NFL picks, predictions against spread Week 7: Packers, Buccaneers, Cardinals cruise; Eagles upset Raiders

Week 6 was the primary NFL week with byes through the 2021 season and in addition a somewhat good week of picks and predictions each towards the unfold and straight up. That does not imply a lot until it is adopted up by a powerful Week 7.

With the variety of bye groups going as much as six — the Payments, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Chargers and Jaguars — it is a smaller slate of solely 13 video games. That lighter schedule nonetheless options three huge double-digit favorites, balanced by 4 video games the place the unfold is about at 4 or fewer factors.

So this week, it is largely both navigating a lopsided matchup or determining who’s a barely higher guess in a detailed one. This is our newest shot at choosing towards the numbers, from one other thirsty Thursday to a different manic Monday:

(Recreation odds courtesy of FanDuel )

Raiders, Steelers rise again; Browns, Bears, Seahawks slide for Week 7

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NFL picks towards the unfold for Week 7

  • Recreation of the Week: Bengals at Ravens (-6.5, 47.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Bengals’ offense is clicking in every single place round Joe Burrow. The Ravens can also transfer the ball in additional methods with Lamar Jackson. Final week, there was no worthy Jackson duel towards the Chargers, however that comes vs. one other second-year first-round QB counterpart. The Bengals will not thoughts throwing usually on Baltimore’s D and Cincinnati can not decelerate the Ravens’ greatest downfield targets. This recreation comes right down to a key drive within the fourth quarter with Jackson coming by at residence.

Decide: Ravens win 27-23 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Recreation of Midweek: Broncos at Browns (-4.5, 42.5 o/u)

Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Community, Amazon Prime Video

The Browns have grow to be an harm mess, from quarterback, working again, offensive line, broad receiver to protection. After being pressured to deviate from their dashing offense and complementary go protection methods, they will get again on monitor vs. a Denver D that is beginning to wrestle in lots of areas underneath Vic Fangio. The Broncos will dangle round with extra regular play by Teddy Bridgewater, however ultimately Baker Mayfield, unhealthy left shoulder and all, delivers a much-needed gritty win to push Cleveland again above .500 at residence.

Decide: Browns win 23-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Lock of the Week: Rams (-15.5, 50.5 o/u) over Lions 

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

Matthew Stafford’s homecoming recreation will seem like lots of homecoming video games, besides the sacrificial lambs are the host Lions. Detroit hit a wall towards Cincinnati at residence final week, merely breaking down from winless frustration after a number of earlier shut video games. The Rams are relentless in smashing unhealthy groups on the street, one thing they proved towards the Giants. They’ll deal with Honolulu Blue like Large Blue, with their protection ready to maintain issues tough on former QB Jared Goff.

Decide: Rams win 38-14 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Upset of the Week: Eagles (+3, 48.5 o/u) over Raiders

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The Eagles got here by as our Week 5 upset particular. The Raiders did the identical in Week 6. So it is solely pure to contain each of the groups right here on this house this week. You possibly can guess Philly followers will storm Las Vegas and make it really feel like a house recreation for Jalen Hurts. The Raiders will proceed to play liberated, inspiring ball with out Jon Gruden, however the Eagles’ defensive appears to be like will not assist Derek Carr, who will face loads of inside strain. The Raiders will wrestle with Hurts’ mobility and his numerous weapons within the ultimate pass-happy assault towards them.

Decide: Eagles win 27-21.

  • Panthers (-3, 43.5 o/u) at Giants

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Panthers could make issues look bleaker in New York for his or her former GM, Dave Gettleman, by exhibiting that former Giants assistant Matt Rhule can even outcoach the overmatched Joe Choose. Daniel Jones with a shaky offensive line, no Saquon Barkley and restricted wholesome broad receivers is a nasty mixture towards an aggressive Carolina pass-rushing protection that goes onerous after turnovers. Sam Darnold will not present a lot fairly on the opposite aspect, however the Giants are shorter on playmakers past former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry.

Decide: Panthers win 20-16 and canopy the unfold.

  • Washington Soccer Crew at Packers (-9.5, 48.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

WFT hung round with the Chiefs early thanks to some fluky takeaways, however the Chiefs nonetheless pulled away in a second-half laugher. The Packers have been rolling since their annual meltdown recreation in Week 1 and there is nothing to recommend Washington’s underachieving protection will decelerate something Aaron Rodgers needs to do. Taylor Heinicke is now in over his head and will not do almost sufficient in catchup mode.

Decide: Packers win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Chiefs (-4.5, 56.5) at Titans

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chiefs’ offense cleaned up these massive errors and went massive play throughout Washington within the second half of final week’s recreation, with Patrick Mahomes discovering excellent concord between Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and the working recreation. The Titans are coming off having their arms full towards the Payments on a brief week however they will have way more success working with Derrick Henry this week, due to this fact opening up the passing recreation properly for Ryan Tannehill. Mahomes outduels Tannehill, however the latter performs properly sufficient to tighten up the margin by the tip.

Decide: Chiefs win 31-27 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Falcons (-2.5, 47.5 o/u) at Dolphins 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons went to London and received in Week 5. The Dolphins went to London and misplaced in Week 6, and did not even get a bye. Search for Atlanta to have discovered extra offensively underneath Matt Ryan popping out of wanted early relaxation and taking it to a Dolphins’ protection wherein the weaknesses far outweigh the strengths for Brian Flores. Miami has extra short-to-intermediate passing success with Tua Tagovailoa to Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki, however Ryan has higher solutions with Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts.

Decide: Falcons win 23-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Jets at Patriots (-7, 42.5 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jets misplaced to the Patriots at residence 25-9 in Week 2 so their objective will probably be wanting extra respectable on the street after a post-London Week 6 bye. The Patriots had one other powerful residence loss vs. the Cowboys after an analogous walk-off end result towards the Buccaneers in Week 4. It is stunning to see that 0-4 document for New England in Foxborough after solely six weeks. The Patriots regroup properly defensively and Mac Jones exhibits extra confidence reverse Zach Wilson.

Decide: Patriots win 20-10 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Texans at Cardinals (-17, 47.5 o/u) 

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Do you assume this recreation means one thing to J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins? With out their former chief Deshaun Watson suiting up for the Texans, here is their lone likelihood to beat the Lone Star crew they in all probability anticipated to by no means go away of their careers. Watt will lead the cost in wreaking havoc on rookie QB Davis Mills whereas Hopkins helps dazzling counterpart Kyler Murray have one other enormous recreation. There is no cause to consider Houston may cause any issues for Arizona’s offense, or that Arizona’s protection will not find yourself teeing off within the second half.

Decide: Cardinals win 38-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Bears at Buccaneers (-13.5, 47.5 o/u)

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

You possibly can guess Tom Brady remembers thjat one of many worst losses of his first Bucs’ season got here on the Bears. He’ll make amends for that mistake-filled defeat by ripping by an overrated Chicago protection at residence with assist from his many receivers and working again Leonard Fournette. Justin Fields will not get assist from the working recreation final week and is not passing almost successfully sufficient to take advantage of the Bucs’ secondary vulnerability.

Decide: Buccaneers win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Colts at 49ers (-3.5, 44.5 o/u)

Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Colts are wanting good offensively Carson Wentz expanded his weaponry to play off Jonathan Taylor and the revived chunk working recreation. However the 49ers have proved to be a tricky crew coming off a bye underneath Kyle Shanahan. They’ll push higher offensive buttons and play extra sound protection with a couple of extra harm points resolved, no matter who’s beginning at quarterback.

Decide: 49ers win 27-23 and canopy the unfold.

  • Saints (-5.5, 43.5 o/u) at Seahawks

Sunday 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Saints march in as cross-country street favorites following their bye because the Seahawks did not encourage a lot in Pittsburgh with out Russell Wilson. New Orleans will maintain issues easy and grounded right here with Alvin Kamara to assault Seattle’s porous run protection. Jameis Winston will probably be in place to guard the ball in a hostile atmosphere whereas Smith will probably be thwarted by an energetic go protection late.

Decide: Saints win 24-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Vinnie Iyer’s 2021 picks:

  • Week 6 document towards the unfold: 8-5
  • Week 6 document straight up: 11-2
  • Season ATS: 47-46
  • Season straight up: 64-29 | NFL picks, predictions towards unfold Week 7: Packers, Buccaneers, Cardinals cruise; Eagles upset Raiders


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