NFL Week 7 Odds: Mismatch Outlook
According to this week's OddsShark.com Power Rankings there are plenty of NFL mismatches, with the first kicking off Thursday night when No. 1 Seattle visits No. 27 Arizona in an NFC West battle. Seattle is -6 at 5Dimes, and while it has been stellar at home, outscoring its guests 94-33, things have been much closer on the road, where the 'Hawks eke out a 63-61 edge.
Four mismatches highlight the Sunday card.
Surprisingly, in what is expected to be a test for AFC East-leading New England, the next biggest mismatch has the 6th-ranked Patriots traveling to Jersey for a date with the 29th-ranked Jets. The Pats are laying -3.5 to New York, down from -6, and it's no surprise when you see how banged-up both of these rosters are heading into the weekend.
In an NFC South battle, it'll be No. 9 Atlanta is laying -8.5 to the 31st-ranked Buccaneers. The Dirty Birds come in on a three-game slide, and are still flying without three offensive starters: running back Steven Jackson, wide receiver Roddy White, and left tackle Sam Baker. And a reminder, leading receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season thanks to a right foot injury.
No. 4 Carolina is hosting No. 24 St. Louis on Sunday, with the Panthers laying -7 to the Rams. Coach Ron Rivera stated earlier this week the Panthers are still on a wait-and-see approach with running back Jonathan Stewart.
No. 22 Cleveland, which is a game out of first place in the AFC North, is catching 11.5 points at No. 3 Green Bay, which is sitting in third place in the NFC North. This might be too much to lay for a Packers team that is pretty banged-up to score a rout over any team in the league.
As for the consensus plays at OddsShark: Last week's top choice - the Colts - are this week's No. 1 go-against, as 68 percent of the pollsters are taking Denver -6.5; Players also like Kansas City, as 68 percent like the Chiefs to stay unbeaten and to cover versus Houston; finally, the Bears have received 67 percent of the voters' support in their game at Washington.