As we head into Week 7 of the NFL season, there are already a few teams who have a real stranglehold on their divisions. It is, though, much too early to call it for the teams on top, as a lot can change with the majority of the season still ahead of us. That said, it does put pressure on the teams who are behind the 8-ball in the early going, as there is now very little margin for error, even with plenty of games still to come. That is something to keep an eye on as the season progresses, but for now, we are turning our attention to Week 7 and our straight up picks for the week. We hit all 3 last week to deliver a nice little parlay payout, so let’s see if we can keep it rolling this weekend for you to continue making your bets against the NFL odds.
NFL Betting | Straight-Up Picks for Week 7 of the 2021 Season
Baltimore Ravens over Cincinnati Bengals
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the teams bolting out to an early lead this season, as they are currently 5-1 and opening up on the rest of the pack in the AFC North. They cannot afford to take their foot off the gas, though, as the Steelers are starting to pick up some momentum, while the Cincinnati Bengals are better than expected. It will be the Bengals who head into Baltimore this weekend looking to tighten things up in the division race, but this is not a place where they have had a lot of success in the past, winning just once in their last 5 visits to Baltimore. It certainly doesn’t help that the Ravens have now also won 6 in a row at home, and I like them to make it 7 this weekend.
New England Patriots over New York Jets
All the talk this offseason was about how the Jets were in a serious rebuild and ready to start competing again. We are now 6 weeks into the season, and it has been the same old Jets, as they come into this weekend sitting at 1-4. It is much the same story in New England, as the Patriots are not having the season they expected after spending big in the offseason. They are at 2-4, but they can take some solace in the fact that they appear to have drafted a very capable QB in Mac Jones. As nice as that is, they still need to start winning games if they want to make the playoffs. The Jets have not won in Foxboro in quite some time and have just 3 wins in their last 20 overall.
Las Vegas Raiders over Philadelphia Eagles
Many of us went into Week 6 waiting to see how the Las Vegas Raiders would react after losing their head coach in controversial circumstances. They seemed to take it all in stride, as they delivered one of their best performances of the season on their way to a comfortable win over the Denver Broncos. The question now is whether they can keep that going this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly has won 6 of their last 9 games versus the Raiders, but I feel that they aren’t playing well enough to go on the road and get a win against a team that has shown some real grit.