Okay BetUS online betting nation, Week 7 of the 2020 NFL regular season is here! It’s time to examine our NFL Week 7 betting predictions on this coming weekend’s three-game slate of interconference clashes in an effort to help you cash in early and often.
In Houston, Deshaun Watson and the desperate Texans will play host to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Jimmy Garoppolo makes his return to Foxborough, where his San Francisco 49ers will look to tame Cam Newton and the New England Patriots. Finally, Derrick Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders welcome Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what looks like a thrilling affair just waiting to happen.
Before we get to this week’s interconference analysis, check out in-house superstar Barry Barger’s Week 7 NFL Power Rankings here.
Green Bay (4-1) at Houston (1-5)
When: Sunday, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Green Bay -3½
After jumping to a 10-0 lead against Tampa Bay in the first quarter of their Week 6 matchup, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers never scored again in their embarrassing 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Rodgers was limited to a paltry 160 passing yards while throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns. Defensively, the Packers gave up two TD passes to Tom Brady and 113 rushing yards and two more scores to running back Ronald Jones II.
The Houston Texans put up a great effort under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. Unfortunately, the Texans came up short in their 42-36 overtime loss against AFC South division rival the Tennessee Titans when Crennel decided to go for what would have likely been a game-clinching two-point conversion try, and Houston came up short.
“I would do it again because I think it was a good choice,” Crennel said on a Zoom conference call. “You’re on the road against a division opponent who’s undefeated, and if you can get a two-point conversion, you shut the door on them and win the game.
In defeat, Texans superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 335 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The bad news is that Houston gave up four TD passes to Ryan Tannehill and 212 rushing yards and two scores to league rushing leader Derrick Henry.
Green Bay is ranked seventh in total offense and third in scoring (32.4 ppg), but the defense has been lacking in ranking 20th in points allowed (27.8 ppg). Houston ranks third in passing, but just 21st in scoring (24.3 ppg) while also ranking an uninspiring 26th in points allowed (30.3 ppg).
While the Packers have gone a blistering 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, Houston is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record. The Over is 4-1 in Green Bay’s last 5 games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 in Houston’s last seven games. With that said, I like Green Bay to get it done on the road while the final score tops the 56½-point total.
Pick: Packers 35, Texans 31
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San Francisco (3-3) at New England (2-3)
When: Sunday, at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
New England -2½
The Niners bounced back from their abysmal Week 5 loss against Miami to beat the LA Rams 24-16 on Sunday. Garoppolo passed for 268 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the way. The Niners hit the half up 21-6 and limited the Rams to just a field goal in the third quarter to seal the deal.
New England was well-rested after last playing Kansas City in Week 4, but the Patriots never showed up in their stunning 18-12 Week 5 loss on Sunday. Cam Newton had a pedestrian performance by passing for 157 yards with two interceptions. Newton did rush for 76 yards and one score, but it was a case of too little, too late after the Patriots were limited to three points through three quarters.
San Francisco has gone 5-1 ATS in their last six road games while New England has gone 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. With that said, I’m expecting this Week 7 interconference clash to turn into a relatively low-scoring affair that Frisco manages to narrowly win.
The Patriots are allowing (21.8 ppg) almost as many points per game as they average this season (22.0 ppg). Frisco is ranked 10th in points allowed (21.7 ppg) and I expect the Niners defense to keep Cam Newton in check in this one.
Pick: 49ers 24, Patriots 20
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Tampa Bay (4-2) at Las Vegas (3-2)
When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Tampa Bay -3
Tampa Bay dominated all three phases of the game to bounce back from its Week 5 loss against Chicago to record a 38-10 win over Green Bay. Tom Brady tossed two TD passes and Ronald Jones II rushed for 113 yards and two additional touchdowns.
Las Vegas had a bye last weekend following its stunning 40-32 win over the Chiefs in Week 5. The Raiders got 347 passing yards and three TD passes from quarterback Derek Carr while running back Josh Jacobs added 77 rushing yards and two scores and rookie wide receiver Henry Riggs III added two catches for 118 yards and one score.
While Vegas averages a stellar 30.2 points per game to rank sixth in scoring, the Raiders also allow a whopping 30.4 points per contest defensively to rank 27th in points allowed. On the flip side of the coin, Tampa Bay puts up a healthy 29.5 points per contest to rank eighth in scoring, but the Bucs also limit the opposition to just 20.3 points per contest defensively to rank an encouraging eighth in points allowed.
While Vegas has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games, Tampa Bay has gone 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games as a road favorite. I know the underdog in this interconference series has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, but the Raiders’ lack of defense doesn’t bode well. After seeing how the Buccaneers’ defense dominated Rodgers and the Packers the last time out, I’m expecting the Bucs to get past the Raiders with a similar effort in Week 7.