NFL Week 7 Odds and Preview
Here is this week’s lineup with the most current odds from America’s Bookie and a short preview of the games. Houston lost their first game of the season and leaves Atlanta as the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Giants dominated the Niners in a big NFC rematch of last season’s championship game. Seattle proved tough again at home and sent the Patriots home with a loss. Take a look at the New Orleans game. I have a feeling this might be the play of the week.
Thursday October 18, 2012
Seattle Seahawks (4-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-2) 8:20 PM ET
San Francisco is favored by 7 and the total is set at 37 ½. Who would have thought that the Seahawks would be pushing the 49ers in the NFC West? Or Arizona for that matter. Seattle is coming off of a big emotional win against the Patriots and the Niners were totally dominated by the Giants. We all know how teams tend to have a letdown after an emotional win, and San Francisco is going to be mad after being embarrassed by New York. Russell Wilson came through for Seattle big time this past week with a passer rating of 133 and 3 TD passes. I don’t see Seattle giving the Niners a second loss in a row but I am going to respect the Seattle D and the offense to keep it close. San Francisco will probably win but I’m taking Seattle to cover +7.
Sunday October 21, 2012
New Orleans Saints (1-4) @ Tampa Bay Bucs (2-3) 1:00 PM ET
New Orleans is favored by 3 and the total is set at 50. The Saints have had a week off to think about where the season is going after getting their first win of the season over San Diego. Tampa Bay revealed just how bad the Chiefs are by dominating them last week. The story will be different this week. While I’m not predicting New Orleans to necessarily turn it around and make a run for the Super Bowl, this is still a good team and they are going to win games over the rest of the season. Take New Orleans and lay the 3 points.
Dallas Cowboys (2-3) @ Carolina Panthers (1-4) 1:00 PM ET
Dallas is favored by 2 and the total is set at 45 ½. Dallas gave Baltimore everything they had last Sunday and still came up short. It was a big improvement over the Cowboy’s Monday Night game against the Bears where Romo gave up 5 interceptions. Carolina has been right in there on most of their games this season but just can’t get the win. Seems that Cam Newton hasn’t been able to avoid the sophomore slump. As much as it pains me I have to go with another road favorite. Take the Cowboys -2.
Arizona Cardinals (4-2) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-2) 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota is favored by 6 and the total is set at 40. After starting off 4-0 Arizona has lost 2 in a row. Minnesota was beaten by RGIII and the Redskins last week in a game which didn’t surprise me at all. Kevin Kolb is going to be out of the lineup for a few weeks. Despite the losses these are still 2 tough teams that are playing better than most expected at the beginning of the year. Arizona needs this game because to lose 3 in a row would create very bad momentum in the wrong direction. Minnesota probably wins the game but take Arizona +6 to cover.
Tennessee Titans (2-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-3) 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo is favored by 3 and the total is set at 46 ½. Buffalo beat the Cardinals last week but they didn’t produce much offense in the win. Tennessee got a good win over the troubled Steelers last Thursday night and actually looked like a decent team. Chris Johnson showed some of his old spark rushing for 91 yards on 19 carries. Matt Hasselbeck had 290 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. While not exactly a huge performance he was able to lead the team to 26 points and had limited mistakes. I really don’t like either of these teams but will respect the home and lay the points with Buffalo.
Washington Redskins (3-3) @ New York Giants (4-2) 1:00 PM ET
New York is favored by 6 ½ and the total is set at 50. The Giants definitely established themselves as one of, if not the top team in the NFC with their crushing win over San Francisco. Good win for the Redskins also with RGIII coming back from a concussion the week before. This is a big NFC East matchup and Washington should be up to the tasks. New York should get the win but I’m expecting a bit of an emotional letdown after last week’s big win. Take the Skins plus 6 ½ in this spot.
Cleveland Browns (1-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-3) 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis is favored by 3 and the total is set at 45. Cleveland got their first win of the season last week over Cincinnati and everybody seemed to predict the Colts’ loss to the Jets. I just knew this was coming after Indy’s big win over Green Bay the week before. Indianapolis is at home, they are a better team and they have Andrew Luck. Take the home team and lay the points here.
Baltimore Ravens (5-1) @ Houston Texans (5-1) 1:00 PM ET
Houston is favored by 6 ½ and the total is set at 48 ½. Bad news this week as it looks like the Ravens have lost Ray Lewis for the year to an arm injury he sustained against the Cowboys this past Sunday. Houston lost their first game of the season against the Packers and got very little production out of Matt Schaub and Arian Foster. I wouldn’t look for this duo to have too many games like that. Very tough to predict how the Ravens are going to come out after losing a major team leader and also they struggled to hold on late against the Cowboys. This game is a tough one to call but the defenses will show up for both teams. I’m taking the under in this game.
Green Bay Packers (3-3) @ St. Louis Rams (3-3) 1:00 PM ET
Green Bay is favored by 5 ½ and the total is set at 44. At 3-3 I just can’t seem to get a read on Green Bay. I think they have worked out the kinks and they take a step back. After a big win over Houston this week, my first instinct was to jump all over the Packers, even though they are on the road. Aaron Rodgers tossed 6 TD passes and this Ram defense shouldn’t be as formidable as Texas. However, St. Louis is at home and is a scrappy team. I don’t have enough confidence in Green Bay yet to lay this number on the road. There will be scoring and I am going with over 44 in the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) @ Oakland Raiders (1-4) 4:25 PM ET
Oakland is favored by 4 and the total is set at 43 ½. Wow, which of these teams is worse? Jacksonville had a week off after being clobbered by the Bears and Oakland lost a tough one to Atlanta, which they could have won. While Oakland is not great they are betting than the Jags. Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden should get the job done at home and I don’t see Jacksonville going into Oakland and getting a win. Take the Raiders and lay the 4 points here.
NY Jets (3-3) @ New England Patriots (3-3) 4:25 PM ET
New England is favored by 10 ½ and the total is set at 47 ½. The Patriots let Seattle take the game away from them last week and Brady had a bit of egg on his face after telling Sherman to come see him after the game. The Jets crushed the Colts at home behind the rushing of Shonn Greene. Mark Sanchez didn’t make any mistakes but he only passed for 81 yards. This is just too many points to lay on a team that has been up and down this season. New England may very well blow them out but we are taking the Jets +10 ½.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) 8:20 PM ET
Pittsburgh is favored by 3 and the total is set at 46. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble. They can’t seem to win a game on the road and will try to do just that this week in Cincinnati. The Bengals lost to the lowly Browns a week after dropping a game to the Dolphins. You just have to believe that the Steelers get their first away win this season. I’m taking Pittsburgh and laying the points. If the Steelers don’t win this game it is going to be a very long season.
Monday October 22, 2012
Detroit Lions (2-3) @ Chicago Bears (4-1) 8:30 PM ET
Chicago is favored by 5 and the total is set at 47 ½. Detroit got a much needed win over the Eagles this past weekend. They will need much more out of Matt Stafford to beat the Bears though. Stafford was 22 out of 45 for 311 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Chicago had a week off after crushing Jacksonville the week before. Jay Cutler hasn’t made any major mistakes in the last couple of games and Matt Forte is running well. A loss does not leave Detroit in a good position in the conference if they lose this one. I don’t know if they will win but they will fight. Take the Lions plus the points on Monday Night Football.
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