Saturday, December 4

NFL Picks, Week 7 Predictions: Ravens Stay Hot Against Bengals; Bosses cool down Titans; Saints outnumber Seahawks


The NFL Week 7 schedule features four matchups between teams with records of .500 or better, and three of them are in the AFC.

That begins with the Thursday Night Football matchup between 3-3 teams from the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. Both teams have losing streaks and it’s never too early for a win-win situation. The loser could come out of his divisional career sooner than expected.

The opening window features two other AFC clashes. The Chiefs visit the Titans and the Bengals face the Ravens. Cincinnati is the 4-2 surprise team of the group, and this is Joe Burrow’s chance to beat another AFC North opponent along the way.

Chicago travels to Tampa Bay in the other showdown. The Buccaneers lost to the Bears on Thursday Night Football last season, but this time they are double-digit favorites.

Every week Sporting News will pick up games directly, and we are looking to continue the hot streak. Here’s a look at our seasonal totals:

  • Week 6: 11-3
  • Total season: 64-30

With that in mind, below are our picks and predictions for week 7:

NFL POWER RATINGS:
Raiders, Steelers Rise Again; Browns, Bears and Seahawks down in week 7

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NFL picks predictions for week 7

  • Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (-4.5)

Thursday, 8:20 pm, FOX / NFL Network

The Browns are dealing with injuries all over the place, the biggest ones being Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who will be missing for several weeks. Baker Mayfield also has a nagging shoulder injury. The Broncos can compete here, but their defense has allowed too much in the passing game in the past two weeks in losses to the Steelers and Raiders. Cleveland gets a win and much-needed rest, but it will be tight.

Choose: Browns 27, Broncos 21

  • Washington soccer team at Green Bay Packers (-9.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

Washington has the worst scoring defense in the league and has given up 30 or more points in four straight games. That’s bad news against Green Bay at home. The Packers take a beating in the secondary and Washington may stick around longer than expected.

Choose: Packers 31, Washington 24

  • Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Titans have a short week before welcoming the Chiefs, who despite concerns are still in the top five in yards and points. Both teams allow too much in the passing game, so Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Tannehill should add up big numbers.

Choose: Bosses 34, Titans 29

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  • Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

Atlanta is coming off a bye week after playing three straight one-point games, and the Dolphins are coming off an embarrassing loss in London. Miami needs the running game to rebound around Tua Tagovailoa, who was efficient in his first outing after injury. We will take the home team with a slight discomfort.

Choose: Dolphins 30, Hawks 27

  • New York Jets at New England Patriots (-7)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

Rookie Zach Wilson has struggled with completion percentage (57.1) and interceptions (9). Mac Jones has also thrown interceptions (6), but has a 71.1 completion percentage. The Patriots sweep the Jets.

Choose: Patriots 25, Jets 15

  • Carolina Panthers (-3) at New York Giants

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Giants are averaging 11.7 points per game at home, and the Panthers have a -5 turnover rate through a three-game losing streak. That makes this a true throwing game that could be a pain in the eyes. At that point anything can happen, even a New York home win.

Choose: Giants 20, Panthers 19

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  • Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Bengals have been one of the surprise teams of the first third of the season around second-year quarterback Joe Burrow. The problem is that they are meeting one of the hottest teams in the league in the Ravens and MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, who is 5-0 against the Bengals as a starter. The last three games haven’t been close, but this Cincinnati team is different.

Choose: Ravens 30, Bengals 22

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders (-3)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, FOX

The Raiders beat Denver in Week 6 and continue to have ups and downs in the AFC West. The same goes for Philadelphia, which has played tough against some of the best teams in the NFL. Jalen Hurts seals this discomfort with the game’s winning impulse.

Choose: Eagles 27, Raiders 22

  • Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams (-15.5)

Sunday, 4:05 pm, FOX

This is one of three games in the afternoon with a double digit margin. It is also Matthew Stafford’s first game against his former team; one that should be able to explode given the Lions’ defensive woes. That line could also continue to increase.

Choose: Rams 36, Lions 20

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  • Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (-17)

Sunday, 4:25 pm, CBS

The Cardinals are the only undefeated team, and they are 5-1 ATS this season with the fourth highest-scoring offense in football. However, Arizona has not beaten a team by more than 17 points at home this season. Even against a terrible Houston offense, that’s something to watch out for.

Choose: Cardinals 38, Texans 22

  • Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13.5)

Sunday, 4:25 pm, CBS

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, are 2-4 ATS this season. Those covers were double-digit favorites, as is the case against the Bears. Chicago is 1-2 on the road this season with a pair of 20-point losses.

Choose: Buccaneers 32, Bears 19

  • Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (-4.5)

Sunday, 8:20 pm, NBC

How many former FCS quarterbacks can fit on an NFL field? San Francisco has a murky situation with Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, and Carson Wentz has thrown multiple TDs without an interception in his last three starts. The Colts can eliminate the 49ers in a close fight if Wentz continues that trend.

Choose: Colts 26, 49ers 23

  • New Orleans Saints (-5.5) against Seattle Seahawks

Monday, 8:15 pm, ESPN

The Saints are 2-1 on the road this season, and they had a week off to prepare for the Seahawks. New Orleans is 12-6 after a week off since Sean Payton took office in 2006. Seattle will compete at home and Jameis Winston must avoid the big turnover.

Choose: Saints 28, Seahawks 24




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