It may only be Monday, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start looking ahead at the odds for Week 7's games.
While some of these lines may move as injury reports come out throughout the week, for now I've identified three spreads as intriguing ones for the bettors out there.
From one team barely laying any points in a game it should win to two underdogs that could keep things close, these games should pique your interest.
Chicago Bears (-1.5) at Washington
Surely, this line is so tight because Washington is at home, but it seems surprising that Vegas thinks this game will be that tight.
Granted, Robert Griffin III and company have been within one possession in two of their losses, so they aren't quite as bad as that 1-4 record suggests. Still, this Bears team is pretty darn good and very opportunistic on defense, with a plus-seven turnover differential—tops in the NFC.
Well, it's minus-one (12th in the NFC). It's hard to see the Redskins having an answer on defense for Chicago's arsenal of weapons in Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. This game should be close, but the Bears will win by more than a field goal.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-6)
If Matt Ryan is missing three of his four best offensive weapons, do you really feel confident that he can lead the Falcons to a win?
You probably shouldn't.
Vegas is giving the Falcons the benefit of the doubt at home and coming off a bye, but the truth is a beat-up Atlanta team isn't much better than a Tampa Bay side that has three losses by three or fewer points.
If the aforementioned players can't go, I like the Bucs straight up in this contest.
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)
The Packers will be without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Randall Cobb, and could be without James Jones. They really haven't looked very good on offense over the past two weeks, albeit in two wins.
Against a good Cleveland defense, it's hard to see the Packers winning by more than a touchdown.
Here's an update on Perry courtesy of The Fan 1075 on Twitter:
Per our Chris Havel, through a source, LB Nick Perry is out with a broken foot, but will return this year. #Packers— The Fan 1075 (@WDUZ) October 14, 2013
Adam Schefter of ESPN offered news on Cobb's status:
For now, sounds like Packers WR Randall Cobb is expected to miss two weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2013
The Packers will almost assuredly win, as they've won 31 of their last 36 games at Lambeau Field. If both Cobb and Jones can go, this line makes perfect sense. But if news comes out early that neither player will go in Week 7, snatch this line up quickly.
Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon and company just might surprise some folks.
Betting lines courtesy of Vegas Insider.
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