The first 6 weeks of the NFL season are in the books and I’m not really sure that we can say that a clear Super Bowl favorite has emerged from the pack. Yes, the Arizona Cardinals are the only team still with an unbeaten record, plus there are a handful of 5-1 teams who look very good, but you also have to say that no one team has really looked outstanding every single week. That’s good news for football fans who want to see an exciting playoff race, but it does make things a little tougher when it comes to handicapping games. We had ourselves a very good performance in Week 6 after a bit of a slow start. We nailed our SU and ATS picks for the week, hitting 3-team parlays in both. Let’s see if we can keep that going in Week 7 so you can continue betting against the NFL odds.
Week 7 ATS Picks for the 2021 Season | NFL Betting
Carolina Panthers (-3) at New York Giants
While it is hard to pick out a clear Super Bowl favorite right now, it’s not quite so tough to discern the worst teams in the league. The 1-5 New York Giants are certainly in that conversation, although they have had some success versus teams from the NFC South, going 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 in those games. That, though, is a bit of an anomaly for a team that is just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. It’s been tough to figure the Panthers out this season, as they have been up and down on their way to a 3-3 record. One thing that is clear, though, is that they are a good bet when playing on the road, covering the spread in 8 of their last 9 games away from home. I like them to cover again on Sunday.
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers (-9 ½)
The Green Bay Packers are the prime example of what we were talking about at the top of this piece. Yes, they have won 5 in a row to get to 5-1 on the season, but they have not always looked particularly convincing on their path to get to that mark. Having said that, they have covered the spread in each of those wins, so they deserve some credit there. They are also a historically good bet in the month of October, covering the spread in 8 of the last 9 games played in that month. On the flipside, you have a Washington team that is just 1-5 ATS on the season, and while they are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 visits to Green Bay, I think they are in some trouble this weekend.
Indianapolis Colts (+3 ½) at San Francisco 49ers
The Colts jumped out to a poor start to the season, losing each of their first 3 games, but they have shown signs of life since then. Indianapolis has won 2 of the last 3 and should have won them all, but they gassed a big lead against the Baltimore Ravens a couple of weeks back. All is not well in San Francisco at the moment, as the 49ers have slipped to 2-4 after losing 3 in a row ahead of this game. There is a lot to like about the Colts in this one, starting with the fact that they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5, as well as being 5-2 ATS in their last 7 versus the 49ers. I’m going with the Colts to cover again on Sunday.