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NFL Week 12 best bets: FrontPageBets looks at top 3 wagers to watch

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (91) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the Raiders overtime win Sunday.

Thanksgiving is here and so is this week’s Pro Football Challenge special with three Turkey Day games, including our game of the week: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys.

Like a third plate of stuffing, the NFL continues Sunday with a dozen Week 12 games to fill you up and keep you glued to the couch.

And while there are plenty of bets to be made, just like Thanksgiving food, FrontPageBets takes a lot at our top-three, go-to sides ... er, bets, for the final Sunday of November.

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings and subject to change.)

Carolina Panthers money line win over Denver Broncos (+115)

While there are no moral victories in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers’ 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens is something the team from Charlotte, N.C., can build on.

It’s been a disappointing year for Carolina (3-8) to say the least, but the Panthers held Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in check for most of Sunday’s game, which they can build on.

And there might not be a better way to take another step than facing the Denver Broncos (3-7), who are 2-point favorites over Carolina on Sunday.

Talk about disappointing? The Broncos paid quarterback Russell Wilson $250 million to come to the Mile High City from the Seattle Seahawks … but it hasn’t turned out like anyone planned.

And while the Panthers have mostly a clean slate to start with -- hiring a new coach, options at quarterback, opportunities in the draft -- the Broncos seem stuck.

Denver is the worst scoring offense in the NFL, averaging just 14.7 points per game. The most the Broncos scored in a game was 23 in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 4. The Broncos have only scored 20 points or more in two out of 10 games.

The Panthers aren’t much better offensively, but are clocking in at 18.8 points per game, which is better than the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the defending champion Los Angeles Rams.

Let that sink in ...

Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Under 43.5 points (-105)

Combined, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars have only hit the Over seven times this season, while going Under 13 times.

While Baltimore is averaging 24.8 points per game this season, if you take out the 38 points the Ravens scored in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins and the 37 points in Week 3 against the New England Patriots, they’re averaging about 21 points in their last seven games.

Jacksonville averages 21.6 points per game, but also has an early season inflation to boost their totals. In their last seven games, in which six have been losses, the Jaguars are averaging less than 19 points.

Also, Jacksonville has been under the point total in all four of its home games this season.

Los Angeles Chargers -3 vs. Arizona Cardinals (-105)

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the best teams this season against the spread, sporting a 7-3 record.

The Arizona Cardinals are 5-6 ATS overall and 2-3 at home in 2022. LA is 5-0 as the road team against the spot and 3-0 as the away favorite.

And after the way the Cardinals played Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, there’s no use in overthinking this one.


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Mike Szvetitz is the General Manager and Content Director for FrontPageBets.com. Szvetitz is a 22-year veteran reporter and editor, including serving 17 years as a sports editor in Florida, Alabama and Virginia, covering everything from preps to pros. His "View From The Lazy Boy" column won multiple state and national awards. He can be reached at mszvetitz@timesdispatch.com.

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