One of the best matchups of the weekend is an AFC South meeting between the Texans and the Colts. While Houston is dealing with a ton of injuries in its secondary, its offense is clicking and should have no problem creating big plays in Indianapolis. Look for this to be close, but for the Texans to find a way to win on the road.
After losing three straight games, the Rams are in a must-win situation if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive in the NFC. Facing a Falcons team that is among the worst in the NFL, they should have no problem scoring at will in Atlanta. Look for the Rams to cover the spread easily, despite playing an early game on the East Coast.
Despite the Raiders coming off a bye and the Packers playing on a short week, Green Bay is the far superior team entering Week 7. Oakland doesn't have the pass rush to make Aaron Rodgers feel uncomfortable, and that could spell trouble. Green Bay should win by at least a touchdown over the Raiders.
One of the lowest point totals for this week features two bottom-of-the-barrel teams in the AFC in the Jaguars and the Bengals. Neither side has an elite offense, but Jacksonville does have one of the league's better defenses. Look for this game to be a 20-17 type of contest with the under hitting.
One of the biggest spreads of the week features San Francisco (-10) traveling to Washington D.C. to take on the Redskins. The 49ers offense is clicking, despite the absence of their two starting tackles. Nevertheless, expect them to put up points in Washington as the point total is far too low.
While the Ravens are in first place in the AFC North, their resume hasn't been all that impressive with wins over the Cardinals, Dolphins, Steelers and Bengals. They will get their first real test this week when they take on the Seahawks. Seattle is nearly impossible to beat at home, so take it to cover the 3.5-point spread in Week 7.
In previous seasons, taking the Saints to win a road game outside would be a bad bet. But New Orleans has one of the best defenses in the league this year, combined with a quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater who is fearless. I like the Saints to impose their will over the Bears, winning in a low-scoring NFC showdown.
The Lions are coming off one of the toughest defeats ever on Monday Night Football as numerous questionable calls went against them in a loss to the Packers. They will have to bounce back on a short week against a Vikings' team that seems to be finding its identity. Look for the Vikings to put up a ton of points against Detroit coming off a short week.
On Sunday Night Football, the Eagles will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a must-win game for each team to settle sole possession of first place in the division. But with the Cowboys likely without their starting two offensive tackles and Amari Cooper, they could struggle to put up much resistance on offense. Look for the Eagles to steal this game at AT&T Stadium and improve to 4-3 on the season.
The Monday Night Football game features another divisional matchup with the Jets hosting the Patriots. While the addition of Sam Darnold makes the Jets far more dangerous, New England has the best defense in the league. The Patriots should be able to limit Darnold's effectiveness and cover the spread once again this week.