This article was written prior to the Steelers versus Ravens Week 12 game that was pushed back to 3:40PM ET on December 2nd.
It was a mixed bag for the betting Favorites in Week 12. They went 10-5 straight up, but only 5-10 against the spread. That brings the season totals to 115-57-1 SU and 76-95-2 ATS.
The Home team didn’t fare much better as they went 5-10 SU and 8-7 ATS. For the season, Home teams are now 88-84-1 SU and 83-88-2 ATS.
The Unders came away with another win, which marks the third straight week. The Under went 9-6 in Week 12 and is closing the gap as the Over holds a record of 90-82-1.
Let’s huddle up and take a look at the best bets for Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season. Betting odds are courtesy of BetOnline.
Quick Recap of Week 12’s Best Bets
In Week 12, we had a solid performance going 3-1 with the following NFL wagers:
- Dallas Beats Washington on Thanksgiving
- Bills Up By a FG at Halftime vs Chargers
- Arizona Cardinals Lead at Half vs Patriots
- Seattle Wins by a TD over Philly
It certainly was a big, fat mistake to take the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The only thing thankful about the Cowboys on Turkey Day was that the game ended rather quickly. Dallas was embarrassed 41 to 16 and I was embarrassed to pick them. I won’t make that mistake again in 2020.
Like most games this season, Buffalo had a solid lead at halftime over the Chargers by the score of 17 to 6, which easily covered the three point spread.
The Cardinals also held a lead at halftime in Week 12 as they were up 10 to 7 against the Patriots. Thankfully, we went with the halftime spread and not the game spread because Arizona ended up losing on a last second field goal.
Lastly, the Seahawks beat the Eagles by six points, which technically is a “touchdown.” Although many bettors lost because of Philly scoring a last minute TD and a 2 point conversion, we won because we had Seattle at -5 points.
For the season, we’re now at 31-15 heading into Week 13.
Saints Beat Falcons By a FG
- New Orleans -2.5 (-115)
These two teams just played two weeks ago and the New Orleans Saints won by the score of 24 to 9. I had picked the Falcons to cover the five point spread, but they failed miserably. Atlanta was outscored 14-0 in the second half and lost 24 to 9.
The Saints have won eight games in a row which includes the last few contests where they’ve been without QB Drew Brees. Taysom Hill has done a solid job at QB despite being more of a runner than a pocket passer.
— Saints News Network (@SaintsNews) December 2, 2020
Yet, in the first matchup this year, Hill threw for 233 yards and rushed for 49 yards. He also had two rushing touchdowns which sealed the win. I expect Hill to have another solid performance in Week 13 against Atlanta.
The Saints are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Falcons. Furthermore, they’re 11-1 SU in their last 12 road games while Atlanta is 4-9 SU in their last 13 home games. Atlanta is also 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against the Saints.
In their last 10 head to head matchups, New Orleans is outscoring the Falcons 29.64ppg to 26.82ppg. That’s right at the 2.5 point spread. I believe this New Orleans juggernaut will pick up the divisional road win as they outscore the Falcons by at least a field goal.
Patriots Beat the Chargers in LA
- New England (-113)
The New England Patriots are in full desperation mode as they currently sit two games out of the Playoffs with just five games remaining.
New England has won three of their last four matchups including victories over the Cardinals and Ravens. Those were two games where the Patriots were listed as the underdogs.
Now, they travel to the West Coast to take on the Chargers who have lost four of their last five games. Furthermore, the Chargers are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games.
New England is 8-2 SU in their last 10 meetings against the Chargers and 7-3 SU in their last 10 AFC West games.
I like the Patriots to slow down this Chargers passing attack. Furthermore, I like New England’s high powered rushing attack that averages almost 150 ypg to run all over the Chargers who allow 120.5 ypg.
In the end, I see the Patriots winning this game by one score.
Chiefs Lead by More Than a TD at Halftime vs Broncos
- Kansas City -7 (-120)
To say that the Kansas City Chiefs have owned the Broncos in recent years is an understatement.
In their last 10 head to head meetings, Kansas City is 10-0 SU, 9-1 ATS and outscored the Broncos by an average of 12 points per game. The Chiefs scored 31.64ppg and the Broncos scored 19ppg during that 10 game stretch.
On the season, the Chiefs score 31.6ppg and the Broncos score 19ppg. Those numbers are spot on with the averages from the last 10 head to head meetings between these two teams. Furthermore, Denver is allowing 27.1ppg and the Chiefs are giving up 21.6ppg.
Ryan Clark (former Steelers player): “The Chiefs are clearly the best team in the NFL. They could lose 3 more games and I would STILL know they’re the best team in the NFL.” pic.twitter.com/lkYrREpF9I
— CHIEFS HIGHLIGHTS (@ChiefsHighlight) December 2, 2020
The Broncos are 4-11 SU in their last 15 road games and 1-4 SU in their last five games at KC. The Chiefs are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games, 11-1 SU in their last 12 home games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 AFC games and 6-0 ATS in their last six December games.
I see no reason why the Chiefs don’t win this game by double digits. However, a 14.5 point spread is a lot for a divisional matchup. The Chiefs don’t always cover a spread like that against the Broncos on a consistent basis. So, it gives me cause for a small concern.
I prefer to go with the Chiefs leading by at least a TD at halftime as Kansas City has proven they can score right out of the gates. Although I believe they will easily win this game, there’s always a chance that Denver scores some garbage time points and only lose by 14 points.
Take the Chiefs to cover a TD at halftime. At worst, it’s a push.
Buffalo Beats the 49ers on MNF
- Bills (-145)
This is a big game for both teams. The 49ers are trying to keep pace with the Cardinals, Vikings, and Bears for the final NFC Wild Card spot while the Buffalo Bills are trying to stay on top of the AFC East division. Right now, the Bills have a one game lead over the Dolphins.
If this game took place two weeks ago then I would say that Buffalo wins easily. However, now that the 49ers are getting some of their top players back from injuries, I believe this Monday Night Football matchup will be a lot closer.
I like Buffalo to win the game and I prefer to take their moneyline of -145 rather than the Bills to cover a 2.5 point spread. I think the game could be that close where it comes down to one or two points.
As for the winner, Buffalo has more playmakers on both sides of the ball than the 49ers do right now. San Francisco still has a few key injuries that will hinder the team’s overall success and final push towards the Playoffs.
Ultimately, I like Josh Allen to outplay Nick Mullens. Allen has thrown for 3,028 yards, 22 TDs and 8 INTs. Mullens has thrown for 1,642 yards, 6 TDs and 7 INTs.
The big reason why I like Allen is his ability to run the ball and extend plays. That will be the difference in this game. Allen has 311 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs in 12 games so far. Look for Buffalo to pull out a hard fought win over the defending NFC Champs on MNF.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed “King of the Blog” in his first year with the site. …