The 18-week National Football League schedule is set and thanks to online sportsbooks, so are betting lines for every matchup throughout the season. Here, we are going week by week to preview every game on the 2021 schedule, and we’ve arrived at Week 7.
The games begin on October 21 with Thursday Night Football and continue on Sunday and Monday. There are six teams on bye this week, so there is one less game than we are seeing in Week 6. Using opening lines from various sportsbooks including DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel, let’s get into betting odds and previews for every Week 7 game.
Week 7 NFL Betting Lines
|Game Matchup||Opening Line|
|Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns||Browns -7|
|Carolina Panthers at New York Giants||Giants -3|
|New York Jets at New England Patriots||Patriots -6|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans||Chiefs -4.5|
|Washington at Green Bay Packers||Packers -4|
|Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins||Dolphins -3.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens||Ravens -10|
|Detroit Lions at LA Rams||Rams -12|
|Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders||Raiders -3.5|
|Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals -10.5|
|Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buccaneers -10|
|Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers||49ers -4.5|
|New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks -3|
NFL Week 7 matchups and predictions
Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (-7)
The Week 7 NFL schedule opens with Thursday Night Football as the Broncos visit the Browns. With Denver traveling on a short week, the Browns opened as seven-point favorites. It appears to be advantage Celveland here but even though the Browns won six of eight at home in 2020, the ATS record was 3-5. This one pits strength vs. strength with the Broncos’ defense getting a shot at the Browns’ deep offense.
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (-3)
Sandwiched between the Rams and Chiefs, it’s the Panthers on the Giants’ schedule in Week 7. Oddsmakers see this one as pretty even, evidenced by the home team being -3 on the opening line. Carolina and Big Blue should both be improved on offense, but it remains to be seen how the two teams will stack up. We can be sure something will be made of Sam Darnold’s return to MetLife Stadium, albeit against the Giants.
New York Jets at New England Patriots (-6)
The Jets and Patriots are playing twice in the first two months of the season, which is pretty rare. In Week 7, New England is the home team and opened as six-point favorites. The Patriots’ roster looks very different in 2021 compared to last season, and the same can be said for Gang Green in a few key positions. This feels like a spot where the home team should take care of business, but the Jets will be coming off the bye week and will have had the chance for rest and extra preparation.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans (+4.5)
Two of the league’s most prolific offenses over the past couple of seasons will meet in Week 7. Despite being on the road, the defending AFC champion Chiefs opened as 4.5-point favorites. Even though Tennessee added Julio Jones, it still lost its offensive coordinator and several important pieces on both sides of the ball. That said, Kansas City’s struggles against the spread are well documented. Maybe we just wait for the high total and hope for points in a game that could conceivably get to 60.
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers (-4)
Last season’s NFC East champion Washington Football Team visits Lambeau Field in Week 7. The Packers opened as four-point favorites but are a difficult team to handicap this far out, mostly because we don’t know who will be playing quarterback. We do know that Green Bay has a wealth of talent at the skill positions on offense, but the WFT defense is an elite unit that could be up to the task depending on who’s in uniform for this game.
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (-3.5)
The Dolphins host the Falcons in Week 7 in what would appear to be a favorable matchup for Miami, which opened as 3.5-point favorites. But in actuality, this could be a spot for the underdog. Atlanta is coming off a bye after playing in London during Week 5 while Miami is playing across the pond in Week 6 and doesn’t get a week off. It turns out the Dolphins requested a later bye week, and that may work out in the long run, but it could be an advantage for Atlanta in this game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-10)
Baltimore will host AFC North rival Cincinnati as 10-point favorites in Week 7 at M&T Bank Stadium. This is just one of several games that have the potential to be lopsided, although divisional games are usually more closely contested. This is a tough scheduling matchup for the Bengals, which will be playing the second of three straight road games. For the Ravens, this is the third straight home game going into the bye week. Keep an eye on the total, as this one could have plenty of points on the way to a Baltimore victory.
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams (-12)
There are a few very large spreads in Week 7, but the largest opening line belongs to the Rams and Lions. The two teams traded quarterbacks in the offseason and now, Matthew Stafford faces his former club and while Jared Goff does the same, returning to his home state of California in the process. This game is a total mismatch, it really comes down to whether you believe Detroit will score enough to keep up. Without seeing the Lions yet, we still think not.
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5)
In its last game before the bye week, Las Vegas is hosting the Eagles in an interesting cross-conference tilt. Philadelphia will have a different dynamic with Jalen Hurts under center and questions still need to be answered, but this team will need to improve on its 1-7 road record from 2020, and this is a winnable game. The Raiders’ offense will likely have some success, but the Eagles have 10 days to prepare after playing on TNF in Week 6.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (-10.5)
Another week, another huge spread in a game involving the Texans. This time, Arizona opened at -10.5 at home against the biggest question mark of a team in the NFL. Nobody really knows how the Texans will look with its new head coach and undetermined depth chart.We do have an idea of what we’ll see from the Cardinals, and it’s hard to imagine the Texans’ defense doing much about DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray. It’s a ton of points to give away but it’s Cards or pass.
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-10)
The Bears have some tough games in the first half of the season and it doesn’t get any easier traveling to Tampa Bay in Week 7. The defending champion Bucs opened as 10-point favorites and will have some extra time to get ready following an appearance on Thursday in Week 6. Chicago’s offense should be improved with Andy Dalton but the Bucs’ defense has eaten alive much better units. This should be a Tampa win, but by how much?
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (-4.5)
Sunday Night Football features a couple of playoff hopefuls as Indianapolis travels to San Francisco for a prime time matchup. The 49ers opened as 4.5-point favorites at home, and will have the added advantage of having the bye week beforehand. The Wentz reunion with Reich will really decide whether Indianapolis has a chance. For our money, the visitors could be primed for a big win, or at least a cover in a game between two well-rounded rosters.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-3)
The Week 7 schedule comes to a close in Seattle as the Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints. In recent years, the mention of these two teams in a game sparks memories of playoff games, prime time affairs, and a generally high-level football. We expect the same here, although things are a bit different on the New Orleans side with Jameis Winston taking over. Oddsmakers see it as an even game with the home team opening up as a field goal favorite, and we can’t help but side with Russell Wilson after Seattle won seven of eight and went 6-2 ATS at home in 2020.