The advance look-ahead lines at FanDuel Sportsbook show three heavy double-digit favorites in NFL Week 7 look-ahead lines. DraftKings Sportsbook has similar point spreads on their look-ahead lines and DraftKings also posts over/unders for next week’s games.
The NFL bye weeks start in Week 6 with the Falcons, Saints, Jets and 49ers not in action as you prepare your NFL betting strategy. Looking ahead to Week 7, the teams on their bye week include the Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers and Vikings.
The Broncos and the Browns kickoff Week 7 action on Thursday Night Football as the Browns play the second of three straight home games. There are just two division games, but a potential first-place showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
NFL WEEK 7 LOOK-AHEAD LINES
Broncos at Browns
Bengals at Ravens
Panthers at Giants
WFT at Packers
Chiefs at Titans
Falcons at Dolphins
Jets at Patriots
Lions at Rams
Eagles at Raiders
Bears at Buccaneers
Texans at Cardinals
Colts at 49ers
Saints at Seahawks
WEEK 7 NFL PRIME TIME GAMES
Prime time totals betting saw high-scoring affairs through three weeks with eight-of-nine games going over the total. For the season through five weeks, prime time over/unders have produced 10 overs and 5 unders with Thursday Night Football totals going under each of the last three weeks.
Thursday Night Football Week 7 Odds
Thursday Night Football on Oct. 21 features the Cleveland Browns (3-2) hosting the Denver Broncos (3-2). Among NFL Week 7 look-ahead lines, the Browns will be a popular teaser bet should the line hold steady and stay under 8 points.
Cleveland RB Nick Chubb is second in the league in rushing with 523 yards and joins Titans RB Derrick Henry as the only to running backs averaging at least 100 rushing yards per game. The Browns lead the league in rushing with 187 yards per game and 5.4 yards per rush, and the Browns and Cardinals are No. 5 and No. 6 in total yards, averaging 417 and 413 yards per game, respectively.
Both teams run the ball at least 30 times per game with the Browns averaging a league-high 35 rushing attempts per contest.
Sunday Night Football Week 7 Odds
The San Francisco 49ers (2-3) host the Indianapolis Colts (1-4) on Sunday Night Football as one of four inter-conference games in Week 7. These SNF have drawn the highest TV and online ratings with NFL betting producing huge handles and more in-play betting action.
Both teams are desperate for a win and each is underperforming to their preseason win totals. The Colts enter off a complete Monday night meltdown at Baltimore in a 31-25 OT loss to the Ravens. Indianapolis blew a 22-3 second half lead including 25-9 in the fourth quarter.
With the 49ers on a bye during Week 6, both quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance are rehabbing from injuries. Lance suffered a left knee sprain in the 17-10 Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Lance finished 15-of-29 for 192 yards with an interception and had 16 carries for 89 yards in his NFL starting debut.
Monday Night Football Week 7 Odds
The New Orleans Saints (3-2) are a road favorite of the key number 3 points against the Seattle Seahawks (2-3) with the biggest adjustment of the week on the look-ahead line. The six-point adjustment is due to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson out following surgery to repair a ruptured tendon and dislocation in his right middle finger suffered in the Thursday night Week 5 loss to the LA Rams.
POTENTIAL WEEK 6 IMPACT ON NFL WEEK 7 LOOK-AHEAD LINES
Chiefs at Titans
The Titans (3-2) are on top of the weak AFC South and have a two-game lead after beating the winless Jaguars in Week 5. Tennessee is a sizable home underdog to the Buffalo Bills in Week 6, and then have the Kansas City Chiefs on deck. Another loss and poor defensive effort against the Bills will see the look-ahead line (-3.5) rise to or above the preseason line of Chiefs -4.5 posted by BetMGM. Same with the total of over/under 50 points.
With the Chiefs potent and efficient offense averaging 30 points and 420 yards per game, the Titans deficient defense allowing 26 points and 377 yards per game could be very exposed against the Bills and Chiefs. Consider too that the Titans won their last two games against the lowly Jets and Jaguars, but allowed those rookie QB-led offenses move the ball and score more.
The Jets No. 30 total offense scored a season-high 24 points and averaged 5.9 yards per play. The Jaguars rolled up 454 yards offense at 6.9 yards per play, but only scored 19 points with third and fourth down struggles and two turnovers contributing to their struggles.
With both the Chiefs and Titans in the bottom five of the league in yards per pass defense, another shootout looks likely and DraftKings Sportsbook customers can get ahead of the line and totals move and bet early.
Falcons at Dolphins
The Jaguars have their best chance to break through with a win against the Dolphins in London. Jacksonville is a three-point underdog, and the Jaguars have a bye in Week 7. But the Dolphins do not, and will continue their long travel and hope QB Tua Tagovailoa is back to improve on their league-worst yards per pass attempt (5.7).
The Falcons pass offense is not much better per attempt (6.4), but Atlanta (-0.7) has a better yards per play differential than Miami (-1.6) and a better schedule situation. A loss by the Dolphins against the Jaguars will see the line sink on the fish against the Falcons in Week 7 with Atlanta also coming off a bye week.
HOW TO USE LOOK-AHEAD LINES
TheLines turns to FanDuel Sportsbook for opening look-ahead lines for next week’s NFL games. Bookmakers begin posting these lines every Thursday — a full week before the ensuing week’s games on the schedule.
These look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.
The tendency for many bettors is to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The Week 5 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker, who is unbiased in setting the lines in advance.
Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines and odds once the current week’s lines are released. They not only apply that based on potential overreaction to the recent week’s results, but also by using team-by-team insight.
That includes key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and use of NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.