NFL Spreads Week 7: Best Picks Against the Spread

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 17, 2016


When the 2016 NFL schedule was released in April, one of the games that many people circled was this Sunday’s New England at Pittsburgh matchup as they were the two AFC favourites. However, that matchup lost a bit of luster on Sunday when the Steelers were beaten in Miami and also lost star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a knee injury. Here’s a quick look at all Week 7 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games on Sunday unless noted. The Cowboys and Panthers are on the bye.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, Thursday

Point spread: Green Bay -9 Total: 47The NFL’s oldest rivalry is renewed — the 193rd meeting — and we’ll have an in-depth preview of this game on Tuesday. Green Bay has dominated Chicago this decade, but the Bears did win the most recent meeting last November which was also on a Thursday night. Pick ATS: Packers

New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams

Point spread: New York -3 Total: 44 The Rams are the “home” team for this 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff from Twickenham Stadium in London — it’s the first-ever NFL game at the facility. The Rams agreed to play a game in London as part of their approved move to Los Angeles this past offseason. The Rams lost a close game in Detroit on Sunday, while the Giants might have saved their season by ending a three-game losing streak with a 27-23 win over Baltimore with Odell Beckham Jr. having a huge game. Pick ATS: Giants

New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs

Point spread: Kansas City -6.5 Total: 50 New Orleans came off its bye week on Sunday and beat struggling Carolina 41-38 behind 465 yards and four touchdowns from Drew Brees. With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time in the regular season. Will Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. Kansas City has alternated wins and losses in each game thus far, also came off its bye Sunday and won at Oakland 26-10. Andy Reid’s teams are now 16-2 in his career after the week off. Pick ATS: Chiefs


Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Point spread: Indianapolis -2.5 Total: TBA The Colts blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday night in Houston and lost 26-23 in overtime. Had Indy held on, all four teams in the AFC South would have three losses. The Titans got to .500 with a 28-26 win over terrible Cleveland. Indianapolis has won nine straight in this series, but the two games last year were decided by a combined six points and easily could have gone Tennessee’s way. Pick ATS: Titans

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Point spread: Minnesota -2.5 Total: 40 Minnesota comes out of its bye as the NFL’s only unbeaten team and has Philadelphia partly to thank for that. The Vikings and Eagles made a stunning trade on the eve of the season after Minnesota lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to injury. The Vikings gave up 2017 first- and fourth round picks to the Eagles for QB Sam Bradford. Both teams have won that trade. Bradford has played at an MVP level thus far, while Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz, who might have sat the entire season if not for the trade, is an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Pick ATS: Vikings

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Point spread: Bengals -9.5 Total: 45.5 Cleveland probably only has a couple of realistic chances to avoid a 0-16 record this season and Sunday’s game in Tennessee was one of them. Alas, the Browns remained the NFL’s lone winless team with a 28-26 loss. At 0-6, Cleveland is off to its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise. Cincinnati lost in New England on Sunday, 35-17. The Bengals have won three games in a row against their northern Ohio rivals by a combined score of 98-13. At least the Browns don’t have to go up against with former Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson any longer. He was hired as Cleveland’s head coach this past winter. Pick ATS: Bengals

Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions

Point spread: Detroit -1.5 Total: 48.5 Washington won a fourth straight game Sunday, 27-20 over visiting Philadelphia. The Redskins had 493 offensive yards against the Eagles, who came in allowing of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league’s second-best defense. Detroit beat the Rams 31-28 for its second straight win. Matt Prater made a tiebreaking, 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left, and Rafael Bush had the clinching interception two plays later. Pick ATS: Lions


Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars

Point spread: Jacksonville -1.5 Total: 49 These were pegged as the two rising powers in the AFC entering this season. Oakland remains tied for the AFC West lead despite its worst game of the season Sunday in a 26-10 home loss to Kansas City. The Raiders managed just 286 yards and turned it over twice while allowing 406 yards and not forcing any turnovers. Jacksonville rallied from 16-7 fourth-quarter deficit to win Chicago 17-16 on an Arrelious Benn 51-yard TD catch from Blake Bortles with 2:29 to go. It was only the Jaguars’ fifth victory in 26 road games under Coach Gus Bradley. Pick ATS: Jaguars

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

Point spread: Buffalo -3 Total: 44.5 Buffalo won a fourth straight game Sunday, 45-16 over San Francisco. The Bills rushed for 312 yards, led by LeSean McCoy‘s 140 yards and three scores. He has been rolling since Coach Rex Ryan replaced his offensive coordinator after a 0-2 start. Miami pulled the biggest upset of Week 6 with a 30-15 win over visiting Pittsburgh. Jay Ajayi blew up for 204 yards rushing and two scores. The Bills swept their AFC rivals last season, winning each by at least 16 points. Pick ATS: Bills

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Baltimore lost at third consecutive close game Sunday, 27-23 at the Giants — so they play at MetLife Stadium a second straight week. Terrance West ran for two scores, but the Ravens’ defense couldn’t stop the Giants’ Beckham Jr. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn biceps) left the game with injuries and didn’t return. The Jets played Monday night in Arizona on a three-game losing streak. Pick ATS: Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers

Point spread: Tampa Bay -2 Total: 47 Tampa Bay comes off its bye week and should get Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin back after he injured his hamstring in Week 2. San Francisco lost their fifth in a row Sunday, 45-16 in Buffalo. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his first start in nearly a calendar year and wasn’t very good, completing just 13 of 29 for 187 yards a touchdown. Presumably he will remain the starter. Pick ATS: 49ers


San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons

Point spread: Atlanta -6.5 Total: 51 San Diego had been finding inventive ways to lose games in the fourth quarter this season and tried to make things interesting last Thursday in the fourth at home against Denver with a 21-3 lead — but this time held on for a 21-13 victory to end a three-game skid. Atlanta’s four-game winning streak ended in a 26-24 loss in Seattle. Matt Ryan finished 27 of 42 for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Pick ATS: Falcons

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

Point spread: TBA Total: 46 This was to be one of the most important regular-season game in the AFC this year, as most believed the winner would also be the conference’s top seed in the playoffs. But it’s hard to see how the Steelers can pull the upset now that Roethlisberger will need knee surgery for a torn meniscus. It’s not season ending but Big Ben is out for a while. Landry Jones starts here. The Steelers might have been caught looking ahead to this game for how bad they played in Sunday’s loss in Miami. New England blew out Cincinnati 35-17 and has looked like the NFL’s best team since Tom Brady returned from his suspension. These teams opened the 2015 season against one another at New England and the Patriots won 28-21. Pick ATS: Patriots

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA We will have an in-depth preview of this NFC West showdown later this week. The teams split in 2015, each winning on the road. It should be noted that Arizona had nothing to play for in its Week 17 blowout loss. It’s a short week for the Cardinals after hosing the Jets on Monday night. Pick ATS: Seahawks

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos, Monday

Point spread: Denver -6.5 Total: 41.5 Look for an in-depth preview of this game later this week. Broncos fans have had this game circled since the schedule was released. Denver had been grooming Brock Osweiler to replace Peyton Manning as the team’s starting QB this season with Manning retiring, but Osweiler chose to leave in free agency for Houston and had some unpleasant things to say on the way out of Denver. The Broncos defenders will be frothing at the mouth to hit him hard. Pick ATS: Broncos