Jets at Patriots (-10.5)
If there's a game when the New England Patriots will send a message, it's Week 7 against the Jets.
The Pats are coming off a tough loss to Seattle and Gang Green is riding high, mainly because everyone in the AFC East is 3-3.
That said, Tom Brady and Co. have yet to put together a complete performance. New York will certainly enter with confidence, but New England's defense will stuff the run and force Mark Sanchez to outplay Brady.
Take the Patriots against the spread.
Jaguars at Raiders (-4)
Coming off a bye week gives Jacksonville an edge, especially since the Raiders suffered a heart-wrenching loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday.
In a game featuring two of pro football's best running backs, the defensive front sevens will be the difference. The Raiders are much better at controlling the line of scrimmage, plus the Jaguars have struggled to pressure the quarterback.
Take Oakland against the spread.
Steelers (-2.5) at Bengals
Sunday night is a must-win game for the Steelers and Bengals. Both were upset in Week 6 and a loss in Week 7 would severely wound each team's playoff chances.
Pittsburgh is banged up across the board, Cincinnati's defense remains vulnerable to the pass. And neither is adept at causing turnovers
Whichever team is able establish a running game to set up the pass to its big-play receivers will win.
Take Pittsburgh against the spread.
Lions at Bears (-5)
Somehow, the Detroit Lions came back to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. Chicago, though, was resting on a bye and essentially has an extra day to relax since this contest is on Monday.
One could say that the Bears have sat a hair too long, whereas Detroit appears to be finding a rhythm and some confidence. Still, Matthew Stafford can be turnover-prone and we've seen how the Bears' defense is capable of getting their offense additional possessions, not to mention scoring defensively.
Take Chicago against the spread.
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