NFL Week 7 Preview: The Big Three

Charlie Boccanegra | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look, now, at the three most intriguing games in Week 7 of the National Football League, with all relevant sports betting information. All NFL football lines are courtesy of Sports Interaction.

Minnesota (6-0) at Pittsburgh (4-2) Steelers -4.0, Over/Under 45

While Minnesota has passed several big tests already this season (defeating the likes of Green Bay and Baltimore), this Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh will be the biggest of the season. The Steelers are a remarkably tough team in the hostile confines of Heinz Field; they’re a perfect 3-0 at home while outscoring opponents 78-52 along the way. The spotlight here will be on Ben Roethlisberger, who has been lights-out over his last three contests. Big Ben has thrown seven touchdowns to just two interceptions while completing an impressive 73 percent of his passes (72 of 98) and will face a Vikings secondary that could be without Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield, who has spent most of this week in a protective walking boot. If Roethlisberger can avoid the vaunted Minny pass rush – including Jared Allen, who seems to be making game-changing plays on a weekly basis – the Steelers will be in great shape to knock Minnesota from the ranks of the undefeated. Chicago (3-2) at Cincinnati (4-2) Bengals -1.5, Over/Under 41.5

A game that will hold special interest for Cedric Benson, Chicago’s former first-round draft bust who has revived his career in Cincy. After a disastrous start to his career with the Bears, Benson has come alive this season – he sits third in the league in rushing yards (531) behind Pro Bowlers Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. There’s plenty of revenge factors for Benson this weekend; not only is he going up against the team that cut him loose, he’s also looking to bounce back after posting a season-low 44 rushing yards in a loss to Houston last weekend. He’ll be hard pressed to gain a lot of ground against the Bears, though. Chicago has the sixth-ranked rush defense in the NFL and held Atlanta’s Michael Turner to just 30 yards last Sunday. Atlanta (4-1) at Dallas (3-2) Cowboys -3.5, Over/Under 47

Interesting game here for Atlanta as the Falcons are on a crash-course with NFC South leaders New Orleans next week. Should the Falcons get a win in Dallas this Sunday, they’ll either be playing for a share of or – depending on what the Saints do Monday night versus Miami – the outright divisional lead. If that’s to happen, Matt Ryan will need to better protect the football. His performance against Chicago last weekend was decent, but two ugly interceptions nearly gave the Bears the win. Still, you’ve got to like Atlanta’s chances this weekend, playing a Cowboys team that hasn’t looked goo all year and needed overtime to get a win against the hapless Chiefs in Week 5.