NFL Week 7 Betting Lines
The Cleveland Browns are a fascinating study in betting value, perception, and the final product being greater than the total parts. Although the Browns finished 11-5 straight up en route to their first playoff berth since 2002, they covered the spread in only six of their 16 games. Cleveland finished 16th in the NFL for total offense and 21st for points allowed. Yet they advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs and gave the Kansas City Chiefs a terrifying scare. But just how good is Cleveland? A solid test comes in the Week 7 lid-lifter when they host the Denver Broncos in Thursday night action. The Broncos boast a rock-ribbed defense that was fortified further at the 2021 NFL Draft. But Denver is stuck with Drew Lock at quarterback. Ironically, Lock was touted as the franchise savior just one year ago.
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One of the more underrated games of Week 7 could be the Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins. There is certainly the potential for plenty of fireworks with Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his new nuclear weapon Jaylen Waddle; the first round pick out of Alabama. Tua and Waddle were teammates at T-Town under Nick Saban and are thrilled to be reunited. The Falcons will show off their own first round pick, tight end Kyle Pitts out of Florida. Another first round pick out of Alabama, Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley, emerged as a major weapon in 2020.
The Week 7 game with the most potential for personal storylines and drama is the matchup of the Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams. Lions quarterback Jared Goff returns to face the team that he took to the 2018-19 season Super Bowl and the coach that demanded he be traded. Last season, Rams coach Sean McVay wanted Goff to play hurt and believed that he did not have to miss as much time as he did. Goff didn’t see it that way. It caused a major falling out that sparked a trade to the Lions for their veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford will face the franchise that allowed his career to go to waste.
NBC Sunday Night Football offers an intriguing matchup of the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Indianapolis Colts. By the time this game takes place, we will know if 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan completely kicked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the curb in favor of first round draft choice Trey Lance. Or if Lance simply wasn’t ready to step up to the number one slot with Jimmy G serving as the fallback option. Additionally, we’ll know if Carson Wentz has found his career Promised Land at Indianapolis or if his critics were right all along.
ESPN Monday Night Football offers us a tremendous matchup of the Seattle Seahawks hosting the New Orleans Saints. By the time this Week 7 game takes place, we’ll know whether or not that Saints head coach Sean Payton was able to transform quarterback Jameis Winston into a bona fide winner from the unreliable interception machine that he has been up to now. Winston’s performance will be the key factor to the Saints championship prospects for the 2021 season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have the opposite challenge. While it is true that Seattle made progress on the defensive side of the line, they were still below average and mauled in the NFC Playoffs in a home loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
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