You can’t call each week in the NFL a shock or surprising anymore. Why? Because EVERY week is crazy. But that’s what makes it so good. There were some valuable NFL betting lessons to learn from Week 7, so let’s get to it.
2017 NFL Week 7 Betting Recap
– The Raiders are not dead yet. They’re not perfect, but they’re certainly not dead. As long as Derek Carr is upright they have a chance to get better and contend. Meanwhile, KC is good, they’re just not unbeatable.
– The Bills had a trip game off a bye and survived it versus the Bucs. Tyrod Taylor is showing poise each week and is worth trusting now for football betting, especially when at home.
-The Bears are a great underdog bet each week. They play hard for the coach, have a good running game and their rookie QB has a penchant for big plays. As for Carolina? I feel a slide coming on here.
-The Browns are awful and the Titans are not ready for prime time. Sure Tennessee, could very well win their division. But they are not a Super Bowl bet by any stretch of the imagination.
–The Packers are screwed. Hundley is fine as an A-Rod replacement. But you can’t replace genius. Green Bay doesn’t have that extra gear and so they’ll have to win games by grinding it out. As for the Saints? Don’t give their D too much credit yet. Let’s see a 100% stocked offense face them first.
-The Jags made a statement on Sunday. It looks like they’re done being inconsistent and a doormat. Winning without Leonard Fournette was huge. You have to respect them moving forward.
-The Rams are are good on both sides of the ball. But it’s starting to look like Goff has reached another level. I believe that the Rams are a 10-win team.
–Miami wins ugly. But they win. So how do you size them up? Well, As long as they run the ball they can stay in games. But beyond that I can’t rely on them. Ditto for the Jets. They do enough to hang in there but can’t get over the hump.
-The Vikings are learning to win with what they have. It’s impressive. Their character appears to be strong. Meanwhile, the Ravens are mess.
-Speaking of mess, the Broncos can’t block anyone and they can’t make good throwing decisions. Stick a fork in them or try Brock Osweiler.
-The Seahawks are rolling and will be atop the NFC, now that the Falcons have stumbled.
-The Patriots are back. The defense has plugged the holes. All is right with the world in Boston. But the Falcons are troubling. Are they this bad now with essentially the same team as last year? No. But confidence seems to be the biggest issue right now.
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.