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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.

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Broncos now Super Bowl co-favorites

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are now the favorites on the Super Bowl odds. The Broncos’ Super Bowl odds were trimmed to 9/2 at Sportsbook.ag on Monday, and they join the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots as the favorites. 

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Big Ben injury: Huge line move

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to extend their overall winning streak to five and their home winning streak to eight when they host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field.

And they will do it as home underdogs after Ben Roethlisberger was scratched after an injury. That swung the line from the Steelers -4.5 to the Steelers +3.5 in

Pittsburgh is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS over its last four games and 14-1 SU and 10-5 ATS over its last 15 home games.

Baltimore is 2-0 SU and ATS in its last two games overall and in its last two games against the Steelers.

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Monday Night Odds: Bears vs 49ers

Alex Smith is out of the Monday Nighter against the Chicago Bears, resulting in a 3-point swing in the point spread this morning after the number had climbed to -7 on weekend reports that he would play.

The Bears visit the San Francisco 49ers this Monday night at Candlestick Park and, after opening as 4.5 point dogs, have seen the number climb to 6.5 at most shops.

Both Smith and Jay Cutler left their respective games Sunday with concussions and their statuses for Monday night are unknown. Cutler is out for the Bears, while backup Jason Campbell is in.

Both teams have been moneymakers on Monday Night with the 49ers 7-1-1 ATS in their past nine games and the Bears 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 MNF showings. [ Bet the 49ers as -7.5 point favorites at Bovada and earn a 100% bonus - total was sitting at 36.5 ]

But the Bears gave struggled here in the Bay, losing seven straight and never covering the spread in that time.

Chicago is 6-1 SU and 4-2-1 ATS over its last seven games while the 49ers are 4-1-1 SU and 3-3 ATS over their last six games. San Francisco was involved in the first tie since 2008 last week against the Rams.

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NFL Betting Trends: Week 11 Preview

Most of the big favorites stumbled in Week 10, damaging the pocket books of NFL bettors, but helping sportsbooks that got demolished a week earlier.

The trends had pointed to the favorites winning again and they did roll to an 9-4-1 mark, but they split 7-7 ATS with the dogs. But the Bengals upsetting the Giants and Bills pulling a back-door cover on the Patriots were huge for the books.

In Week 11, three games see double-digit point spreads as the Patriots lay 10 against the Colts, Houston lays 17 points to the Jaguars and Atlanta gives 11.5 points to visiting Arizona.

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Chargers vs Broncos Betting Preview

Everyone remembers the Monday Nighter in October when Peyton Manning scored five TDs in the second half of an epic rally past the Chargers.

The Denver Broncos will be looking for their fifth straight win when they host the San Diego Chargers at Mile High Stadium this Sunday, hoping the Chargers don't exact similar revenge.

The Broncos are 4-0 SU and ATS over their last four games and have scored at least 31 points in all four games.

San Diego is just 1-4 SU and ATS over its last five games. Denver is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games against the Chargers.

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Eagles vs Redskins: Week 11 odds

Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles at quarterback when the Eagles visit the Washington Redskins this Sunday at FedExField.

Michael Vick suffered a concussion in Philadelphia's loss to Dallas.

Philadelphia is 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS over its last five games while Washington is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS over its last three games. Philadelphia is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three games against Washington.

The point spread had not been posted as of Tuesday while oddsmakers watched for Vick injury updates.

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Packers vs Lions Week 11 Prediction

The Green Bay Packers will be looking for their fifth straight win Sunday when they visit the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Green Bay is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS over its last four games.

Green Bay is 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games against the Detroit Lions. Detroit is 4-11-1 ATS over its last 16 games.

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NFL Week 11 Picks: Chalk covers

Week 11 NFL predictions from the OddsShark.com computer are out and they are not good news for sportsbooks operators.

Early games will go UNDER, late games will go OVER and all the biggest favorites will cover if the computer is correct in Week 11.

Of course, coming off a 6-8 ATS week (it was 9-4-1 SU), don’t expect oddsmakers to go scrambling to move their lines. The computer has followed up good weeks with bad weeks.

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NFL Odds: Week 11 NFL Line Moves

The Steelers won't have Ben Roethlisberger guiding their offense against the Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and as a result the line for that matchup is the biggest mover of the week on the NFL betting board at the sportsbooks.

Pittsburgh opened as a 3.5-point home favorite over division-rival Baltimore before it was revealed how serious Roethlisberger's injury actually was - along with a bad throwing shoulder, Big Ben also has a partially-dislocated rib.

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