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NFL Betting: Week 12 Opening Lines

Week 12 of the NFL betting campaign gets underway with three games on Thursday for Thanksgiving in the United States, with two of those contests offering up home underdogs at the sportsbooks.

First up is Houston at Detroit, with the Lions opening as 3-point home underdogs at 5Dimes for the matchup. The Texans sit at 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS on the season, while the Lions have struggled to marks of 4-6 SU and 3-6-1 so far in 2012. Combined the teams are 11-7-2 on the OVER/UNDER.

The Texans and Lions have only met twice in the past, splitting their two matchups since 2004 with Detroit going 2-0 ATS - and the OVER paying off for totals bettors at the sportsbooks both times.

The other home underdog on Thursday is the New York Jets, with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots pegged as 7-point road favorites on the opening lines at 5Dimes for their game at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets have already covered against the Pats once this season, in their 29-26 loss at New England as an 11.5-point underdog back on October 21. Each of the last six Pats/Jets games have been OVER results for totals bettors.

The Dallas Cowboys are then 3-point home favorites over the Washington Redskins on the opening NFL betting odds at 5Dimes in the other matchup on tap for Thursday. Washington is 8-2 ATS over its last 10 games against rival Dallas.

The biggest underdog on the opening NFL lines is the Kansas City Chiefs, who sit at +11.5 at home for their Week 12 contest against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The UNDER has paid out three straight times in Broncos/Chiefs matchups over the past couple of seasons.

Several games remained off the board early this week at the sportsbooks; check 5Dimes for updates over the next few days.

Week 12 Opening NFL Betting Lines (from 5Dimes)

Thu - Houston at Detroit (+3) (12:30pm ET)

Thu - Washington at Dallas (-3) (4:15pm ET)

Thu - New England at NY Jets (+7) (8:20pm ET)

Sun - Minnesota at Chicago (off) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Oakland at Cincinnati (-9.5) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Pittsburgh at Cleveland (off) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Buffalo at Indianapolis (-3) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Denver at Kansas City (+11.5) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Seattle at Miami (+1.5) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Atlanta at Tampa Bay (pick) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Tennessee at Jacksonville (+2.5) (1:00pm ET)

Sun - Baltimore at San Diego (pick) (4:05pm ET)

Sun - St. Louis at Arizona (-1) (4:25pm ET)

Sun - San Francisco at New Orleans (off) (4:25pm ET)

Sun - Green Bay at NY Giants (-1) (8:20pm ET)

Mon - Carolina at Philadelphia (off) (8:30pm ET)

Week 12 NFL Betting Trends and Notes

Houston at Detroit - Matchup Report


Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games

Washington at Dallas - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games

Dallas is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Washington

New England at NY Jets - Matchup Report


The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England's last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Jets last 5 games when playing New England

Pittsburgh at Cleveland - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 10 games at home

Atlanta at Tampa Bay - Matchup Report


Atlanta is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Buffalo at Indianapolis - Matchup Report


The total has gone OVER in 9 of Buffalo's last 13 games

Indianapolis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Tennessee at Jacksonville - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing Jacksonville

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games when playing Tennessee

Minnesota at Chicago - Matchup Report


The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago

Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Denver at Kansas City - Matchup Report


Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City's last 12 games at home

Oakland at Cincinnati - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing Oakland

Seattle at Miami - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games

Baltimore at San Diego - Matchup Report


Baltimore is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Diego's last 7 games

St. Louis at Arizona - Matchup Report


The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis's last 9 games when playing Arizona

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona's last 9 games when playing St. Louis

San Francisco at New Orleans - Matchup Report


San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road

New Orleans is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home

Green Bay at NY Giants - Matchup Report


Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Giants last 5 games when playing Green Bay

Carolina at Philadelphia - Matchup Report


The total has gone OVER in 6 of Carolina's last 9 games on the road

Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Carolina