Week 7 NFL best bets, odds and predictions: Rams rampage past Steelers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (17) and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.
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NFL Week 7 has arrived and our expert handicappers are back to deliver their NFL best bets of the week. The team went 4-3 last week to improve to 22-12 on the season for +19.4 units of profit! On top of that, we’re 100-84-4 with our side and total NFL picks for every game, which is good for +32.2 units. So, to say we’re crushing it this season would be an understatement! With that in mind, let’s get into the NFL best bets for Week 7 from 4 of our top experts and help you bet better once again.

Chris Farley: Detroit Lions +3 over Baltimore Ravens (-110)

This spread needs to be set slightly in the Ravens’ favor because of situational reasons. It’s the Lions’ second road game, they haven’t tripped up in four straight weeks, and this will likely be their biggest challenge yet this season. AKA, sharps are expecting a letdown or regression spot for Dan Campbell’s team. While sentiments are high on the Lions and many analysts are placing them among the top 5 teams in the NFL, a feisty and underrated Ravens team lies in waiting. While that’s where the odds probably should be and apparently the sharp betting community agrees, that doesn’t mean it’s accurate.

We can type it over and over again until our fingers fall off but it’s still worth repeating– Dan Campbell is building something special in Detroit. Nothing about their recent wins, all of which have been dominant showcases, has been phony. Jared Goff is playing some of the most poised and efficient football of his career, their talent at the offensive skill positions proves worthwhile every week, their offensive line is among the best in the league, and their defense is only getting better.

The Ravens are no slouches either. A team that could very well be 6-0, Baltimore is talented and capable on both ends of the football. They’re just going through some growing pains. A perpetually injured defense last year and already this season, the group is dynamic when healthy. The Baltimore offense has been, well, just okay. Only Mark Andrews is a dependable catcher week to week, and without Jackson’s legs, the Baltimore run game wouldn’t put up consistent numbers. Todd Monken’s new system is also (still) a work in progress.

The Ravens’ situational advantage is a bit overstated. They spent a full 6 days in London last week and it’s been readjustment time as they prepare for Week 7. That’s not much easier than Detroit’s second straight road spot. The Lions are performing at a very high level right now and I just can’t make a case to stand against them at this number.

Be sure to check out our full Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens predictions

The Betting Queen: Denver Broncos +1.5 over Green Bay Packers (-110)

We have a very interesting matchup between two teams who are struggling facing off in Denver between the Broncos and packers. The Packers are coming off a bye week but I have lost their last two games and have been struggling to move the ball on offense with inexperienced quarterback Jordan Love. To top it off they’re starting running back Aaron Jones has been injured for a majority of the season and that has caused them to be the third worst rushing offense in the NFL. If you can’t move the ball on offense you are not going to win very many games and the Broncos defense will have a great game against this Packers team. The Broncos defense only gave him 19 points to the high-powered chiefs offense and they finally came alive and showed life. They will be ready for the Packers lowly offense.

On the other hand we have the Broncos who are led by veteran quarterback Russell Wilson. He is quietly having himself a good statistical season and he has thrown for 12 passing touchdowns already which ranks fourth most in the NFL. Broncos head coach Sean Payton will have the perfect game plan to get the ball to his receivers Jerry Jeudy and Sutton. They are big play making ability receivers who can make an impact when they get the ball in their hands. The lack of experience on the packer side will be crucial and gives the Broncos a big upper hand. Wilson will not take another loss at home especially against Green Bay. I’ll take the point and a half with Denver at home.

Be sure to check out our full Green Bay Packers vs Denver Broncos predictions

Andrew Ortenberg: LA Rams -3 over Pittsburgh Steelers (-115)

We’ve got a really interesting matchup here in the late afternoon slate between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles is favored by about a field goal, and I’m laying the points with the Rams. The Steelers are coming off their bye week and they picked up a big divisional win over the Ravens going into it, but that win was fraudulent for a few reasons. For starters, Baltimore’s receivers had the most drops of any team in the league this season. Pittsburgh had under 300 yards of offense in that win, and the week before they got absolutely demolished by the Texans by a score of 30-6. The only other time they played a good offense this season they again gave up 30 points in a blowout loss to the 49ers.

Matthew Stafford is quietly playing at pretty close to the level he was during the Rams’ Super Bowl run, and Cooper Kupp returned from injury two weeks ago and promptly has put up at least 118 yards in each of his first two games of the season. Together with Puka Nacua, he’s going to form an elite receiving duo. The Rams’ 3-3 record might not jump off the page to you, but look at what those losses were. On the road by just 3 points to the Bengals, and to the 49ers and Eagles. It’s hard to really hold any of those against them, and they were highly competitive against both San Francisco and Philadelphia, the top teams in the NFC. They’ve looked dominant against lesser teams, and have led by at least 17 points in all of their wins.

Be sure to check out our full Pittsburgh Steelers vs LA Rams predictions

John Martin: San Francisco 49ers -7 over Minnesota Vikings (-105)

It just keeps getting worse for Minnesota. Even though they held on for their second win of the season last week against Chicago, they lost star defender Marcus Davenport to IR earlier this week. For a team that is low on solid pass rushers, that is a significant blow. Not that the 49ers aren’t dealing with injuries of their own, of course. Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams all missed practice on Wednesday, but keep in mind that — with an extra day since it’s a Monday Night Football game — there’s a chance that is more precautionary than anything.

One might look at the 49ers’ game against the Browns and be discouraged by a touchdown spread, but I most certainly am not. The Browns’ defense is the best in the NFL, allowing just 196.8 yards on the ground per game and holding opponents to 15 points per game. The conditions in Cleveland also weren’t favorable, with wind and weather affecting 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy’s accuracy. That won’t be the issue in the dome in Minneapolis. The Vikings only managed to put up 19 on the Bears’ defense last week, and the Bears are basically a turnstile on that side of the ball. Oh, and it’s Primetime Kirk Cousins. Let’s not forget that very important fact. Oh, and he doesn’t have Justin Jefferson. Following a very disappointing loss last week and an extra day to mend those injuries, the 49ers should feast on the Vikings in a bounce-back spot.

Be sure to check out our full San Francisco 49ers vs Minnesota Vikings predictions for Monday Night Football

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