Can you believe that we are already more than a third of the way through the 2021 National Football League season?
Well, yes, because that is how time works (or does it?). But we are not here to discuss whether the time is linear or all of time is happening all at once (I bet you didn’t think you would be down this time-space astrophysics/metaphysical wormhole coming here, but here we are); we are here to talk about Week 7 of the NFL.
It might be easier for some to figure out the time conundrum than picking these games with the spread lines, but we did have a pretty decent week on the How to Bet podcast. Daryl Fein hit a huge five-team play, while Sean Miller hit a few parlays for Week 6.
One thing that is getting easier to figure out is the elite tier teams, the teams just below that (which should be playoff squads), the middling teams, and the teams that stink (much more on that later), of which there are more than a few. Can you imagine that the Colts might end up losing in San Francisco to fall to 2-5 in the AFC South, and be only a game out of first place by the end of next week?
And congratulations are in order to the Dallas Cowboys, who at 5-1 have already clinched the NFC (L)East Division title. I jest, but only slightly.
The Buffalo Bills might be joining the Cowboys as division winners very soon since the AFC (L)East is turning into a dumpster fire.
There are a few good games on the schedule this week and some games that have teams with losing records in desperate need of victories, which should make for good contests.
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Who is going to be under center for the Browns? Who will be running the ball for Cleveland? Will it even matter against this decimated Denver defense?
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered in the next two days before this game kicks off Week 7 action Thursday. Cleveland is the better team when healthy, so the Browns are the favorite.
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Carolina was cruising at 3-0, but has now lost three straight games. The Dallas loss was acceptable, but the last two, at home to the Eagles and Vikings, saw the Panthers fall apart late. Is Sam Darnold good enough to lead his franchise?
The Giants are awful, and it should be readily apparent that Daniel Jones is not good enough to lead his franchise. But there are a lot of things wrong with this franchise. If Carolina is a serious team, it will win this rather easily.
When was the last time the Patriots were 0-4 at home? Give up? How about this season; New England has lost all four games at home in 2021. In-game five, the Pats host the New York Jets. This might be blasphemous, but if New England falls to 0-5 at home, Bill Belichick should be looking for a new job next Monday.
An overreaction you say? Yes, of course, but if the Jets go up and win this one, you have to start asking some serious questions.
Oh, I see Kansas City is good again: well, at least in the second half it was. But it was against WFT, who Daryl is going to rip on the HTB show. The Chiefs will turn it around at some point, but whether or not they are good enough to win the AFC for the third straight year is another story.
Tennessee went toe-to-toe with the Buffalo Bills, who many people think are the best team in the AFC. The Titans are in the midst of a brutal part of the schedule, which might determine whether they let the Colts back in the race (if the Colts want to join it, which, once again, is another story). Can Tennessee play well in back to back games in 2021?
I can’t believe how wrong we were about this Washington team: they stink. The defense stinks, the offense stinks, and I have absolutely zero confidence the Football Team can go to Green Bay and get anything done.
The Packers got a Week 1 wake up call, and have been winning games, albeit not in the most dominant of fashions. But you would rather play average and win then lose, so you would have to think this team will pick it up at some point. It might be in this spot, in a blowout win.
A battle for first place in the AFC North that does not include preseason darlings Cleveland and perennial power Pittsburgh? Sign me up: the Bengals are just eight points from a 6-0 record, although they are also eight points from a 2-4 record. Cincinnati has played four games within a field goal either way.
Baltimore rolled Los Angeles to take the mantle of “top team in the AFC not named Buffalo” for this week. But make no mistake about it: this could be a tricky contest for the Ravens. I personally do not see it that way, but many others do.
I don’t think the Falcons are as bad as many thought they would be, and could climb to .500 with a win over the Dolphins. Both of these teams are coming off of games in London: Atlanta in Week 5 (27-20 win over Jets), and Miami (23-20 loss to Jags). Miami has been hugely disappointing in 2021, after it won 10 games in 2020. This is a very tough game to bet, but I would side with the Falcons here if pressured.
There was talk that the Lions were the best 0-5 team of all time last week. Well, guess what? It does not matter; they are 0-6, and they stink. Jared Goff stinks, and his head coach told him that in the press conference.
The Rams, though, are very good, and might put up 1,000 points in this game. That might be an exaggeration, but expect the Rams to roll up some big numbers.
The Eagles were dead and buried last Thursday night at 28-7, but came back and gave the Bucs a scare, losing 28-22 and killing a ton of bets and parlays along the way. Philadelphia was atrocious, though, for the first three quarters, racking up more yards via penalty on offense (60+) than actual yards (50+). That is not going to cut it much longer.
The Raiders surprised many with a gutty showing last week, beating Denver 34-24, and getting their season back on track. This can be a dangerous team at times, and a win here might set Las Vegas on a path to 10 wins, which could be enough to make the playoffs.
Chicago is another team that is tough to figure out. The Bears play well defensively but have little offense to back it up.
Tampa Bay took the foot off the gas last Thursday at 28-7, with the play-calling becoming strange. Leonard Fournette was running all over the Eagles, but they went away from him. That should not happen in this game.
Davis Mills looked like an NFL QB in Week 5. In Week 6, he looked like a World League of American Football signal caller. Tyrod Taylor could be back, which could make this more interesting.
But not against this Arizona defense, which knocked the Browns all over their home field in an impressive blowout win. This team is very good, and with each win, gains more and more confidence.
This is a must-win game for both teams. While both are under .500 coming in, they both have a decent chance to turn it around with a win. The Colts might still be in it with a loss (because the AFC South stinks), but the 49ers margin of error in the NFC West is already slim, and in the whole NFC it is getting slimmer by the game.
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The Saints are getting healthy after the bye week, at just the right time of the season. They did more than tread water; New Orleans got to Week 7 at 3-2, and could be primed for a playoff spot with a big finish to October and November.
Seattle is the opposite of healthy and is going in the wrong direction. This might be it for the Seahawks if they can’t get a win in primetime.
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