NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 12 fixtures

Still the One? Cam Newton and his rallying Panthers need to rescue their season in Oakland
Still the One? Cam Newton and his rallying Panthers need to rescue their season in Oakland

Romilly Evans runs you through the card with his bite-size bets for all Sunday's games...

"While Carolina have their concerns (Luke Kuechly and Ryan Kalil are MIA), Oakland’s own sick-list is mounting up, with doubts even extending to Derek Carr’s preferred wideman Michael Crabtree and RB Latavius Murray"

Recommended Bet
Back Carolina to win on the Moneyline @ 2.56/4 or better

Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, 18:00

Atlanta's Matt Ryan is still in the conversation for league MVP, but his side are doing their trademark level best to jeopardise a postseason berth. Fortunately, hailing as they do from a weakened NFC South, they should still make the play-offs, although this is exactly the kind of banana skin that will trip them up, even at home. That's because Arizona's personnel enjoys better continuity, despite not adding up to the sum of its parts so far this term. However, while Carson Palmer is gradually returning to his former self, his receivers simply to need to catch more balls to return to 2015 form. Running man, David Johnson, can take the heat off his House of Cards, and transfer the destabilising jitters to the flapping Falcons instead.

Recommended Bet
Back Arizona (+4.5pts) to win @ 2.111/10 or better


Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, 18:00

No AJ Green, but the Red Rifle can still hit his marks, and bustle up Baltimore in this key divisional duel. Like the aforementioned Palmer, Joe Flacco is another QB not in mint condition so far this campaign. Above all, he is struggling to make the deep ball stick. Gio Bernard is also absent for the bungling Bungles, but I reckon this is the week Jeremy Hill carries the load. Despite its leading numbers, the Ravens' D is not impenetrable against the run, and Hill should open up Andy Dalton's passing lanes.

Recommended Bet
Back Cincinnati to win on the Moneyline @ 2.727/4 or better


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills
Sunday, 18:00

LeSean McCoy continues to pick up niggles (this time it's his thumb) in Buffalo, and the Bills are also likely missing a tight end and a wideout or two (an extended Sammy Watkins sojourn on the sidelines would be a blow). That said, having got their wildcard challenge back on the rails, this isn't the time to fold easily at a time when every team are nursing knocks. Jacksonville are no different (running back TJ Yeldon) but it's hard to disagree with Rex Ryan that the Jags may be the best 2-8 side in the NFL. This should be closer than the Vegas handicappers imagine, and I'll take a chance on Blake Bortles enjoying a flashback to last year with over a touchdown's headstart.

Recommended Bet
Back Jacksonville (+7.5pts) to win @ 2.021/1 or better


Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday, 18:00

Drew Brees and his storied aerial assault are back more happily ensconced in their Superdome stronghold. The LA Rams, conversely, are away from their home comforts, after their doughty D buckled in embarrassing fashion to Miami in the final quarter last Sunday. The Saints will keep the Rams' secondary holey.

Recommended Bet
Back New Orleans (-6.5pts) @ 1.855/6 or better


New York Giants @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday, 18:00

Cleveland are there for the taking by a progressively assured Big Blue. Yet, even though I've backed Eli and Co. for the Bowl, very little can be taken for granted when they're away from home, giving up big handicaps. For all their struggles, the Browns are getting a little healthier, and Josh McCown is probably their best bet under center. Points should flow, either from mistakes or offensive flair.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 44.5 Total Points @ 1.991/1 or better


San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans
Sunday, 18:00

In theory, San Diego could've won every match this year - all their defeats have been determined by one score or fewer. Houston have the homefield, but their slate of injuries is taking its toll. Brock Osweiler has been exposed as a false messiah (regardless of his whopping salary) so trust the proven Phil Rivers and his more balanced outfit to bolster their slender wildcard chances. They should get the ball from kick-off, and come out swinging against the tottering Texans.

Recommended Bet
Back San Diego (-1.5pts) to win at Half-time @ 1.910/11 or better


San Francisco 49ers @ Miami Dolphins
Sunday, 18:00

Colin Kaepernick will never return to his rookie heights, especially at the helm of this deeply disappointing Niners' squad. Nevertheless, CK is responding to challenge the odds-makers on the handicap, as his dual-threat versatility always keeps rival Ds on their guard. Miami's secondary is their one weak defensive link, so even if Kaepernick is contained, he only need step up on occasion to land a touchdown. Whisper it: he may even score one.

Recommended Bet
Back C. Kaepernick to score First / Anytime Touchdown @ 19.018/1 or better


Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears
Sunday, 18:00

Tennessee's Marcus Mariota seems to veer from the sublime to the ridiculous in alternating weeks. Erratic as his performances are, though, he shouldn't have it much easier on the road than at Chicago right now. The Bears are likely without Jay Cutler (fancy Matt Barkley? Me neither) so this could develop into a throw-first-ask-questions-later affair. At least the Titans have DeMarco Murray to steady the ship if needs be.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 41.5 Total Points @ 1.991/1 or better


Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 21:05

Seattle appear to be improving week-on-week, as their Legion of Boom rediscovers its defensive gears in tandem with Russell Wilson recapturing his athleticism and poise in the pocket. Jameis Winston could certainly learn a thing or two from Wilson with all his ill-conceived scrambling, yet the Bucs do stand at fifty-fifty, only a game behind Atlanta in the South. So maybe I'm not taking them seriously enough. Indulge my bias one Sabbath more. The Hawks have fewer treatment-table concerns, and a more wholesome attitude all-round.


Recommended Bet
Back Seattle (-5.5pts) to win @ 1.9210/11 or better


Carolina Panthers @ Oakland Raiders
Sunday, 21:25

Perhaps the game of the weekend, as we find out if Oakland and Derek Carr are for real against the towering defense of Carolina, who are still scrapping to rebuild their season from the fragments of last year's shattered Super Bowl dream. Trouble is, of course, that Carolina have some worries on both sides of the ball (note middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and center Ryan Kalil are MIA), and their pass rush will have to be at its sharpest. However, Oakland's own sick-list is mounting up, with the doubts even extending to Carr's preferred wideman Michael Crabtree and RB Latavius Murray. I say Cam Newton's rallying war-cry gets this done, and puts Carr in his place. And the Raiders go back in the pack in the race for the AFC's number-one seeding.

Recommended Bet
Back Carolina to win on the Moneyline @ 2.56/4 or better


New England Patriots @ New York Jets
Sunday, 21:25

The Boston streets say both Tom Brady (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (lung) could skip this for the Pats. The reality after the rumour mill, though, is seldom as alarming as it first appeared (rest east, Primetime pals) so don't go shorting New England's Super Bowl chances just yet. That said, Brady-Gronk's dynamic duo or not, the Patriots remain vulnerable on defense and are returning from a long road trip. Do I trust New York's Ryan Fitzpatrick? Yes. At home in the Big Apple, and for one week only.

Recommended Bet
Back NY Jets to win at Half-time - Full-time Result @ 5.95/1 or better

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