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Sunday Setup: NFL Week 12

Only six weeks of regular season NFL betting remain, and with no more byes moving forward every betting card is even more loaded with key injuries and trends. Here’s a look at some NFL injury and weather news to take into account in Week 12.

Vick unlikely to start against New England

Throughout the week, Michael Vick’s status for Philadelphia’s game against New England has been considered questionable, but as of Friday he has been downgraded to doubtful with his rib injury. Nnamdi Asomugha is also considered doubtful after leaving practice on a cart Thursday with a knee injury. Vince Young will once again start in Vick’s place assuming he doesn’t make a quick recovery. Philadelphia is a 3.5-point underdog at home at 5Dimes.

Palko to start over Orton for Chiefs

The big news story of the week in the NFL was the Kansas City Chiefs claiming Kyle Orton after the Denver Broncos waived him on Wednesday. With only a few days to get assimilated, Todd Haley and the Chiefs have opted to stick with Tyler Palko at quarterback this week to give Orton another week to prepare. Palko threw three interceptions and had no touchdown passes against New England last week. Kansas City is an 11-point underdog at home against Pittsburgh at Bovada.

Rain expected in Cincinnati

Offensive fireworks weren’t expected this week when the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Cleveland Browns, but with the weather forecast now predicting rain expect even less offensive output. Teams tend to dial up more running plays in the rain, and considering Cleveland ranks 29th in the league in rushing (93.1 rushing yards per game) and 29th in rushing defense (139.3 rushing yards against per game), this likely favors Cincinnati. The Bengals are a 7.5-point favorite and the total is 37 at TopBet.

Big late-week line movement on Houston this week

After opening as a 3.5-point favorite earlier in the week, the Houston Texans are now a 6.5-point favorite at BetOnline and are clearly a popular pick as over 70% of bettors on the OddsShark Matchup Report predicted that the Texans would cover. Going up against a Jacksonville team averaging just 12.5 points per game, bettors seem to believe that Houston shouldn’t have trouble covering even with Matt Leinart in for Matt Schaub.