NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 7 fixtures

'Fin-ishing touch: Ryan Tannehill is finding some form
'Fin-ishing touch: Ryan Tannehill is finding some form

Romilly Evans takes you through his game-by-game analysis of all Sunday's other encounters away from Twickers, with a bet for each...

"Washington’s defense haven’t yielded to an offensive touchdown for the last seven quarters. Well, that streak stops this week against Matt Stafford, Golden Tate and Co."

Recommended Bet

Back Detroit to win on the Winning Margin by Over 12 Points @ 4.03/1 or better

Arizona at NY Carolina
Sunday, 17:00

Geno Smith takes over the reins again in New York, and at least his timing couldn't be better. Low expectations and a stalling Baltimore are coming to town. If Smith can't make it stick this week, bring back Fitzy at once! On the other side of the field, Joe Flacco has been sacked 11 times over the previous three games, and now has a sore right shoulder to go with his left-knee injury. So I'm going to keep opposing the Ravens for now, and expect Smith to start atoning for his disastrous rookie season.

Recommended Bet
Back New York Jets to win on the Moneyline @ 1.824/5 or better


Detroit at Houston
Sunday, 17:00

This could be a lot closer than the early lines suggested, especially with LeSean McCoy out with a hamstring injury for Buffalo. Considering his intense workload last Sunday, Shady will probably benefit from a fortnight off on the treatment table, and Mike Gillislee (17 carries for 116 yards and two TDs so far) has enough potential to ably deputise in the meantime. Miami are not as bad as many would have you believe (200 yards rushing per game will even free up Ryan Tannehill's arm) but Buffalo's D has also stepped up since the outset of the current campaign, and the Bills can ride their white-hot streak.

Recommended Bet
Back Buffalo (-2.5pts) to win @ 1.9420/21 or better


Kansas City at Indianapolis
Sunday, 17:00

Cleveland are essentially a B Team that gets the dubious distinction of being asked to perform in the spotlight every given Sunday. They're playing with guts but will need more guile to get past Cincy (who boast the sixth best pass-offense in the league statistically). Cody Kessler has performed well for a third-string rookie, but Andy Dalton is on another level. The Red Rifle will pick out any of his moving targets, and slay the handicap before half-time.

Recommended Bet
Back Cincinnati (-6.5pts) to win at Half-time @ 1.9110/11 or better


New England at Buffalo
Sunday, 17:00

Andrew Luck has never come unstuck against Tennessee (7-0), and he's not about to start now (even with 23 sacks against him this term). Particularly because this game is a must-win scenario for the faltering Colts, who could fall or rise to play-off prominence by their head-to-head records in an up-for-grabs AFC South. They blew it last week against Houston, but can make swift amends here. DeMarco Murray looks back to something approaching his Dallas best, but the Titans' over-reliance on him looks pretty predictable, and that heavy burden of effort and responsibility will take its toll soon. So I say the Luck-to-TY-Hilton connection alone gets this done.


Recommended Bet
Indianapolis to win on the Moneyline @ 2.546/4 or better


New York Jets at Cleveland
Sunday, 17:00

Many people's pick for match-up of the week, but I think this could pass over with little fanfare. Certainly for any interested neutrals. Both these outfits are among the surprise packages of the campaign to date, yet Carson Wentz met his match against the Skins, and Minny rely on a defense which can bring the heat to opposing QBs. Fortunately for Philly, their own D is very athletic (fourth in points allowed per game) so expect a drab day out.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 40.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Oakland at Tampa Bay
Sunday, 17:00

The planets are aligning in Kansas. Spencer Ware is thriving at running back, Jamaal Charles is getting healthier by the day, while Alex Smith has rediscovered his composure. Throw in the Chiefs' stingy D - who normally kick it up a notorious notch at Arrowhead - and Drew Brees could be in for one helluva afternoon. That said, for what it's worth, I still reckon the Saints have a small shot in their soft division. However, this encounter lies outside their free-scoring comfort zone.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 50.5 Total Points @ 2.001/1 or better


Seattle at New Orleans
Sunday, 17:00

This battle of two improving forces is personified at quarterback: Derek Carr versus Blake Bortles. Both hail from the same recent QB class, and give their best only when they play within themselves. So, quite simply, which will minimise the mistakes the better? I say it's Bortles at home with his superior movement. The Jags are also improving on defense, and should edge a tightish affair.

Recommended Bet
Back Jacksonville to win by 6-10 points on Winning Margin @ 5.04/1 or better


San Diego at Denver
Sunday, 20:05

Washington's defense haven't yielded to an offensive touchdown for the last seven quarters. Well, that streak stops this week against Matt Stafford, Golden Tate and Co, who will seriously test the Skins' steadfast refusal to buckle under the deep ball. Detroit famously snapped the NFL's longest losing run against the Redskins, and can continue their own winning ways this week. And quite comfortably at that.

Recommended Bet
Back Detroit to win on the Winning Margin by Over 12 Points @ 5.04/1 or better


Green Bay at Atlanta
Sunday, 01:25

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 11-9 without Ben Roethlisberger, but they were seldom up against New England in that small sample size. Landry Jones takes over under center, and can land the odd downfield strike, which (coincidentally) the Pats secondary does cough up. If Pittsburgh are to keep tabs on Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, though, it's all about one man: Le'Veon Bell. Rushing or receiving, he's the Steelers best bet, and our pick for an against-the-head touchdown.

Recommended Bet
Back L.Bell to be First / Anytime Touchdown Scorer @ 10.09/1 or better

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