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Bodog Sportsbook NFL Football Betting: Week 12 Preview

NFL Betting: NFL Week 12 Preview

It’s Turkey Time again. Time to take a close look at the NFL betting lines and see what the home teams have to offer. With each passing year, the game of football takes a harder toll on the human body, and it becomes that much more difficult to drag your bones into someone else’s stadium. We’ll lead this week’s betting preview with a look at the latest victims.

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The Year of the Concussion

Three quarterbacks are in the spotlight this week after suffering head injuries. It’s already been decided that St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger will be held out for at least three weeks and possibly the rest of the season with a fractured tibia, but Bulger is also being monitored after taking a hit to the head on the final play of last Sunday’s 21-13 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals (-9.5). Kyle Boller is next on the depth chart; he was unimpressive in three games earlier this year, all losses SU and ATS, but he should get the start this Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Seahawks (-3 road faves)

On the other sideline, Kurt Warner only played the first half after getting planted by Rams safety O.J. Atogwe. Warner has a past history of concussions and the Cardinals are virtually assured of winning the weak NFC West, so Matt Leinart played the second half and was a competent 10-of-14 for 74 yards. We’re not expected to learn until Friday or Saturday who will start in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans; keep checking Bodog Sports for the latest NFL odds.

The same goes for the big Sunday Night Football matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger suffered at least a mild concussion during the overtime of last week’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (+10.5), but coach Mike Tomlin cleverly sidestepped league policy by calling the injury “concussion-oriented,” thus keeping Roethlisberger eligible to face the Ravens. Tomlin said on Monday that Big Ben passed his medical tests and was expected to practice Wednesday. No. 2 QB Charlie Batch is out six weeks with a wrist injury, so if Roethlisberger doesn’t play – which appears unlikely at this point – Dennis Dixon would be next in line.

Double Jeopardy

The Roethlisberger-Batch injury situation isn’t the only double whammy in the NFL this week. The Washington Redskins are without their top two running backs versus the Philadelphia Eagles (-9.5), as Ladell Betts tore up his knee big-time against the Dallas Cowboys to join Clinton Portis (concussion) on the sidelines. Rock Cartwright will get the nod in Philadelphia and should be a quality substitute at 4.4 yards per carry in his career.

If only the Green Bay Packers could plug the holes in their defense that easily. Both cornerback Al Harris and linebacker Aaron Kampman are out for the year after tearing their ACLs last week against the San Francisco 49ers. CB Trevor Ford was promoted from the practice squad on Tuesday. The Packers are ranked No. 1 in the league in defensive efficiency, but they’ll have to scramble to be ready for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day contest. Good thing it’s against the Detroit Lions. Both QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) and WR Calvin Johnson (hand) sat out Tuesday’s practice; Stafford will likely miss Thursday night, but Johnson’s status is less certain.

We Need a Kicker

The Falcons have had just about enough of place-kicker Jason Elam. The former three-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos is just 10-of-16 on field goals this year and 3-of-7 from between 30 and 39 yards out. That prompted the Falcons to hold a tryout on Tuesday; the participants included Shane Andrus, who has already played for both the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, and former Georgia Bulldogs star Brandon Coutu.

Elam is still in line to play this Sunday against the Bucs (+13), but his career is hanging by a thread at age 39. Atlanta’s punting has been substandard this year as well with Michael Koenen managing just 36.3 net yards per attempt, and it isn’t any easier for either man with new long snapper Brad Pittman taking over for the injured Michael Schneck earlier this month. Atlanta is just 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five games.

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