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NFL picks, Week 7: Straight up and against the spread

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Greetings! Joel asked me to take over the weekly NFL picks article. This is a great job for me as I like to make picks throughout the week and I dabble in some gambling against the NFL spread. So let’s get to the picks!

Week 7 Straight Up

Chiefs @ Raiders: Chiefs

Ravens @ Vikings: Vikings

Saints @ Packers: Saints

Jets @ Dolphins: Jets (This was a tough call. Typically I’d go with the home team but I have very little faith in Cutler. I also like Todd Bowles as a head coach so I’m going with the Jets)

Panthers @ Bears: Panthers

Cardinals @ Rams: Rams

Buccaneers @ Bills: Bills

Jaguars @ Colts: Jaguars

Titans @ Browns: Titans

Cowboys @ 49ers: Cowboys

Bengals @ Steelers: Steelers

Seahawks @ Giants: Seahawks (I really wanted to pick the Giants here because of the Giants win over the Broncos last week... then I remembered how much better Russell Wilson is than Siemian.)

Broncos @ Chargers: Chargers (In case you couldn’t tell, I’m not high on the Broncos.)

Falcons @ Patriots: Falcons

Redskins @ Eagles: Eagles

Week 7 Picks Against the Spread

I’ll also include my picks against the spread for this week. I used to do some extremely complicated machine learning prediction models to bet against the spread. That took too much time so nowadays I just look closely at each game, a pile of stats, and think of what I believe the spread should be.

If my spread is two more more points off from the betting spread, then I place a bet on the team whom my spread favors.

This is purely for fun. I gamble for fun, not to make money. Historically I’ve held my own against the bookies, but I’m not taking any responsibility for people who use these suggestions to make bets and lose money!

Last week I went 5-2 against the spread, which I would consider a good week.

Chiefs (-3) @ Raiders: Chiefs
My spread was KC (-6)

Panthers (-3) @ Bears: Panthers
My spread was CAR (-5)

Jaguars (-3.5) @ Colts: Jaguars
My spread was JAX (-6)

Jets (+3) @ Dolphins: Jets
My spread was EVEN

Cardinals @ Rams (-3.5): Rams
My spread was LAR (-8)

Titans @ Browns (+6): Browns
My spread was CLE (+4) ... I hate betting on the Browns though.

Cowboys @ 49ers (+6): 49ers
My spread was 49ers (+2)

Seahawks @ Giants (+5.5): Giants
My spread was NYG (+3)

Falcons @ Patriots (-3.5): Patriots
My spread was NE (-6)