2020 NFL Betting Guide: Week 7 Predictions
The Week 7 edition of Thursday Night Football is set to kick off, as the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will collide in the City of Brotherly Love. Looking for a one-stop shop when it comes to predictions on the gridiron this week? You’ve come to the right place.
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Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets +12, 45
Prediction: Buffalo 30, New York 10
Losers of two straight, the Bills enter Week 7 on a mini cold streak and looking unstable on both sides of the ball. The good news for Bills fans is the best remedy to get a struggling team on track is a date with the New York Jets, and that's what awaits them this weekend.
Buffalo's defense hasn't played up to its capabilities this year, but the Jets' offense ranks among the weakest groups in the NFL. The Bills get back on track against the lowly Jets and get back in the win column.
Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints -7.5, 51
Prediction: Carolina 27, New Orleans 24
Teddy Bridgewater gets to face the team that he led to five wins last season, and I think the scrappy Panthers will keep this one closer than the oddsmakers think and easily cover the +7.5 number while winning outright.
Carolina hasn't missed a beat with Christian McCaffrey sidelined, as Mike Davis has done an excellent job filling in at running back. The Saints will likely once again be without star wide receiver Michael Thomas and could struggle to maintain consistency on offense.
Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals +3.5, 50.5
Prediction: Cleveland 29, Cincinnati 17
Cleveland was riding high entering Week 6, but a 38-7 blowout to the Pittsburgh Steelers has left the Browns searching for answers. The Browns play their second road game in a week against the division-rival Bengals and are primed to bounce back against a questionable Bengals defense.
Cincinnati is going to be a contender in the AFC North for years to come behind Joe Burrow, but those days are a few years away. The Browns get back on track and pick up a road win against the lowly Bengals.
Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Football Team Pick'em, 46
Prediction: Washington 19, Dallas 13
We knew the Cowboys wouldn't be the same team after Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. What we didn't know is just how bad they would look under Andy Dalton, and a 38-10 blowout at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals was about as bad as it could get.
Dalton is not the only problem in Dallas, though. The offensive line is in shambles and the defense is extremely beatable. Washington is a bad football team, but Kyle Allen should do enough to get the job done against the Cowboys.
Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons -3, 55
Prediction: Detroit 36, Atlanta 30
The betting market is overcorrecting the Falcons after their 40-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings last week. Simply put, this team shouldn't be getting three points against a formidable opponent in the Lions.
Detroit will be well-rested coming off the bye and is in a good position to put up points against the Falcons. This game will be a surprising shootout, but the Lions will come out on top and hand the Lions their sixth loss of the campaign.
Green Bay Packers vs Houston Texans +3.5, 57
Prediction: Green Bay 31, Houston 28
The 4-1 Packers only getting 3.5 points against the 1-5 may look like a very appealing bet, but this game is going to be tighter than most football fans think.
The Packers were embarrassed last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will likely be without the services of star tackle David Bakhtiari, which could spell trouble for the green and gold.
Despite the added pressure without Bakhtiari, Aaron Rodgers will return to form after one of the worst performances of his career in Week 6. The Texans will narrowly cover the spread, though.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans -1, 50.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh 24, Tennessee 23
In what's shaping up to be the game of the week between two undefeated teams, the Steelers face their biggest test of the season against a Titans offense led by Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry.
While Tennessee has had some standout highlights putting points on the board, its defense has left plenty to be desired. Ben Roethlisberger has been solid in 2020 and should pick apart the Titans' secondary in a close game.
Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals +3.5, 56
Prediction: Seattle 35, Arizona 24
Coming off their bye, the Seahawks have a big edge in rest over the Cardinals, who played in Monday Night Football. The Seahawks have looked like world beaters on offense and extremely beatable on defense, so backing them on any given week comes with some risk.
It's going to be fun to watch Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray duke it out, but I think the elder statesmen Wilson continues his MVP ascent in a Seahawks win.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Los Angeles Chargers -7.5, 49
Prediction: Los Angeles 20, Jacksonville 10
Jacksonville's struggles on the West Coast this season are well-documented, and things won't get any easier in Week 7 against Justin Herbert and the Chargers. The Chargers catching 7 and a half points here seems a bit inflated, but they should be able to cover the number regardless.
The Jaguars are a mess on defense and can bleed points to opposing teams on any given week. Herbert continues his solid rookie campaign and posts some big numbers against Jacksonville this weekend.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos +9.5, 45.5
Prediction: Kansas City 24, Denver 13
Kansas City is playing on a short week and is playing its second road game in as many weeks, but it won't matter much against the depleted Broncos defense. Patrick Mahomes has a new weapon to work with in the form of the newly-signed Le'Veon Bell.
Denver is coming off a big win over the New England Patriots, but Drew Lock didn't exactly stand out in a game where kicker Brandon McManus scored all of his team's points. K.C. gets the job done on the road and improves to 5-1.
San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots -2, 43.5
Prediction: New England 23, San Francisco 16
Jimmy Garoppolo is making his return to New England in a winnable game for the 49ers. The Patriots looked flat vs the Broncos and aren't exactly riding a wave of momentum right now, but I think they'll return to the win column instead of losing two straight on home field.
Cam Newton had a poor showing in his first game back after testing positive for COVID-19, yet I wouldn't worry much about that. The Pats should take advantage of the depleted 49ers defense and pick up a victory at Gillette Stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Las Vegas Raiders +4, 52
Prediction: Tampa Bay 38, Las Vegas 20
Entering this season, many pundits were questioning whether Tom Brady could win without Bill Belichick. Through six weeks, Touchdown Tom hasn't missed a beat since his Patriots days and is fresh off a huge triumph over the Packers last week.
Tampa Bay's defense is excellent against the run, which is not good news for Raiders lead back Josh Jacobs. The Bucs will try to make Derek Carr beat them through the air, and while Carr was fared well in 2020, it won't be enough to get his team past the Bucs. Tampa Bay wins big.
Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams -6, 45
Prediction: Los Angeles 14, Chicago 7
This game might be ugly. Oddsmakers have set the total at 45, and I think this one has UNDER written all over it. Nick Foles going up againsat Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsay has trouble written all over it, which should concern Bears backers.
On the flip side, the Rams haven't been their best football of late and had a letdown game in Week 6 against the 49ers. L.A. wins this game but will make Rams bettors sweat it out in the process.
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