NFL Week 7 game picks, schedule information, fantasy football suggestions, odds, injuries and more


The Week 7 NFL schedule for the 2021 season is stacked with nice matchups, and we have you lined with what it’s essential to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters deliver us the largest keys to each game, a daring prediction for every matchup and, in fact, last rating picks.

Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information gives a giant stat to know for every contest, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup ranking (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a game projection. ESPN researcher Kyle Soppe fingers out useful fantasy football and betting nuggets as properly. Everything you need to know is right here in a single spot that will help you prepare for a loaded weekend of NFL football.

Let’s get into the complete Week 7 slate, together with a gathering between Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry, an AFC North showdown between the red-hot Ravens and the up-and-coming Bengals, Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford going through off towards their outdated groups and a rookie-quarterback conflict in New England. It all culminates with a Monday Night Football matchup between the Saints and the Seahawks on ESPN. (Game instances are Sunday except in any other case famous.)

Jump to a matchup:

Thursday: CLE 17, DEN 14

1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
70.3 | Spread: KC -4.5 (57.5)

What to observe for: Chiefs quarterback Mahomes is third within the NFL with 5 passing performs of 40 yards or more, and he is main the NFL with 18 passing touchdowns. The Titans, in the meantime, have allowed six passing performs of 40 yards, third worst within the NFL. Tennessee’s banged-up secondary has to discover a method to hold the Chiefs’ passing game from hitting the massive play on Sunday. — Turron Davenport

Bold prediction: The Chiefs will maintain Titans operating again Derrick Henry to fewer than 100 dashing yards. Henry has had some massive video games towards the Chiefs. He is off to a red-hot begin, with 783 yards and 10 scores on the bottom, and the Chiefs are permitting 5.2 yards per carry (No. 30 within the NFL). But the Kansas City protection could have lastly discovered its footing in final week’s game towards Washington, and the anticipated return of defensive deal with Chris Jones (wrist) ought to assist. — Adam Teicher

Stat to know: Titans receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce and Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill all rank within the prime 10 in yards per route amongst 83 gamers with at the least 150 targets since 2019. Brown is sixth at 2.64, Jones is eighth at 2.56, Kelce is ninth at 2.50 and Hill is tenth at 2.48.

Injuries: Chiefs | Titans

What to know for fantasy: Kansas City operating again Darrel Williams scored 23.9 fantasy factors in his first begin of the season in Week 6, a complete that standard starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) has but to hit this season. With 21 carries, the function function is clearly his proper now, and he has caught a number of passes in 4 straight video games. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Kansas City is 4-13 towards the unfold (ATS) in its final 17 video games, together with the playoffs. It has not lined back-to-back video games since Weeks 6-8 of final season, and it’s 0-3 ATS towards groups with profitable data this season. Read more.

Teicher’s choose: Chiefs 31, Titans 24
Davenport’s choose: Titans 35, Chiefs 30
FPI prediction: KC, 59.1% (by a mean of three.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Mahomes and the Chiefs have a turnover problemHenry’s fifth straight 100-yard game helps Titans to win over BillsChiefs running back Williams turned his mom’s tears into hollers of happinessFor the Titans, win over Bills just the start during rough stretch of their schedule

1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
62.6 | Spread: BAL -6.5 (46.5)

What to observe for: How will Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow navigate the Ravens’ protection? Burrow has thrown 14 landing passes, the second most by a Bengals quarterback by the primary six video games of a season. But he faces a unique problem within the Ravens, who held him to the bottom Total QBR (4.2) of his profession final season. Burrow was pressured on a career-high 48.7% of his dropbacks and sacked seven instances in his solely assembly towards Baltimore. — Jamison Hensley

Bold prediction: The Bengals will probably be restricted to fewer than 300 offensive yards. Cincinnati’s offense has gotten away with some inconsistency towards lesser opponents, however there will probably be no room for error towards Baltimore and defensive coordinator Don Martindale. — Ben Baby

Stat to know: Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson — the NFL’s solely participant with 1,500-plus passing yards and 300-plus dashing yards this season — is 5-0 in his profession towards the Bengals, with a mean margin of victory of 20.8 factors per game. The Ravens gained the previous three video games towards the Bengals by a mixed rating of 114-19.

Injuries: Bengals | Ravens



Matthew Berry explains why Rashod Bateman is a worthwhile stash in fantasy football.

What to know for fantasy: You know the dashing manufacturing is there for Bengals operating again Joe Mixon (both a dashing landing or at the least 5 yards per carry in every of his previous 4 video games), however the 5 catches final week in Detroit have been noteworthy, too. He had 4 complete catches within the 4 video games prior. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Cincinnati video games are 5-1 to the below this season, and all three of its highway video games have gone below the entire. Read more.

Baby’s choose: Ravens 24, Bengals 13
Hensley’s choose: Ravens 34, Bengals 24
FPI prediction: BAL, 68.3% (by a mean of 6.5 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Burrow still on voice rest ahead of Ravens gameWhy the improved Bengals are(n’t) ready to challenge the Ravens for AFC North superiorityAre Ravens the AFC’s best? Baltimore QB Jackson prefers flying under radar

1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup ranking:
47.8 | Spread: GB -7.5 (48.5)

What to observe for: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and large receiver Davante Adams are using excessive. Rodgers has 12 touchdowns and one interception through the Packers’ present five-game profitable streak, and Adams has an NFL-best 668 receiving yards this season. Washington has allowed 186 factors this season, its most by six video games since 1998. It looks like a recipe for Rodgers and the Packers to roll. — Rob Demovsky

Bold prediction: Washington receiver Terry McLaurin could have his third 100-yard game of the season and rating one landing, however Washington would be the first group this season that fails to attain a TD when it enters the purple zone towards Green Bay. Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase is the one receiver to go over 100 towards the Packers this season. — John Keim

Stat to know: The Packers are 16-2 at house within the common season since Matt LaFleur grew to become the coach in 2019 — the perfect house report within the NFL in that span.

Injuries: Washington | Packers

What to know for fantasy: McLaurin hasn’t completed higher than WR45 in three of the previous 4 weeks. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Washington is 1-5 ATS this season — worst within the NFL — together with 0-3 ATS as an underdog. And below coach Ron Rivera, it’s 0-4-1 ATS as an underdog of at the least seven factors. Read more.

Keim’s choose: Packers 33, Washington 24
Demovsky’s choose: Packers 31, Washington 21
FPI prediction: GB, 72.0% (by a mean of 8.0 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Washington releases kicker Hopkins, opts for untested BlewittPackers’ problems on defense in the red zone reach historic lowsRivera’s goal for Washington: ‘Play two halves of football’Here an injury, there an injury, almost everywhere an injury for Packers

1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup ranking:
28.9 | Spread: CAR -3 (43.5)

What to observe for: The Panthers deliver two harmful edge rushers to this game with Haason Reddick (6.5 sacks) and Brian Burns (3.0). It’s doable they wreck this game towards Giants tackles Nate Solder and Matt Peart. Peart steps in after beginning left deal with Andrew Thomas landed on injured reserve earlier this week. Solder has a below-average move block win charge of 82.8% whereas Peart is at 81.0%. These matchups ought to dictate whether or not the Giants can produce any offense. — Jordan Raanan

Bold prediction: Panthers rookie operating again Chuba Hubbard will rush for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Carolina coach Matt Rhule promised a vastly totally different look on offense and more of a lean on the run, and the Giants’ protection is ranked twenty fifth within the NFL (4.5 yards per carry allowed) towards the run. — David Newton

Stat to know: Over the previous three video games (all losses), the Panthers have allowed 30.3 factors per game, twenty seventh within the NFL. They allowed 10.0 per game of their first three video games, the second fewest league-wide.

Injuries: Panthers | Giants



Adam Schefter breaks down the strain going through Joe Judge after the Giants’ 1-5 begin.

What to know for fantasy: Hubbard is locked right into a fantasy-friendly function with Christian McCaffrey on IR, however watch out. Here are Hubbard’s yards per carry over the previous 4 weeks: 4.7, 4.4, 4.2 and 3.8. Last week, towards the Vikings, none of his 16 carries gained more than 9 yards. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: New York is 0-3 ATS at house this season, and quarterback Daniel Jones is 4-11 ATS at house in his profession. Read more.

Newton’s choose: Panthers 24, Giants 21
Raanan’s choose: Giants 13, Panthers 9
FPI prediction: CAR, 56.6% (by a mean of two.3 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Gilmore’s ‘homecoming’ gives Panthers and Football City USA a boostGiants left tackle Thomas put on IR, out at least 3 gamesGetting healthy will help Panthers, but coach Rhule says they still ‘have a long ways to go’

1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
25.2 | Spread: NE -7 (43)

What to observe for: The Patriots intercepted Jets quarterback Zach Wilson 4 instances within the Week 2 assembly between these groups, and a number of of these have been gift-wrapped by the No. 2 general choose. Will historical past repeat itself? The Patriots have simply two interceptions of their different 5 video games and a minus-3 turnover differential on the season. — Mike Reiss

Bold prediction: A primary-quarter pick-six by security Marcus Maye will kill two slumps with one stone, so to talk. It would be the Jets’ first interception in eight video games, relationship to final season, and their first rating of the season within the opening quarter. The Jets have been outscored 30-0 within the first quarter and 75-13 in first half this season. But they will nonetheless discover a method to lose the game. — Rich Cimini

Stat to know: New England receiver Jakobi Meyers has 121 profession receptions however zero receiving touchdowns. No different large receiver to debut prior to now 40 seasons has had more than 100 receptions earlier than his first profession TD reception, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Injuries: Jets | Patriots

What to know for fantasy: There have been simply 5 gamers who ran for a rating and noticed three targets in each Weeks 4 and 5. Four of these names will not shock you: Jonathan Taylor, Kareem Hunt, Austin Ekeler and Najee Harris. Jets rookie operating again Michael Carter is the fifth. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: New England is 0-4 outright and 1-3 ATS at house this season, together with two outright losses as a favourite. Read more.

Cimini’s choose: Patriots 23, Jets 20
Reiss’ choose: Patriots 27, Jets 17
FPI prediction: NE, 70.9% (by a mean of 7.6 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Jets rookie Wilson battles the ‘Mahomes Effect’Patriots need clutch plays to prove they are good teamJets need playmakers, so why isn’t Moore getting the ball?

1 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup ranking:
21.1 | Spread: ATL -2.5 (47.5)

What to observe for: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has by no means thrown for 300 yards in consecutive video games in his NFL profession and faces a Falcons protection that has but to permit a 300-yard passer this season. Tagovailoa has additionally by no means thrown for 3 touchdowns in a single game, however Atlanta has allowed three of its 5 opponents to do that season. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Bold prediction: Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley could have his first 100-yard game of the yr and rating two touchdowns to get his season again on observe. During joint practices with the Dolphins in August, Ridley dominated on the sphere. On Sunday, he’ll do more of the identical, irrespective of who’s lined up towards him. — Michael Rothstein

Stat to know: Atlanta tight finish Kyle Pitts (308) and Miami receiver Jaylen Waddle (301) are Nos. 4 and 5 in receiving yards amongst rookies this season.

Injuries: Falcons | Dolphins

What to know for fantasy: After not ending as a top-15 tight finish in consecutive weeks, Pitts was the TE3 in Week 5 towards the Jets. See Week 7 rankings.



Field Yates and Matthew Berry talk about the professionals and cons of beginning Jaylen Waddle.

Betting nugget: Miami is the fifth group to not have a bye following a London game. The earlier 4 (two in 2016 and two in 2017) went 2-2 each straight up and ATS. Read more.

Rothstein’s choose: Falcons 31, Dolphins 21
Louis-Jacques’ choose: Falcons 30, Dolphins 24
FPI prediction: MIA, 50.5% (by a mean of 0.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Falcons WR Ridley returns to practiceIt’s time to adjust expectations for Dolphins as playoff hopes fade

4:05 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup ranking:
49.9 | Spread: LAR -15.5 (50.5)

What to observe for: Sunday’s matchup marks an intriguing pair of reunions. Rams coach Sean McVay will face off towards Goff, his former quarterback of 4 seasons who admitted this week that he stays bitter about how final January’s blockbuster commerce that despatched him to Detroit in trade for Lions quarterback Stafford went down. And whereas McVay and Goff will face one another for the primary time, Stafford can even for the primary time face his former group, which he requested a commerce from after 12 seasons. — Lindsey Thiry

Bold prediction: Goff will move for 300-plus yards. Although he has had only one such game this season, he’ll deliver his A-game towards his outdated group whereas attempting to be as correct as doable. Going towards his former teammates Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey is a troublesome activity, however he is aware of their tendencies. — Eric Woodyard

Stat to know: Stafford’s 16 landing passes this season are probably the most in NFL historical past in a participant’s first six video games with a group.

Injuries: Lions | Rams

What to know for fantasy: The NFC has seen a QB throw over 25 passes and common 0.85 fantasy factors per move in a game 5 instances this season, and Stafford is accountable for two of them (Weeks 1 and 6). See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Double-digit favorites are 8-0 outright and 6-2 ATS this season. Read more.

Woodyard’s choose: Rams 34, Lions 19
Thiry’s choose: Rams 38, Lions 14
FPI prediction: LAR, 86.3% (by a mean of 15.0 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Lions QB Goff ‘motivated’ to take on Rams in LAHow the Stafford-Goff trade landed in Detroit, LAWhy the McVay-Goff partnership fell apart for Rams

4:05 p.m. ET | FOX
Matchup ranking:
39.3 | Spread: LV -3 (49)

What to observe for: How will the Raiders compartmentalize their feelings towards an Eagles group that final performed 10 days in the past? Las Vegas ran the gamut in an emotional week that included the resignation of coach Jon Gruden after his electronic mail scandal and ended with its most spectacular all-around game in current reminiscence. The Eagles are well-rested, and with one other quarterback who can prolong performs in Jalen Hurts, the Raiders protection will once more be put to the check. — Paul Gutierrez

Bold prediction: Hurts will grow to be the primary QB to hurry for 2 touchdowns in three straight video games since 1950. The Raiders rank twenty sixth towards the run (4.6 yards per carry allowed), and Hurts will take benefit to assist get the Eagles’ season again on observe. He’s tied for many quarterback dashing TDs (5) coming into Week 7 whereas main his group in dashing yards (300). — Tim McManus

Stat to know: Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr is 54 passing yards shy of two,000. The most by a Raiders QB by seven video games is 2,382 (Rich Gannon in 2002).



Field Yates and Matthew Berry agree that Derek Carr is a stable QB to select up.

Injuries: Eagles | Raiders

What to know for fantasy: Hurts has thrown simply 5 landing passes over the previous 5 weeks, and but he’s the one quarterback within the NFL who has been a top-12 choice on the place each week this season. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Nine of Las Vegas’ 11 house video games at Allegiant Stadium have gone over the entire because it opened final season. Read more.

McManus’ choose: Eagles 31, Raiders 26
Gutierrez’s choose: Raiders 27, Eagles 23
FPI prediction: LV, 60.1% (by a mean of three.5 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Eagles TE Goedert returns from COVID-19 listRaiders starting to figure out how to utilize Jacobs, Drake comboTriple threat: Eagles could make history in 2022 NFL draft

4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
56.7 | Spread: TB -12.5 (47)

What to observe for: The Bucs have survived a rash of injuries — notably amongst their defensive backs — and penalties to get to 5-1. But if you happen to look carefully at these wins, just one has come towards a top-10 protection — the Patriots — and that was by the pores and skin of their enamel towards a rookie quarterback. So this can be nearer than anticipated, however search for the Bucs’ pass-rush to proceed to be the difference-maker towards Chicago QB Justin Fields and a Bears offensive line that has surrendered a league-high 22 sacks this yr. — Jenna Laine

Bold prediction: Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady will commit three turnovers — and Tampa will nonetheless win simply. The Bears can get after it on protection, the place they lead the NFL in sacks. Not having pass-rusher Robert Quinn (Reserve/COVID-19 listing) hurts, however Chicago has sufficient playmakers on D to rattle Brady. The drawback is the Bears can not rating factors to capitalize on these takeaways. — Jeff Dickerson

Stat to know: Brady and Bucs receiver Antonio Brown have linked for 10 touchdowns since Week 15 of final season. That’s probably the most by any QB-receiver duo within the NFL over that span.

Injuries: Bears | Buccaneers

What to know for fantasy: A single participant has accounted for 100% of his group’s backfield touches 5 instances this season: Harris (Week 1), David Montgomery (Week 3), Alvin Kamara (Week 5), James Robinson (Week 6) and … Chicago’s Khalil Herbert (Week 6). See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Unders are 5-1 in Chicago video games this season, tied for the perfect below mark this season (Bengals and Chargers). But all three Tampa Bay house video games have gone over the entire this season. Read more.

Dickerson’s choose: Buccaneers 28, Bears 10
Laine’s choose: Buccaneers 30, Bears 20
FPI prediction: TB, 81.1% (by a mean of 12.1 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Bears put pass-rusher Quinn on COVID-19 listSherman to be out a few weeks with pulled hamstring

4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
48.6 | Spread: ARI -17.5 (47.5)

What to observe for: It’s not a homecoming as a result of it is in Arizona, however it’ll be the primary time that Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins and defensive lineman J.J. Watt will face the one different group they performed for of their careers. That means there will be loads of emotion, no matter what they are saying publicly. How they will deal with it and whether or not the emotion impacts their play would be the massive query Sunday. — Josh Weinfuss

Bold prediction: Watt will rating a landing. This game towards the group he spent his first 10 seasons enjoying for might be one Watt has had circled on the calendar for the reason that schedule got here out. Watt has six profession touchdowns — together with three on offense — and he’ll add to it on Sunday towards the Texans. — Sarah Barshop

Stat to know: Hopkins has six receiving touchdowns up to now and is looking for to hitch Anquan Boldin (seven, 2008) as the one Cardinals within the Super Bowl period with seven of their first seven video games of a season. But Hopkins has additionally been held below 100 receiving yards in eight straight video games, the third-longest such streak of his profession and his longest since 13 straight within the 2016 season.



Marcus Spears explains why Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are his favourite group within the NFC.

Injuries: Texans | Cardinals

What to know for fantasy: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray‘s yards per carry have been lower in half from final season, however he ranks second amongst qualifiers (minimal 150 move makes an attempt) in fantasy factors per move (0.60, behind solely Stafford). See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Arizona is 5-1 ATS this season, tied for the second-best mark within the league. Arizona has lined 4 straight video games — however it has not been a double-digit favourite since 2016. Read more.

Barshop’s choose: Cardinals 35, Texans 3
Weinfuss’ choose: Cardinals 41, Texans 17
FPI prediction: ARI, 89.1% (by a mean of 16.8 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Texans looking to overcome ‘bad football’ and ‘mental mistakes’ to end five-game losing streakHow Cardinals star Watt became an F1 superfanInside the Cardinals COVID-19 outbreak

8:20 p.m. ET | NBC
Matchup ranking:
58.0 | Spread: SF -4 (44)

What to observe for: Storylines abound right here, with the North Dakota State quarterbacks on reverse sidelines, Colts defensive deal with DeForest Buckner‘s return to San Francisco and more. But the factor that can determine this game is the factor that decides most video games: turnovers. The 49ers are minus-5 in turnover differential, tied for third-worst within the NFL, whereas the Colts are plus-7, which is tied for third-best. Both groups badly want a win right here, and the turnover battle ought to go a great distance in figuring out who will get it. — Nick Wagoner

Bold prediction: Buckner will match his season complete in sacks with two. He mentioned it is “a little personal” enjoying towards the group that drafted him and the place he spent the primary 4 years of his NFL profession earlier than being traded to the Colts in March 2020. Buckner has had least two sacks in a game eight instances in his profession. — Mike Wells

Stat to know: The Colts have a 42.9% purple zone effectivity, which is the second-worst within the NFL (9 of 21 purple zone drives resulted in a landing).

Injuries: Colts | 49ers

What to know for fantasy: Indianapolis operating again Taylor was RB28 within the first three weeks of the season. Since then, he is RB2. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is 8-19-2 ATS as a favourite. San Francisco is 2-7 outright in its final 9 video games as a favourite of at the least three factors, together with 2-2 this yr with back-to-back losses. Read more.

Wells’ choose: 49ers 27, Colts 24
Wagoner’s choose: 49ers 30, Colts 23
FPI prediction: SF, 65.2% (by a mean of 5.4 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Revisiting the Buckner trade between the 49ers and ColtsHow QB-passionate Fargo helped mold Colts’ Wentz and 49ers’ LanceWentz looks like the ‘big-play machine’ Colts envisioned

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN
Matchup ranking:
55.7 | Spread: NO -4.5 (42.5)

What to observe for: Can Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith hold Seattle from falling right into a probably-insurmountable 2-5 gap? This is just about a must-win game for the Seahawks, who’re already 4 video games again within the NFC West and will probably be with out Russell Wilson for at the least one more game after this one. Smith performed properly sufficient within the second half final week to present the Seahawks an opportunity to win earlier than shedding a fumble in time beyond regulation on a T.J. Watt strip sack. Against New Orleans, he will not face as sturdy a pass-rush or as dominant a defender. — Brady Henderson

Bold prediction: After the Seahawks ran for a season-high 144 yards final week, they are going to run for a season-low complete and fall in need of 50 on Monday night time. Not solely is Seattle’s backfield banged up proper now, however the Saints’ run protection has been among the many NFL’s greatest over the previous 4 years. And they are going to be additional motivated to close down that factor of Seattle’s game to power Smith to maneuver the ball. — Mike Triplett

Stat to know: The Seahawks are permitting 433.2 yards per game this season, worst within the NFL. They have allowed 100 dashing yards in six straight video games (tied for his or her longest streak since 2011).

Injuries: Saints | Seahawks



Matthew Berry tabs Marquez Callaway as an choice for fantasy managers this week because the Saints face the Seahawks.

What to know for fantasy: During the primary 4 weeks of the season, Saints operating again Kamara was averaging an underwhelming 3.5 targets per game. Prior to occurring bye in Week 6, the outdated Kamara reminded us of his potential as a pass-catcher, as he hauled in 5 of eight targets for 51 yards and a landing towards Washington. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: New Orleans has lined 9 of its final 12 video games following a bye. Read more.

Triplett’s choose: Saints 26, Seahawks 22
Henderson’s choose: Seahawks 23, Saints 21
FPI prediction: NO, 58.7% (by a mean of three.1 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Saints investment in CB Lattimore paying off as tricky stretch of elite WR corps loomsCould rookie Brown be solution for Seahawks’ cornerback issues?Seahawks’ rushing attack can help keep Smith from ‘coming up short’

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