NFL betting tips: Seahawks to edge out Eagles
We had to settle for just two winning NFL betting tips last week but were not far off a clean sweep.
As predicted, the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots covered the spread in their matches but we were two short of the 50 points we needed in the Baltimore Ravens match and the San Francisco 49ers were two points shy of covering the spread in their victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
Once again we have selected four tips from Sunday's Week 12 fixtures in our NFL betting preview which can be combined in a four-fold acca at odds of more than 12/1.
NFL Betting Tips
- Falcons -4.5 to beat Buccaneers 9/10
- Giants @ Bears: Under 40.5 points 9/10
- Saints -9.5 to beat Panthers 9/10
- Seahawks to beat Eagles 1/1
[All odds correct at time of publication]
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NFL Bet Predictions: Week 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons (Sun, 18:00)
The Falcons have beaten two of their NFC South rivals in the last two weeks and have the chance to complete the hat-trick this weekend when the Buccaneers visit Georgia.
A reshuffle of the coaching staff after a recent bye week has had the desired effect and the Falcons have improved to 3-7 as a result.
They produced one of the upsets of the season with a 26-9 win at the New Orleans Saints before enjoying more success on the road last week, beating the Carolina Panthers 29-3.
The defense was particularly impressive with four interceptions and sacking Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen five times, while Kenjon Barner had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Buccaneers are also 3-7 this season after being beaten 34-17 by the Saints last week, when Jameis Winston was sacked twice and threw four interceptions.
No team has allowed more points per game than the Bucs this season (31.3) and with the Falcons improving of late, they are fancied to cover the spread at home as the first of our NFL betting tips.
New York Giants @ Chicago Bears (Sun, 18:00)
The Giants return to action after a bye week and will hope the work they have put in during the break allows them to end a run of six straight defeats.
The Bears are also in poor form, losing five of their last six matches after a 17-7 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles last weekend.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a tough afternoon, completing 24 of his 43 throws for 190 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He suffered a hip injury late in the first half and although he returned in the second half, he is a doubt for Sunday.
Regardless of whether Trubisky or back-up Chase Daniel starts, the Bears are struggling offensively and averaging just 16.9 points per game - the fifth worst in the NFL.
They rank fourth best for points allowed though so we're backing under 40.5 points, which would have paid out in the Bears' last four matches.
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints (Sun, 18:00)
The Saints (8-2) are sitting pretty at the top of the NFC South and are the 13/2 third favourites in the NFL Super Bowl odds after last week's road win against the Bucs.
Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in another impressive display from the veteran quarterback and the Saints are expected to enjoy a routine win on Sunday, when they are the second shortest price in the NFL betting odds for Week 12 behind the Cleveland Browns (2/13), who host the Miami Dolphins.
As previously mentioned, the Panthers (5-5) suffered a heavy defeat at home to the Falcons last week which was their second successive loss.
They are desperate for a victory against their divisional rivals to keep their play-off hopes alive but they look overly reliant on running back Christian McCaffrey, and we expect the Saints defense to have the pace to keep him in check.
If he struggles, this could be a long afternoon for the Panthers so we'll back the Saints to win by double digits as one of our NFL predictions.
Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sun, 18:00)
The pick of the 6pm matches on Sunday is a meeting between two teams mentioned as dark horses in terms of Super Bowl betting tips, with the Seahawks 14/1 to go all the way and the Eagles 25/1 in the outright betting.
The Eagles have home advantage in Week 12 and there is little between the two teams in the betting, with Philadelphia receiving 1.5 points on the spread.
Seattle had the weekend off last week but will still be on a high after ending the San Francisco 49ers' unbeaten start to the season with a 27-24 overtime victory in Week 10, extending their own winning streak to three matches.
The Eagles are looking to bounce back from last week's 17-10 defeat at home to the New England Patriots, which proved a struggle for quarterback Carson Wentz.
Their offensive problems are not being helped by injuries while the Seahawks will be healthy after a bye week so a Seattle win at evens is the last of our NFL betting tips for Week 12.
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