Week 6 was a brutal one for bettors, myself extremely included.
Whether it was half-point hooks gone wrong, or completely misreading how a game would progress, it felt as though we couldn’t buy a win on Sunday. Such is the nature of gambling.
Thankfully, Week 7 presents us with another chance to bounce back, with plenty of great matchups on the board.
Take a look below at our predictions for who covers this weekend (* indicates home team).
LAST WEEK: 4-10-1
Byes: Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals* (PK) over Denver Broncos
Last season, the Broncos won three of their first four games before losing eight straight, and this year feels like a similar trend is unfolding. Though they looked solid enough against the Rams, I’m much more convinced by their four straight losses than the two wins they got early in the year.
Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5) over Tennessee Titans (in London)
These London games always tend to turn into blowouts, and the Titans don’t look capable of blowing any team out right now. Meanwhile, the Chargers have been getting better every week.
Chicago Bears* (+3) over New England Patriots
The Patriots did enough to beat the Chiefs on Sunday, but their defence was still short of convincing, and while Tom Brady is a genius on the field, we haven’t seen him against a defence like the Bears yet this year. Should be a good one.
Cleveland Browns (+3.5) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
BakerMania has cooled off quite a bit in recent weeks, but the Cleveland Browns have already proven they’re not the same Browns team as last season. The Buccaneers’ spotty defence should be a good opportunity for Mayfield to get back on track.
Detroit Lions (-3) over Miami Dolphins*
Brock Osweiler looked fine for the Dolphins last week against the Bears, but the confusion surrounding the team’s quarterback situation doesn’t sound like a positive development for Miami.
Philadelphia Eagles* (-4.5) over Carolina Panthers
The Eagles looked like Super Bowl champions again last Thursday, running the Giants up and down the field in a dominant win. How much of that is due to the Eagles returning to form or the Giants’ struggles remains to be seen.
Indianapolis Colts* (-7.5) over Buffalo Bills
The Bills are an absolute disaster, and betting on Derek Anderson, who has started just four NFL games since 2011, seems like an insane proposition.
Cincinnati Bengals (+6) over Kansas City Chiefs*
The Chiefs have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL this season, but this is too many points to give up to a Bengals team that has looked solid all year.
New York Jets* (+3.5) over Minnesota Vikings
It’s ugly, but let’s back the home underdog. Just don’t think too much about it.
Jacksonville Jaguars* (-5) over Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have won three straight to get right back in the race for the AFC South, but their past two wins have been anything but convincing. As long as Blake Bortles can play better than the Bills’ quarterback situation last week, the Jaguars should be able to take care of business at home.
Baltimore Ravens* (-2.5) over New Orleans Saints
The Saints run through the past few weeks has been quite impressive, but the Ravens might have the best defence in the league right now, so I’ll ride Baltimore at home.
Washington Redskins* (-2) over Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys offence came alive for 40 points against the vaunted Jaguars defence last week but simply put, I don’t buy it. That team still stinks until I’m fully proven otherwise.
Los Angeles Rams (-9.5) over San Francisco 49ers*
The 49ers played something close to a perfect game on Monday night in Green Bay, only to get crushed by some two-minute magic at the hands of Aaron Rodgers. Laws of gambling dictate that you should always take the double-digit home underdog, but it’s almost impossible to imagine San Francisco bouncing back from such a crushing loss.
New York Giants (+4.5) over Atlanta Falcons
The Giants’ offence looked dead on arrival on Thursday night against the Eagles, but with a few extra days to prepare and facing off against a Falcons defence that looks just as cursed as them, they should have a chance to get things moving.
Now check out where every team stands heading into this week of NFL action
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