues to look like an elite league compared to the NFC South, which is why I have the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens defeating the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints respectively. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the other NFC South team in action, and I have them covering six-points against the Chicago Bears, a game in which fantasy studs Brandon Marshall and Mike Evans will be featured (studs = led me to victory last week in the Baller Mind Frame fantasy football league).

I said last week was my final week taking the Bears, and they avoided a 3-7 record with a 21-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings. That win likely gives them some extra points in the spread this week against Tampa Bay, but the Bucs are better than their 2-8 record. A record that only has them two games out of first in the NFC South.

The lock of the week may be retired, but the upset pick still lives on. It goes to the Arizona Cardinals over the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. This is an Arizona team without Carson Palmers, but one who shut down the Detroit Lions last week. And in case odds makers forgot, they are 9-1.

Seattle is indeed an extremely tough place to play, but there is zero chance of the Cardinals not covering 6.5 points. Put it on record: zero chance.

A note before moving onto the picks: I have the Jacksonville Jaguars covering 14-points against the Colts. The first time the Jaguars have ever been picked to win a game? Quite possibly. Unfortunately, the Raiders do not get the same treatment, because they are on a whole different level of horrible.


Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) at Oakland Raiders: Chiefs -7.5

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5): Browns +3.5

Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles (-11): Eagles -11

New England Patriots (-7) at Detroit Lions: Lions +7

Green Bay Packers (-10) at Minnesota Vikings: Packers -10

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianpolis Colts (-14): Jaguars +14

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (-1.5): Bengals +1.5

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-4): Bills +4

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (-6): Buccaneers +6

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-6.5): Cardinals +6.5

St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers (-4.5): Chargers -4.5

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos (-7.5): Dolphins +7.5

Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers (-9): 49ers -9

Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at New York Giants: Cowboys -3.5

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (-3): Ravens +3

Last Week: 7-7

Yearly Record: 85-75-1


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