October 17th, 2019

NFL Gameweek 7

There were plenty of talking points going into NFL Gameweek 7 with the Texans defeating the Chiefs, while the 49ers and Patriots extended their unbeaten runs.

The Jets won for the first time this season and Panthers beat the Buccaneers in Tottenham’s new stadium (blaming that solely for the defeat).

Chiefs v Broncos – Thursday Night Football 1.20am

Last weekend the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes went over another road bump, after suffering their second loss of the season at the hands of the Houston Texans. They have a quick turnaround this week, with no time for moping around ahead of Thursday night’s game.

A 31-24 victory showed that DeShaun Watson can hang with the best and the superhero-like Chiefs aren’t invincible as once thought.

The Broncos come into this one off a resounding 17-0 victory over the Titans, who have benched the radioactive Marcus Mariota in favour of the more experienced Ryan Tannehill.

Mariota’s time is running out in Tennessee; he hasn’t aged like a fine Jack Daniel whiskey as many thought, while Mahomes is playing through a foot injury and carrying the team on his back, literally.

Sitting at 2-4 the Broncos and their defense can cause problems for the Chiefs with Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr leading the way. Anything can happen on prime time football, but I expect the Chiefs to narrowly come away with the victory.

Selections – Kansas City Chiefs to win @ 8/13, Tyreek Hill first TD scorer @ 7/1.

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions – Sunday 6pm

Going into NFL Gameweek 7, the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins have finally turned up to the party. Cousins had been criticized for not throwing the ball downfield enough, with Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs finally getting their share of the cake.

Diggs racked up 167 yards and three touchdowns in the Skol’s victory over former Superbowl champions the Eagles. Cousins is finally earning some of his illustrious $84 million-dollar contract.

Matt Patricia’s Lions came within minutes of beating the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday night but were the victims of a poor holding call by the referee in the fourth quarter. They can certainly feel hard done by…

The Vikings sit at 4-2 with the Detroit Lions holding a 2-2-1 record. This is a huge divisional rivalry game, the winner takes all.

Selections – Minnesota Vikings winning margin 1-6 points @ 14/5 and Stephon Diggs first touchdown scorer.

LA Rams v Atlanta Falcons – Sunday 6pm

The LA Rams suffered a huge NFC West defeat to the Kyle Shanahan-led San Francisco 49ers, a result that shifted momentum in the division. The Niners defense completely stopped any attempt at a run game and sacked QB Jared Goff five times.

News broke that the Rams made moves by trading CB Marcus Peters to the Ravens and bringing in former Jaguars DB Jalen Ramsey, widely considered to be the best corner in the game. So we have another flashy star in Hollywood but can this help the Rams chase the leading pack?

Their opponents this week, the Atlanta Falcons, have been a disappointment from their Superbowl loss to the Patriots in 2017. They call the season after a Superbowl appearance a ‘Superbowl hangover’, but this could turn into a Superbowl century!

With a 1-5 record and under pressure, Dan Quinn needs a victory soon to save his bacon. The Matty Ice train will continue to run, but the defense needs immediate help.

Selections – Over 55.0 total points @ 10/11, Todd Gurley and Austin Hooper anytime touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens v Seattle Seahawks – Sunday 9.25pm

The Baltimore Ravens travel to the cold and windy North West to take on Russell Wilson’s Seahawks and the famous 12th-man crowd. Leading the MVP charge, Wilson has got the re-invented Hawks to an impressive 5-1.

Last week’s 32-28 victory over the Browns showed they have the quality to topple tough opposition. Tyler Lockett has been excellent this year with his ability to run deep and open the field while catching spectacular deep passes from his QB.

John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens came out firing this year with QB Lamar Jackson showing he has an arm as well as quick feet. Beating the 0-6 Bengals isn’t something to ride home about, but this year is already an improvement.

The addition of Marcus Peters from the Rams can only reinforce their solid defense alongside future Hall of Famer Earl Thomas. These are two teams going under the radar and deserve a lot more credit, in my eyes anyway.

Selections – Total points over 50 @ 17/20, Tyler Lockett and Mark Ingram anytime touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys – Monday Night Football 1.20am

What can be said about the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys? Two teams who started well but we expect so much more from. Both could argue that they have the best rosters in the league but you never know what you’re going to get from them each week.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz had a blistering start to the regular season, but injuries and a lacklustre defense has the ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ chat only being whispered these days in Philly.

Similarly, the Cowboys went 3-0 before suffering three defeats on the bounce and are without star receiver Amari Cooper for a number of weeks. The wheels have completely fallen off the Cowboys bandwagon.

Both NFC teams are currently 3-3 and in desperate need for a revival to their season. Which team can regain some momentum?

Prediction – Total points under 49.5 points 10/11, Zeke Elliot and Alshon Jeffery anytime touchdowns.

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