It only seems like two minutes since the start of the NFL season but as we enter week seven, the half way stage of the 2016 campaign is just a couple of weeks away and teams will be looking to either pick up their form so they can push towards the playoffs during the last eight games, or maintain their good starts to the season.
This weekend’s best best bets include overs in the Detroit v Washington game, together with wins for Baltimore and New England, covering the handicap, on the road. Al 10/11 as singles, the treble pays 6/1 with bet365.
|NFL Week 7 Picks||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Tips:||Baltimore Ravens +2.5 @ New York Jets
||@ 10 / 11|
|Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions – Over 50.0 Points
||@ 10 / 11|
|New England Patriots -7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
||@ 10 / 11|
|Treble pays||@ 6 / 1||Bet365|
Baltimore Ravens +2.5 @ New York Jets – 10/11 with bet365
The New York Jets are on path for a disastrous season, after starting 1-1, they have since lost four on the bounce and head in to week seven with a 1-5 record, failing to cover the handicap in any of those four games. To compound matters, offensive production in those games has been 3, 17, 13 and 3 points, a sequence of scoring that saw quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, bench in the most recent of those defeats against Arizona, last Monday.
Geno Smith will start on Sunday ahead of Fitpatrick, in what will only be the 26 year-old’s second start since losing the starting job in 2014. However, Smith’s career record is woeful with just 11 wins from 33 starts and more interceptions that touchdowns, with a ratio of 36 picks to 27 TDs, including one interception from just six throws, last time out
In a nutshell, Geno Smith is not the answer to the Jets offensive problems and Baltimore are taken to take advantage of a struggling Jets team that is on the back of a short week, having travelled to the other side of the USA and back. The Ravens aren’t in the best form themselves, having lost three on the bounce following a 3-0 start. However, they have lost by just 1, 6 and 4 points, and remain in significantly better shape than the Jets. They receive +2.5 on Sunday and even if they did slip up, it wouldn’t be by a big margin, so getting the points, they look like a standout bet.
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions – Over 50.0 Points at 10/11 with bet365
The Washington Redskins are on a real roll, winning four games on the bounce to head in to this week’s trip to Detroit with 4-2 record. The Lions themselves ae 3-3, so will be hoping for a victory that will see them begin the second half of the season with a winning record, and it is the home side that are narrow -1 favourites.
The game itself looks too close to call but a bet on the overs looks the way to go. The total is 50, so not low, but both teams have been involved in their share of high scoring games so far in 2016. The Lions defense in particular has looked leaky, as the 28 points that they gave up to a below average LA Rams, last week, illustrates. The Redskins are a much better offense, so shouldn’t have any problem matching LA’s production, whilst the Lions offense shouldn’t find any problems scoring on the Redskins. Of the last eight games that these two have played, combined in 2016, four have surpassed 50 points, making this looks a solid play.
New England Patriots -7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 10/11 bet365
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a strange team to evaluate this season, when they are good, they are really good and when they are bad, they are awful, as the 34-3 and 30-15 defeats to Philadelphia and Miami, respectively, suggest. However, last weekend’s loss to the Dolphins wasn’t aided by the loss of quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, before halftime but the news that ‘Big Ben’ will miss Sunday’s game plays right in to the hands of the New England Patriots, who are carrying a chip on their shoulders, following the four game suspension to their own QB, Tom Brady.
Brady has been back for just two games, and on both occasions, the Patriots have smashed the lines of -7.5 and -10. With a fit Big Ben, this could have been a much tougher assignment for Brady and the Pats, but with Landry Jones stepping in for the Steelers, the high flying Patriots should have little to worry about.
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