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NFL predictions against the spread, Week 7: Steelers, Seahawks secure sixth win

This week’s NFL slate is packed with excellent matchups. So let’s dive in and make some predictions against the spread for all of the Week 7 action.

NFL predictions against the spread, Week 7: Steelers, Seahawks secure sixth win
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With several divisional rivalries and a clash of two unbeaten teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the Tennessee Titans, Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season promises to be full of excitement, surprises, and some high scoring showdowns. Not sure who’s winning this weekend? We’ve got you covered with NFL predictions for Week 7, including predictions against the spread for all of Sunday’s games plus Monday Night Football.

All spread lines are provided by Draft Kings and were correct at the time of writing. They are, of course, subject to change the closer we get to kickoff of the 1 pm ET games.

NFL predictions against the spread, Week 7

Sunday, October 25, 1 pm ET

Detroit Lions (+2.5) @ Atlanta Falcons (-2.5)

The Detroit Lions are terrible, the Atlanta Falcons are awful, let’s call the whole thing off. The Lions head into NFL Week 7 with the opportunity to move to .500 for the season, while the Falcons will be hoping to gain momentum from last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings and put a series of heart-breaking tight defeats behind them.

They’re set for another close game today. The key to the game will rest with Atlanta being able to impose their running game with Todd Gurley on a Lions defense that has allowed the seventh-most rushing yards per attempt in the 2020 NFL season so far. The Falcons have to dominate the time of possession to prevent Matthew Stafford from throwing against the Falcons’ worst passing defense in the league.

NFL predictions against the spread for this Week 7 clash: The Falcons win but fail to cover the spread in an extremely tight game.

Final score prediction: Detroit Lions 27 Atlanta Falcons 28

Cleveland Browns (-3.0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (+3.0)

The Cleveland Browns defense had their way with the Cincinnati Bengals in the first AFC North clash back in September, and it’s hard to see anything but a repeat this Sunday. Although Baker Mayfield has had his critics in the 2020 NFL season, the Browns are 4-2 as they head into this Week 7 rivalry game and will be looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers last time out.

The strength of the Browns plays directly against the weakness of the Bengals. The Browns sit near the top of every rushing metric available while the Cincinnati defense is one of the most porous units against the run in the nation. Expect to see a big day for one of Kareem Hunt, Dontrell Hilliard, or D’Ernest Johnson.

NFL predictions against the spread for this Week 7 matchup: The Browns win and comfortably cover the spread.

Final score prediction: Cleveland Browns 31 Cincinnati Bengals 24

Pittsburgh Steelers (+1.0) @ Tennessee Titans (-1.0)

In what is the tastiest clash of the week, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the 5-0 Tennessee Titans in a game where someone’s 0 has got to go. Whoever wins today’s matchup puts themselves in pole position in the race to become the number one seed in the AFC.

The Steelers have the historical advantage in this matchup, leading the series 46-32 and winning the last two clashes. Although the Titans were trounced 40-17 in 2017, I expect to see a game closer to the last time the two tussled in Tennessee back in 2014.

Although both teams have explosive offenses, the difference-maker today will be with the Steelers’ ability to shut down Derrick Henry. No other team is as good against the run in the 2020 NFL season, and they have also allowed the fewest passing yards in the league.

NFL predictions against the spread for the Week 7 NFL game of the week: Pittsburgh wins and covers the spread.

Final score prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Tennessee Titans 24

Carolina Panthers (+7.5) @ New Orleans Saints (-7.5)

Although the New Orleans Saints head into this Week 7 NFC South clash as the favorite, they do so without star wide receiver Michael Thomas who was ruled out on Friday.

Alvin Kamara has been the beating heart of the Saints offense, leading the team in both rushing and receiving yards. Given that the Panthers have allowed the most receptions to running backs in the 2020 NFL season, as well as allowing the second-most fantasy points to running backs (via Draft Kings scoring), it’s fair to assume that he will be the difference-maker once again for New Orleans.

On paper, the two are more evenly matched than the line against would suggest, and it should be a close contest as Teddy Bridgewater returns to his former home.

NFL predictions against the spread for this Week 7 showdown in the NFC South: The Saints win but fail to cover the spread.

Final score prediction: Carolina Panthers 24 New Orleans Saints 26

Buffalo Bills (-12.0) @ New York Jets (+12.0)

The New York Jets can’t stop anyone on defense, they can’t score on offense, and they head into Week 7 with the ever lingering question of whether this is Adam Gase’s last game in charge.

Incidentally, the answer to that question should unequivocally be a resounding yes.

It’s the perfect matchup for a Buffalo Bills team that comes off the back of two straight defeats to two teams helping set the tempo in the AFC, in the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.

Expect Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs to have a big day against a Jets defense that has allowed over 1500 passing yards so far.

NFL prediction against the spread for the AFC East encounter in Week 7: Buffalo wins and comfortably covers the spread.

Final score prediction: Buffalo Bills 37 New York Jets 14

Dallas Cowboys (+1.0) @ Washington Football Team (-1.0)

Jokingly calling the NFL East the NFL Least is easy because, well, it is by far the worst division in this 2020 NFL season.

Andy Dalton versus Kyle Allen in a quarterback battle in the capital doesn’t have the makings of an awe-inspiring clash, especially given Dalton’s debut against the Arizona Cardinals.

Washington struggles to score, Dallas can’t defend, and despite having one of the most impressive defensive lines in the country, neither can Washington. Ezekiel Elliott manages to hold onto the ball just enough to prove a difference-maker in this afternoon game to avoid.

NFL predictions against the spread for this Week 7 game to avoid: Dallas scrapes a win and covers the spread.

Final score prediction: Dallas Cowboys 17 Washington Football Team 14

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) @ Houston Texans (+3.5)

After struggling to score in three straight games, the Houston Texans have put up 30 points in two consecutive games. Romeo Crennel’s team nearly secured the shock of the 2020 NFL season so far last time out against the Titans, narrowly falling to defeat in overtime.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be looking to bounce back after an unusually mistake-laden defeat to Tampa Bay. Rodgers shouldn’t suffer the same turnover turmoil against a Texans team that ties the Cowboys for the lowest number of interceptions in the league.

The Houston defense also features near the bottom of the league in passing yards and touchdowns allowed. It’s the perfect Rodgers revenge game.

NFL predictions against the spread for this Week 7 matchup: Packers win and cover the spread.

Final score prediction: Green Bay Packers 34 Houston Texans 24

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