Week 6 of the NFL provided us with plenty of entertainment.
From explosive runs to overtime games and several last-second field goals. Let’s hope for more of the same in Week 7. With NFL odds for Week 7 finding their range, let’s preview all 13 games.
This week’s parlay will again consist of five teams, while I shall be making other picks for the other games.
Broncos: Denver lost by ten at home to the Raiders. Teddy Bridgewater continued his rocky start to life in Denver. He had 334 yards with three TDs but also had three shocking interceptions.
Teddy was helped by his run department, which managed 112 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per rush. However, as the Broncos were trailing, they had to move away from the run game and rely on Teddy’s arm, which led to the plethora of interceptions.
The defense underperformed compared to previous weeks. They yielded 341 passing yards to Carr and company. The D also could not pressure Carr in the pocket with only two sacks, both coming on third and long.
Browns: Baker Mayfield and the Browns lost to the Cardinals on Sunday. Mayfield re-injured his left shoulder on Sunday, which led to him being pulled out when the Browns realized they had lost.
Mayfield went for 234 yards, two TDs, and an interception. He also fumbled the ball twice, both of which resulted in turnovers. The run game couldn’t make up for the lack of productive passing, with only 73 yards.
The defense pressured Murray exceptionally, with two sacks and multiple pressures. The D also forced four fumbles, none of which were recovered. The defense limited Kyler to just 235 yards; a season-low for the possible MVP.
The Broncos are starting to spiral out of control with three straight losses. Both teams now have a 3-3 record and will be looking at this must-win game to keep their respective seasons on track. I think the Browns will win a closely-fought game, but the Broncos will cover the spread.
However, I am taking under 44.5 points, with both teams’ strong points being their defense.
Washington: The Football Team lost to the Chiefs on Sunday. Washington put up an excellent first-half fight, going into halftime with the lead. However, Mahomes led a fantastic comeback and the Chiefs shut out Washington in the second half.
Taylor Heinicke had 182 yards, a TD, and an interception. It was a modest performance for Heinicke, who had been excellent the previous week. J.D. McKissic was the only offensive player to step up with 110 total yards.
The defense was able to put pressure on Mahomes, especially in the first half. They had three sacks and two interceptions. However, they relinquished three TDs in the second half and that sealed it for Kansas.
Packers: Green Bay beat the Bears, as usual, on Sunday at Soldier Field. This moves the Packers to 5-1 on the season, and they are looking like a strong playoff team.
Aaron Rodgers continued his excellent start to the season with a mistake-free game. He was impressively backed up by Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. They collectively rushed for 135 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
The defense had four sacks for the day, but the D-line couldn’t stop the run. They conceded 140 rushing yards and 5.6 yards per carry. The secondary limited Fields to just 174 yards and picked him off once.
Washington’s dismal season continues with a 2-4 record. They were one of the favorites to take a leap and return to the playoffs after their surprise NFC East victory last season. The Packers have been one of the most impressive teams in the league since their Week 1 loss.
Green Bay are favorites for this game and I agree with the oddsmakers. I like the bet of under 49 points, as both teams’ are particularly strong defensively.
I am betting the Packers to win by one score and so Washington will cover the spread (+9.5).
Chiefs: Kansas beat the Football Team at FedEx Field. A second-half comeback that included three TDs sealed the win for the Chiefs. Mahomes bounced back after a disappointing game against the Bills, with a 428-yard day.
Mahomes also threw for two TDs and had two of his now customary INTs, although one of them was through no fault of his own. Star men, Kelce and Hill, returned to their lethal best with 99 and 76 yards, respectively.
The defense shut out Washington in the second half to help seal the win. They limited Taylor Heinicke to just 182 yards and one pick. However, he proved elusive to the Chiefs’ front seven, who couldn’t sack him.
Titans: Tennessee beat the Bills on Monday night. It was a surprise win in a game that should have gone to overtime if Sean McDermott hadn’t opted to go for it on a kickable fourth down.
Derrick Henry was the offense’s focal point with 143 rushing yards, three TDs, and an outrageous 7.2 yards per carry. He is now averaging over 130 yards per game this season. Henry has to be one of the best running backs in history. Is a 2,000-yard season nailed on?
The defense held firm on the Bills’ final play of the game, attaining a game-winning fourth-down stop. The D held their own against the run, yet the Bills mainly played through the air where they did find some joy. Allen had 353 yards for the day.
Kansas City will be looking to go on a winning streak to improve their playoff chances. The Titans are sitting at 4-2 and look set to take their division, even this early in the season. The Chiefs are obvious favorites for this game, but I would not be surprised if the result is closer than everyone might think.
I am picking the Chiefs and I am adding them to my parlay.
Atlanta Falcons (-124) @ Miami Dolphins (+115)
Falcons: The Falcons are coming off their bye week. Their previous game was against the Jets in London. The Falcons were able to hold off a late comeback and win by seven.
Matt Ryan had a very imposing day with 342 yards and two TDs. Kyle Pitts finally had a break-out day, with 119 yards. RB Cordarrelle Patterson continued his excellent dual-threat form with 114 total yards.
The defense kept a lid on the Jets, only allowing 256 total yards. The D-line stuffed the run and provided tremendous pressure with two sacks and four tackles for a loss.
Dolphins: Miami lost to the Jaguars in London on Sunday to a last-second field goal. Tua Tagovailoa returned to lead an injury-hit dolphins team. Both starting CBs Howard and Jones were inactive, as well as starting receivers Parker and Williams.
Tua went for 329 yards with two TDs and a shocking interception. Even with broken ribs, Tua threw the ball downfield and completed 70% of his passes. His most productive receiver was TE Mike Gesicki, who had 115 yards.
The defense had a roller coaster of a game. They were able to force multiple punts, but Lawrence exploited their second-string CBs. The Fins conceded 317 yards to Lawrence, who had an excellent match.
The Falcons are now 2-3 and will see this game as a must-win if they are to make a playoff push this season. The Fins’ dismal season continues with just their opening day victory in their win column.
The playoffs seem to be out of reach for the Fins, which will constitute a disappointing season. This is one of the closest games to call in Week 7.
The Falcons are favorites for this game. But I like the Fins to bounce back and cover the spread which currently sits at one field goal.
I am picking the Fins to win and I am adding them to my parlay.
Jets: The Jets are coming off their bye week. They lost their last game to the Falcons in London. Zach Wilson struggled again after having an excellent game against the Titans. He had 192 yards and an INT.
No receivers or running backs were able to step up and be a focal point on offense. The run game only went for 64 yards. Corey Davis was the most productive receiver with 45 yards.
The defense didn’t let the Falcons’ run game gain momentum, only conceding 3.7 yards per carry. However, Matt Ryan exploited the Jets’ weak secondary and threw for 342 yards.
Patriots: New England lost in overtime to the Cowboys in one of the season’s most entertaining games to date. There were big plays aplenty, with the Pats’ defense unable to stop the Cowboys on their game-tying field goal and overtime TD.
Mac Jones had 229 yards, two TDs, and an interception. The run game made up for the lack of a passing game. Damien Harris had 101 yards for the day. He ran with power and bulldozed his way through Dallas’ defenders at will.
The defense conceded a whopping 445 yards to Dak Prescott, who is back to his rampant best. The front seven couldn’t catch the elusive QB and they didn’t register a sack the whole game.
Both teams will be looking to return winning ways in this divisional matchup. Wilson will be searching for the form he showed against the Titans in Week 4. This game is the battle of the rookie QBs. The Pats are heavy favorites, and I think they will win and cover the spread, with their defense dominating Wilson.
My bet is for teams hitting over 42.5 points.
Panthers: Carolina lost in overtime to the Vikings. Sam Darold’s rocky start has continued with only 207 yards, a TD, and an INT. He hasn’t been able to show consistent play, just like when he was in New York.
D.J. Moore was very productive with 73 yards from just five catches. However, this offense is clearly missing Christian McCaffrey. Their running backs only contributed 64 rushing yards on Sunday.
The defense conceded 373 yards to Kirk Cousins, who has been fairly lackluster this season. They also relinquished 140 yards to a bulldozing Dalvin Cook, his most productive game this season.
Giants: The Giants were dominated by the Rams. Daniel Jones showed his downside after a promising game in Week 5. He only completed 57% of his passes and threw three interceptions.
The running department sorely missed Saquon Barkley, but he should be back in a week or two. Jones failed to connect with receivers who could find space, even with Sterling Shepard and Kardius Toney playing.
The defense allowed Stafford to throw for 251 yards and four TDs, but Xavier McKinney was able to pick him off. The D-line relinquished 131 rushing yards to add to their woes.
The Panthers’ season is starting to unravel with three straight losses. Will this be a fourth consecutive losing season, each time after a stellar start?!
The Giants will be playing for pride for the rest of the season, as the playoffs seem unreachable for New York. The Panthers are favorites for this game.
But I am betting on the Panthers to cover the spread (-3).
Bengals: Cincinnati convincingly beat the Lions on Sunday, much like every other team this season. Joe Burrow continued his excellent early season form. He threw for 271 yards with three TDs but was picked off once by the Lions.
Unsurprisingly, Ja’Marr Chase was outstanding. He had 97 receiving yards on only four catches. Joe Mixon also chipped in with 153 total yards. This offense is looking like one of the most explosive in the league.
The defense shut out the Lions for the first three quarters. Goff was only able to throw for 202 yards, and the Lions totaled a measly 36 rushing yards. It was an excellent display from the defense, which never lost its dominant momentum.
Ravens: Baltimore walked past the Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens’ offense was able to run the ball down the Chargers’ throat. They had 187 total rushing yards.
Mr Elusive, Lamar Jackson, had 51 of those yards and added 167 yards with his arm. Mark Andrews was again the most reliable target. He caught five of his six targets for 68 yards. None of the other receivers chipped in with more than 35 yards.
The defense stepped up as well. They had two sacks, a pick, and an impressive six tackles for a loss. DeShon Elliot had a day to remember, with one sack, pick and tackle for a loss. This defense could pressure Herbert as the Chargers will be missing several key offensive pieces.
This is a divisional game between the top two teams in the AFC North. Both are well on their way to making the playoffs. The Ravens have definitely improved their offense, even with their running back injuries.
The Ravens are favorites for this game but don’t be surprised if the Bengals can go toe-to-toe with Baltimore’s offense for much of the game. I think the Ravens will sneak it, but the Bengals will cover the spread (+6).
I am picking the teams to hit over 47.5 points, given both teams’ explosive offenses.
Eagles: Philly lost to Tampa Bay last Thursday. The Eagles’ offense ran with the Bucs’ offense for most of the game but ended up losing by six. Jalen Hurts continues to impress, although the stats don’t back that up.
Hurts only managed 115 passing yards and a TD. However, he added 44 rushing yards and two rushing TDs. He was backed up by a resurgent Miles Sanders, who had 66 yards for the day and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
The defense managed to stop Brady from going over 300 yards and only relinquished 102 rushing yards. The D forced Tampa to punt the ball three times and forced a turnover on downs. This was a great showing from an underrated unit against the League’s stellar offense.
Raiders: The Raiders started the post-Jon Gruden era with a win. Las Vegas beat the Broncos 34-24. They held off a late charge by the Broncos by intercepting the ball twice. This rounded out a good day at the office for the defense with three picks and five sacks.
Derek Carr regained his early-season form. He threw for 341 yards and two TDs. Henry Ruggs only made big plays on Sunday. He had 97 yards on just three receptions. Ruggs showed his proper speed and athleticism on Sunday.
The running department was relatively lackluster again. The Raiders only managed 86 total yards. After starting the season strongly, run plays have been less fruitful the last few games.
This game could prove to be a turning point in both of these teams’ seasons. Carr will hope that he can continue his explosive form and be able to maintain that level.
Philly will be looking to bounce back and become a challenger in the NFC East. The Raiders are favorites for this game on their home turf. I think that the Eagles will win.
The underdog Eagles make it into my parlay.
Lions: The Lions were dominated by the Bengals 34-11. The Bengals shut out Detroit during the first three-quarters of the game. The offense never gained any momentum, so it couldn’t move downfield.
Goff only threw for 202 yards and had an interception. It’s back to the inconsistent Goff we knew in LA. The run game only managed a measly 2 yards per carry, which didn’t help proceedings.
The defense conceded 271 yards to Burrow and relinquished four TDs to the Bengals. The Lions also couldn’t stop the run, with Joe Mixon going for 94 yards and 5.2 yards per carry.
Rams: The Rams blew away the Giants on Sunday. Matthew Stafford played excellently. He had 251 yards and four TD throws. Stafford thrived on Sunday, even though it was against a below-par defense.
Cooper Kupp was again his standout receiver with 130 yards. Kupp and Stafford are starting to create a formidable connection. Darrel Henderson backed up the passing game with 78 yards rushing.
The defense was able to pick off Daniel Jones three times and forced Jones to fumble the ball twice. These plays set up short fields and enabled the offense to light up the Giants’ D.
Detroit is the only remaining winless team in the league. The Rams are one of the top-ranked teams in the league. No wonder the Rams are the second heaviest favorites to win their game in Week 7. I think these teams will hit under 51 points as I don’t think the Lions will put up many points.
I am betting on the Rams to win and cover the spread.
Texans: The Texans were convincingly crushed by the Colts on Sunday. Davis Mills wasn’t able to follow up his spectacular Week 5 performance. He wasn’t awful. He still threw for 243 yards and was accurate for a rookie, but the Colts were simply too strong.
The Texans finally had some success with their run game. They had 124 rushing yards, with Mark Ingram accounting for 73 of those yards. Brandin Cooks had an excellent day with 89 yards from nine receptions.
The defense is clearly the major issue with this team. The D conceded 174 rushing yards and 223 passing yards. And that’s with Wentz only completing 55% of his passes!
Cardinals: Arizona obliterated an injury-hit Browns team. The rampant Cardinals are now the team to beat as they are the only unbeaten franchise. Kyler Murray shone again with 229 passing yards and four TDs.
Murray wasn’t even fully fit, but he was still able to lead this offense to a win against one of the better defenses in the league. AJ Green and DeAndre Hopkins seemed to have miles of separation on every throwing play, meaning they ended up with 79 and 55 yards, respectively.
The defense only conceded 66 yards to Kareem Hunt. They also limited an injury Mayfield to just 234 yards and a pick. This D has stepped up to the mark and is improving with every week.
Divis Mills’s NFL scorecard to date would deserve a B- grade. There is hope that he can be their new franchise QB. He has certainly shown the potential to be a QB1. The Cardinals will be hoping their unbeaten record is still intact on Monday.
These are the most one-sided odds I have seen all season. I think that the teams will produce over 47 points as the offense is a strong point for both teams.
I am betting on the Cardinals to win easily and cover the two-touchdown spread.
Bears: Chicago lost to the Packers on Sunday. Justin Fields only went for 174 yards with a TD and an interception. He wasn’t at his best. However, he was able to run the ball successfully with 43 rushing yards.
Khalil Herbert and Allen Robinson were the standout players for the Bears. Herbert rushed for 97 yards, and a TD. Robinson had four catches for 53 yards and was by far the most productive receiver.
The solid front seven couldn’t stop the Packers from rushing for over 150 yards with an average of 5 yards per carry. Meanwhile, the secondary was unable to handle the red-hot Devante Adams.
Buccaneers: The Bucs held off the Eagles to win at Lincoln Financial Field. Tom Brady was excellent, as always. He (only!) threw for 297 yards with two TDs and an interception.
Leonard Fournette continued his outstanding form by rushing for 81 yards and added 46 receiving yards to that tally. Antonio Brown was the star receiver this week with 93 yards and a TD.
The defense limited Hurts to just 115 passing yards. This was due to the injury-hit secondary producing seven pass breakups and an interception. The front seven also chipped in with two sacks.
Tampa Bay moved to 5-1 in a bid to retain their Super Bowl title. Meanwhile, the Bears are settling into life with their new franchise QB. It is unlikely that the Bears will return to the playoffs, but a win in Tampa would go a long way to helping their cause. Tampa is the favorite for this game and I think they will cover the spread.
However, I am betting on the teams going under 47 points, as both teams have solid defenses.
Colts: Indy trounced the Texans at home. Carson Wentz played like the QB we saw in 2017. He had 223 yards and two TDs. His stats this year have been most impressive. He has been completing 64% of his passes and is averaging 257 yards per game.
Jonathon Taylor had an outrageous game with 145 rushing yards, two TDs and an average of 10.2 yards per carry. Not to mention, T.Y. Hilton returned from injury and had 80 yards receiving for the day.
The defense conceded 367 total yards but stopped important third down plays and turned over the ball twice; from one forced fumble and from an interception.
49ers: The 49ers are coming off their bye week. They lost their Week 5 game to the Cardinals. The game was dominated by both defenses, with only 27 total points being scored.
Trey Lance didn’t have a huge game. He threw for 192 yards and an interception. However, he was able to add 89 rushing yards to his tally, at an average of 5.6 yards.
The defense dominated proceedings but couldn’t stop the Cardinals from scoring a late TD. The front seven had two sacks and four tackles for a loss. Dontae Johnson also forced a fumble late in the game.
The 49ers will be hoping their bye week will have provided rest for their players and they duly come out firing on all cylinders. The Colts are picking up momentum after a slow start to the season. This is a close game to call, but I think that the Colts will win as they have confidence and momentum on their side.
Indy is the fourth team to make my parlay.
Saints: New Orleans is coming off its bye week. Last time out they beat the Football Team 33-22. Jameis Winston only completed 50% of his passes, but still threw for 279 yards, four TDs, and one pick.
It was an excellent display from Winston. His receiving corps let him down, yet he did throw a shocking interception. Marquez Callaway had four receptions for 85 yards and two TDs to round off an impressive display.
The defense managed two picks and eleven pass deflections. The front seven also added two sacks and five tackles for a loss. This accumulated into a solid defensive showing.
Seahawks: The Seahawks lost to the Steelers in overtime on Sunday. Geno Smith replaced the injured Wilson at QB and did a reasonable job. He threw for 209 yards and completed 72% of his passes.
The run game showed up in the second half. Alex Collins finished with 101 yards and did an excellent job filling in for Chris Carson. DK Metcalf proved to be Smith’s most valuable receiver with 58 yards.
The defense held Roethlisberger to 229 yards. But they let the Steelers’ running backs go for 132 yards. The D also couldn’t stop Diontae Johnson, who finished with 71 yards.
The Saints have been very hard to predict. Winston hasn’t consistently performed at a QB1 level this season. Yet he has had two outstanding games with four TDs in each. The Seahawks will be looking to take advantage of the Saints’ inconsistent performances.
I like the bet of over 43.5 points. However, I think the Saints will be slow out of the gate after their bye week, but the second half of MNF will be a high-scoring affair.
I am betting the underdog Seahawks to win and they are my final parlay pick.