3 bets you need to make to start week 12

NFL Thanksgiving is here and the 2022 games list is an exciting game to not only watch but get started early with some cheap odds to get your week 12 betting off to a good start. With the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots all taking the field, there are plenty of talented players who will make prop betting palatable.

Additionally, the Cowboys Giants and Vikings Patriots games offer the opportunity for some interesting bets as the competitions are more competitive than the Bills Lions affair.

When you add it all up, it’s the perfect environment to make some early bets. That said, here are the top three bets you need to make on NFL Thanksgiving Day.

Stefon Diggs – reception courtyard E 92.5 (-110)

While this bet may seem like a low-hanging fruit, it’s perfectly fine to aim for odds that have by far the best chance of making some money. And this is one of those chances.

Stefon Diggs, who ranks third in the NFL for passing yards, will take on a Lions secondary who is giving opponents the fifth-most passing yards per game. Could you ask for a better facility?

Yes, Josh Allen’s elbow remains a problem. Heck, he only threw for 197 yards last week, with Diggs catching just 48 of those yards. And now people are expected to just forget that and think Diggs will go for 92.5 yards?

Well, for starters, it’s a number he’s hit in seven out of ten competitions this year. Plus, Allen doesn’t have to test that Lions defense downfield.

He can easily beat them in the short passing game, an area Diggs is just so good at. Simply put, this is a rebound point for Bills’ passing attack – and Diggs will be the biggest beneficiary.

This is a perfect way to get the week 12 betting list going.

Saquon Barkley – Reception Courtyard 40+ (+270)

Now here’s a less obvious bet on the NFL Thanksgiving table. Saquon Barkley welcomes shipyards. I can understand the reluctance to smash this number. Barkley has eclipsed 40 receiving yards just once this season — and it came by accident against the Cowboys.

Not only is it a matchup he’s shown he can exploit through the air, but the environment Barkley finds himself in sets him up for a big reception day.

The Giants are plagued by injuries at the wide receiver position, with Wan’Dale Robinson the latest to succumb to a serious illness that tore his cruciate ligament and will be out for the season. Sterling Shepard, one of Daniel Jones’ most reliable targets, suffered a season-ending injury earlier this year.

Kenny Golladay was nowhere to be found. That leaves Darius Slayton and Richie James, who is also suffering from an injury.

Who will Jones throw at? Oh, and speaking of Jones, he’ll be under constant pressure as offensive lineman Shane Lemieux, Jon Feliciano and Evan Neal have all been ruled out of the game – and Andrew Thomas is dealing with an illness.

Jones has no one to throw to and will he be under constant pressure? He won’t have time to look down, meaning he may have to rely on Barkley as a pass catcher more than he has at any time this year.

These are risky chances to jump on, but the setup is there for Barkley to deal damage through the air.


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Patriots +2.5 (-110)

Here are the Patriots-Vikings NFL odds, courtesy of FanDuel.

In addition to taking on the Patriots, fans should expect New England to win this NFL Thanksgiving game. Why? Well, the Pats are 2-1 against the spread this year and this game is at US Bank Stadium.

On the other hand, the Patriots defense plays quietly. During their three-game winning streak, Belichick’s defense has conceded 23 points overall. Yes, they’ve played against players like the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts — and Minnesota’s offense will take a step forward in the competition.

The Patriots’ passing rush could be the deciding factor. They have accumulated 15 sacks in the last three competitions and the Vikings have conceded the 12th most sacks to their opponents.

On offense, the Patriots have a chance to really attack this Minnesota-led defense. Look for Belichick and co. to follow the plan the Cowboys laid out in their 40-3 win over the Vikings last week.

Put pressure on the quarterback and let the ball run. New England will hold this game tight with this strategy, making this versus the spread odds an attractive way to start the week 12 betting board.


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