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NFL Week 7 – Sunday football – Betting preview

Steelers at Chiefs (-2 ½, 43) – 1:00 PM EST

Pittsburgh continues to win in spite of Ben Roethlisberger being sidelined for the past month. The Steelers improved to 4-2 after rallying for the second straight week, knocking off the Cardinals, 25-13 to cash as 4 ½-point home underdogs. Landry Jones took over for an injured Michael Vick as the former Oklahoma standout threw a pair of touchdown passes to Martavis Bryant to give Pittsburgh its third win against the NFC West. Jones will start at quarterback on Sunday, as the Steelers own an impressive 4-1-1 ATS record as an underdog this season.

The Chiefs can’t get out of their own way, dropping five straight games since an opening week win at Houston. Kansas City scored a season-low 10 points in a six-point defeat at Minnesota last Sunday, as Andy Reid’s team hasn’t covered one time in the past five losses. In both losses at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs led late in the fourth quarter against the Broncos and Bears as a favorite, but blew both games, as Kansas City is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start at home since 2012.

Jets at Patriots (-7 ½, 48) – 1:00 PM EST

ets look to tie the Patriots for first place in the AFC East with a victory. The Jets have flown to a 4-1 record, equaling last season’s win total already before Halloween. Last Sunday, New York routed Washington, 34-20 to pick up their fourth victory by double-digits, while outgaining the Redskins by 249 yards. Since 2011, the Jets have struggled on the front-end of consecutive road games (heading to Oakland next week), owning a 1-7 SU/ATS record in this situation the last eight opportunities.

The Patriots remained unbeaten following a 34-27 triumph at Indianapolis last Sunday night, but the Colts covered as eight-point underdogs thanks to a late touchdown. New England has topped the 28-point mark in all five victories, while cashing the ‘over’ in three of the last four games. The Jets have struggled with the Patriots, losing seven of the past eight meetings since 2011, but New York has cashed in each of its last three visits to Gillette Stadium with each loss coming by three points or less.

Saints at Colts (-4, 52) – 1:00 PM EST

New Orleans picked up some momentum with a resounding 31-21 home victory over Atlanta as three-point underdogs, handing the Falcons their first loss of the season. Drew Breesbusted the 300-yard mark for the third straight game, all coming after his rotator cuff injury suffered in a Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay. The Saints go for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as New Orleans has yet to cover as a road underdog with Brees under center, falling at Arizona and Philadelphia by double-digits.

The Colts are still in control of the AFC South in spite of a 3-3 record, thanks to a perfect 3-0 mark inside the division. Outside of the horrible AFC South, Indianapolis has lost to the Bills, Jets, and Patriots, while facing their first interconference opponent in 2015. Since Andrew Luck took over at quarterback in 2012, the Colts have won four of six home games against the NFC, but own a 1-2 SU/ATS record as a favorite in this role. The Colts have been outgained in the yardage department in all six games, while failing to cover in all four tries as a favorite.

Raiders at Chargers (-4, 47) – 4:05 PM EST

San Diego begins a stretch of playing five straight teams that are currently below the .500 mark, as the Lightning Bolts try to dig out of a 2-4 hole. The Chargers picked up their first ATS win since Week 1 as 10 ½-point road underdogs at Green Bay in a 27-20 loss, the third defeat for San Diego this season by seven points or less. The Bolts are playing their first divisional game of the season, as they swept the Raiders last season, even though Oakland covered in each setback. This is the first time since 2004 that San Diego has been listed as less than a touchdown favorite at home against Oakland.

The Raiders are fresh off the bye week following a pair of losses to the Bears and Broncos. Oakland led Chicago late before the Bears kicked the game-winning field goal in the final seconds, as the Raiders’ defense kept Denver’s offense out of the end zone, but still lost, 16-10. The Silver and Black has covered in five of the past six visits to Qualcomm Stadium, while Derek Carr threw a career-high four touchdowns in a 31-28 home loss to San Diego last October. Oakland has dropped seven straight on the road within the division with the last road victory against an AFC West opponent coming at Kansas City in 2012.

Cowboys at Giants (-3 ½, 45 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Dallas has yet to lose in the division, posting a 2-0 record following victories in the first two weeks over the Giants and Eagles. However, Tony Romo started at quarterback in each of those wins, including the 27-26 triumph in the season opener over New York, the fifth straight win by the Cowboys in the series. With Romo still sidelined due to a clavicle injury andBrandon Weeden struggling the last three weeks, the Cowboys have turned to Matt Cassel to make his first start of the season on Sunday. Cassel won’t have top receiver Dez Bryant at his disposal, as the Pro Bowler will miss his fifth straight game with a foot injury.

The Giants look to bounce back from an embarrassing Monday night loss at Philadelphia, falling 27-7, while turning the ball over three times. New York’s three-game winning streak was snapped, while dropping to 1-2 inside the NFC East. Tom Coughlin’s club has lost four of the past five home matchups with the Cowboys, including three-point losses each of the last two seasons at Met Life Stadium. The Giants have cashed the ‘over’ in five of the past eight home games, including each of the last two contests against the 49ers and Redskins.

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