With NFL Week 13 action already underway after the Dallas Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football, it is now time to sit back, relax and get ready for a full day of football. Whether your team plays on Sunday, Monday, or is on their bye this week…all NFL fans know that Sunday is a day for football, snacks, and a general lack of leaving the couch. But, before you can do that, you probably want to put in a bet or two…right? Of course, you do–that is why you are reading this article, to get some NFL betting advice!
To start, when reading the “line” that we have, the number with the “plus or minus” next to it is the “spread.” Which is the number you need to add or subtract from your team’s total to get the win. So, if you are picking a team -6, that means they would need to win by seven for you to win.
The number to the right of the spread is the “vig,” which is the fee that you pay to the casino to make the bet. If the vig is -110, then the better can make $1 off of every $1.10 he wins. All of our odds are brought to you by FanDuel SportsBooks, here are my week 12 NFL best bets to make, including one bet from each of the three Sunday time-slots.
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Week 13: Best NFL Bets To Make ASAP
Minnesota Vikings: -7.5 (-105) @ Detroit Lions
The Vikings enter this game fresh off of losing star running back Dalvin Cook to injury, lucky for them, the same can be said about the Lions, as they will be without D’Andre Swift. Also, lucky for the Vikings–or good planning–is the fact that Minnesota has one of the premier backup running backs in the NFL in Alexander Mattison.
While the Lions, despite their winless record, have been the fifth-best team in the league when it comes to beating the spread (7-4), we just don’t see that happening this week and a lot of it has to do with the running back situation. Not having Cook will force Minnesota to rely more on its passing game, and that has unlocked a lot of the Vikings’ success this season. So, who knows, maybe this Cook injury could be a little blessing in disguise for Minnesota.
Washington Football Team: +1.5 (-106) @ Las Vegas Raiders
Both of these teams sit near the bottom of the league in covering the spread, Washington (WFT) is 4-7 and Las Vegas is just 5-6. Both teams cannot lose against the spread, however, so something has to give. As of late, Washington has looked like a team on a mission and has catapulted themselves not only into the NFC wild-card race but into the NFC East divisional race as well.
With multiple divisional game son tap, including two out of three against the first-place Dallas Cowboys, the Football Team will have to keep their heads right and focused on this game or else they will get punched right in the mouth. Vegas is coming off of a win over Dallas and ten days to prepare and Washington is on a short week, this would normally add up to disaster for a football team that is traveling across the country. The one thing WFT has going for them? The calming presence of Ron Rivera, and that, is what will put them over the top in this one. Take Washington plus the points and run to the ticket counter because this one is our “JB Lock Of The Week.”
Denver Broncos: +9.5 (-106) @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have been one of the worst teams in the league against the spread in 2o21, so this is just far too many points to give them. Even though this is a home game for the Chiefs, they are coming off of four straight wins, the Broncos are also coming off of a big win last week.
The Broncos took out a Chargers team that looked like it was gaining its footing the same way they beat a Dallas team last month that was absolutely on a roll. We are not predicting Denver to come away with the win, but we are expecting this game to stay within ten points. Denver has too good of a roster, too good of a coach and this is a divisional matchup. Familiarity breeds contempt, but it also breeds close games, so keep that in mind when betting this game.