Early Week 12 NFL Odds Hit the Market: Where are Bettors Looking?

Nikki Adams

Monday, November 23, 2015 1:12 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 1:12 PM GMT

As week 11 winds down, we look ahead to the fresh-off-the-press NFL odds for week 12. How do bookies cast the upcoming weekend and what matchups should you spot on your NFL picks?

Week 11 Roundup
Another week of NFL betting is almost in the books. As Sunday’ round of action across the league closes, we recap the events with a view towards the main talking points.

To begin with, the Carolina Panthers are throwing down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms, improving to a whopping 10-0 SU, they are now riding a 14-game regular season winning streak. The Patriots are yet to play their Monday Night Football clash with the Buffalo Bills, so it remains to be seen whether they live up to their top credentials in week 11 NFL betting markets as well as Super Bowl 50 betting markets and join the Panthers as the only two teams to remain undefeated on the 2015-2016 season.

Elsewhere, the Green Bay Packers snap their negative trend with a pivotal win over the Minnesota Vikings to reclaim top spot in the NFC North, and the Denver Broncos edge the Chicago Bears all while relying on Brock Osweiler at quarterback. The Colts continue to win with 40-years-old Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback and the Cowboys….drumroll…, finally, get back in the win column on the heels of Tony Romo’s return.

Now that only Monday Night Football remains pending for week 11 in the books, we cast our eye over week 12, along with the opening odds provided by SBR Odds.

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Must-See Matchups in Week 12

Bears vs. Packers: Packers fans have had this Thanksgiving game circled way before the start of the season, ever since it was announced the franchise would honour their beloved Brett Favre on this very day at Lambeau Field, inducting him into the Packers Hall of Fame and retire his number in a public ceremony. Of course, there are a few titbits that add intrigue to the day’s proceedings: it’s set on a backdrop of a divisional rivalry, one the Packers have dominated for the most part especially at home. Most importantly, the Packers finally snapped a three-game losing streak (their worst run of form under Aaron Rodgers since 2010) with a pivotal win over divisional rivals Minnesota Vikings. As it is, the Packers are matched as the 7-point home chalk, which does seem a bit rich considering their recent run of poor form, not to mention the fact they are 6-4 ATS with just a negative 0.3-point margin against the spread on average. They haven’t exactly been blowing competition off the field as they’ve been wont to in the past. Their last home game was a loss to the Detroit Lions, the first in almost 25 years. Nevertheless, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers do have Jay Cutlers’ number in season’s past and on the strength of that record the 7-point spread does seem appropriate for your NFL picks.

 

Cowboys vs. Panthers: The overriding question going into this matchup is whether Tony Romo can prove the charm against the Panthers. Coming off a standout 2014 season, expectations ran high for the Cowboys across sports betting platforms. Unfortunately, those were cut short very quickly when things didn’t go exactly to plan. Romo was injured in week 2 and the Cowboys went into a tailspin, losing seven games on the trot. Without their talisman, they struggled conspicuously to make any impression and the frustration spilled off of the field and into the locker room.

This week, that poor run of form ended. Not surprisingly on the heels of Romo’s return as he guided his Cowboys to a 24-14 win over the Dolphins on the road. If there’s one glimmer of hope for Cowboys’ fans, it’s the fact that the NFC East is largely disappointing as a whole. Even with a 3-7 SU mark and holding bottom spot in the division, the Cowboys are still in the race for the divisional title. NY Giants are only 5-5 SU, while both the Redskins and Eagles are tied on a 4-6 SU mark. There’s all to play for yet.

Of course, beating the 10-0 Panthers is going to be a tall order for Romo and the Cowboys in week 12. Panthers have defied the NFL odds for the better part of the season. Hence, the Cowboys are the nominal underdog odds when they host the Panthers. But with America’s team revived and back into the win column, one can’t dismiss their chance to play the part of spoilers and take the Panthers down a notch or two. Certainly, with a fired up Romo, anxious to get his team back in the thick of the playoff race, a small stake on the Cowboys on your NFL picks might not go amiss.

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