Week 7 of NFL action brings us fewer games but more excitement with a few of the largest totals of the year on this slate. There are a lot of great spots on this slate and I want to break down my 5 favorite spots on the Sunday slate.
Dolphins vs. Bills (-17)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins are in Buffalo to take on the Bills in what should be the most lopsided game of the week. The Dolphins are coming off of a home loss to the Redskins, who are a clear bottom 5 team in football. That was likely the best spot of the season for the Dolphins to secure a win and things are now looking good for the front office who is assuredly focused on tanking at this point.
The Bills offense isn’t great, but their defense should absolutely suffocate the Dolphins and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bills defense basically cover this game on their own. The Bills offense does have some explosiveness and I think that is on display early and often in this game.
Texans vs. Colts (-1)
Both of these teams have been surprises to most of the NFL with winning records through the early part of the season. I expect both teams to maintain a winning record coming out of this game as well.
Both teams are fundamentally sound, but they attack teams in very different ways. The Texans offense has gone to a lot of deep passing routes and using Deshaun Watson’s legs as a threat to keep defenses honest.
However, I think that this Colts team is built to beat a team like the Texans who will get exploited by speed at the receiver position. Look for T.Y. Hilton to have an explosive game here and for the Colts to win a shootout at home.
Raiders vs. Packers (-5.5)
The Raiders have been relatively impressive after their low expectations, but I don’t buy that this team is actually good enough to go blow for blow with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. At this point, Rodgers and the passing game has been one of the question marks leading into games without Davante Adams.
I expect the receivers to be healthier in general this week and I think that this Green Bay defense is pretty solid, especially against the pass. I expect the Packers to get the lead quickly and eventually run away with this one by double digits.
Chargers (+2) vs. Titans
The Chargers are the better team getting points on the road. While the Chargers haven’t looked very good for most of the season, they are slowly getting healthier and they should be able to take advantage of an offense with ZERO direction right now.
A Ryan Tannehill-led team should never be favored over Philip Rivers and the Chargers, especially when the Chargers are more talented beyond the simple QB matchup. I love the Chargers to cover the spread and win this game outright.
Saints (+3) vs. Bears
I understand this line and giving respect to the Bears on a chilly afternoon in Chicago against a dome team from New Orleans. However, I just see a much larger path to success for the Saints in this game.
Both Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are matchup-proof and it really helps this offense to lean on these players in tough matchups like this one. The Bears offense is NOT good and I think that the Saints are able to constantly force Trubisky off of his spot and this is likely to cause ill advised throws. While both teams are relatively similar, I expect the New Orleans stars to carry them to a big road victory in Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.