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NFC East teams in spotlight on Week 12 NFL betting lines

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The Washington Redskins will be going for a share of first place in the NFC East when they welcome the division-leading New York Giants to the nation’s capital on Sunday as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Washington dropped its ninth consecutive straight-up decision on the road in a 44-16 loss to Carolina last weekend, and enters Sunday afternoon’s Giants vs. Redskins betting matchup at FedExField with a middling 4-6 SU record.

However, the Redskins have been tough to beat at home, posting SU wins in each of their last four, and remain just a game back of New York in the tight divisional race

The Giants return to action following a bye last weekend, but dropped to 2-3 SU in their last five with their 26-24 loss to the New England Patriots two weeks ago. With just two games separating first and last place in the division, Sunday’s matchup is critical to both club’s tenuous playoff hopes.

The Giants posted a 32-21 win over Washington in Week 3, covering as 3-point favorites, but are just 2-2 SU against divisional rivals, while the Redskins, 1-1 in the division, have four games remaining against NFC East rivals, which could prove to be the difference in the divisional race.

The 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles will also try to keep pace with New York and Washington when they visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day as betting 1-point favorites.

It has been a hugely disappointing season for the Eagles, who opened the season with strong 17/2 odds to win Super Bowl 50, but have lost three of their last four SU, putting their playoff hopes in serious doubt.

The Lions have won two straight on the strength of solid defense, holding opponents to just 14.5 points per game in those victories, but have lost seven of their last eight SU against Philadelphia according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Dallas Cowboys look for a second straight win when they host the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving in a game pegged as a pick ’em at the sportsbooks.

The 3-7 Cowboys lost seven straight while pivot Tony Romo was sidelined with injury, but rebounded with a 24-14 victory over Miami last weekend and have won five straight against the currently undefeated Panthers.

In other NFL Week 12 betting action, the Patriots vie for a 14th straight SU win when they visit the Denver Broncos as 5.5-point chalk, while the Dolphins will try to revive their fading playoff hopes when they visit the New York Jets as 3.5-point underdogs.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app