NFL Week 7 is here and we picked the winners from every game
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- Through six weeks, our picks are 47-46-1 against the spread.
Football is back for another week of action.
Last week, our picks against the spread went a solid 8-6 to bring our season-long record back above .500.
This week, we're back with another full slate of games and looking to make a buck or two. Take a look below at our best bets against the spread for Week 7 of the NFL season (* indicates home team).
LAST WEEK: 8-6
Cleveland Browns* (-1) over Denver Broncos
This game has many question marks with Baker Mayfield out due to injury, so it might be best to play the total. Both of these teams are moving in the wrong direction. However, this line opened at Browns -5.5 before slamming towards a pick'em due to Mayfield's injury.
If we have to pick a side, Case Keenum is as effective as a backup quarterback can be, and Cleveland is playing at home, so I'll give them a slight edge in this one.
Washington Football Team (+7.5) over Green Bay Packers*
The Packers have been on an absolute tear, but the Washington defense looked like it might have finally found something against the Kansas City Chiefs through three quarters of action last week.
Washington was supposed to have one of the premier defenses in the NFL heading into the season. While they haven't played up to their potential yet, that potential is still there.
New England Patriots* (-6.5) over New York Jets
In the first matchup between these two teams, Zach Wilson was miserable, throwing four interceptions in a 25-6 loss to New England. Even if Wilson cuts those interceptions in half, I don't see how the Jets keep this one competitive.
Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) over Baltimore Ravens*
This feels like a good spot for the Bengals. The Ravens are coming off of a dominant win over the Chargers and will come down to face a hungry divisional opponent. The Bengals offense has enough talent to keep pace with the Baltimore. Even if they don't win, I like Cincinnati to cover.
Tennessee Titans* (+5) over Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs looked like they hit their stride in the second half against Washington last week. Still, they floundered to start the game, and if that trend keeps up, they'll have a tough time hanging with Tennessee on Sunday. Kansas City has one of the worst run defenses in football, and the Titans have Derrick Henry. You do the math.
New York Giants* (+3) over Carolina Panthers
This line feels fishy. I assumed it'd be closer to Panthers -6. If Las Vegas has that much faith in the Giants where I lack, it's probably for a good reason.
Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) over Miami Dolphins*
Two miserable teams, but one is coming off of a loss in London to the Jaguars. With that in mind, I will bet my money on the other team.
Los Angeles Rams* (-15.5) over Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford has been red hot since leaving Detroit for Los Angeles. While Stafford holds no ill-will towards his old team, he might not have a choice in pounding them into oblivion. This number is long enough that I would likely stay away with my actual wallet, but for the purposes of picking every game, let's go Rams.
Philadelphia Eagles (+3) over Las Vegas Raiders*
The Raiders rallied around each other last week in the wake of the sudden departure of head coach Jon Gruden to take down the Denver Broncos in a convincing win. They are due for a let-down.
Also, while the Raiders defense has played above expectation this season, if Jalen Hurts gets moving on Sunday, he could be in for a big day.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers* (-12) over Chicago Bears
Last year, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers lost to the Bears in embarrassing fashion, with Brady infamously forgetting what down it was during the game's final sequence. If there's any player I trust in a potential revenge game, it's Brady.
Houston Texans (+17.5) over Arizona Cardinals*
This is too many points. I know we just took the Rams -15.5 earlier in this column, but you have to draw the line somewhere, and I draw it at 17 points.
Indianapolis Colts (+4.5) over San Francisco 49ers*
This game feels like a coin flip, so I'll take the points.
New Orleans Saints (-4.5) over Seattle Seahawks*
Geno Smith didn't look terrible in relief of Russell Wilson against the Pittsburgh last week, but he did wind up coughing up a game-losing fumble in overtime. Smith is a capable backup, but getting under center against the Steelers and Saints defense is no easy task for any quarterback, let alone one stepping in as a backup.
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