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NFL Week 7 odds and point spreads: Titans and Steelers do battle

Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season will begin with two struggling NFC East teams in that of the Giants and Eagles doing battle. The odds favor Philadelphia a tad with a 3.5-point edge for that “Thursday Night Football” game.

However, there’s a ton more intriguing matchups on slate as the NFL season inches to its midway point. Two undefeated teams in that of the Titans and Steelers will do battle on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tom Brady leads his Buccaneers to Vegas to take on a surprising Raiders squad.

Here’s a look at NFL Week 7 odds and point spreads with a quick one liner about each matchup.

Updated: Oct. 20, 4:55 PM EST

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NFL Week 7 Thursday Night Football

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Giants-Eagles point spread: Eagles -4.0 (over/under 43.5)

The Eagles might be 1-4-1 on the season, but the expectation has to be that they’ll get back on the winning track Thursday evening. Sure the Giants earned their first victory of the season in Week 6. That came against a bad Washington Football Team. Through six weeks, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is on pace to throw eight touchdowns against 16 interceptions. That seems pretty bad.

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Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Panthers-Saints point spread: Saints -7.5 (over/under 51.0)

Through the first six games of his Panthers career, Robby Anderson has tallied 40 receptions for 566 yards. The former New York Jets receiver is now on pace for 107 receptions and north of 1,500 yards. On the other side, Saints Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore has allowed quarterbacks to complete 15-of-19 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns when targeted. That’s a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Take this into account with the Saints at -7.5.

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Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Bills-Jets point spread: Bills -13.0 (over/under 46.0)

This game should get laughable pretty quickly. Fresh off a 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Adam Gase and the New York Jets are 0-6 on the season. They have now been outscored by an average of 18.3 points per outing. Following their mistake-filled Week 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans and Week 6 loss to the Chiefs, I fully expect Buffalo to come and play in this one. If that’s the case, the -13.0 spread seems a bit small. Take the Bills and the points here.

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Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Browns-Bengals point spread: Browns -3.5 (over/under 50.5)

Riding a four-game winning streak heading into Week 6, the Browns were absolutely destroyed by a superior Pittsburgh Steelers team this past Sunday. They lost by the score of 38-7 with Baker Mayfield throwing two interceptions. In two outings against the AFC’s best in that of the Ravens and Steelers, Cleveland has been outscored 76-13. In the team’s four other outings, Cleveland has outscored its opponents, 145-111. The team is also giving up nearly 32 points per game. The moral of this story? Take the over and don’t think twice about it.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team

Cowboys-Washington point spread: Cowboys Pick em (over/under 49.0)

Washington quarterbacks have accounted for just six passing touchdowns in as many games while averaging 221.7 passing yards per outing. This should help the Cowboys overcome a pass defense that’s yielded 12 touchdowns compared to one interception on the season. With an even spread, take the Cowboys here. However, be a bit skeptical of the 49 over/under given Washington’s struggles on offense.

Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

NFL MVP candidates 2020
Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Packers-Texans point spread: Packers -3.5 (over/under 56.0)

Houston yielded north of 600 total yards in its overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday. The Texans are now giving up an average of 436 total yards and 30.3 points per game. Despite their struggles in a Week 6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers are still averaging 32.4 points per game. Regardless of the three-point spread, take the over here. The only question is whether Deshaun Watson and Co. can keep up with Aaron Rodgers’ Packers. Houston is averaging 33 points in the two outings since it fired Bill O’Brien.

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Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

Lions-Falcons point spread: Falcons -2.5 (over/under 56.5)

Is the Falcons’ offense back? It sure looked like that this past Sunday in their first appearance following the firing of Dan Quinn. Matt Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes for 371 yards with four touchdowns in a 40-23 blowout win over the Minnesota Vikings. Julio Jones caught eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. It really was a turn back the clock performance from the Falcons’ offense. Expect much of the same Week 7 against a Lions defense that’s yielding nearly 29 points per game.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrate vs Giants
Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers-Titans point spread: Steelers -2.0 (over/under 52.5)

How good is Ryan Tannehill playing right now? He’s thrown 13 touchdowns compared to two interceptions in five games this season. Tennessee is also averaging 32.8 points per outing and represents one of the best offenses in the NFL. On the other side, Pittsburgh’s defense is yielding just 19 points per game. It has also allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw nine touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. Something has to give here, right?

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Seahawks-Cardinals point spread: Seahawks -3.5 (over/under 56.5)

At 5-0 on the season, Seattle is averaging 33.8 points per game. Russell Wilson has accounted for 19 passing touchdowns during that span. If the MVP favorite keeps up this pace, he’ll break the single-season record of 55 set by Peyton Manning back in 2013. Interestingly enough, the Seahawks are also giving up 27 points per game. That puts their single-game over/under at 60.8 on the season. Yeah, take the over here.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Chiefs-Broncos point spread: Chiefs -9.5 (over/under 48.0)

Despite their 18-12 win over the New England Patriots in Week 6, quarterback play continues to be an issue for the Broncos. Returning from a multi-game absence, Drew Lock threw two putrid interceptions in said win. All said, Broncos quarterbacks have tallied seven passing touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in five games during the NFL campaign. Obviously, this won’t cut it against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City. Take the Chiefs and the points here.

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

Jaguars-Chargers point spread: Chargers -8.0 (over/under 49.5)

Last week’s 34-16 loss to the Detroit Lions underscored just how poorly the Jaguars are playing on defense this season. In the five games since taking out Indianapolis in their opener, the Jags are giving up an average of 32.2 points per outing. While it has not translated to wins thus far in his NFL career, Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is playing out of his mind. He’s thrown seven touchdowns compared to one interception over the past two games, leading the Chargers to an average of 29 points per outing. That bodes well for Los Angeles’ chances come Week 7.

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San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers against the Dolphins
October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) jogs off the field after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers-Patriots point spread: Patriots -2.5 (over/under 45.5)

Since being traded by the Patriots back in October of 2017, Jimmy Garoppolo boasts a .750 winning percentage as a starter in San Francisco. He’s also thrown twice as many touchdowns (46) as interceptions (23) during that span. For comparison’s sake, the Patriots boast a .711 winning percentage since they dealt Garoppolo away during the 2017 NFL season. This might not mean a whole lot heading into Week 7, but it is interesting with Garoppolo making his return to New England.

NFL Week 7 Sunday Night Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders

Buccaneers-Raiders point spread: Buccaneers -3.0 (over/under 53.5)

Previously seen as an Achilles’ heel in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers’ secondary continues to play at an extremely high level. That included intercepting Aaron Rodgers twice in the Bucs’ Week 6 blowout win over a previously undefeated Green Bay Packers squad. Now, through six weeks of the NFL season, the Buccaneers have yielded seven touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. Despite some recent success, it’s hard to imagine Derek Carr having much of a chance against this suddenly elite unit Sunday evening.

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NFL Week 7 Monday Night Football

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams

Bears-Rams point spread: Rams -5.5 (over/under 46.0)

For the first time since all the way back in 2012 and just the second time in the past 15 years, the Chicago Bears find themselves at 5-1. It’s an interesting thing to look at given that the Bears’ struggles at quarterback has not impacted this team too much. Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky have combined to throw 12 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Whether that changes Monday night in Los Angeles remains to be seen.

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