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Week 13 NFL Betting Predictions
After winning three of their last four games, the Atlanta Falcons hope to keep rolling when they play host to the Kansas City Chiefs winners of six of their last seven. Meanwhile, can the Giants, who have won five straight, steal a victory in Pittsburgh?
NFL Weekly Betting Tips
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NFL betting options to consider for Sunday games, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.
Atlanta Falcons (-195) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (+170)
The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to keep pace with the Oakland Raiders for the division lead in the AFC West. It won’t get any easier as the Chiefs prepare to take on the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons, in what’s sure to be a highly anticipated matchup.
The Falcons have been average at home, recording a mediocre 3-2 record at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Having won three of their last four games, the Falcons enter Sunday’s contest as -195 favorites, while the Chiefs are appealing +170 underdogs.
Kansas City has won six of its last seven games and are 4-1 in their last five matches heading into action on Sunday. With its offense needing a major spark, the Chiefs recently turned to rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who scored three touchdowns in a victory over the Denver Broncos.
Hill, who now has five TDs this season, became the first player since 1965 to score a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and also score on a kick return in one game. The Falcons’ defense will certainly have to keep an eye on the rookie, who is becoming Alex Smith’s go-to receiver.
The Falcons have won three of the last four meetings against the Chiefs dating back to 1994. The last time these two clubs clashed was 2012, when Atlanta walked away with a 40-24 victory.
BetOnline is offering an over/under line of 49. Atlanta is the highest scoring team in the NFL and the Chiefs can put points on the board as well, making the over the better bet.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (+170) and the Over
Pittsburgh Steelers (-270) vs. New York Giants (+220)
Two of the hottest teams in the NFL will clash on Sunday when the visiting New York Giants take a six-game winning streak into Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers — also coming off back-to-back victories.
Pittsburgh is always tough on home soil, which explains why BetOnline is offering a -270 line for the favorite Steelers. However don’t count out these red-hot Giants, who are 3-0 against non-conference opponents this season. Eli Manning and the Giants enter Sunday’s highly anticipated match as enticing +220 underdogs.
Speaking of Manning, the two-time Super Bowl champion is quietly having another strong season and is on pace to throw for 3,000 or more yards for the 12th consecutive year. His favorite target has once again been star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has caught eight touchdown passes with 915 yards heading into action on Sunday.
The Steelers are no slouches when it comes to offense. Leading the way is Antonio Brown, who is closing in on 1,000 receiving yards to go along with 10 touchdowns.
The last time the two clubs met was in 2012, which the Steelers squeaks out a 24-20 win at MetLife stadium.
Betting the over/under? BetOnline is offering a total points line of 49, but historically the Steelers and Giants play low-scoring contests.
Pick: New York Giants (+220) and the Under
Oakland Raiders (-165) vs. Buffalo Bills (+145)
Coming off five straight victories, the Oakland Raiders look to keep rolling at home on Sunday when they host the surging Buffalo Bills.
The high-powered Oakland offense has scored 307 points this season — sixth most in the NFL. The Raiders enter Sunday’s contest as -165 favorites at home, where they boast a 4-2 record. The Bills, who are fighting for their playoff lives, are +145 underdogs.
Derek Carr has been the architect of Oakland’s potent offense, as the Raiders quarterback ranks fifth in passing yards with 3,115 to go along with 22 touchdown strikes. Carr has passed for 300 or more yards three times this season, which also included a 513-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Buffalo is third in the AFC East with a 6-5 record and will be desperate for a road win to stay in the playoff hunt. They will need another strong performance from running back LeSean McCoy, who is averaging 81.9 yards per game — seventh best in the league this season.
Oakland is also -3 favorites heading into the matchup — a spread these high-scoring Raiders should have no issues covering.
Pick: Oakland Raiders (-165) and cover -3
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