As Week Seven of the 2013 NFL season begins, time is quickly running out for teams to turn things around. Four playoff teams from last year are at least two games under .500. Three other clubs remain winless.
The underdogs are coming off another big week. They covered the spread in nine of the 15 games, including four that saw the favorites lose outright.
Below are picks against the spread for every contest in Week Seven.
Seattle Seahawks (-6.5) at Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks might be the best team in the NFC, but they haven't played nearly as well away from their home stadium. On the road, they’re 2-1, and both their victories came by less than a touchdown. Arizona has beaten Seattle two straight times at home, and Larry Fitzgerald has a history of making big plays against the vaunted Seahawks secondary. The Cardinals have a good chance to pull off the biggest upset this week.
Prediction ATS: Arizona
New England Patriots (-4) at New York Jets
Geno Smith followed up the best game of his young career with a weak effort in Week Six. The Patriots forced him into throwing three interceptions in their first meeting, and they could make the quarterback commit similar rookie mistakes on Sunday. Whether Rob Gronkowski plays or not, New England should put up enough points to win somewhat comfortably.
Prediction ATS: New England
San Diego Chargers (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars were actually able to remain competitive for most of their game with the Broncos. The Chargers have pulled of a few upsets in 2013, most recently against the Colts on Sunday night. However, their inconsistencies have shown up against weaker competition. Jacksonville could go winless for the entire season, but they covered their first point spread last week and could be in line to do so, once again.
Prediction ATS: Jacksonville
Houston Texans (+6.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
The Texans are quickly becoming one of the worst teams in football. They don’t have a reliable option at quarterback and haven’t been competitive in their last two contests. The Chiefs have one of the best home-field advantages in the league and shouldn’t have much of a problem with Houston.
Prediction ATS: Kansas City
Cincinnati Bengals (+3) at Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford and company has put up big numbers at home this season, while the Bengals haven’t performed as well on the road. Calvin Johnson’s health will be a big factor, but he’s expected to play more than the 52 percent of snaps that he was on the field for against the Browns. Assuming he’s effective, it should be very hard for Cincinnati to slow down Detroit.
Prediction ATS: Detroit
Buffalo Bills (+8) at Miami Dolphins
Thad Lewis is battling a foot injury, but Bills head coach Doug Marrone is confident the quarterback will play. Lewis was surprisingly good in his first start of 2013, finishing the day with a 100.5 passer rating. Buffalo has been in every game this season, and only one of Miami’s wins has come by more than four points. Even if the Bills lose, it shouldn’t be by more than one score.
Prediction ATS: Buffalo
Chicago Bears (PK) at Washington Redskins
The Redskins are not the same team that won the NFC East in 2012. Robert Griffin III has looked like a shell of himself, barely running the ball and turning it over as many times as he's put it in the end zone. The Bears may be a level below the elite teams in the conference, but they should be able to handle a team whose only win came against the Raiders.
Prediction ATS: Chicago
Dallas Cowboys (+3) at Philadelphia Eagles
No team has been better against the spread than the Cowboys, going 5-1 in 2013. Nick Foles looks like he’ll get the start over an injured Michael Vick. He’s done well in Vick’s absence, but he’s yet to have consistent success in the NFL, and the Eagles are not a great home team.
Prediction ATS: Dallas
St. Louis Rams (+6) at Carolina Panthers
After a slow start, the Rams have won two straight. Sam Bradford has been under the radar, but he’s having a very good season, throwing for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The Panthers wins have come against teams with a combined 1-10 record. St. Louis could win this one outright.
Prediction ATS: St. Louis
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) at Atlanta Falcons
Both teams have underperformed this season. Tampa Bay changed their starting quarterback, and the Falcons top receivers have been battling injuries. Seven is a lot of points for a 1-4 team to be giving, and the Buccaneers defense should allow them to play the Falcons close.
Prediction ATS: Tampa Bay
San Francisco 49ers (-4) at Tennessee Titans
The Titans got off to a hot start, while the 49ers struggled in the first few weeks. However, both are proving to be aberrations. The Niners have won three straight by double-digits, and Tennessee’s offense can’t do much with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. Even on the road, San Francisco could have another big win.
Prediction ATS: San Francisco
Cleveland Browns (+10) at Green Bay Packers
The game features the biggest betting line of the week and for good reason. The Packers' only losses have come in difficult road games, and Brandon Weeden won’t be able to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.
Prediction ATS: Green Bay
Baltimore Ravens (+1.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ravens have been one of the best teams against the spread, while the Steelers are just 1-4. Pittsburgh has been one of the worst offensive teams in the NFL, and their problems will only be exacerbated against a tough Baltimore defense. The betting odds in Pittsburgh's games have reflected the recent Steelers teams that were perennial contenders. This year, though, the Steelers just aren’t very good.
Prediction ATS: Baltimore
Denver Broncos (-6.5) at Indianapolis Colts
The Broncos have been the most dominant team in the NFL, but they’re only 3-3 against the spread. Andrew Luck and the Colts had a misstep in San Diego, but they should bring their best effort in Peyton Manning’s return. The Broncos have looked fallible in recent weeks, and the Colts could be the team that are finally able to capitalize on a few of their mistakes.
Prediction ATS: Indianapolis
Minnesota Vikings (+3) at New York Giants
This will likely turn out to be the worst Monday Night Football matchup of 2013. Even though the Giants came close to getting their first win last week, Eli Manning still managed to throw three interceptions. Josh Freeman may be an upgrade at quarterback for the Vikings, but he could have trouble with his first time in a new offense. In a game with two teams this bad, the best option may be to take the points.
Prediction ATS: Minnesota