NFL Schedule - Team vs. Team - Week 12
This is an important game for these NFC South rivals who are both on track to qualify for the NFL playoffs in 2012. The Falcons are well in control of the NFC South division and will likely head into the playoffs as one of the top two seeds in the NFC. The Buccaneers have hit form in the second half of the season and are now well and truly in the hunt for a NFC wildcard berth. An upset win over the Falcons would put them in the driver's seat.
The rivalry between the Ravens and Chargers has been extremely tight in recent years. The Chargers scored an upset twenty point victory over the Ravens last season and will need to reproduce a similar performance to win this game. The Chargers are slipping out of the playoff race and need to score some big wins in the last month and a half of the season to give themselves a chance. However, the Ravens don't normally lose games like this one and are one of the safest bets of the week.
The Colts have dominated the recent history between these sides winning six of the last seven meetings and are well favored to improve that record in week 12. The Colts have exceeded expectations this season and are well on track to qualify for the playoffs. The Bills have been disastrous in 2012 and their playoff drought (the longest current playoff drought in the NFL) is set to continue. The Colts should be able to exploit the Bills awful secondary defense and win this game easily.
This is a very difficult game for NFL gamblers as both these sides are very inconsistent. The playoff chances of both sides are over and this game will have very little impact on the 2012 NFL season. This game will likely be decided by the personal battle between quarterbacks Michael Vick and Cam Newton; both of whom have disappointed in 2012. Because of this betting on the team available at the longest odds at Online Sportsbooks is the best gambling play in this match.
These divisional rivals have been trading victories since 2009 with neither team able to score back-to-back wins over the other. This trend looks set to continue in week 12 of the 2012 NFL schedule. The Chiefs won the last game between these sides, 7-3 in one of the worst games of the 2011 NFL season, but appear unlikely to beat the Broncos in 2012. The Chiefs have been simply awful this season while the Broncos, revamped by the inclusion of quarterback Peyton Manning, are well on their way to the playoffs. The Broncos are one of the safest bets of the week.
The Packers and Giants have developed an intense rivalry having met in the NFC Championship game on five occasions. The Packers will be desperate to avenge their surprise loss to the Giants in last year's playoffs and will be heavily motivated going into this clash. The Packers started the season slowly but have now returned to their 2011 form while the Giants have struggled in recent weeks. Quarterback Eli Manning has been suffering injury problems and the Giants will need him fully fit if they are going to be any chance in this match.
This is just the third meeting between these franchises. Both these sides qualified for the playoffs in 2011 but the Lions are on the cusp of missing out this year. They have been plagued by inconsistency in 2012 and need to win the majority of their remaining games to be any chance of qualifying for the playoffs. The Texans are currently the highest ranked team in the AFC and should receive a round one bye in the playoffs. They are strong on both sides of the football and should be available at good odds at Online Sportsbooks to win this game.
These sides will meet twice in the next three weeks with the Vikings needing to win both these clashes to have any chance of winning the NFC North division title. This is going to be a difficult task as the Bears have won the last five games between these two sides; most of these by a large margins. The Bears have had an easy schedule this season but have struggled any time they have had to face a top team. The Minnesota Vikings should be available at good odds with Online Sportsbooks and are a good underdog bet this week.
This is the second meeting between these sides in the 2012 NFL schedule. The Jets blew a chance to score a big upset in week 7 when quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled the ball in overtime to hand the Patriots the victory. The Jets haven't recovered from this loss and their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are as good as over. The Patriots have been in good form, without looking great, but should be far too strong for the Jets in this game and are one of the safest bets of the weekend.
The Oakland Raiders will be keen to improve their excellent record against the Cincinnati Bengals in this clash. The Raiders have a 20-8 record against the Bengals and have won four of their last five clashes. The biggest story in this game is Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer returning to Cincinnati to face his former side. This game will likely come down to the battle between Palmer and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. This is a tough game to analyse so ignoring this game from a gambling perspective is probably the best play.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated the Cleveland Browns in recent seasons and this should continue in 2012. The Browns have tasted success against the Browns just once in their last ten meetings and have defeated the Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on only two occasions. The Browns have shown signs of improvement this season but are still not good enough to match it with the tough Steelers side. The games between these sides are generally low-scoring, and this game should be no exception, so betting on the under option in the Over/Under betting market is an excellent betting proposition in this game.
The San Francisco 49ers have dominated the historical rivalry between these sides but have struggled in recent seasons. The Saints have won six of their last seven meetings but lost the NFC Divisional Playoff Game to the 49ers last season. That game was one of the most exciting games of last season and fans hope to see the same this season. This game will be decided by the battle between the elite 49ers defensive unit and the explosive Saints offense. The Saints should be available at good odds to win this game and could be one of the best betting plays of the week.
The Miami Dolphins will be desperate to improve their excellent record against the Seattle Seahawks and keep their playoff chances alive. The Dolphins were on track to make a surprise playoffs appearance but have slipped in the last few weeks and are slipping out of the race. The Seahawks are currently locked in a battle for the NFC West and need to win this game to keep in touch with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks strong defense should be enough to carry them to victory in this game and they should be available at good odds with Online Sportsbooks.
This is the second meeting between these sides in 2012. In week 5, the Rams snapped the Cardinals four game losing streak and sacked Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb an incredible nine times. Both these sides have been extremely inconsistent in the last month and this makes analyzing this game very difficult from a gamblers perspective. The offense on both these teams have generally struggled this season so betting on the under option in the Over/Under betting market is an excellent betting proposition in this game.
Both these sides are out of the playoff race but will still be desperate to score a win over their divisional rivals. The Titans have scored big wins in 2012 but have been plagued by inconsistency while the Jaguars have generally struggled. Jaguars running-back Maurice Jones Drew will likely miss this game due to injury and without their franchise star the Jaguars will struggle to move the football. The Titans should win this game but because of their consistency issues it is difficult to bet on them with any confidence.
The rivalry between these sides is considered not just one of the greatest in the NFL but all of sports. The Cowboys have won the last three games between these franchises and will need to continue that winning streak to keep themselves in the playoff hunt. This game will be played at Cowboys Stadium; a venue where the Redskins have failed to win a game. The meetings between these sides have been extremely tight, in recent seasons thus, betting on the underdog to beat the spread is the best gambling option in this game.