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NFL Week 7 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

NFL Week 7 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

The NFC East has quickly become the laughingstock of the NFL after the first six weeks of the season, as the Dallas Cowboys are sitting atop the division with a 2-4 record despite getting blown out 38-10 by the Arizona Cardinals as 1-point home favorites at betting sites on Monday Night Football.

The Cowboys are also only one of two teams in the league that owns an 0-6 mark against the spread along with the New York Jets, and they will try to pick up their first cover and another victory on Sunday when they visit the Washington Football Team as 1.5-point road chalk on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Dallas did not look good at all with Andy Dalton under center replacing the injured Dak Prescott, and now the team faces a Washington team that has somehow managed to cover the spread in two of three games by the smallest of margins. The New York Giants edged Washington 20-19 last Sunday at home but failed to cover as a 2-point home favorite. Two weeks earlier, Washington covered as a 14.5-point home underdog in a 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Before that NFC East matchup kicks off though, another game featuring two teams from the same division will start Week 7 on Thursday Night Football when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Giants as 4-point home favorites. New York had covered two straight prior to the Washington game while Philadelphia has beaten the number in two of three following an 0-3 start ATS. The Eagles have won their last five divisional home games straight up, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and the Giants have covered six in a row overall on the road.

Five more divisional games will take place on Sunday, with four of them seeing the road team favored at sportsbooks, including the Cleveland Browns (-3.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills (-13) at Jets, Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) at Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs (-10) at Denver Broncos. Like Arizona, Kansas City will be playing on a short week after winning away from home Monday night, but the defending Super Bowl champions have won their last eight divisional road games. The Chiefs have gone 13-3 ATS in their last 16 against AFC West foes on the road as well, and they are on a 14-1 SU run (13-2 ATS) overall.

The Seahawks and Saints are both coming off bye weeks and hope to pick up where they left off as two of the best teams in the NFC. Seattle is the lone unbeaten team left in the conference and just one of three remaining at 5-0 overall, going 4-1 ATS in the first five weeks. Meanwhile, New Orleans is a 7.5-point home favorite and trails the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by one game in the NFC South but brings a two-game winning streak into its matchup with Carolina. However, the Saints have gone a disappointing 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games at the Superdome, and they are 1-4 ATS in the past five meetings with the Panthers too.

In addition, the Buccaneers are coming off a 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers and visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. Tampa Bay is a 3-point road favorite at Las Vegas while Green Bay will attempt to bounce back as 3-point road chalk against the Houston Texans. The Chicago Bears will then close out Week 7 as 5.5-point road underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The Bears lead the NFC North with a 5-1 mark.

 

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