NFL week 7 is here and football is entering the midseason. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 7 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from ESPN as of Thursday morning)
Last week: 3-10, Overall:45-46
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Denver Broncos
The Chiefs have been struggling, but they should be able to get back on track against the Broncos. If they score close to 30 points, Denver won’t be able to keep it within a field goal.
Los Angeles Rams (-3) at Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta just lost on the road to the Cardinals. Matt Ryan is playing well, but the defense can’t stop anyone. The Rams will get their offense back on track and will cover.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-17)
The Dolphins almost won a game against the Redskins. Miami is still really bad, but they should be able to keep this game within 17 points. Josh Allen has dealt with injuries and turnovers this year, so the Bills will win, but it will be tough to win by more than 17.
Jacksonville Jaguars (-3.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati was a bad football team to begin with and now their injury list is longer than a kid’s Christmas list. The Jags will run the ball well and control the clock to win in Cincinnati.
Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) at Detroit Lions
Kirk Cousins just had a big day, but that may not last. This game should be really close. The Vikings may win, but it could be by as little as one point. Detroit has been pretty tough all season long.
Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers (-4.5)
Green Bay is on a short week, but they are at home for this game. Oakland is playing better than expected this season so far. They won’t be able to crack the Packers’ defense and Aaron Rodgers will guide Green Bay to a victory by at least a touchdown.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-1)
The Texans are on a roll as of late and should be able to keep it going against the Colts. Deshaun Watson is on fire and they are starting to find some room to run on the ground. The Colts will keep it close, but will fall in the end.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (-3)
Saquon Barkley being back for the Giants is huge. With that being said, the Cardinals are playing decent football now and are getting star cornerback Patrick Peterson back for this game from a PED suspension. The Giants could win a close one, but three points to the Cardinals is too much.
San Francisco 49ers (-9.5) at Washington Redskins
Washington beat the Dolphins, but it wasn’t pretty, Fans should be less confident in the Redskins as ever after the result. The 49ers will win in the trenches and will cover on the road.
Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans (-2)
Both of these teams are really struggling right now. The Titans though, have made a quarterback change and are now playing Ryan Tannehill. It can’t really hurt the offense, but for them to be favored by two over anyone that has the same number of wins as them is absurd.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (-3)
The Bears aren’t playing great football on offense or defense right now. New Orleans has been playing good defense and Teddy Bridgewater is getting just enough done to help them win games. They will, at the very least, keep this one close.
Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)
Seattle is a good team with the great home-field advantage. The Ravens may be able to beat Seattle at their game though. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram can run the ball well and the defense is capable of playing just well enough to help them win the game, especially if newly acquired Marcus Peters plays.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-3)
The Eagles have personnel issues, as they can’t stop the pass at all and probably aren’t running the ball at an ideal level. Dallas has some injuries to worry about, but for them to get back into the win column, they simply need to call better plays. If they change it up a little bit and run some play action passes, they should be able to win and cover.
New England Patriots (-10) at New York Jets
With Sam Darnold back, the Jets look a lot better. New England will likely not play their best in the first half, then start running up the score in the second half, as that seems to be what happens in every game they play this season.