Massive weekend of NFL action coming up getting underway with the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Denver Broncos on Friday morning. We are back to preview some of the key matchups in Week 7 and give our betting tips below!
The Cardinals were disappointing once again in Week 6, going down to the Vikings by 10 points away from home. They now fall to 1-5 on the season so far and have had one of the worst offences in the league. The Cardinals average just 13.7 points per game in 2018 so far, which is the second fewest, in front of only Buffalo.
After starting the season 2-0, Denver have now lost their last four games in a row, albeit against some quality competition in the likes of the Ravens, Chiefs and Rams last weekend. Their defence has been fairly solid over that time, as they kept the dynamic offences of the Chiefs and Rams to just 27 and 23 points respectively.
The Broncos will get some much-needed respite this weekend before their schedule gets really tough once again. They’ll face off against Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Cincinatti and the LA Chargers over the next month after this game so a win here is crucial to their chances this season. We love the value for a straight up win for the Broncos here.
Great matchup here between the Ravens and Saints on Monday morning. The Saints will be coming into the game fresh after their bye week in Week 6 and will be looking to extend their winning stream to five games. The Saints offence has been nearly unstoppable so far in 2018. They have scored under 33 points on just one occasion and have put up 39.6 points per game over their last three contests.
The Ravens have surprised many this season and currently have a 4-2 record through their first six games. They secured a dominant 21-0 shutout win over the Titans on the weekend and have allowed over 14 points on just one occasion this year.
It’ll be a massive contest between offence and defence on Monday morning. The Ravens have been able to keep their opponents to low scores throughout the year so far but the quality of opposition is a bit of a worry. The one time they have faced off against a .500+ team, they allowed 34 points to the Bengals in Week 2. We think they’ll struggle to stop Drew Brees and the Saints putting up 30+ on Monday and regardless of the Ravens home field advantage, we think the Saints should find a way to win on the road.
The game of the round sees the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday morning. Kansas suffered their first loss of the season on the weekend as they went down to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium by three points. They’ll look to bounce back this weekend at home against the Bengals, who have been fantastic this year with a 4-2 record so far.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes continued his stellar start to the season against the Patriots, throwing for 352 yards and four touchdowns and bringing his side back into the game twice when they were down and out. The 23-year-old has been the revelation of the NFL season so far and the skill position players around him make the Chiefs a threat to score 40 on any given night.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals have suffered a tough divisional loss to the Steelers on the weekend to take their record to 4-2. They have a tough road ahead with games against the Chiefs, Saints and Ravens over the next four weeks. The Bengals have a good mix of offence and defence and are 2-1 on the road in 2018. We think they cover a 6 point spread which seems a tough too high.
The New York Giants will be back on the road in Week 7 and attempting to snap a three-game losing streak. They were thoroughly outplayed by the Eagles in Week 6 although there were some promising signs from rookie running back Saquan Barkley, who had over 229 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Their defence has been a massive issue, however, as they have allowed 33.3 points per game over their last three matchups.
Many would have predicted the Hawks to be right in the mix in the NFC South once again this year, however, injuries and poor defensive play has seen them slide to 2-4 and currently sit last in the division. They were great on offence against the Buccaneers in Week 6, claiming a 34-29 win, but they have allowed 37.5 points per game over their last four.
The Giants shouldn’t have as much trouble scoring as they did last week against the Eagles. However, the Falcons desperately need this game to keep their season alive and at home, it’s hard to see them putting up under 30 points here.