Finding NFL Betting Value in Week 13 Opening Odds

Nikki Adams

Monday, November 24, 2014 2:40 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 2:40 PM GMT

Hot off the press: Week 13 NFL game lines get our full attention. Join us as we analyse several matchups and serve up early NFL picks for your NFL betting thrills.

Cardinals -1.5 over Falcons
Both the Cardinals and Falcons look to bounce back after losses in week 12 NFL betting. Something is going to have to give here; most likely, the Falcons as the 1.5-point home chalk.

Cardinals slipped to 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS when they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 19-3 as the 6.5-point road chalk. Cardinals have one of the toughest schedules in the business end of the season with dates against Kansas, Seattle and San Francisco looming. Hence, the win in this game is pivotal towards their postseason aspirations. Cardinals currently have top spot in the NFC behind the best record as well they lead the NFC West division. But competition is heating up with both the Niners and Seahawks winning in week 12 to close the gap. Cardinals can't afford another misstep, especially not against a Falcons side that leaves much to be desired this season.

Falcons, meanwhile, succumbed to a 26-24 defeat at home to the Browns all while installed as the 3-point home chalk. Falcons are 4-7 SU and ATS (2-2 ATS at home). In the broad spectrum of the league, such a subpar record would have their season done and dusted by now. In the underachieving NFC South, it's still alive. However, the notional possibility Atlanta would stage a late comeback, win the division and traipse into the playoffs, dwindles in the face of a very tough schedule which includes Arizona, Green Bay and Pittsburgh in quick succession.  

NFL Picks: Cardinals -1.5

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Bengals -3 over Bucs
Cincinnati Bengals have perked up in recent weeks, putting paid on their critics. Most recently, they outlasted the Texans 22-13 all while installed as the 1-point road underdogs. They have now cashed both SU and ATS in their last two outings (6-4-1 ATS overall) and they'll look to clinch hat-trick of wins on the NFL betting floor for their fans when they descend on the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The hosts are winless at home this season and 0-5 ATS with an 11-point margin of defeat on average. With the Bengals looking towards the postseason, they should cover handily.

NFL Picks: Bengals -3

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Dolphins -3.5 over Jets
Miami Dolphins are after a spirited effort against the Denver Broncos. Although they succumbed to the 39-36 loss they covered as the 7-point underdogs cashing for NFL bettors. The latest cover had the Dolphins improve to 7-4 ATS this season, marking one of the best performers this season against the spread with the likes of Arizona, Kansas and Indianapolis. Dolphins are 6-5 SU this season with a 6-point average margin of victory. They have a solid record against teams below .500 this season, teams not unlike underachievers New York Jets. Add the Dolphins to your NFL picks as the 3.5-point road favourites against the spread.

NFL Picks: Dolphins -3.5

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