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With Week 12 of the NFL season approaching, Matt McCuen gives three early plays that you should jump on.

NFL Week 12 Picks: Three Bets You Should Make Right Now

I am locking in three early NFL Bets for the new week! This is the time of the NFL Season when every game means a little bit more. We have seen more than half of this season so far and have had a lot of storylines and more to come!

Dallas Cowboys vs Las Vegas Raiders Prediction

The first bet I will be locking in is a team that has been involved in those storylines quite often. America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, got off to one of the best starts in the NFL and looked to be one of the teams to beat, looking like a true Super Bowl Contender.

The Cowboys jumped out to a red hot six and one start to the season, but the high riding Cowboys have been snapped back to reality the last few weeks, playing to a 1-2 record in their last three games. This is a Cowboys team who was expected to be one of the best offenses in the NFL, but the Cowboys defense was the surprise that led them to one of the best records in the NFC. They will be battling the Las Vegas Raiders, who are losers of three straight games while also dealing with off-the-field issues for the vast majority of this season.

We will get a battle in the Lone Star State on Thanksgiving afternoon, and I will be riding the Dallas Cowboys here. The Cowboys should bounce back off a bad loss on Sunday at Kansas City in a game that Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense looked offbeat all game. I will be riding the home favorite here in an excellent bounce-back spot facing a team who seems defeated mentally and physically in the Las Vegas Raiders.

Dallas Cowboys vs Las Vegas Raiders Pick

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New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Prediction

The next play I will be locking in will be the Philadelphia Eagles on the road facing the New York Giants. The Eagles grabbed their first home win on Sunday against the Saints in a route of a win for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. The Eagles now find themselves in the hunt for the postseason, winning three of their last four games.

This Eagles team has been road warriors this season, winning four of their five games away from the City of Brotherly love. I believe this Giants team is flat-out bad on both sides of the football and will have little to play for at this stage of the season. This is a team that has had to deal with many injuries this season to skill position players and their offensive and defensive line. The Eagles should be ford up for this divisional game as they can inch closer to a playoff berth and start making noise in the NFC.

The Eagles have been one of the best offenses in the NFL in the last month, ranking top three in scoring offense. I believe this team has finally found its identity on the offensive side of the football, and Jalen Hurts will look to continue to prove he is the guy for the Eagles. I have no issues with fading this Giants team in this rivalry game. I will be backing the red hot Birds on the road on Sunday.

New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Pick

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Indianapolis Colts vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Predictions

The final play I want to lock in early for this NFL slate will be a matchup between the Bucs and the Colts. The Colts have seemed to find some momentum of late, playing much better football in November led by signal-caller Carson Wentz.

This Colts team shocked the Bills at home on Sunday, winning outright as a seven-point road dog at one of the most challenging places to play in all of the NFL. The Bucs have gone a bit cold, losing back-to-back games which you do not see all that often from the best quarterback to play the game in Tom Brady. This is an excellent spot for the Bucs to return to form on the road on Sunday. The Bucs are a short two and a half point favorite which I believe is a bit of an overreaction to the recent play of the Colts as I think they are being valued too high in this game. This Bucs defense should be able to give some fits to Carson Wentz, and the Bucs should win this one on the road.

Indianapolis Colts vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick

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The Full Card

  • Cowboys -7 (-110)
  • Eagles -3  (-115)
  • Buccaneers -2.5 (-115)

Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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