NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Week 7

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NFL betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 7!

Seattle Seahawks (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Spread: Seattle -7, Total: 40.5

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ – Thursday, October 17th, 8:25 ET

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You might remember last season when the Seahawks trashed the Cardinals by darn near 60 points, but do you remember when the Cardinals beat these Seahawks here at University of Phoenix Stadium? We didn’t think so! Arizona is actually 6-1 ATS and SU in the last seven in this series, and there is a great chance for that streak to continue on Thursday, especially with both of these teams on a short week. It would give the Cards a shot to get back within just a game in the NFC West, and it would really make things tighter from top to bottom in the division. Seattle is trying to avoid a collapse of epic proportions in this one, but the team, in spite of its 4-2 ATS record, really hasn’t looked all that great in recent weeks.

San Diego Chargers (3-3 SU, 4-1-1 ATS) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS)
Spread: San Diego -7.5, Total: 45.5

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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Jacksonville is going to win a game at some point this season if it continues to play the way that it did against the Broncos last week. The Jags were on the right side of the biggest point spread in NFL history, and they were actually only down two points at halftime of that game before getting outclassed in the second half. Now, another AFC West team is coming to town, and it is in a good spot. The Chargers are having to come across the country for a 10:00 a.m. PT game against a hungry Jacksonville team that is proving that it can get the donut out of the win column. The game comes just six days after playing on Monday Night Football, and it comes on the eve of the dreaded bye. It could be tough to think that San Diego could mentally be on the bye week the week before it actually comes up. The home team is 4-1 SU and ATS in this series all-time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
Spread: Atlanta -7.5, Total: 43

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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The Falcons are coming off of their bye week, but they are a mess when it comes to injuries. WR Roddy White could miss this week’s game with a hamstring injury, and WR Julio Jones is now out for the season after breaking his foot two weeks ago. QB Matt Ryan is watching his offense fall apart at the seams, as there could be as many as six offensive starters from the beginning of the year not playing in this one. The Bucs have yet to win a game this year, but they do come to the Georgia Dome knowing that they have had some success here. Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last six and 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games here in Atlanta, and it is 7-6 SU in those games. The Falcons are only 1-5 ATS in their last six home games dating back to the end of last season, including losing a game at the end of the regular season to these Buccaneers. This could be a dangerous spot for a team that needs to go on a tear of wins in a hurry.

New England Patriots (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ New York Jets (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Spread: New England -4, Total: 43

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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This is the first example of the year of two teams that are playing each other for the second time on the season. The Pats won the first meeting in an ugly 13-10 game in Foxboro, and now, the scene shifts to the Garden State, where the Jets are trying to get back within a game of the lead in the AFC East. It’s not going to be easy, knowing that New England has now won five meetings in a row, but the Jets are at least a somewhat respectable 2-3 ATS in those games. The Patriots had to put LB Jerod Mayo on IR this week, which only further thins out a team that has already been through its share of injuries. The Patriots are going to be one of the squarer teams of the week in spite of the fact that Head Coach Bill Belichick is routinely one of the better coaches in the league when it comes to facing a team for the second time in a season.

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) @ Detroit Lions (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Spread: Detroit -2.5, Total: 47

Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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The Bengals know that they have some major issues right now, but the biggest thing that they have going for them is that they have four wins in a division where nine might win the division’s automatic playoff spot. This trip to Detroit isn’t going to be fun, knowing that the Lions have been excellent at home. Two of the top receivers in the game are going to be displayed in this one in WR Calvin Johnson and WR AJ Green, though Megatron has been dealing with a leg issue that has cost him the better part of a game and a half at this point. Detroit hasn’t won a game SU in this series since 1992, though the last time that these clubs met in 2009, it did walk away with a cover at +13.5, losing 23-13 at Paul Brown Stadium. Detroit hasn’t reached 300 yards in a game against Cincinnati since 1998 either.

Chicago Bears (4-2 SU, 1-4-1 ATS) @ Washington Redskins (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
Spread: Washington -1, Total: 50

FedEx Field, Landover, MD – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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The Redskins are the suspect favorites in this game, but we sort of understand what’s going on here. The Bears haven’t really played all that well on the road historically, and this is only their third game away from Soldier Field this year. Washington absolutely has to have this game, as dropping to 1-5 with a trip to Mile High on deck is a recipe for a disaster. QB Robert Griffin III hasn’t looked great at all this season, and that is a big concern for the Skins, but QB Jay Cutler still has a tendency to blow games like this one. Remember when the Lions were favored by a field goal over the Bears when Chicago had a one-game lead in the division? This is striking us as the same sort of game when push comes to shove. Washington is 4-0 SU in this series since 2004 and 4-1 ATS in the last five dating back a decade.

Buffalo Bills (2-4 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Miami Dolphins (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Miami -8, Total: 43

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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Last week, QB Thad Lewis had the crowd behind him at Ralph Wilson Stadium to offset the fact that he was a fourth string quarterback that was really only floating around on the practice squad for the heck of it. This week, regardless of what the situation turns out to be for the Bills, this is going to be a trying game. It could be Lewis again on Sunday, it could be QB Jeff Tuel, or it could be QB Matt Flynn, who was only signed this week for some quarterback depth. Either way, it isn’t going to be pretty. Miami not only has the home field advantage in this one, but it has the knowledge that this is a game off of a bye week, so there have been two weeks to prep. The Bills are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, and they have been clocked by at least nine points four times in their last five visits to South Beach.

St. Louis Rams (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Carolina Panthers (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Carolina -6, Total: 42

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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An interesting game indeed between two of the teams in the NFC that are clearly on the wrong side of the playoff picture that are trying to get back into it. Both teams took massive steps in the right direction last week thanks to big wins on the road by gigantic margins. Now, the test comes as to whether these teams can keep it up. The Rams probably have the better of these two teams by the slightest of margins, but the oddsmakers are really favoring the Panthers in this spot and insinuating that this is a game that would only be around a pick ‘em if it was played at the Edward Jones Dome. The Panthers have covered five of the last six meetings between these two teams, and the last four clashes have all been decided by at least 10 points. Four meetings in a row have also failed to reach the ‘total’.

Dallas Cowboys (3-3 SU, 5-1 ATS) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS)
Spread: Philadelphia -2.5, Total: 54.5

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 ET

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The Eagles and the Cowboys surely don’t feel like they should have the same record through six games, but alas, one of these teams is going to be at the head of the pack in the NFC East when this game is over with, while the other will be back below .500 and doing a lot of chasing. Dallas has a lot of problems with injuries right now. RB Joseph Randle figures to be the starting tailback this week, knowing that both RB DeMarco Murray and RB Lance Dunbar are out with injuries, and on the other side of the ball, a team that was already missing three of its best interior defensive linemen is going to be without DE Demarcus Ware as well. The Eagles will almost certainly use QB Nick Foles in this one, and that means that the game is going to be a lot more about throwing the ball than running it, at least from the quarterback position. They’re 0-9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, though the Eagles are 3-1 ATS in the last four games in this series.

San Francisco 49ers (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Tennessee Titans (3-3 SU, 4-1-1 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -4, Total: 40

LP Field, Nashville, TN – Sunday, October 20th, 4:05 ET

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The Titans seem to be another one of these really sharp plays this week. They are only getting four at home in spite of the fact that the struggling QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to be the man under center once again. Tennessee can’t stop turning the ball over, but the 49ers are +8 in the turnover department in their last two games. The equation doesn’t look good at all for Tennessee fans, but this is a home game, and the crowd at LP Field has been raucous all season long. This team plays a heck of a lot better here than on the road, and the Titans have managed to hang around in every game they have played this year. The Titans are also working on a 29-year streak of covering spreads against San Francisco, as they are 7-0 ATS in their last seven meetings dating back to 1987.

Baltimore Ravens (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
Spread: Pittsburgh -1, Total: 40.5

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, October 20th, 4:25 ET

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The Steelers know that this is their big chance to get back into the divisional race. They’ve got a home game and will have a huge crowd going up against a team that they hate with a passion. Both the Ravens and the Steelers know that their playoff hopes are largely in their hands, and they are going to have to blow it to not get into the second season, especially with how weak the middle of the conference really is. But did the bye week really cure Pittsburgh of its woes? Or was last week’s win against the Jets just a fluke and not really a legitimate ‘W’? This is where we’re going to find out for sure if the Steelers can still move the ball on the ground and play good enough defense to stop a legitimate offense. The road team has won the last three meetings in this series, and the two teams are a dead even 3-3-2 in the last eight clashes dating back to the end of the 2009 season.

Cleveland Browns (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Green Bay Packers (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Green Bay -10, Total: 46

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI – Sunday, October 20th, 4:25 ET

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These two teams have only met three times in the history of the new Browns, and the results have all really been one-sided. Cleveland does have an upset from the 2005 season, but aside from that, the other two games have been Green Bay 61 – Cleveland 10. The Browns are still in the thick of the fight in the AFC North, and with the right results this weekend, they can be back in a first place tie as we head towards the halfway point of the campaign. Green Bay is only a half game back of the lead in the NFC North, and it is going to want to claim this one in a bad way. However, WR Randall Cobb and LB Clay Matthews, two of the stalwarts of this team, are both out of the lineup for an extended period of time, and that’s going to really hurt the efforts of this club going forward.

Houston Texans (2-4 SU, 0-6 ATS) @ Kansas City Chiefs (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS)
Spread: Kansas City -6.5, Total: 40

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO – Sunday, October 20th, 4:25 ET

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The Texans are on the eve of their bye week, and they might be on the eve of a franchise-changing position. They’ve only had two coaches in their history, but after getting whacked for a fourth straight week, they might be one loss away from dismissing Head Coach Gary Kubiak and going in a different direction right in the middle of the season. It’s anyone’s guess as of Wednesday whether QB Matt Schaub is going to play this week or not, but either way, Houston is in trouble going against one of the best defenses in the league. This might be a chance for the Chiefs to take the lead in the AFC West by themselves, as the Broncos have a very tough game on Sunday Night Football this week against the Colts on the road. Houston has gone 3-2 SU but 2-3 ATS in the five games all-time between these two clubs. As a side note, the Texans are +300 to throw a pick six for the sixth straight game, which would extend their already dubious NFL record.

Denver Broncos (6-0 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Indianapolis Colts (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS)
Spread: Denver -6.5, Total: 56

Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, IN – Sunday, October 20th, 8:30 ET

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The Broncos aren’t going to lose all that often this year, but this is one that definitely could be dangerous. It’s the return of QB Peyton Manning to the football town that he essentially built, as the team probably would have been moved to Los Angeles or London by now if not for the fact that Manning saved the day and made the team relevant. Now, it’s QB Andrew Luck’s team, and he is going to be welcoming back Manning with open arms to his town. Luck and the Colts lost a tough one on Monday Night Football last week against the Chargers, and if there’s one thing tougher than playing on the Sunday after a Monday Night Football game, it’s playing on the Sunday after a Monday Night Football game against the toughest team to game plan for in the NFL. Indy Is 5-0 SU and ATS in the last five games in this series, but the Broncos were using guys like QB Jake Plummer, QB Jay Cutler, and QB Brian Griese while Indy was bringing Manning to town for so many of those games.

Minnesota Vikings (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ New York Giants (0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS)
Spread: New York -3.5, Total: 46

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Monday, October 21st, 8:40 ET

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Think that ESPN wants this game back and would to flex, you know, ANY OTHER GAME aside from this one into this spot? The Vikings and the Giants have a combined one win, and they both turn the ball over a ton. Minnesota at least has RB Adrian Peterson to fall back on. They’ll be using the newly acquired QB Josh Freeman for the first time in this game, and we suppose that they have nothing to lose by doing so. We have to wonder if there is a point that QB Eli Manning ends up getting benched. We doubt it, but Eli has been awful this year. The Giants are one of the two teams in the game that still don’t have a win, and there is a chance that they might be the worst team in the league. Then again, if they can string three wins together, there’s a good chance that they’ll be just a game or two back in the NFC East as well. These games historically haven’t been all that close between these two. The margins of victory have been 18, 37, 1, and 24 in the last four clashes, and the two teams have split the games from an ATS standpoint.

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