NFL Week 7 Picks: Broncos Colts, Opening Lines, and More
Here’s a look at the opening point spreads and early betting action for Week 7 of the NFL season. As usual, we borrowed this article from the Linemakers.sportingnews.com.
Lines are from the LVH SuperBook
Seahawks (-4.5) at Cardinals
While the LVH and Wynn both opened Seattle -4.5, William Hill hung -5.5. The Seahawks won but failed to cover at home against Tennessee. Arizona, meanwhile, looked like the better bet for most of its game in San Francisco, but Cards backers were bitten by some untimely turnovers, and the Niners got the money.
Patriots (-4) at Jets
This lined bounced around in early wagering at the LVH, opening at -4, moving down to -3.5, then being bumped back up the ladder to -4.5. William Hill opened at -4. This will be the second meeting of the season between these teams, New York getting the cash as 10.5-point underdogs in a 13-10 Week 2 loss in Foxboro. On Sunday, Tom Brady led a last-minute drive culminating with a touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins to give the Pats a three-point win as short home favorites against the previously unbeaten Saints. The Jets were dominated as short home favorites against the Steelers.
Chargers (-7.5) at Jaguars
Jacksonville got the money as a massive, 27-point dog in a 35-19 loss in Denver. It was the winless Jags’ first cover of the season. They’ll be dogs again next week at home against San Diego, which hosts Indianapolis on Monday night.
Texans at Chiefs (-4.5)
Houston keeps shooting itself in the foot and suffered an embarrassing 38-13 home loss to St. Louis. K.C. remained unbeaten with a 24-7 win at home over Oakland. The Chiefs have failed to cover the spread just once this season, as field-goal favorites in Week 2 at home vs. the Cowboys. Next week’s game opened K.C. -5 at William Hill.
Bengals at Lions (-2.5/-120)
It took overtime for Cincy to squeak by the Bills in Buffalo, while Detroit posted an impressive win in Cleveland. There were some differences in opening numbers around Las Vegas, with the Wynn hanging Detroit -3 (even) and William Hill going out with -2.5.
Bills at Dolphins (-10)
Dog bettors took the opening number, and the LVH adjusted to Miami -9. The Wynn and William Hill both opened -8. Buffalo got the cash as a 6-point dog against Cincy on Sunday. Miami was off.
Bears at Redskins (pick ‘em)
Chicago benefits from a long rest, coming off a Thursday night win over the Giants. Washington was a 5.5-point dog in Dallas Sunday night.
Cowboys at Eagles (pick ‘em)
Philly looked just fine with Nick Foles replacing Michael Vick at QB, as he threw for 296 yards and three TDs without a pick in a 31-20 win in Tampa.
Rams at Panthers (-6)
Carolina continued its up-and-down ways, winning easy as a short underdog in Minnesota. St. Louis, in Houston, got the cash for the first time this season. The Rams next week are back in the road underdog role, one in which they thrived last season. They are just 1-2 this year when getting points on the road, however. The Wynn opened the Panthers -6.5.
Bucs at Falcons (-7)
Tampa Bay remains winless. The Falcons were off and sit at a paltry 1-4 on the season. William Hill opened this game 7.5
49ers (-4.5) at Titans
San Francisco won and covered its third straight game, at home Sunday vs. Arizona. Tennessee became the 11th team in a row to go into Seattle and lose, but the Titans did reward their bettors with a cover. San Fran opened as low as -4 (Wynn) and as high as -5 (WH) for next week’s tilt in Nashville.
Pitt got its first win and cover of the season with a convincing performance in New York. When the LVH posted early Week 7 lines last week, Baltimore was a 2.5-point favorite for next week’s clash of AFC North rivals.
Broncos at Colts (-5.5)
Let the Manning-returns-to-Indy hype begin. The Broncos may still be undefeated, but they’ve covered in just half of their games. They’ll be laying points again next week. Opening spreads ranged from -4.5 at the Wynn to -6 at William Hill.
Vikings at Giants (-3 even)
Not exactly the stuff Monday night dreams are made of – these teams have one win between them. At least the Giants covered in Chicago Thursday night.