As the end of the NFL season draws ever closer, there are a number of teams on the brink who may find Week 13 to be truly unlucky. On the other side of that coin, there are several teams looking to lock up playoff spots. The Minnesota Vikings can get one step closer to a division crown with a win over the suddenly hot Atlanta Falcons. The New England Patriots are rolling and should have no problem with the struggling Buffalo Bills. The NFC South division title is hanging in the balance, and the match-up between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints could go a long way towards deciding who gets it. Let’s take a closer look at all 3 of these NFL Betting Matches.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons

Date/Time: December 3rd, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
Location: Mercedez-Benz Stadium
Odds: Falcons -3

The Minnesota Vikings are sitting at 9-2, and are close to clinching the NFC North. The Vikings are winners of 7-straight and are currently sitting at 4-1 on the road this season. Minnesota has won in 5 of their last 7 visits to Atlanta, and are an impressive 8-3 ATS overall this season.  The Falcons found themselves in a tough spot just a few short weeks ago, but 3 straight wins have them back in business and back into a Wild Card spot.

They are also still in with a shot at the NFC South crown, although they really need to keep this winning streak alive if they are to make that happen. Despite being on a such a great run, the Vikings are still coming into this one as a 3-point underdog, with the O/U set at 47 ½. I like the Vikings to eke out the win, with the total going UNDER.

Minnesota Vikings 23 Atlanta Falcons 21

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

Date/Time: December 3rd, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
Location: New Era Field
Odds: Patriots -9

When the New England Patriots were hammered at home by the Chiefs in Week 1, the talk was that this team was in for a long season. A couple of months later and it’s back to business as usual, with the Patriots sitting at 9-2. New England has won 8 of their last 10 meetings with the Bills, so perhaps we should expect more of the same. The Bills broke out of a 3-game slump with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.

Not only was the win important, the manner in which they got it was, too. The defense finally got back to the business of stopping their opponent, giving up just 10 points. They are still going to have a tough time slowing down Brady and company this weekend. The Patriots are in as a 9-point favorite, with the O/U set at 48 ½ points. This should be an easy win and cover for the Pats, with the total falling just UNDER.

New England Patriots 31 Buffalo Bills 17

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Date/Time: December 3rd, 2017, 4:25 PM ET
Location: Mercedez-Benz Superdome
Odds: Saints -4.5

No one game decides a division, but it’s fair to say that this one will go a long way towards deciding who wins the South. The 8-3 Panthers are winners of 4 straight and are currently 2-1 in divisional games. The lone loss there came against the Saints in the early part of the season. The New Orleans Saints saw their 8-game winning streak come to an end with a loss on the road to the LA Rams last week, which is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

The Saints saw that streak begin with a win over the Panthers, and will be hoping that another win here will serve as the catalyst to a deep playoff run. The Saints are a 4-point home favorite for this one, with the point total set at 48. I like the Saints to win and cover, and the total to go OVER.

Carolina Panthers 21 New Orleans Saints 28

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