Best NFL Week 7 Betting Matchups & Picks

Best NFL Week 7 Betting Matchups & Picks

Written by on October 21, 2017

Apparently Colin Kaepernick doesn’t want to get back into the NFL. Why do I say that? The worst thing he could do is piss off some owners but that’s likely now as Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement accusing against NFL owners for collusion. Good luck getting an owner to sign you now. With the majority of the NFL lines for Week 7 already out, here are two picks you must bet on NFL Week 7: Panthers-Bears and Ravens-Vikings. *Updated October 19th, 2017

Best NFL Week 7 Betting Matchups & Picks

How To Bet Carolina at Chicago NFL Odds & Game Info

When: Sunday, 1 PM ET Where: Solider Field TV: CBS Radio: WBT 1110 AM (Carolina) / 105.9 FM (Chicago) Stream Option: NFL Live Opening NFL Week 7 Odds: Panther -3.5

Why Bet On Carolina?

The Cats are on extra rest after losing 28-23 at home to Philadelphia last Thursday to snap a two-game winning streak. The Eagles turned two interceptions deep in Carolina territory into 15 points, with touchdown passes to Zach Ertz, and LaGarrette Blount’s 2-point conversion to take an 18-10 lead in the third quarter. Can Newton was picked off three times. His third one, by Jalen Mills with 3:06 left — ended a chance for the go-ahead score. Newton had a passer rating of 48.5 against Philadelphia, after compiling consecutive ratings of 130.8 and 141.8. Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was placed into the concussion protocol after his body crumpled following a collision with Eagles pulling guard Brandon Brooks. Kuechly missed nine games over the past two seasons with two concussions. All of the Eagles’ touchdowns came after Kuechly left the game late in the second quarter. The 26-year-old is the quarterback of what was the league’s third-ranked defense coming into the night. Kuechly hasn’t cleared the concussion protocol as of this writing. On the bright side, coach Ron Rivera says he “feels good” about center Ryan Kalil (neck) returning next week. Kalil has missed the last five weeks. He hasn’t looked close to returning, but the Panthers have an extended layoff coming off a Thursday night game. With Carolina’s run game struggling, getting Kalil back is a needed upgrade to the interior line.

Why Bet On Chicago?

Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky got the first win of his career, 27-24 in overtime in Baltimore on Sunday. Connor Barth kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in OT after Trubisky hit Kendall Wright on an 18-yard pass. Making his first career start on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned heavily on the run. It was Chicago’s first road win since 2015. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. The Bears ran for 231 yards, 167 by Jordan Howard. Chicago’s defense forced three turnovers — a miraculous turn of events since the Bears had only three takeaways over the first five games. The Bears played without WR Markus Wheaton and he will miss 4-6 weeks with a torn groin. They supposed No. 2 receiver racks with injury since the early days of camp. He has one catch in three games. The team could opt to cut its 2017 losses and place Wheaton on injured reserve instead of waiting for him to get healthy.

How To Bet Baltimore at Minnesota NFL Odds & Game Info

When: Sunday, 1 PM ET Where: US Bank Stadium TV: CBS Radio: 97.9 FM (Baltimore) / KFXN-FM 100.3 (Minnesota) Stream Option: NFL Live Opening NFL Week 7 Odds: Vikings -5

Why Bet On Baltimore?

The inconsistent Ravens were upset at home by the Bears on Sunday, 27-24 in OT. Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before using two long kick returns to get back in the game. Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score to begin the comeback and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful, setting up overtime. Are the Ravens a safe betting pick in Week 7? But the Ravens couldn’t stop the Chicago running game and had three takeaways. Joe Flacco flustering all afternoon. Operating without injured receivers Jeremy Maclin (inactive) and Breshad Perriman (second-quarter concussion), Flacco went 24 for 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions. Safety Eric Weddle couldn’t wrap up running back Jordan Howard, who had a 53-yard run that eventually led to the Bears’ winning field goal. It marked the second time in franchise history that the Ravens lost to a rookie quarterback at home. They also lost to the Arizona Cardinals’ Jake Plummer in 1997. The Ravens clearly miss Brandon Williams. In two games with the defensive tackle, the Ravens allowed an average of 85 yards. In four games without him, Baltimore has given up nearly double (169.5).

Why Bet On Minnesota?

The Vikings upset Green Bay 23-10 and broke the collarbone of Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers, perhaps ending his season and improving Minnesota’s chances of winning the NFC North. Harrison Smith had 1 1/2 sacks on safety blitzes, a diving interception and two pass breakups, helping the Vikings limit the injury-depleted Packers to a season-low 227 yards. Case Keenum, making his fourth start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, went 24 for 38 for 239 yards without top wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He threw 13 times to Adam Thielen, completing nine for 97 yards. Jerick McKinnon made up for his turnover with 16 carries for 69 yards and a score and five catches for 30 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings. In 20 dropbacks on which he was blitzed Sunday, Keenum went 12-of-19 for 133 yards and a touchdown, including 8-of-10 for 88 yards when Green Bay sent a defensive back. Keenum is completing 65 percent of his passes with four TDs and no interceptions vs. the blitz this season. The Vikings finished a three-game stretch against division opponents at 2-1, with wins over the Bears and Packers and a loss to Detroit, the game in which they lost Dalvin Cook for the season. Minnesota has won two in a row and sits atop the NFC North at 4-2, tied with Green Bay for first place.

Expert Prediction for NFL Week 7

Take Carolina on extra rest, although I’d feel better about that if Kuechly plays. The Vikings will beat Baltimore.