2012 NFL Week 7 – Best Bets
It was another round of upsets in week 6 of the 2012 NFL Schedule with underdogs winning more than half the games. NFL gamblers that followed our tips last weekend would have scored some big winners with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions all upsetting their more fancied opponents. Our gambling experts at Online Gambling have handicapped every game in week 7 of the 2012 NFL season and found the best betting plays of the week.
This will be a very interesting game between these divisional rivals. Both teams have excellent defensive units so it should be a low scoring aggressive match-up. The Seahawks caused another upset in week 6, beating the New England Patriots, and would be confident heading into this game. The 49ers, on the other hand, suffered their worst defeat of the year when losing to the New York Giants and will be desperate to bounce back to form in this game. Online Sportsbooks have set a very generous line for this match-up and the Seahawks with more than a touchdown head start is an excellent play in the spread betting market.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Seattle Seahawks to beat the spread (+7.5) (-110 at Bovada)
This is a very tough game to handicap as both of these sides have been extremely inconsistent in 2012. The Bills will be full of confidence after beating the Arizona Cardinals and getting their playoff ambitions back on track. Every team in the AFC East has a record of 3-3 so the Bills have a great deal to play for this weekend. The Titans scored one of the upsets of the week, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will be confident they can win this game having beaten the Bills in their last four meetings. Online Sportsbooks have made the Bills heavy favourites in this game and because of this the Titans are available at excellent odds to spring another upset.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Tennessee Titans to win (+155 at Bovada)
The Ravens season has been crushed by the season ending injury to inspirational leader Ray Lewis. Lewis is the heart and soul of the entire Ravens franchise and without him and Terrell Suggs their highly fancied defense may struggle. The Texans capitulated in their loss to the Green Bay Packers and will be desperate to show that they can hang with another Super Bowl contender. Many experts predict this could be a preview of the AFC Conference Championship Game and the way the Ravens handle this big occasion without Lewis may decide the fate of their season. Because of all the injuries involved this is a good game to ignore from a gambling perspective.
Both of these teams seasons are at a crossroads and they desperately need a win in this game. The Dallas Cowboys are now 2-3 and missed an excellent opportunity to upset the Baltimore Ravens last weekend. Running back DeMarco Murray finally found form but was injured in the second half and may miss this game. The Carolina Panthers are coming off a bye week in which they would have spent a great deal of time working on their issues on both sides of the football. Their major problem is the inconsistent form of quarterback Cam Newton and he must perform if they are going to be any chance of beating the Cowboys. Dallas has an excellent record against the Carolina Panthers and should be able to maintain that this weekend.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Dallas Cowboys to win (-131 at Bovada)
The Green Bay Packers finally found their top form last weekend and will looking to carry that into this game against the St Louis Rams. Aaron Rodgers was back to his very best against the Houston Texans throwing a franchise record six touchdowns. The Rams defense has been impressive in week 6 but will need to be at their very best to shut down the talented quarterback and his star studded wide receivers. It is very difficult to see Sam Bradford and the mediocre Rams offense being able to hang with the Packers at all. Online Sportsbooks have only give the Rams a start of five points in the spread betting market, which should be easily beaten by the Packers.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Green Bay Packers to beat the spread (-5) (-110 at Bovada)
Confidence will be up in Cleveland after they finally snapped an eleven game losing streak. The Browns were strong on both sides of the football against the Bengals and looked like a team that could cause a few surprises in the second half of the season. The Colts struggled against the New York Jets, failing to back up their strong performance against the Green Bay Packers from a week previous. This is a game that doesn’t offer much value from a gambling perspective. The Colts are deserved favorites but aren’t a good bet at the odds currently being offered by Online Sportsbooks.
The Vikings and Cardinals have both surpassed expectations in 2012 but suffered disappointing losses in week 6. The Cardinals lost a overtime thriller to the Buffalo Bills in what was a game they really should have won. Their offensive line has struggled in recent weeks and is responsible for an injury suffered by quarterback Kevin Kolb. John Skelton will likely step in for Kolb, which is one of the reasons the Cardinals are at such long odds at Online Sportsbooks. The Minnesota Vikings have never lost to the Cardinals at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome but at their current odds you couldn’t possibly bet on them. It is a risky play but at such long odds the Cardinals are a good gambling proposition.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Arizona Cardinals to win (+220 at Bovada)
The New York Giants proved they are the best big game team in the NFL last week while Robert Griffin III got the Redskins back on track. The Redskins have a surprisingly good recent record against the Giants, something which Tom Coughlin and the Giants will be desperately keen to end. The NFC East is delicately poised at the moment and a win here for the Giants would put them in control of the division. All this points to the Giants being motivated to win this game and that should be enough for them to defeat the gritty Redskins side. However, Online Sportsbooks appear to have gotten the odds correct for this game and neither side represents good gambling value.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are both starting to find form after slow starts to the year. The Saints finally scored a breakthrough win against the San Diego Chargers in week 5 and will be keen to build on that momentum against their divisional rivals. However, confidence will be high in Tampa Bay after their best performance in two seasons, against the Kansas City Chiefs, last weekend. There is no doubt this will be a high scoring affair and Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman will have to be at his very best if his side is going to hang with Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The Saints should be able to take advantage of the poor Buccaneers defense and win this game comfortably.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the New Orleans Saints to win (-145 at Bovada)
Amazingly, after six weeks every team in the AFC East is 3-3, which means that this game is incredibly important. The Patriots suffered another tight loss last week and their inability to win these close games is very worrying for their Super Bowl chances. This is must-win game for the side; simply to build back up the confidence in the squad. The Jets will be confident, after beating the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and would love nothing more than to take the division lead by beating their arch-rivals. Online Sportsbooks have opened the Patriots at incredibly short odds considering how inconsistent they have been this season. However, it is very difficult to place any trust in the Jets team so this is another game that it is best to ignore from a gambling perspective.
This is a game that will have little impact on the overall NFL season but that doesn’t stop it from being a possible gambling opportunity. Both of these sides have only won one game this season and are considered two good chances to receive the number one draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders have gone close in a number of games this season but this is their best chance of scoring a comprehensive victory. The Jaguars showed some potential early in the season but have gotten worse as the year has progressed. Blaine Gabbert is simply not a NFL standard quarterback and with him under center the Jaguars simply aren’t going to have a winning season. The spread has been set as four points by Online Sportsbooks, which is very achievable for the Raiders side.
This is a very important game in the highly competitive NFC North division. The Chicago Bears can take control of the division while the Detroit Lions can get themselves back in the hunt with a victory. The Bears have an excellent record (4-1) but haven’t been overly impressive this season. Their offensive line has struggled at times and the Detroit Lions will be looking to exploit that and put pressure on quarterback Jay Cutler. The Lions will take a lot of confidence from their hard fought victory over the Philadelphia Eagles and will be desperate to continue that momentum against their divisional rivals. The Lions are a good chance to do this and at their current odds are one of the best bets of the week.
Best Betting Play: Bet on the Detroit Lions to win (+212 at Bovada)
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