The Bartender’s Week 7 NFL Picks

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The Bartender's Week 7 NFL Picks

DENVER BRONCOS at CLEVELAND BROWNS (-3.5) (O/U 41.5)

The Browns are down their starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, their dynamic duo at running back Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry remains out, and Odell Beckham Jr. is injured. I know that the Browns are the home team, but how are they the favorites again? I know the Broncos have struggled here as of late, but a competent passing attack and a strong defensive performance should be enough to get the road victory in this one.

PREDICTION: BRONCOS 23 BROWNS 17 (1 UNIT)

WASH. FRANCHISE TEAM at GREEN BAY PACKERS (-8.5) (O/U 49)

The Washington Franchise Team has an identity crisis at quarterback. They also have a defense that is the leagues’ worst at stopping the opposing teams’ quarterback. Facing an on-fire Aaron Rodgers is not the place you want to be. The Packers win big at home.

PREDICTION: PACKERS 34 FRANCHISE TEAM 21 (3 UNITS)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -5.5 at TENNESSEE TITANS (O/U 56.5)

The Tennessee Titans are the type of team that gives the Kansas City Chiefs fits. The Chiefs don’t like teams willing to run the ball at them and play physical for 60 minutes. The Tennessee crowd will be in a frenzy for this one–I will take the Titans to cover the spread.

PREDICTION: CHIEFS 34 TITANS 30 (2 UNITS), OVER 56.5 (2 UNITS)

ATLANTA FALCONS (-2.5) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (O/U 47.5)

The Atlanta Falcons feel like a team beginning to find their way while their counterparts, the Miami Dolphins, feel like a team spiraling out of control. This game has the makings of a shootout. I will take the Falcons with more weapons on offense, coming off a bye week for the win.

PREDICTION: FALCONS 31 DOLPHINS 27 (2 UNITS)

NEW YORK JETS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-7) (O/U 42.5)

The Patriots continue to play well, just not well enough to take home close games to the Buccaneers and Cowboys that they allowed to slip through their fingertips. The Patriots’ ground game and defense limit Zach Wilson and the Jets’ offense. I will take the Pats at home to cover.

PREDICTION: PATRIOTS 27 JETS 13 (1 UNIT)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (-3) at NEW YORK GIANTS (O/U 43)

It has been a rocky few weeks for the Carolina Panthers. Sam Darnold and the Panthers’ offense has been in complete disarray. The Giants, on the other hand, are a MAS*H unit on offense with Saquon Barkley and Kadarius Toney out of action. The Panthers right the ship and get back on the right track with a road victory in New York.

PREDICTION: PANTHERS 27 GIANTS 20 (2 UNITS), OVER 43 (2 UNITS)

CINCINNATI BENGALS at BALTIMORE RAVENS (-6.5) (O/U 46.5)

I wonder how legitimate the Cincinnati Bengals are. They are improved, but how improved? We will find out in a battle for AFC North supremacy. The Ravens have taken a step forward in their passing game and appear to be one of the most complete teams in the league. I’ll take the Ravens sending a message to the rest of the AFC North.

PREDICTION: RAVENS 34 BENGALS 21 (3 UNITS), OVER 46.5 (2 UNITS)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (-3) (O/U 49)

We were curious how the Raiders would play a week ago following a tumultuous week that saw their Head Coach Jon Gruden fired. Derek Carr and the big-play offense showed up in a big way. I don’t see an Eagles defense that has its issues on the backend stopping the Raiders passing attack.

PREDICTION: RAIDERS 30 EAGLES 24 (2 UNITS), OVER 49 (2 UNITS)

DETROIT LIONS at LOS ANGELES RAMS (-15) (O/U 50.5)

One of the best teams in the league in the Los Angeles Rams against potentially the NFL’s worst in the Detroit Lions–no surprise we have a fifteen-point spread. Matthew Stafford is the storyline as he gets his first crack against the team he played for the last decade. I believe the Rams put on a show in this one.

PREDICTION: RAMS 37 LIONS 17 (2 UNITS)

HOUSTON TEXANS at ARIZONA CARDINALS (-17) (O/U 47.5)

The Arizona Cardinals continue to impress while the Houston Texans continue to depress. Last week I thought that the Texans could keep the game within three scores. I was wrong. I won’t make that mistake again. Cardinals will win this one going away.

PREDICTION: CARDINALS 31 TEXANS 10 (1 UNIT)

CHICAGO BEARS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (-12.5) (O/U 47)

The Chicago Bears have played very conservatively since Justin Fields took over under center. The Bears will not have that luxury in this one. No teams run the ball effectively against the Buccaneers’ front seven, and I dare suggest that the Bears may not even try. I like Tom Brady and Tampa Bay at home to overwhelm the rookie signal-caller.

PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS 31 BEARS 14 (3 UNITS)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-3.5) (O/U 44)

Carson Wentz and the Indianapolis Colts have rallied the last two weeks and are playing their best ball of the season. The 49ers are in a transition at the quarterback position back from rookie Trey Lance to the veteran Jimmy Garoppolo. I believe it is the 49ers running game that is the more effective weapon in this one. The 49ers get a much-needed victory if they want to remain in playoff contention.

PREDICTION: 49ERS 27 COLTS 20 (1 UNIT)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (-4.5) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (O/U 43)

The Seattle Seahawks are in dire straights with Geno Smith under center in the absence of Russell Wilson. The New Orleans Saints, off of a bye week will be sturdier than the up and down team we have seen over the first few weeks of the season. The Saints lean heavily on running back Alvin Kamara to a victory on Monday Night Football.

PREDICTION: SAINTS 23 SEAHAWKS 17 (2 UNITS)

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