Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 7
Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 7
In our NFL Betting Tips preview we look ahead to three selected matches in Gameweek 7 and give our predictions and betting tips.
New York Giants @ Los Angeles Rams – 2.30pm Sunday 23rd October
The third game of the International Series sees the Giants and Rams head to the home of rugby as they go head to head at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon live on the BBC. The Giants come into this game with a 3-3 record following a dramatic victory last week against Baltimore putting a stop to a three game losing streak. The deciding factor in the victory was their star man Odell Beckham Jr. After not scoring a single touchdown in the opening four matches OBJ cut a demoralised and frustrated figure, taking his anger out on practice nets. But since getting his first score of the season in gameweek 6 he looks more like player from last season who ranked fifth in receiving yards. Against the Ravens he had eight catches for 222 yards scoring two touchdowns in the process, inlcuding a 66 yard run and score with two minutes left on the clock which clinched victory his team and in true Beckham Jr fashion he played up to the cameras hugging the practice net he’d been fighting with. Against a Rams side with a secondary that’s no more than average he could well be in for another barnstorming game and he’ll be keen to put on a show for the English fans. Quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the season throwing 32 passes for a 403 yards and two touchdowns which will help his confidence following three well below-par performances which saw the offence’s points per game average drop to 19.3 putting them a disappointing 25th in the league. The offence needs to find some consistency sooner rather than later if they’re to continue their push to clinch the NFC East title. The Giants will be confident of making it two wins on the bounce against the Rams, who they’ve beaten six times in a row when the sides have crossed paths.
The Rams have hit a bit of a dry spell which has seen them fall to two consecutive losses, the latest being a narrow 31-28 road defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions. Despite the defeat quarterback Case Keenum, temporarily at least, quietened some of his critics with a seasons best performance which saw him connect with his receivers for 321 yards and three touchdowns. However, he did throw two more interceptions which sends his touchdown to interception ratio of 7:6 which simply isn’t good enough. Keenum’s slow start to the season put a lot of the offensive focus and pressure on second year running back Todd Gurley who, despite a solid start to the season, has struggled of late. He’s currently averaging only 2.9 yards per carry compared to 4.7 in his rookie season. But against a Giants rush defence which is allowing 96 yards per game on the ground this could be the game that sees him get his season back on track. Paul Boudreau’s offensive line are only averaging 18.3 points per game which puts them 29th in the league. Despite both teams relatively low scoring averages this game could well turn into a war of attrition which will pit offence against offence, a defensive coordinators worst nightmare but a crowd’s dream, plenty of scores and spectacular plays.
Over 43.5 points: (Best Priced at 10/11 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
Odell Beckham Jr anytime touchdown scorer: (Best Priced at 23/20 with Bet365) – BET HERE
New York Giants +2.5 and over 45.5 points: (Best Priced at 11/4 with SkyBet)– BET HERE
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals – 6pm Sunday 23rd October
What more is there to say about the Browns? Year after year they consistently deliver performances way off the standard of their divisional rivals with very little sign of improvement. The beginning of this season showed some promise, narrow defeats to the Ravens and the Dolphins in gameweeks 2 and 3 respectively provided hope for supporters but heading into the seventh round of games they’re still searching for their first win of the season. Against the Titans last week they showed resolve, sticking around but ultimately falling to a 28-26 defeat. The Browns are currently down to their third string quarterback as Cody Kessler has been called upon following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown and this has contributed to their offense finding themselves ranked 19th in the league. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has been the stand out player for Cleveland so far with three touchdowns at 413 yards but he’s been kept out of full training this week with a hamstring issue and although he is expected to feature he won’t be at full capacity, making their job to pick up a maiden win this season even tougher.
The Bengals currently sit at a disappointing 2-4 heading into this matchup with their divisional rivals, but they’ll be eyeing nothing less than a victory against their struggling opposition. Quarterback Andy Dalton is currently ranked as the sixth best QB in the league, clocking up just short of 1,800 yards but has only found a man in the endzone six times in six games and if the Bengals are to push for a postseason spot he needs to find a way to convert his yards into scores. Running back Jeremy Hill has been massively disappointing, managing just 281 yards, an average of just 46 yards per game and he’s yet to break 100 yards in a game. Wide receiver AJ Green has also been underwhelming, scoring just two touchdowns but he has already registered just under half the number of yards he managed in sixteen games last season. Once the trio of Green, Hilll and Dalton start firing on a consistent basis the Bengals are strong contenders for the AFC North title, especially with the Steelers now being without Roethlesberger for four to six weeks. Against a third string quarterback in Kessler the Bengals’ pass rush will be keen to put him under as much pressure and against a Browns offensive line which has allowed ten sacks in four games they’re likely to make his time in the pocket miserable. This game looks sure to only go one way and that is a Bengals win.
Cincinnati Bengals -10.5: (Best Priced at EVENS with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
AJ Green anytime touchdown & Bengals win: (Best Priced at 10/11 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Bengals -8.5 and under 46.5 points: (Best Priced at 9/4 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots – 9.25pm Sunday 16th October
The Steelers are currently holding a solid 4-2 record heading into gameweek seven but they approach this game knowing that for the next month at least they will be without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who underwent knee surgery following an injury sustained against the Dolphins. Big Ben was on fire throwing sixteen touchdowns and only six interceptions so his absence leaves a huge void which Landry Jones has the job of attempting to fill. With Jones starting at quarterback the Steelers are likely to put more emphasis on their running game with DeAngelo Williams and Le’Veon Bell likely to play key role. This means Antonio Brown’s effectiveness as a receiver will be massively weakened as the ball is unlikely to be played in the air all that often. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Steelers were playing at home few would give them a chance against the Pats but at Heinz Field they can never be written off, although they’ll have to play one hell of a game if they’re to put their fifth victory on the board.
The Patriots, well, they’re back to being the Patriots now Tom Brady is back in the pocket. With a 5-1 record the Pats are favourites by some distance to clinch Superbowl LI and you can see why. In the two games he’s played since his suspension ended Brady has averaged 341 yards and has thrown six touchdowns. Brady’s return happened to coincide with the return of Rob Gronkowski, his favourite target, and the two have been rekindling their partnership with Gronk clocking up 271 yards from Brady passes. With the Steelers likely to focus on the ground game New England’s run defence will be asked to work hard and keep up their impressive start to the season which has seen them concede an average of just 92 rush yards a game. It all looks set for Belichick’s men to move to 6-1 and move one step closer to securing the AFC East title as early as possible with a win over the Roethlisberger-less Steelers. Expect Brady to rack up the yards again albeit against a sterner defence than he’s faced so far and Gronk, as always, will be his number one target.
Patriots -7.5: (Best Priced at EVENS with Bet365) – BET HERE
Gronkowski anytime touchdown scorer: (Best Priced at 4/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Tom Brady anytime touchdown & Patriots to win: (Best Priced at 11/2 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
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