The NFL action has already kicked off for Week 7, as we watched the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos square off in Thursday Night Football last night.
With Baker Mayfield sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Case Keenum started for Cleveland and ultimately led them to a 17-14 victory. As we look ahead to this weekend’s slate of games, there is a lot to be excited about in the NFL!
In a rematch of the 2020 AFC Championship Game, the Tennessee Titans will once again be squaring off against the Kansas City Chiefs. We also have division rivals like the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens going head-to-head in a battle of two great AFC North teams.
The biggest storyline of the week though is the first game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lions since their blockbuster trade this offseason. Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff will be going head-to-head, as both signal-callers look to play well against their former teams.
It should be a great weekend of football and to get you ready for it all, here is this week’s NFL Betting Preview!
*All odds and betting lines provided by WynnBet.
Atlanta Falcons (2-3) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-5)
Spread: ATL (-2.5)
Money Line: ATL (-140) MIA (+120)
Over/Under: 47.5 Points
The Miami Dolphins have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season, as they can’t seem to get out of their own way.
Last week, Miami was beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-3 with just over three minutes left in the first half. They went on to be outscored 20-7 to close out the game and lost their fifth-straight contest. In the process they also helped end a 20-game losing streak for the Jaguars that dated back to last season.
The Atlanta Falcons have not necessarily been a model of consistency, but they have at least managed to win two of the last three weeks, taking advantage of both the Giants and the Jets.
How can you in good conscious bet on the Miami Dolphins right now?
Take the Atlanta Falcons to win this one by at least a field goal to cover the spread.
Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) vs. Tennessee Titans (4-2)
Spread: KC (-5)
Money Line: KC (-230) TEN (+195)
Over/Under: 57 Points
These are two of the more confusing teams in the NFL, as they both have great wins and terrible loses on their early season resumes.
Kansas City is two weeks removed from getting embarrassed in a prime time matchup against the Buffalo Bills, who beat them by 18 points on their own field. The Titans then turned around and beat that same Bills team a week later, stunning them with a fourth quarter comeback.
This should inspire great confidence in the Titans moving forward, yet this is also the same team that lost to the New York Jets in Week 4.
These two teams did not square off at all last season, but did meet in the AFC Championship Game two years ago. Kansas City won that game and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Now we get to see two top-10 offenses go head-to-head in a game that promises to be a shootout.
I have picked the over in two of the last three Kansas City Chiefs games and have come up empty both times. While 57 points is once again a big hill to climb, this is a game where I can see both teams eclipse 30 points scored.
Take the over and hope Derrick Henry has another big game for the Titans.
Washington Football Team (2-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (5-1)
Spread: GB (-8)
Money Line: WFT (+310) GB (-380)
Over/Under: 49 Points
The Green Bay Packers are rolling. After an embarrassing Week 1 loss, Green Bay has reeled off five-straight wins and is once again looking like a real contender in the NFC.
The Packers are always a great team when playing in front of their fans at Lambeau Field and that has not changed this season. Aaron Rodgers has led his team to two double-digit wins at home so far this year and will be looking to add a third this weekend.
Washington had their moments early in the season, starting the year 2-2, but have looked really bad the last few weeks. First they lost by 11 points at home to New Orleans Saints, before the Chiefs came into town last week and drubbed them by 18.
It would be pretty surprising to see Washington follow up those performances with an upset win against the Packers on the road.
Eight points is a pretty big spread, as the Packers will have to beat the Washington Football Team by multiple scores, but that is still a bet worth making.
Take the Packers to cover.
Carolina Panthers (3-3) vs. New York Giants (1-5)
Spread: CAR (-2.5)
Money Line: CAR (-150) NYG (+130)
Over/Under: 43 Points
With promising second-year tackle Andrew Thomas now on the IR, the New York Giants offensive line is pitiful. Last week, Daniel Jones’ life was in danger on every snap, as the Rams destroyed the Giants.
The Carolina Panthers have a pass rush that should be able to take advantage of the Giants bad offensive line, as they currently rank seventh in the NFL in sacks.
Unfortunately it is hard to take the Panthers serious right now considering how bad they have been playing for the past three weeks.
Carolina started the season undefeated through the first three weeks, but have now let all that momentum slip through their fingers. This will be the perfect opportunity to see them get back on track against a really bad team.
I wouldn’t bet on either of these teams to make the playoffs this year and am not comfortable wagering anything significant on them to win in a given week. Still, for this matchup there is a clear choice.
Take the Panthers to win on the road by at least a field goal and cover the spread.
Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) vs. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
Spread: BAL (-6)
Money Line: CIN (+234) BAL (-274)
Over/Under: 47 Points
The Baltimore Ravens made a statement last weekend. After winning a series of close games, Baltimore finally had a dominant blowout victory over a team that entered the contest with a 4-1 record.
Lamar Jackson didn’t even play his best game, throwing two picks to just one touchdown, yet Baltimore beat the Chargers by 28 points.
The Ravens defense was brilliant in that game, making hotshot quarterback Justin Herbert look every bit of being just a second-year pro. Will they do the same thing to Joe Burrow this week?
Cincinnati has been playing good football all year. In their two losses, the Bengals have only come up a field goal short as every game they have played has been close this year. That is until last week, when they blew out the Detroit Lions 34-11.
This will be by far the toughest task the Bengals have face this year though, taking on a red-hot Ravens team on the road.
After watching what the Ravens did to the Chargers last week, it is hard to pick against them to win this game. At the same time, Cincinnati has yet to lose by more than three points this season and Baltimore has only won by more than six points twice.
Take the Bengals with the points.
New York Jets (1-4) vs. New England Patriots (2-4)
Spread: NE (-7)
Money Line: NYJ (+260) NE (-320)
Over/Under: 42.5 Points
The New York Jets had an extra week to prepare for this one, as they just enjoyed their bye week after playing in London the week prior.
While the rest is a great advantage for the Jets, they still have to overcome the mental hurdle of playing the Patriots after what New England did to them earlier in the season.
Rookie quarterbacks always struggle against Bill Belichick’s defense and that certainly was the case back in Week 2, when Zach Wilson threw four picks in a 25-6 loss. That game took place at home for the Jets, making this matchup even more daunting in Foxborough.
Through five games this season, the New York Jets have only scored seven touchdowns. This makes the under a very attractive bet, if not for the fact that the Jets could give up a lot of points to a Patriots offense that has hit it’s stride the last two weeks.
The Patriots beat the Jets by 19 points in their first matchup. Even with the extra week to prepare, it is hard to bet on a different result from the Jets.
Take New England to win by more than a touchdown and cover.
Detroit Lions (0-6) vs. L.A. Rams (5-1)
Spread: LAR (-14.5)
Money Line: DET (+650) LAR (-1000)
Over/Under: 50.5 Points
A showdown of two quarterbacks who were traded for each other this offseason.
Jared Goff is certainly going to be looking for revenge against his former team, who chose to make a trade to hand the keys of his offense to the veteran Matthew Stafford.
Stafford has proven the Rams right for making the deal so far, as he has looked excellent leading L.A. to a 5-1 start this season.
If the Lions pulled off the upset, it would no doubt be the most surprising outcome of the weekend. With that said, this a massive spread that the Rams will have to cover if you want to pick them.
Last week, the Rams completely throttled the Giants, beating them on both sides of the ball to ultimately win by 27 points. Yet even with that dominant showing, the Rams/Giants combined score was 49 points.
The Lions have not had a final score eclipse 50 points in any of the last four weeks. While the Rams likely cover the spread anyway, I still like the under as the best bet for this game.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (4-2)
Spread: LV (-3)
Money Line: PHI (+140) LV (-160)
Over/Under: 49 Points
The Las Vegas Raiders did not seem fazed by Jon Gruden’s resignation last week, as they went on to beat the Denver Broncos by 10 points in their first game post-Gruden.
Vegas has experienced an up-and-down season, winning their first three games, only drop their next two before last week. Now they will try to build off the momentum of beating Denver as they compete in a wide-open AFC West division race.
The Philadelphia Eagles are probably not as bad as their record would indicate. Outside of a Week 3 blowout loss against the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles have kept things close most weeks and only have a -15 point differential on the season.
There aren’t a lot of underdogs who seem likely to pull off an upset this week, but Philly is not a team to count out. Especially considering the Raiders poor run defense.
The Raiders have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and will be looking to contain Jalen Hurts this week. That could certainly spell trouble for Vegas.
Take the Eagles with the points.
Houston Texans (1-5) vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-0)
Spread: ARI (-18)
Money Line: HOU (+950) ARI (-1800)
Over/Under: 48 Points
The Arizona Cardinals are the last undefeated team in the NFL and they are sure to hold onto that title for at least one more week.
Never say never, but as the -1800 odds would indicate, Arizona is going to win this game. The question is can they win by three touchdowns?
Last week, the Cardinals beat a supposedly good Browns team by 23 points. Meanwhile the Texans lost for the fifth-straight week and did so by 28 points. Houston was not even playing a great team, as the Colts earned just their second win of the season by beating the Texans.
The Texans are one of four teams in the NFL that have yet to score 100 points this season. Simply put, they are terrible.
While the spread is crazy, it is even crazier to expect anything from the Texans on the road against an undefeated team. Expect Kyler Murray to have a field day and boost his MVP resume with the dominate performance.
The best bet is for the Cardinals to win and cover the spread.
Chicago Bears (3-3) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1)
Spread: TB (-12.5)
Money Line: CHI (+525) TB (-750)
Over/Under: 47 Points
Tom Brady may not own the Chicago Bears in the same way as Aaron Rodgers, but he has certainly had plenty of success against them throughout his career. Brady is 5-1 against the Bears during his career and will look to add another game to win column on Sunday.
The Buccaneers have won three weeks in a row, bouncing back very nicely from their Week 4 slip up against the L.A. Rams. One thing to note when it comes to this game, is that Tampa has only won by 13 points twice this year and both times against teams that are worse than the Bears.
Two weeks ago, the Bucs beat the Miami Dolphins 45-17 and earlier in the season, Tampa beat the Atlanta Falcons by exactly 13 points. That spread is a pretty big one for them to cover, especially against a Bears team that at least has a solid defense.
While the Buccaneers are likely to win this one at home, I don’t think it will be by more than 10 points. Take the Bears with that big spread.
Indianapolis Colts (2-4) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-3)
Spread: SF (-4)
Money Line: IND (+170) SF (-190)
Over/Under: 44 Points
These two teams are very similar in that they are both impossible to read. You just don’t know what you are going to get each given week with the 49ers and the Colts, but they are both certainly better than their record would indiciate.
The Colts have a +8 point differential through their first six games, yet they have a losing record. Indianapolis has been in every game they have played this year, but have only found a way to win twice.
Those two wins have come in the last three weeks, with an overtime loss against the Ravens being sandwiched in the middle.
Meanwhile the 49ers are still trying to become the team that was so dominant in the NFC two years ago. Rookie Trey Lance has officially taken over as the team’s starting quarterback, as Kyle Shanahan hopes his upside can take their team over the top.
In his first start last week, San Francisco only mustered 10 points in a 17-10 loss to the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers are primarily favored here because they are the home team, but this should be a close game. Take the Colts with the points, because if this game comes down to a field goal you win either way.
New Orleans Saints (3-2) vs. Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
Spread: NO (-4.5)
Money Line: NO (-220) SEA (+185)
Over/Under: 43.5 Points
Geno Smith made his first start since 2017 last week, filling in for Russell Wilson who is currently sidelined after getting surgery on his thumb. Smith is going to do his best to keep the Seahawks afloat until Wilson comes back, but if Seattle can’t win some games, the season could be over by then.
Smith had a pretty solid game in his first start, completing 23 of his 32 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown.
He did lose one fumble, but otherwise played a turnover-free game against a good Steelers defense and helped engineer a fourth quarter comeback that sent the game to over time.
Smith will take on a team in the New Orleans Saints that has been remarkably inconsistent this year, having not won back-to-back games all season.
The Saints handled the Washington Football Team last week, beating them by 11 points, but are just a week removed from losing to the New York Giants at home.
Last week, I picked the Seahawks with the spread because I believed they would keep the game close enough that it would be decided by a field goal. With another 4.5-point spread this week, that remains the best bet for Seattle.
Take the Seahawks with the points.