Week 6 actually didn’t see too many shocking results, besides the Cowboys upset over the Seahawks and the Giants getting dismantled by the Eagles. I went 3-2 last week, thanks to the Packers only winning by three and not four and the Chargers only winning by three and not eight or more. That brings my record to 18-12 on the season. Week 7 brings a really tough slate to pick, but let’s tackle it. Here’s my JB Locks against the spread for Week 7 in the NFL.
1. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) @ Oakland Raiders (0-5) (+3.5)
How about these Arizona Cardinals? They are off to a 4-1 start to the season and sitting atop the NFC West looking down at the defending champion Seahawks. Carson Palmer looked solid in his return last week in a 30-20 win over the Redskins. This spread is way too low to not pick the Cardinals. David Carr has been getting progressively better every week, but the Raiders are still winless. Sure, they competed and nearly shocked the Chargers, but this Arizona defense won’t let them score 28 points. The Cardinals should win by at least a touchdown.
2. Dolphins (2-3) @ Bears (3-3) (-3.5)
Give credit to the Dolphins for giving the Packers a run for their money last week. It took Aaron Rodgers until the final seconds to top Miami, but a win is a win. The Dolphins lost Knowshon Moreno for the season, and that could end up being their demise on offense. Lamar Miller can’t carry the load by himself. There’s just too much pressure on a mediocre Ryan Tannehill to succeed at this point. The Bears have been a bit inconsistent, but they were clicking on all levels last week against the Falcons. Jay Cutler has just too many targets for this Dolphins defense to contain. After a slow start, Matt Forte is Matt Forte again, which only means great things for Da Bears. Chicago wins big at home.
3. Browns (3-2) @ Jaguars (0-6) (+5.5)
I didn’t buy into the Browns and didn’t buy into Brian Hoyer, but they have proved me and many others wrong so far. It’s still early, but I think we can lock them in to win by at least a touchdown against the lowly Jaguars. Hoyer is a couple more wins away from earning himself some big bucks and a new contract. They blew the doors off the Steelers last week. The Jaguars have been a bit more competitive lately with rookie Blake Bortles under center, but still don’t have enough firepower to beat anyone outside the Raiders at this point. The Browns improve to 4-2 with a double-digit win.
4. Seahawks (3-2) @ Rams (1-4) (+7.5)
The Seattle Seahawks are mad right now. That’s never a good sign for an opponent. It’s early, but they are no lock right now for the playoffs. They are looking up at Arizona and the 49ers in a very competitive NFC West. Despite only losing by seven, the Cowboys dominated in every stat last week in Seattle. It was somewhat shocking, even though Dallas has played well after their Week 1 loss. The Rams are the only team in the division not in the race. They kept it close with the 49ers last week, but couldn’t win at home. The spread in this one is tough with that half point, but the Seahawks are not dropping two straight. Russell Wilson will get back on his game in St. Louis. The Seahawks win by double digits.
5. Chiefs (2-3) @ Chargers (5-1) (-4.5)
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy can’t be too thrilled with how his team played against the defeated Raiders. Nonetheless, a win is a win, and the Chargers are 5-1 and one of the best teams in the NFL right now. Phillip Rivers is having a MVP season and they have battled through the injuries to all their running backs. This team is legit and they won’t let the Chiefs come into their place and win. Kansas City got off to a sluggish start, but have played better of late. They are coming off a bye, so they will be well rested. If this were at Arrowhead, they would cover this spread, but not in San Diego. The Chargers win on a late touchdown.