NFL Week 7 Predictions: Highlighting Best Picks Against the Spread

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2013

Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Week 7 of the 2013 NFL campaign may appear to be a tough one for bettors, but wise gamblers will pick the best spots and stay away from the coin-flip propositions.

At this juncture of the season, the sportsbooks generally have a great idea of how every team should fare in most situations. However, the general public seems to be clueless when it comes to a number of teams and continues to back some terrible sides.

You are better than that, so keep reading to find the latest lines for every game, my picks for each and a closer look at two contests you will want to bet the farm on in Week 7.

NFL Week 7 Lines and Predictions
Away TeamHome TeamLinePrediction (ATS)
Seattle SeahawksArizona CardinalsSEA -4.5Seahawks
New England PatriotsNew York JetsNE -4Patriots
San Diego ChargersJacksonville JaguarsSD -7Chargers
Houston TexansKansas City ChiefsKC -6Chiefs
Cincinnati BengalsDetroit LionsDET -.2.5Lions
Buffalo BillsMiami DolphinsMIA -7Bills
Chicago BearsWashington RedskinsPKBears
Dallas CowboysPhiladelphia EaglesPHI -3Cowboys
St. Louis RamsCarolina PanthersCAR -6.5Rams
Tampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta FalconsATL -7Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ersTennessee TitansSF -449ers
Cleveland BrownsGreen Bay PackersGB -9.5Packers
Baltimore RavensPittsburgh SteelersPIT -2.5Ravens
Denver BroncosIndianapolis ColtsDEN -6Colts
Minnesota VikingsNew York GiantsNYG -3.5Vikings


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) over ATLANTA FALCONS

The Bucs may be winless, but this team has a great opportunity to pick up the first victory of the year against the lowly Falcons.

Atlanta has largely failed to live up to expectations in 2013, but that hasn’t stopped the public from backing this disappointing club on a weekly basis.

Even though the Dirty Birds aren’t covering, money is clearly pouring in on them and it’s time to take advantage of that.

With Julio Jones done for the season and ESPN reporting that Roddy White is dealing with a hamstring injury, there is absolutely no way that Atlanta is going to be beating anyone through the air.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons runs after a catch against the New York Jets during their game at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

You’ll have to trust that the Tampa secondary will step up and shut down a passing attack that will primarily feature an aging Tony Gonzalez and the awful Hugh Douglas this week, leaving the Falcons to rely on a ground attack that doesn’t have a good chance of returning Steven Jackson for at least another week, as per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It’s an overall mess in Georgia, something that the Bucs should be able to take advantage of after making major strides in Week 6.

Tampa’s offense put up a few scores against the Philadelphia Eagles, with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon connecting with Vincent Jackson for two scores and second-year back Doug Martin finding a bit of a rhythm.

If the Bucs can build on that and take advantage of an offensively challenged Falcons team, they should finally pick up a much-needed win.


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-6) over Houston Texans

Kansas City is one of the league’s finest teams and that will continue to hold true after it thoroughly routs the Texans on Sunday.

The Chiefs are undefeated under new head coach Andy Reid for one primary reason: turnover differential. The team leads the NFL with a plus-12 margin, recording 18 takeaways and just six giveaways on the year.

Houston is on the exact opposite end of the spectrum, with Matt Schaub setting a record for futility at one point by throwing pick-sixes in four straight contests.

The Texans are ahead of just the lowly New York Giants with a minus-12 differential, as they have coughed the rock up 15 times and taken it back just three times.

That is a truly disgusting number and something that a winning, playoff-caliber squad would never boast. It’s a telling sign and should prove to any doubters that betting against the Texans is the wisest call at this juncture.

Unless this line moves to the double digits, you would be wise to back the Chiefs and get paid as they move to 7-0.