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NFL Picks Against the Spread 2015: Week 7

Here are my suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

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Before Week 7 of the 2015 NFL season schedule kicks off, I thought we would have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for this week's round of games. (Click here for NFL Week 7 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are my suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today's NFL betting lines and more at the SB Nation odds page via OddsShark. My record so far this season is 41-40-1 after going 4-8 last week. After two bad weeks in a row, hopefully I can turn it around.


Buffalo Bills (-4.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars: E.J. Manuel is starting for the Bills, so that's not ideal, but the Jaguars are pretty bad and this game is on a neutral field in London. I feel pretty good about taking Buffalo. Pick: Bills -4.5

Atlanta Falcons (-6.5) at Tennessee Titans: The Falcons are coming off some extra rest after losing on Thursday Night Football last week. Former Eagles quarterback Marcus Mariota is out. Atlanta should be able to take care of business here on the road. Pick: Falcons -6.5

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-5): It's hard to bet on the Texans given their highly unappealing quarterback situation. The Dan Campbell Dolphins showed signs of life last week against the Titans so maybe they can keep that going again, especially at home. Pick: Dolphins -5

Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams (-6.5): The Rams are coming off their bye week while the Browns are coming off a tightly fought game against the undefeated Broncos in overtime. I think this spread is giving St. Louis too much credit and Cleveland not enough. I don't know if the Browns will win, but they might be able to keep it close. Pick: Browns +6.5

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts (-4.5): It seems safe to say the Colts won't be running that really stupid special teams play again. I don't trust the Saints on the road. Pick: Colts -4.5

Minnesota Vikings (-3) at Detroit Lions: The Lions still looked pretty bad in their first win of the season. The Vikings haven't been overly impressive lately but I'll bet on Teddy Bridgewater here. Pick: Vikings -3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins (-3.5): Lovie Smith is bad and so are the Buccaneers. Then again, Washington isn't much better. This isn't a fun game to bet on. Pick: Washington -3.5

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-8): The Jets look better than they have in recent years, but come on, this is Ryan Fitzpatrick dueling against Tom Brady. You have to going with the reigning champs. Pick: Patriots -8

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3): I don't exactly have a ton of confidence in Landry Jones but the Chiefs have lost five games in a row and it's hard to feel great about them. The Steelers have been putting up a lot of fight despite missing Big Ben. Pick: Steelers +3

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (-4): Hey, it's the battle of the two California teams trying to move to Los Angeles. I don't have a great feel for this one, so I'll just go with the favorites. Pick: Chargers -4

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-3): The Cowboys are coming off their bye week while the Giants are coming off a short week after having played and lost on Monday Night Football. Dallas is still without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo, but I think they somehow find a way to finally break the losing streak. This totally isn't a jinx. Pick: Cowboys +3

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (-3): The Eagles are arguably the toughest team the Panthers have had to face all year, and vice versa. Both teams boast strong defensive units, but the offensive side of the ball leaves much to be desired. This could be a frustrating defensive struggle where the Eagles fail to put up enough points. Pick: Panthers -3

Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals (-9): The Cardinals looked oddly mortal in Pittsburgh last week against the likes of Michael Vick and Landry Jones. What happened to the Arizona team that was crushing inferior opponents earlier on in the season? I don't think the Ravens win this game but they've kept their losses relatively close this season. Their biggest deficit was by six points. Pick: Ravens +9