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.
|Away Team||Home Team||Line||Prediction (ATS)|
|Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals||SEA -4.5||Seahawks|
|New England Patriots||New York Jets||NE -4||Patriots|
|San Diego Chargers||Jacksonville Jaguars||SD -7||Chargers|
|Houston Texans||Kansas City Chiefs||KC -6||Chiefs|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Detroit Lions||DET -.2.5||Lions|
|Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||MIA -7||Bills|
|Chicago Bears||Washington Redskins||PK||Bears|
|Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI -3||Cowboys|
|St. Louis Rams||Carolina Panthers||CAR -6.5||Rams|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons||ATL -7||Buccaneers|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans||SF -4||49ers|
|Cleveland Browns||Green Bay Packers||GB -9.5||Packers|
|Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -2.5||Ravens|
|Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts||DEN -6||Colts|
|Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants||NYG -3.5||Vikings|
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.
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.
Which team will cover?
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.