NFL Lines Week 7: Spreads to Avoid at All Costs

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sidelines during the closing moments of the Cowboys 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Some NFL games are worth betting (or friendly wagering), but others just aren't. When you can't put your finger on a team, best case is to stay away from betting them.

The Dallas Cowboys exhibit the perfect embodiment of a stay-away team. They don't have an offensive identity; therefore, you never know what you're going to see out of them.

The ‘Boys aren't the only NFL wagering entity to avoid. There are also game scenarios that can be labeled as “stay-away games.”

With that said, check out the Week 7 lines that stink of uncertainty. 

Dallas at Carolina (+2.5)

No one knows what to expect out of these two teams this Sunday. Even Miss Cleo couldn't get this one right.

Dallas choked down the stretch in a game off of a bye against Baltimore and is known for playing down to their opponents. Meanwhile, the Panthers are coming off a bye and will be we'll rested. Cam Newton has been able to prepare for this Cowboys defense for two weeks. 

Oh, the Cowboys' luck.

Don't try to get lucky yourself either with this line. 

New Orleans at Tampa Bay (+2.5)

Another ploy by Vegas to take a side. The home dog may look enticing after thrashing Kansas City (who New Orleans couldn't beat), but Tampa Bay is an underdog for a good reason.

That reason won't be the Saints defense. They made Philip Rivers look good two weeks ago and as we saw in San Diego, that is not easy.

The call on this matchup is "stay away"

Jacksonville at Oakland (-6)

The Raiders are getting a ton of points, but the last I checked they were still the Raiders.

The Jaguars will be heading cross country for this one, which skews the line a bit. Still, they had two weeks to prepare, with Maurice Jones-Drew now firmly entrenched in their offense.

The Raiders may have shot their wad trying for the upset bid in Atlanta. Or they could go back to their Pittsburgh-upsetting ways and dominate. Who knows? Keep the money away from this game in the Bay Area.