2018 NFL Week 7 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 15, 2018 in

Here is a look at the NFL Week 7 games odds & expert picks.

2018 NFL Week 7 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game

Denver (-1.5) @ Arizona

The Broncos couldn’t overcome 208 rushing yards by Todd Gurley in their 23-20 loss to the Rams. Arizona also struggled to stop the run as Latavius Murray led the Vikings to a 27-17 victory.

This isn’t the Denver defense of old. They’re still good against the run, but they have struggled to stop the pass. Josh Rosen has formed a good connection with Christian Kirk, and the Cardinals will need to take advantage of that if they want to beat Denver. David Johnson also needs to have a breakout game.

Denver hasn’t won on the road this year, and they won’t win on Thursday night of NFL Week 7, as the Cardinals will beat the Broncos.

New England (-2.5) @ Chicago

In what was looking like a breakout season in Chicago came to a huge halt in Miami on Sunday as the Bears mistakes cost them the game to Miami. Mitch Trubisky has had his ups and downs.

Enter Bill Belichick. He will find ways to confuse Trubisky and cause the 2nd year QB to make some costly mistakes.

Chicago will need to get Jordan Howard more carries in order to keep Tom Brady and company off of the field. The Bears defense has had a great season, and they will challenge Brady and company.

The Bears aren’t quite ready to be in the upper echelon of the league. The Patriots leave Chicago victorious, 28-24.

Tennessee @ LA Chargers (-6.5)

The Titans were blanked at home by the Ravens, while the Chargers throttled the Browns 38-14.

Tennessee has struggled to score points this year. With Marcus Mariota and company struggling, the Titan defense has had to step up their play to keep the Titans in games.

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers offense is averaging over 405 yards of offense per game. Rivers has Thrown 13 TD passes to just 2 interceptions this season. With Rivers playing well, and Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler gaining good chunks of yardage out of the backfield, the Chargers are looking to challenge the Chiefs for the AFC West title.

The Chargers are playing well and will be too much for the Titans. The Chargers win this one by 10 to cover the spread.

Buffalo @ Indianapolis (-6.5)

A late pick 6 cost Buffalo a chance at a win in Houston, while Indianapolis squandered some opportunities in a loss to the Jets. Buffalo may be without Josh Allen who was knocked out of last week’s game.

If Nathan Peterman is behind center, Buffalo could struggle on offense. They would need LeSean McCoy to carry the load offensively.

Andrew Luck has been coming back into form, but costly drops and tipped passes for interceptions have plagued the Colts. The Indy defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone, so the Colts have relied on Luck and the offense to keep them in games.

I think the Colts win this game, but it’ll be closer than the spread indicates. Indy wins on a Vinatieri field goal late in the game.

Houston @ Jacksonville (-4.5)

For the 2nd week in a row, the Jaguars were trounced on national television, while the Texans snuck away with a late victory for the second time in the last 2 games.

Houston has yet to get their offense on track. Deshaun Watson has been fighting injuries, and the Texans have yet to show much of a running game. Watson and his receivers need to get on the same page in order for the Texans to be successful.

Jacksonville has been a mess the last 2 weeks. Blake Bortles has struggled to throw the ball, and the running game has taken a huge hit without Leonard Fournette. The defense, which was believed to be one of the league’s elite, has also given up a ton of yardage and points over the last 2 games.

Look for the Jaguars to bounce back at home in NFL Week 7 after two tough road losses. They win this one by a touchdown and cover the spread.

Detroit @ Miami

The Lions are coming off of their bye week, and Miami comes off of a miraculous overtime victory over the Bears.

The mystery surrounding this game, is who will be under center for the Dolphins? Ryan Tannehill was injured and the Dolphins were led by Brock Osweiler in their victory over Chicago.

Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake combined for 158 rushing yards against the Bears. Osweiler threw for 380 yards and 3 TDs.

Detroit depends on the passing game of Matthew Stafford, as once again, their rushing game has been non-existent.

With Miami not knowing who is under center this week, there has yet to be a line set on this game. I look for Miami to use the momentum they gained in their overtime victory over the Bears to defeat the Lions.

Minnesota (-3) @ NY Jets

Minnesota and the Jets are both coming off of victories. The Vikings are finally starting to play like the team that everyone expected to see. The Jets, led by rookie QB Sam Darnold, have made strides throughout the season.

The Vikings could have Dalvin Cook back. Minnesota could use a boost in their rushing attack, as they are 31st in the league in rushing yards. The Jets have run the ball well, but have lacked a consistent passing game.

Minnesota’s defense is starting to shape into form, and they will give the Jets trouble. Minnesota takes this one 24-14.

Carolina @ Philadelphia (-4)

Cam Newton and company couldn’t overcome a strong Washington defense, while Philadelphia had their way with the struggling New York Giants.

Newton has been inconsistent throwing the ball this year. When Christian McCaffrey plays well, the Panthers played well. Carolina needs the dual-threat RB to play well at the home of the defending Super Bowl champions.

Carson Wentz has yet to find his pre-injury groove. Playing the Panther could be just what he needs, as the Panthers have the NFL’s 26th rated passing defense.

Philadelphia’s running back-by-committee will need to play well in order to keep the Panthers defense honest. If they can’t run the ball, Carolina will be able to set up their defense to slow down Wentz.

Philadelphia needs this NFL Week 7 game, as they can’t afford to slip farther down in the NFC East standings. They win this game ugly, 20-14, and cover the spread.

Cleveland @ Tampa Bay (-3)

This will be the battle of the QB’s picked first in the draft. Baker Mayfield struggled in the Browns loss to the Chargers, while Jameis Winston threw for 395 yards and 4 TD’s in a loss to the Falcons.

Cleveland’s pass defense has been poor and Tampa struggles to run the ball, so look for the Buccaneers to throw the ball early and often.

The Tampa Bay passing defense is poor as well, so this could be what Mayfield needs to get over his poor showing from last week. Cleveland runs the ball well, but Tampa Bay has been tough against the run.

There will be plenty of points scored in this one. Tampa Bay covers the spread in NFL Week 7 and takes the victory 31-27.

New Orleans @ Baltimore (-2.5)

The Ravens 3rd ranked defense will host the league’s 3rd ranked offense when New Orleans comes to Baltimore.

Drew Bree and his high flying offense will have to work hard to put points on the board against the stingy Baltimore defense. New Orleans will need a big game from Alvin Kamara if they want to leave Baltimore victorious.

The Saints passing defense has been an issue, but they have stopped the run well. Joe Flacco and his efficient offense will try to control the clock and keep Brees off of the field.

The Saints will struggle coming off of their bye and will lose a close one to the Ravens.

Dallas @ Washington (-2)

If you’re looking for an offensive shootout, this isn’t the game for you. Both teams are led by “game manager” quarterbacks, as Dak Prescott and Alex Smith are more known for their efficiency.

Both teams have leaned on their running games and defenses to win games this season.

The Cowboys look like a good pick for NFL Week 7.

This game will come down to the Washington defense vs. Ezekiel Elliott. If Elliott can control the game, it will be hard for Washington to win.

Dallas comes into Washington and takes a 20-17 victory over the Skins.

LA Rams (-11) @ San Francisco

The 49ers will welcome the league’s top-rated offense to town. Todd Gurley has been unstoppable this season. The 49ers have the league’s 7th rated run defense, so look for them to do everything in their power to hold Gurley in check.

The 49ers are led by backup quarterback CJ Beathard. Look for them to rely heavily on Albert Morris and if healthy, Matt Breida to try to control the clock and keep the Rams offense on the sidelines.

The Rams snuck out of Denver with a victory, but they won’t need to sneak out of San Francisco. The Rams take it to the 49ers and win this one by at least 2 TD’s in NFL Week 7.

Cincinnati @ Kansas City(-6)

The Bengals lost on a last second TD to the Steelers. The Chiefs have one of the league’s best offenses and can hurt a team in numerous ways.

The Cincinnati defense has been their weakness this year, as they have given up an average of 26 points per game. Look for the Chiefs offense to put up some big numbers against the Bengals.
Speaking of poor defenses, the Chiefs have given up the most yards in the NFL. If Andy Dalton can take care of the ball, and Joe Mixon can run effectively, the Bengals can score on the Chiefs.

Kansas City will win in NFL Week 7, but it will be close. The Chiefs won’t cover the spread in their 34-32 win.

NY Giants @ Atlanta (-5)

The Giants are a mess right now. Eli Manning looks old, Odell Beckham Jr. is playing the diva wide receiver role, and the offensive line can’t block. The lone bright spot for the Giants offense has been Saquon Barkley.

The Falcons passing offense will make things hard for the Giants. It’s unknown whether or not Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu will play. If they don’t look for Julio Jones to have a huge night. We could see the return of Devonta Freeman.

The Giants are headed down the wrong path. The Falcons take this one 35-24 and cover the spread.

Enjoy the games of NFL Week 7!