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NFL Week 7 Betting Lines , NFL Odds and Free Pick Preview

After watching the Seahawks show that they are still a perennial contender for this year after beating the Cardinals, we are less than two days away from a week full of interesting games that kick off on Sunday morning.

When the season started, who would’ve guessed that the game between the Falcons and Buccaneers would be one between two of the statistically worst teams in the NFL when week 7 came along? Fans in Tampa expected Josh Freeman and Doug Martin to carry the Bucs to some sort of success. And after a year removed from the NFC Championship game, the Falcons were expected to again be a contender. However, now the teams combine for a record of 1-9, with that only win going to the Falcons. Although, the Falcons will likely be happy to welcome the Bucs to Atlanta when they play on Sunday. Julio Jones certainly won’t be playing for the Falcons, and word is still out on Roddy White and Steven Jackson. They’ll obviously receive a warm welcome if they can play, but with this type of record, you have to ask if it’s worth the Falcons bringing these two back and risk getting hurt further. As for the Buccaneers, they’ll start Mike Glennon again, as he looks to get the first win of his career. This is the worst start they Bucs have had since 2 009, a year they went seven games before seeing their first win. Nonetheless, even with a depleted Falcons team, we don’t like Tampa’s odds playing on the road. We expect the Falcons to win, and possibly win big. But if they lose, it might be that time of the year for them to throw in the white flag and start preparing for next season instead.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons

Cincinnati will visit Detroit in a matchup between 4-2 squads as both teams look to improve their standing in the NFL. Andy Dalton has gotten a lot of slack for being the weak point of the Bengals squad that otherwise looks pretty solid. It won’t get any easier for Dalton this weekend as he plays against a tough Lions defense. Luckily, it shouldn’t be very easy for Matt Stafford either, considering the success that the Bengals have had on defense. We can’t wait to see A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson go at it all day long, and hope that both of them get huge numbers on Sunday. And as for running backs, Reggie Bush will look to follow up the fantastic game that he had last weekend, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard will look to split action in the Bengals backfield. The Lions are a three-point favorite and we hope that this game is as close as that. It could be one of the more competitive games on the weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions

It’s been an interesting few weeks for the Dolphins. After starting the seasons 3-0, they lost two in a row and then had a bye-week. This weekend they’ll welcome Buffalo to town. If the Dolphins are looking to get back to their winning ways from earlier this season, they will need for Ryan Tannehill to get more time in the pocket. Tannehill has been one of the most effective quarterbacks in the AFC East, so we can imagine that if he actually had more time to throw the ball that he would be even more successful. Buffalo’s Mario Williams will be chasing him around all day long, but he is the most intimidating force on the Bills defense. As for their offense, Thad Lewis will get another start in place of the injured E.J. Manuel. The Bills did sign newly released quarterback Matt Flynn this week, so he could be an option as well. However, we think that the Dolphins will find a way to win this one. They started the season so well that they will likely look to turn things around before they get too far off track. Next week the Dolphins play New England, so a win against a divisional team in the Bills would be a huge win before things get rough.

Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins

Speaking of the Patriots, they’ll play the other team from the AFC East, the New York Jets. The Patriots are coming off a huge emotional win after beating the Saints last week. That win could do wonders for an offense that is full of injuries and lack of big time performers. Lucky for them, they still have Tom Brady and that’s about all you need in most games. Brady is 18-4 against the Jets, winning the last six that they have played against one another. One of those wins came earlier this year, in week 2, which was a 13-10 nail biter. For the Jets, Geno Smith has learned a lot and come a long way since that week 2 defeat. And after giving up a loss to Pittsburgh last week, Smith will want to avoid the first losing streak of his career. He’ll certainly have his hands full, but at least the game will be in New York. However, that may still not be enough. The Patriots are favored in this game, but only by 4. However if the score is close in the final minutes, we expect Tom to do what Tom does, and assure that the Patriots move to 6-1.

New England Patriots
New York Jets

After losing a shootout against Denver, Dallas bounced back last week with a win over divisional opponent Washington on Sunday night. This weekend they’ll play their other divisional rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. After having their own impressive win over the Redskins, the Eagles fell short in three games (one of which was also against Denver). However, they have won their last two games and, despite that they were against the lowly Giants and Buccaneers, the momentum could be enough to carry them at home this weekend. They’ll also likely start Nick Foles again, who has looked good since replacing Michael Vick after he was injured. As for Romo and company, they’ve actually looked quite impressive this year, even in their losses. Aside from their loss to Denver, they lost to the also undefeated Chiefs, but only by one. Philly is the favorite in this game by a field goal, but it’s hard to tell what could happen with this one. The Cowboys have looked good all year, despite their .500 record. However, Nick Foles looks to have good control of this Philly offense. The main factor could be Philly’s home field advantage in the game. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this game as the winner will make a bit of leeway in the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles

The other team in the NFC East, the Redskins, will host the Bears on Sunday. While the Bears are 4-2 and look to be one of the more impressive teams thus far in the season, the Redskins are much more disappointing than many expected at the beginning of the year. After a slow 0-3 start, many critics attributed it to RGIII missing the preseason. When the Redskins beat Oakland before their bye-week, it was thought that they might be back in form and ready to make a statement. That is, until they went out and lost badly to Dallas on Sunday night last week, even with the extra time to prepare. The Cowboys beat Washington 31-16, and showed that the Redskins have more gaping holes than just at quarterback. As for the Bears, they have won this year when they needed to. Sure, their schedule has had them playing against Minnesota, Pittsburgh and New York, who all have a combined winning record of two games. But lucky for them, Washington only has one win as well. This is a pick em game, with enough variables in play that could go in favor of either team. We will side with Chicago, simply because we think Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery deserve that with their 4-2 record. But if Chicago is to lose, it’ll certainly show that their record, especially against bad teams, isn’t nearly as impressive as it looks.

Chicago Bears
Washington Redskins

It’s hard to say what will happen in Carolina as the Rams visit the Panthers. Last week we didn’t give the Rams a chance when it came to beating the Texans. So what did they do? They came out and stomped them 38-13. Then again, we also thought that the Vikings could beat Carolina last week, only for the Panthers to come out on top 35-10. Neither team has been particularly good this year. But they both seem to win games that people don’t expect them to. We still think Carolina is in the mix of things, with a very easy schedule in coming weeks. If they could get one against the Rams here, that would be huge for them. They are also favored over the Rams by 6, so we assume that says something as well. However, the Rams wins have come against slightly better competition. This one is a tossup, but the winner could gain some major momentum for coming games.

St. Louis Rams
Carolina Panthers

You have to feel bad for the Jags. They are the game on everyone’s schedule that teams are likely to sigh in relief when playing. The truth is that with a winless record, they don’t quite deserve the respect of being considered a potential threat. However, there is something very interesting to note in their game against the Chargers on Sunday. Last week we mentioned that although we thought there was no way that the Chargers would beat the Colts, San Diego has had this weird reoccurring loss-win theme this year. Each loss has been followed by a win, only to then lose again. So while the Chargers could use a win this weekend against one of the worst teams in the league to stay in contention in the AFC West, is it possible that the Chargers continue their streak? That would mean that this weekend would result in a loss for the Chargers, and the first win of the season for the Jags. We might be going out on a limb here, but we have seen crazier things happen. Another thing to note in this game is the fact that the Jags have looked better since the return of Justin Blackmon. Last weekend Blackmon went off against Denver, so he’ll look to do the same this weekend as well. San Diego is a touchdown favorite over Jacksonville, but we don’t think you’d be going out on a huge limb if you were to pick the Jaguars to get their first win of the season this weekend.

San Diego Chargers
Jacksonville Jaguars

The 49ers are likely to be happy to be playing Tennessee at this point of the season. The 49ers finally look to be on the track they were on last year, as both sides of the ball have been playing well during their current three-game winning streak. One the other side of the ball Ryan Fitzpatrick will again likely start for Jake Locker, which hasn’t proven to work well for the Titans thus far. Locker did return to practice this week, but its unknown as to whether or not he’ll be ready to go this weekend. Even if he is, the 49ers look to keep things rolling right now. Frank Gore and Vernon Davis both had monster games last weekend, which is likely to open things up for the rest of the 49ers offense. Colin Kaepernick hasn’t necessarily lived up to the hype of the offseason, but he’s played well enough to keep the 49ers in games. And as long as he doesn’t play them out of this one, the 49ers should be just fine. They are a four-point favorite, but they’ll need everything to go well if they plan to get one on the road against the Titans.


Green Bay will host Cleveland in an afternoon game in Lambeau. Despite their loss last weekend against Detroit, the Browns have been one of the surprise teams in the NFL over the last month. Luck could be on their side as they head to face the Packers, who will still be without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and a few other elements from their vaunted defense. This comes as good news to Brandon Weedon, who is likely to be the starter this weekend. There were reports this week that a Craigslist add had been posted for job openings for Weedon, so it’s apparent that in the recent successes of the Browns, their fans have little tolerance for plays like Weedon had last week that resulted in an interception that gave the game to Detroit. He will certainly be on the hot seat as he faces Green Bay, which is never an easy place to be. As for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers will look to do what he can with his limited options. Many of his receiving core is as injured as the Packers defense is, so rookie running back Eddie Lacy will need to have a big game this weekend. The Pack is still a 10 point favorite over the Browns, which probably has a lot to do with the home field advantage that they’ll have.

Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers

The Texans have been really bad in recent weeks, and things look to only get worse. After all the pressure and ailments that Matt Schaub has had in recent weeks, it was announced on Thursday that Case Keenum would get the start for the Texans this weekend. This may come as a bit of shock, considering T.J. Yates was considered the second option and Keenum hasn’t had much in terms of seeing first-team defenses. And on defense, Kansas City ranks atop the league with their 30 sacks on opposing quarterbacks. A lot of this may have to do with the ruckus fans that come to Arrowhead Stadium to watch their undefeated Chiefs keep on keepin’ on, which is exactly what they’ll hope to do this weekend. The Chiefs may be one of the more surprising teams so far this year, but they are quickly becoming a target for each team that they play. Every team wants to prove that they can knock off an undefeated squad, so K.C. will get the best from their opponents every week. The Texans could use a huge win this weekend to get back on track, but as a near touchdown underdog, we don’t see that likely happening.

Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs

Fans in Pittsburg are licking their chops as they wait for Baltimore to come to town. After getting their first win of the season last weekend, this is a great opportunity for the Steelers. Despite a 3-3 record, much of the success for Baltimore has been accredited to their defense. And with the momentum that the Steelers have after getting their losing streak out of the way, this could present major issues for the Ravens. Even though Baltimore boasts the better record going into this one, the Steelers are favored by four. We really like this prediction, and it could result in a huge continuing swing in momentum for the Steelers. We mentioned last week that if they could beat the Jets, they have a great chance of reeling off a few in a row against the Ravens and Raiders. Well, here is their chance to get their second win of the season, and start their comeback in the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday will culminate with the most anticipated game of the weekend. As the week got closer and closer to the weekend, more and more coverage has been given to Peyton Manning returning to the place where he played the first 13-years of his career. Now, for the first time in an opposing jersey, Manning will head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts. There is no question that emotions will be running high in this one, but don’t expect that to affect Manning in a negative way. You can rest assured that Manning, no matter how much he may love Indy, is looking to make a statement to the team that let him go after surgery that almost ended his career. The other element to this game is Andrew Luck. The quarterback that even Manning suggested the Colts should draft, but probably didn’t expect things to turn out as they did. Luck has looked great this year, and last for that matter, and certainly appears to be a suitable heir to the post-Manning Colts franchise. However, until he does the things that Manning did for Indy, he won’t be thought of in the same light. It’ll be interesting to see how the fans welcome Peyton back on Sunday. Things may start with admiration and gratitude, but that could quickly change if the Broncos get out to a quick lead over the hometown team. Another interesting note, as mentioned a few days ago, was that Von Miller will be making his first appearance of the season. Lost in all of the quarterback talk could be Miller’s performance, which he’ll be looking to come out the gates as quickly as possible to get his season going in the right direction.

Denver Broncos
Indianapolis Colts

Monday night’s matchup will be between the Giants and Vikings. The two teams have a combined record of 1-10 and disappointed fans in their respective cities. Both teams made the playoffs last year and both teams have key players on their squads that are just too good to be on such lackluster squads. It’s been only about 10 days since Adrian Peterson was in the national spotlight for the death of his son. While it was quite miraculous last week when he played, we can imagine he had a lot on his mind. Now that he’ll be playing on Monday night in front of the entire nation, we’ll have to keep an eye out for what we hope is a huge game. On the other side of the ball, you have Eli Manning who just hasn’t been able to get things going for his Giants this year. Despite Eli’s own statistical successes, the Giants continue to lose and are one of only two winless teams left in the league. Another interesting note in this game will be the first start for Josh Freeman with the Vikings. Picked up as a free agent just a few weeks ago, Freeman has already surpassed Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder on the depth chart. He’ll be looking to prove he’s still starting material, after being released by the Bucs after a poor start. Despite their poor records, we’ll look forward to watching this game. Not only is it Monday night, and there is nothing better than starting your week with football, but there are enough stars that will be playing to make it exciting. The Giants are a slight favorite to get their first win of the season, especially considering they are playing at home. However, every time AP steps on the field, something magical has the potential of happening.

Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants

After losing their first game on the season, the Saints will get a bye week, as will the Raiders.