Fri, Oct 20, 8:30am by Staff Writer
Week 7 of the 2017 NFL season is already upon us, with week 6 proving to be a brutal week for injuries.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on Monday morning when his team lost a division game at Minnesota.
Elsewhere, the Chiefs undefeated start to the season came to an end, beaten by familiar foes the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won their past three matches against the Chiefs.
The Philadelphia Eagles roared to the top of the NFC, with a win at Carolina on Thursday Night Football and look the most impressive team on both sides of the ball in that conference at the moment.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Friday, 20 October 2017, 11.25am at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
After a nail-biting 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday, this is a must-win game for the Raiders, who will fall to 2-5 with a loss on Thursday Night Football.
They welcome division rival Kansas City to Oakland, with the Chiefs looking to stop their losing streak at one game.
Kansas City has dominated this series in recent times, winning five straight matches.
Kansas City has covered the handicap in 11 of its past 14 visits to Oakland, as well as the past six against the AFC West.
Despite a broken bone in his back, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr this week insisted it wouldn’t hamper the Raiders game plan.
Against the Chargers, Carr did appear limited and often threw short yardage passes as opposed to anything down the field.
The NFL is unpredictable and despite a four game slide and statistics point to a Chiefs victory, a short week and the Raiders desperation to keep their season alive makes them an enticing handicap option at home.
Best bet: Oakland Raiders to cover +3.0 at $1.94 at Sportsbet
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
Monday, 23 October 2017, 4am at Soldier Field, Chicago
After a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Thursday Night Football, the Carolina Panthers will be eager to bounce back on the road at Chicago.
The Panthers cling to a slim one game lead over the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in a competitive NFC South division.
In their past four meetings since 2010, the Bears have had Carolina’s number, winning three of those games.
The Panthers are 4-0-0 on the handicap after a loss, meanwhile Chicago are 4-0 on the handicap in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record such as Carolina.
Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky was outstanding last weekend in the Bears’ 27-24 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens.
A highlight of Chicago’s game plan this year has been their rushing, with Jordan Howard running for 167 yards on 36 carries last time out.
By contrast, the Panthers love to throw the ball with quarterback Cam Newton.
This match will go down to the wire, but Carolina seem the more steady of the two teams in this matchup.
Best bet: Carolina Panthers to win at $1.59 at Sportsbet
Atlanta Falcons versus New England Patriots
Monday, 23 October 2017, 11.30am at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
Sunday Night Football in week 7 sees a rematch of the epic 2016 Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.
On that night, it was superstar Tom Brady who electrified the Falcons, who choked away the largest second-half lead in Super Bowl history to lose in overtime.
Both of these teams have been out of sorts thus far in 2017.
The Patriots defense has been horrendous, while the Falcons have not been able to get their offense going as consistently as they have in seasons past.
Giving away a 17-0 lead last weekend at home to the Miami Dolphins will irk coach Dan Quinn.
Conversely, Bill Belichick would have been less than satisfied with the Patriots scrappy 7-point win over the New York Jets.
Tom Brady is 4-0 in his regular-season career against Atlanta, completing 67.2 per cent of his passes for nearly 1,200 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.
In a rare Super Bowl rematch the following season, the Patriots should be able to handle an inconsistent Falcons team at home.
The price offered on a New England win at home is outrageous, given they have arguably the best ever quarterback on their team.
Best bet: New England to win at $1.57 at Sportsbet
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