NFL picks against the spread: Cincinnati Bengals to make statement in Week 7

NFL picks against the spread. Week 7 edition. There’s some rather interesting games on this week’s slate, starting with the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns taking one another on Thursday night.

Sunday’s slate of action is headlined by the Kansas City Chiefs going up against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville and two teams in must-win mode in that of the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers playing in the evening. Below, we look at the NFL picks against the spread for Week 7.

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GameTime (EST)TV
Denver Broncos @ Cleveland Browns (-6.0)8:20 PM (Thursday)NFL Network, FOX
Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) @ Baltimore Ravens1:00 PMCBS
Carolina Panthers (-3.0) @ New York Giants1:00 PMFOX
Washington Football Team @ Green Bay Packers (-9.5)1:00 PMFOX
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) @ Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM CBS
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins (+2.5)1:00 PM FOX
New York Jets @ New England Patriots (-7.0)1:00 PMCBS
Detroit Lions @ Los Angeles Rams (-15.5)4:05 PMFOX
Philadelphia Eagles @ Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5)4:05 PMFOX
Chicago Bears (+13.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers4:25 PMFOX
Houston Texans @ Arizona Cardinals (-17.0)4:25 PMCBS
Indianapolis Colts (+3.5) @ San Francisco 49ers8:20 PM NBC
New Orleans Saints (-4.5) @ Seattle Seahawks 8:15 PM (Monday)ESPN

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Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) over Baltimore Ravens

nfl picks against the spread, week 7: bengals over ravens
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From a betting perspective, Cincinnati has been on firm standing when Joe Burrow is under center during his young career. Both of the Bengals’ losses this season have come by three points. Even last season when the team finished with a 4-11-1 record, five of their season losses with Burrow at the helm came by an average of less than six points.

There’s certainly a moral to this story. Cincinnati plays much more competitive ball with Burrow under center. In fact, there’s an argument that the team could easily be 6-0 on the campaign. As for the Ravens, two of their games have gone to overtime this season. They also defeated the lowly Detroit Lions by the mere score of 19-17 back in Week 3. Not only are we expecting Cincinnati to cover here, it should win outright in the process of making a major statement in Maryland.

  • NFL picks: Bengals 27, Ravens 24

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Miami Dolphins (+2.5) over Atlanta Falcons

nfl picks against the spread: dolphins over falcons
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Let’s not jump on the Falcons’ bandwagon just yet. Despite the fact that Matt Ryan and Co. have won two of three, there’s major question marks. Those two wins came against the Jets and Giants, who have combined for a 1-9 record. They also came by a total margin of 10 points. Coming off their bye, there’s no telling how Atlanta will look in Week 7.

What we do know is that Miami is in desperate need of a win following last week’s loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars in London. We also know that their offense looked much better with Tua Tagovailoa returning from injury. The young quarterback completed 33-of-47 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort. Look for him to take advantage of a weak Falcons defense and lead Miami to an upset Week 7 win.

  • NFL picks: Dolphins 28, Falcons 23

Chicago Bears (+13.5) to cover against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

nfl picks against the spread; bears to cover against buccaneers
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Even with Tom Brady doing his thing and the Buccaneers at 5-1, there’s every reason to feel uneasy about this near two-touchdown spread. Primarily, Tampa Bay’s injury issues in the defensive secondary and the fact that it is going up against an unknown commodity in that of Bears rookie Justin Fields.

The Bucs have given up an astounding 292.7 passing yards per game to go with 14 touchdowns against seven interceptions. For his part, Fields is 2-2 as Chicago’s starter and had his Bears in the game against Aaron Rodgers and his Packers up until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter last week. Sure the Buccaneers will likely come out on top here. But we’re not liking the 13.5 points they are getting.

  • NFL picks: Buccaneers 31, Bears 24
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