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NFL Opening Betting Lines: Week 12

Peyton Manning was the quarterback of the last team to be favored over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Manning’s the QB again this week when his Denver Broncos roll into New England as favorites for a Sunday night showdown with the Patriots.

New England hasn’t been a home dog since Nov. 7, 2005, when the Manning-led Indianapolis Colts were 4-point favorites over the Patriots. The Colts won that game, 40-21, ending a streak for the Patriots that saw them cover nine consecutive games as home dogs.

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It’s the second straight week the Patriots have been underdogs. New England was around a 3-point dog at Carolina on Monday night. The Patriots lost to the Panthers, 24-20, on a controversial non-call at the end of the game.

Manning and the Broncos lost, 31-21, to the Patriots last season, but Denver appears to be a much-improved unit. The Broncos will arrive at Gillette Stadium at 9-1 straight-up and 6-4 against the spread. The Patriots are 7-3 SU, 5-5 ATS.

In an intriguing matchup out west, the Indianapolis Colts head to Arizona as underdogs to take on the Cardinals. Arizona opened as 2.5-point favorites, but the line was down to around -1 as of Tuesday.

The St. Louis Rams were small favorites over the visiting Chicago Bears at Bovada, but other shops had the game listed as a pick ‘em to start the week. The Bears have covered the spread in five of the last six games against the Rams. But St. Louis enters rested, after last week’s bye. The Rams are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games after a bye week.

The New Orleans Saints are the biggest favorites on the board this week. Drew Brees and the Saints are 9-point favorites over the struggling Atlanta Falcons in the Thursday night game. The Saints are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings against Atlanta. The Falcons have lost five in a row and are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.