NFL Week 7 Betting Odds, Trends & Predictions
The Oddsmakers continue to sharpen the betting lines moving into Week 7 of the NFL season, but there is always an edge to be found if you know where and how to look. After breaking down all the pertinent stats, facts and betting trends for this Sunday’s NFL matchups, I am ready to release this week’s Top 3 Picks for FootballBetting.com based on the current betting odds from BetOnline.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (UNDER 44.5)
The Vikings are off to a respectable 3-2 straight-up start following last Sunday’s 16-10 grinder over Kansas City, but even more impressive is their 4-1 record against the spread after covering as three-point home favorites. Bettors are also in the black betting Minnesota on the total line with four of its first five games staying UNDER while the other game ended as a PUSH. The Vikings are only averaging 19.2 points a game, but they are holding teams to 16.6 points.
Detroit lost its first five games SU while going 1-4 ATS, but it was able to snap that skid with a 37-34 victory against Chicago last Sunday as a 3.5-point home favorite. The Lions will now turn their attention to another NFC North rival behind an offense that has really struggled with consistency this season. This unit is ranked 26th in the NFL in scoring with 20 points a game. The total has stayed UNDER in six of Detroit’s last eight home games against Minnesota and I like my chances that its stays UNDER again on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5) at Washington Redskins
The Buccaneers went into last week’s bye at 2-3 both SU and ATS following a 38-31 victory against Jacksonville as one-point home favorites in Week 5. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has already made his fair share of mistakes, but I am looking for another big game from Doug Martin and a Tampa Bay rushing attack that is ranked ninth in the league in yards per game (122.4).
Washington started the season 2-2 behind a powerful run game, but the tide has turned over the past two weeks in losses to Atlanta and the New York Jets. The Redskins are having a real hard time moving the ball through both the pass and the run and their defense is now ranked 23rd in the league against the run and 15th in points allowed (23.0). Tampa Bay still has its fair share of issues, but I will take the 3.5 points against a Washington team that looks like it is ready to fully implode.
Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) at Tennessee Titans
The 5-1 Falcons fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last Thursday night at the hands of rival New Orleans, but this is still one of the most dynamic teams in the league on the offensive side of the ball. With Matt Ryan throwing the ball to Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman running it, there are few defenses in the league that can slow this unit down.
Tennessee is off to an expected 1-4 SU (2-3 ATS) start following last Sunday’s 38-10 loss to Miami as a 2.5-point home favorite and, to add injury to insult, rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota remains day-to-day for this Sunday with a knee sprain. It will be hard enough for the Titans to try and keep pace with Atlanta on the scoreboard with an offense that is ranked 22nd in the NFL in both passing yards (232.4) and total yards (340.4) a game. Look for the Falcons to bounce-back in a big way with a road victory that easily covers the 3.5-point spread.
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