Week 7 NFL Picks: RedZone Treble
The NFL season rolls into week seven with the early window offering up a mouth-watering clash between the unbeaten pairing of the Titans and Steelers amongst some other intriguing matchups. Here are our Week 7 NFL picks from this week’s early RedZone slate.
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans
2019 was a write-off for Pittsburgh as they didn’t have a back-up worthy of replacing Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is back this year and although he hasn’t exactly lit up the NFL he’s been assured enough to lead a functional offense working off the back of maybe the best defensive unit in the NFL.
The Titans practically stumbled upon their quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and he’s been a revelation alongside rushing leader Derrick Henry. The Tennessee defense leaves a bit to be desired, however, and it’s been too close for comfort against some poor teams (Jaguars, Vikings, Texans) en route to 5-0. The absence of left tackle Taylor Lewan from the offensive line is a huge blow against this fearsome Steelers front seven, even the unstoppable force of Derrick Henry might find this defense to be an immovable object.
The Steelers can head back to Pittsburgh with their unblemished record intact, take the +1.5.
SELECTION: PITTSBURGH STEELERS +1.5 (10/11 MULTIPLE SITES)
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Football Team
The NFC East continues to entertain for all the wrong reasons, and we’re treated (?) to a Sunday serving of the NFL’s worst division as the Cowboys stumble into Washington. The defense in Dallas is historically bad and they’re conceding at an eyewatering rate of 36.3 points per game. The offense was keeping them competitive, but their offensive line has been blown apart by injury. Andy Dalton rates as one of the better backups in the league and the blowout 38-10 loss was not an accurate reflection of this offense’s capabilities (I’m looking at you Ezekiel Elliott).
This week feels like an opportunity for the Dallas offense to get purring again, the Washington defense is overrated by some, in their six games this season they have kept two teams under 30 points, the Giants and the Eagles (31st and 22nd in points per game).
Washington’s offense is seriously lacking in talent outside of wide receiver Terry McLaurin, but they have the luxury of facing a defense seemingly incapable of stopping anyone. The total points line of 45 feels low and these two dysfunctional units should combine to surpass it.
SELECTION – OVER 45 POINTS (10/11 MULTIPLE SITES)
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
The Saints defense has some questions to answer. They came into the season regarded as a solid unit without any glaring weaknesses, but they enter Week 7 ranked 24th in points per game (30.0) and it is beginning to look like a problem area for Sean Payton’s defense.
They face a well-coached Panthers outfit that has surpassed many people’s expectations this season to sit 3-3. They’re no Kansas City when it comes to offense, but they’ve shown promise and only the formidable units in Tampa Bay and Chicago have kept them below 20 points this season.
New Orleans have taken the absence of Michael Thomas and the apparent deterioration of Drew Brees’ arm in their stride this season and sit fifth in points per game (30.6). Now they face a Carolina defense which has shown some stubborn traits but has benefitted from facing some of the weaker NFL offenses along the way. The Raiders and Buccaneers managed to drop 30+ on them and this New Orleans offense is on par with that pair. This looks like a game where both offenses can have plenty of joy. Back the over 50 points.
SELECTION – OVER 5O POINTS (10/11 MULTIPLE SITES)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS +1.5
OVER 45 POINTS – DALLAS @ WASHINGTON
OVER 50 POINTS – CAROLINA @ NEW ORLEANS
TREBLE PAYS 5.96/1
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