The Week 7 NFL schedule is stacked with nice matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters convey us the keys to each sport, a daring prediction for every matchup and ultimate rating picks.
Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information gives a stat to know for every sport, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup ranking (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a sport projection. ESPN Fantasy’s Kyle Soppe and ESPN Chalk’s Dave Bearman hand out useful nuggets as nicely. It’s all right here to assist get you prepared for a loaded weekend of NFL soccer.
Let’s get into the total Week 7 slate, together with a battle of AFC undefeated groups.
Jump to a matchup:
PIT-TEN | CAR-NO | GB-HOU
DET-ATL | BUF-NYJ | CLE-CIN
DAL-WSH | TB-LV | KC-DEN
SF-NE | JAX-LAC | SEA-ARI
Thursday: PHI 22, NYG 21
Bye: IND, MIA, MIN, BAL
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking: 72.5 | Spread: PIT -1.5 (50.5)
What to look at for: Tennessee working again Derrick Henry’s 588 yards on the bottom leads all rushers. The Steelers’ run protection is second within the NFL, permitting 66 yards per sport regardless of hardly ever loading the field to cease the run. Tennessee’s play-action passing sport has produced large performs this season, so the distinction will come right down to how nicely quarterback Ryan Tannehill can maintain the Titans’ offense on schedule in opposition to a Pittsburgh protection blitzing 60% of the time when groups use play-action in opposition to it. — Turron Davenport
Bold prediction: Steelers vast receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have two touchdowns. Smith-Schuster has been quiet the past two games with even distribution in the passing game. But with Chase Claypool breaking out and defenses taking notice, that could free up some room for Smith-Schuster to get free and score for the first time since Week 3. — Brooke Pryor
Stat to know: The Titans’ offense has used play-action at the second-highest rate in the NFL since the start of 2019, and an NFL-high 47% of its passing yards in that span have come on play-action. Since Tannehill became the Titans’ starter in Week 7 last season, his 92.1 QBR and 12.2 yards per attempt on play-action lead all NFL QBs, and his 15 TDs is tied with Kirk Cousins for the most in the NFL. But Pittsburgh’s defense has been exceptional defending play-action, allowing the lowest QBR (38.9) and completion rate (57%) since the start of last season.
Injuries: Steelers | Titans
What to know for fantasy: Henry, fresh off 212 rushing yards against the Texans, faces a Steelers defense that has yet to allow more than 80 rushing yards to any single player and is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to RBs this season (16.5). See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: In the Super Bowl era, when teams that are 4-0 or better square off, the underdog is 10-4 against the spread (ATS). Read more.
Pryor’s pick: Steelers 27, Titans 24
Davenport’s pick: Titans 28, Steelers 24
FPI prediction: PIT, 52.0% (by an average of 0.8 points)
Matchup must-reads: Steelers’ Spillane gets chance to show he belongs against former team … Steelers’ Roethlisberger, Titans’ Tannehill silence doubters by winning … Titans’ offense cruising behind Henry, but Steelers pose challenge … Source: Titans face fine as NFL ends virus audit
1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup rating: 57.9 | Spread: NO -7.5 (51)
What to look at for: No one anticipated this veteran Saints staff to be only a half-game up on a Panthers squad that was overhauled from prime to backside this offseason. So as a lot because the Saints love seeing their previous good friend Teddy Bridgewater succeed, they’d like to flex their muscular tissues on him by lastly enjoying their most full sport of the season. The Saints are hoping to reboot after the bye — and it will assist drastically if vast receiver Michael Thomas is ready to return from ankle and hamstring accidents (he did not observe on Thursday). — Mike Triplett
Bold prediction: Bridgewater throws for greater than 350 yards and 4 touchdowns in opposition to his previous mates. Opposing quarterbacks have handed for 15 touchdowns to solely three interceptions in opposition to the porous New Orleans protection, and Bridgewater is aware of that protection inside and outside after spending the previous two seasons with the Saints. — David Newton
Stat to know: Saints working again Alvin Kamara has 4 straight video games of 100-plus scrimmage yards, the longest lively streak within the NFL. He additionally leads all working backs in receiving yards this season with 395, 186 greater than some other RB. Since 1950, there have been solely three backs with 450-plus receiving yards in a staff’s first six video games of a season: Timmy Brown in 1965 (510), Paul Hofer in 1980 (467) and Marshall Faulk in 2000 (462).
Injuries: Panthers | Saints
What to know for fantasy: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was a top-eight quarterback in each matchups with the Panthers final season, amassing 564 passing yards and 6 touchdowns within the course of. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Bridgewater is 18-Four ATS and 12-10 outright in his profession as an underdog, together with 2-2 straight up and ATS this season. Bridgewater can be 14-2 ATS as a highway ‘canine in his profession. Read extra.
Newton’s decide: Panthers 33, Saints 30
Triplett’s decide: Saints 30, Panthers 23
FPI prediction: NO, 69.9% (by a mean of seven.1 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Brown lastly displaying why Panthers made him seventh general decide … Saints want extra from Lattimore, Jordan … Panthers place Ok Slye on reserve/COVID-19 checklist … Saints finish Thomas’ self-discipline; can play if wholesome … Bridgewater changing into to Panthers what Brees is to Saints … Saints given go-ahead to have followers beginning Sunday
1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking: 56.3 | Spread: GB -3.5 (57)
What to look at for: Can the Texans’ run protection rebound from a horrible efficiency in opposition to Derrick Henry and the Titans? Packers working again Aaron Jones has scored at the least one landing in 5 consecutive video games, which is tied for the longest lively streak within the NFL, based on analysis by ESPN Stats & Information. — Sarah Barshop
Bold prediction: Jones’ streak of consecutive video games with a landing will finish at 5, however quarterback Aaron Rodgers will greater than make up for it. It will not be a six-TD sport love his solely earlier profession begin in Houston (in 2012), however search for Rodgers to get again on monitor after the abysmal displaying at Tampa Bay final weekend. — Rob Demovsky
Stat to know: Texans working again David Johnson has 350 dashing yards and three dashing scores this season, greater than he had in all the 2019 season. But he’s nonetheless at present sitting at 25 straight video games and not using a 100-yard dashing outing.
Injuries: Packers | Texans
What to know for fantasy: Jones has been a top-15 working again in all 5 of his video games this season, and after the Henry expertise final weekend, the Texans are permitting the third-most factors to fantasy working backs this season. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Green Bay has coated 5 consecutive video games following a loss (3-Zero ATS below coach Matt LaFleur). Read extra.
Demovsky’s decide: Packers 31, Texans 24
Barshop’s decide: Packers 35, Texans 31
FPI prediction: GB, 57.9% (by a mean of two.Eight factors)
Matchup must-reads: Karaoke, trivia and frat events: Tales of Rodgers’ inside weirdness … For Texans to win in 2020, it probably should be a shootout … Barnes, Love proceed their position reversals with Packers … “One out of five” dud video games does not outline 4-1 Packers to Rodgers
1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking: 36.8 | Spread: ATL -2 (55)
What to look at for: Which Todd Gurley will the Falcons get this weekend: the Week 5 model, when he had 121 yards and a landing on 14 carries in opposition to the Panthers, or the Week 6 model, when he averaged 2.Four yards per carry in opposition to the Vikings? The Lions are permitting 145 dashing yards per sport (the fourth most within the NFL), which based on ESPN Stats & Information analysis is the staff’s most since permitting 172.1 when it went 0-16 in 2008. — Sarah Barshop
Bold prediction: In a sport between two groups which have spent many of the season dropping fourth-quarter leads, each squads will find yourself doing it once more, with wild swings throughout the ultimate 15 minutes and a last-second, game-winning subject objective. Would you count on something much less from Atlanta and Detroit? Their two most up-to-date matchups ended with a 10-second runoff after which a delay of sport penalty that allowed Matt Prater to take a second try at a subject objective. — Michael Rothstein
Stat to know: Lions working again D’Andre Swift has 6.9 yards per contact this season, greatest amongst rookie backs. He additionally leads the Lions with 4 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Injuries: Lions | Falcons
What to know for fantasy: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is averaging 28 fantasy factors per sport this season when he has a completely wholesome Julio Jones, up from 10.Three when his star vast receiver was hampered/inactive. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Atlanta is 5-10 ATS as a house favourite because the begin of the 2018 season. Read extra.
Rothstein’s decide: Lions 31, Falcons 30
Barshop’s decide: Falcons 30, Lions 27
FPI prediction: ATL, 59.1% (by a mean of three.2 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Life bonds began from soccer: Ryan and Stafford’s friendship … Falcons’ Morris is auditioning to earn one other head-coaching job … Swift had a breakout in opposition to Jacksonville — and the rookie wants extra of it
Mike Clay expects Marvin Jones Jr. to have a great day in opposition to Atlanta, which has one of many worst cross defenses within the NFL.
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking: 28.7 | Spread: BUF -12 (45)
What to look at for: The Jets hope to have their full complement of vast receivers on the sphere for the primary time, as rookie Denzel Mims is poised to make his NFL debut. Quarterback Sam Darnold is a query mark due to a shoulder damage. But if he begins, he may have loads of velocity on the skin with Mims and Breshad Perriman. — Rich Cimini
Bold prediction: The Bills will not name this a “get right” sport, however I’ll. Not solely does quarterback Josh Allen eclipse 320 passing yards, however Buffalo’s protection will maintain the Jets below 250 yards of whole offense. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Stat to know: The Jets’ minus-110 level differential is the second worst in franchise historical past by way of six video games of a season (minus-122 in 1976). The staff’s worst mark by way of seven video games additionally got here in ’76, when New York was outscored by 142. Will Buffalo surpass 32 factors on this one?
Injuries: Bills | Jets
What to know for fantasy: Allen was QB3 in Week 1 when these groups first met however is coming off his worst efficiency of the season on Monday night time (QB17). See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Jets are 0-6 ATS this season. That’s two wanting the longest winless streak to begin a season in opposition to the unfold over the previous 20 seasons. The 2003 Raiders did not cowl in every of their first eight video games of the season. Read extra.
Louis-Jacques’ decide: Bills 28, Jets 10
Cimini’s decide: Bills 24, Jets 9
FPI prediction: BUF, 74.6% (by a mean of 9 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Bills’ Allen vs. profitable groups: “Staying patient” is vital … Jets’ Darnold practices with hopes QB can begin … Bills launch former beginning guard Spain … Blast from previous: ’96 Jets (1-15) say present staff “shouldn’t be this bad” … Projected 2021 NFL draft order: Jets are favourite for No. 1
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking: 27.3 | Spread: CLE -3 (50.5)
What to look at for: The Browns had been dominant within the first assembly between these groups, although they got here away with solely a five-point win. While the Bengals have improved since then, particularly in run protection, the Browns nonetheless have the highest dashing assault within the NFL, even with out working again Nick Chubb. — Ben Baby
Bold prediction: Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett will sack Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and drive him to fumble for a second time this season, as soon as once more organising a vital late Browns landing. — Jake Trotter
Stat to know: Browns vast receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is averaging profession lows in targets per sport (6.7), catches per sport (3.8), receiving yards (53.2), yards after the catch per reception (1.96) and proportion of routes focused (23.5%). And his yards after the catch per reception ranks 86th out of 92 certified vast receivers this season.
Injuries: Browns | Bengals
What to know for fantasy: Cleveland working again Kareem Hunt is averaging 19 fantasy factors in victories this season (together with 24.1 within the Week 2 win over Cincinnati), method up from 9.9 in losses. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Cincinnati is 4-Zero ATS in its previous 4 video games following a loss, relationship again to final season. Read extra.
Trotter’s decide: Browns 30, Bengals 28
Baby’s decide: Browns 27, Bengals 21
FPI prediction: CLE, 55.1% (by a mean of 1.Eight factors)
Matchup must-reads: Stefanski: If wholesome, Mayfield is Browns’ starter … Bengals’ Green pleased to “feel like my old self again” … Why Burrow’s deep struggles should not be concern for Bengals
1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking: 15.5 | Spread: WSH -1 (46)
What to look at for: It might be all eyes on Washington’s defensive position versus Dallas’ offensive line. The Cowboys might need backups throughout the board, relying on guard Zack Martin’s well being. And Washington’s power stays its line, although after combining for seven sacks within the opener, this group has recorded solely six previously 5 weeks. Sunday is an opportunity for it to get wholesome. And with Dallas probably paying shut consideration to edge rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young, the inside may have a much bigger day. — John Keim
Bold prediction: The Cowboys will intercept a Kyle Allen cross. He has been intercepted at the least as soon as in 9 of his previous 11 begins after not getting picked off within the first 5 begins of his profession. So far this season, the Cowboys have one interception — Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Jared Goff within the third quarter of the season opener. They have gone 158 cross makes an attempt since and not using a decide. That has to vary, and Allen has proven the tendency to throw it to the opposite staff. — Todd Archer
Stat to know: Washington vast receiver Terry McLaurin has 56 targets this season, tied for fifth within the league. And he has accounted for 37% of Washington’s receiving yards, the second-highest mark within the NFL after DeAndre Hopkins (40%).
Injuries: Cowboys | Washington
What to know for fantasy: Very quietly, Washington working again J.D. McKissic has improved his weekly positional rank every week this season and was the 12th-best working again in Week 6. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Dallas is 15-Four ATS in opposition to the NFC East. Read extra.
Archer’s decide: Cowboys 12, Washington 9
Keim’s decide: Washington 21, Cowboys 20
FPI prediction: WSH, 58.2% (by a mean of two.9 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Six video games in, McCarthy going through key juncture of Cowboys’ tenure … Rivera playing his strikes will repay for Washington … Cowboys’ Elliott says there is not any one factor that can repair fumbling woes … “Pretty good chance” Washington Football Team stays in 2021, says staff president … A four-win NFC East champ? How it may occur, plus predictions from our employees … Washington’s Allen flashes shows, however should shake inconsistency
4:05 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking: 79.1 | Spread: TB -4 (51.5)
What to look at for: Who, precisely, might be enjoying offensive line for the Raiders, whose complete beginning O-line is on the COVID-19 checklist after proper sort out Trent Brown examined constructive this week? If it is a bunch of backups, pity Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in opposition to Tampa Bay, which has the second-most sacks within the NFL with 22. Yeah, this has the makings of a well-known catastrophe for the Raiders — suppose Super Bowl XXXVII. — Paul Gutierrez
• J.J. Watt still focused on ring with Texans
• Burrows’ deep struggles no concern
• Bridgewater a franchise QB in Carolina
• Pats WR not getting enough separation
• Gregory key to Dallas’ pass rush woes?
Bold prediction: Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones will have 100 yards rushing, and the offense as a whole will score four times. The Bucs have scored the second-most points in the NFL this season and face a Raiders defense that has given up 30 or more points in four of five games. With almost all of Tom Brady’s receiving weapons returning to health — most notably Chris Godwin — these numbers aren’t too much to ask from this group, although the Tampa Bay defense, like last weekend, will likely be the real difference-maker. — Jenna Laine
Stat to know: The Buccaneers allow a league-low 282.0 yards per game, have the best pass-rush win rate (55%) in the NFL, blitz at the second-highest rate (41%) and give up the fewest rush yards per game (64.3).
Injuries: Buccaneers | Raiders
What to know for fantasy: Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans has a total of four catches and 14 yards in the three games in which Godwin has been active. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: The over is 5-0 in Las Vegas games this season. Read more.
Laine’s pick: Buccaneers 38, Raiders 28
Gutierrez’s pick: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21
FPI prediction: TB, 56.2% (by an average of 2.2 points)
Matchup must-reads: What Brady’s jerseys have meant to him and lessons he’s learned along the way … Raiders’ Jacobs becoming better all-around back under Allen’s tutelage … Carr, MVP candidate? A Raiders bye-week progress report
4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup rating: 74.3 | Spread: KC -10 (46)
What to look at for: Will the Broncos make dashing yards matter? The greatest, and maybe solely, protection in opposition to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is conserving the ball away from him. The concept you can pound away to win generally is a robust promote, however the Chiefs haven’t defended the run nicely a lot of the season. They’ve allowed at the least 144 dashing yards 4 instances and over 180 yards twice — however have misplaced simply a type of video games. Snow might be within the forecast, and the Broncos’ greatest probability to win might be a run sport paired with some play-action pictures down the sphere. — Jeff Legwold
Bold prediction: The Broncos will rating a number of touchdowns. OK, that may not sound love a daring prediction, however they have not scored even one of their previous seven quarters in opposition to the Chiefs. — Adam Teicher
Stat to know: Mahomes has had a number of passing touchdowns in every of the primary six video games of the season, making him the primary Chief in historical past to take action.
Injuries: Chiefs | Broncos
What to know for fantasy: What will Chiefs working again Le’Veon Bell’s affect be? Clyde Edwards-Helaire is RB16 on a per-game foundation up to now, and if he loses 20% of his worth to Bell, he’d fall to RB26. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Denver is 4-1 ATS as an underdog this season. Read extra.
Teicher’s decide: Chiefs 31, Broncos 23
Legwold’s decide: Chiefs 27, Broncos 22
FPI prediction: KC, 75.9% (by a mean of 9.6 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Chiefs cannot wait so as to add Bell to a loaded offensive lineup … Why Broncos’ Lock must study to play it secure typically … Why have the Chiefs pumped the brakes on Hardman? … Much-maligned Broncos sort out Bolles is … good now?
Marcus Spears breaks down the most effective defensive technique for an opportunity at shutting down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking: 72.9 | Spread: NE -1.5 (44)
What to look at for: The Patriots have turned the ball over seven instances of their previous two video games, each losses. The 49ers have created simply six takeaways all season. If the Patriots proceed to be sloppy with the soccer, they might be back-to-back regular-season residence losses for the primary time because the 2008 season. — Mike Reiss
Bold prediction: New England quarterback Cam Newton will rush for 90-plus yards. Believe it or not, Newton has solely 4 such video games in his profession and hasn’t hit the 90-yard mark since 2017. But the 49ers have struggled to include cellular quarterbacks, permitting 231 dashing yards to QBs to this point this season, most within the NFL. — Nick Wagoner
Stat to know: 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is averaging 7.Four yards per try this season (18th within the NFL), down from 8.Four in 2019 (third).
Injuries: 49ers | Patriots
What to know for fantasy: Is Julian Edelman overrated in fantasy? The most up-to-date time the Pats wideout completed as a top-60 vast receiver was Week 2. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: New England is 41-16 ATS following a loss because the begin of the 2003 season and is 52-27 ATS after a loss below coach Bill Belichick. Read extra.
Wagoner’s decide: Patriots 24, 49ers 20
Reiss’ decide: Patriots 23, 49ers 20
FPI prediction: NE, 50.3% (by a mean of 0.2 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Garoppolo has inquiries to reply three years after commerce … Analytics supported Belichick going for two in Patriots’ defeat … Belichick effusive in reward for “great” TE Kittle … Patriots QB Newton says “no need to press the panic button” after loss to Broncos
4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking: 25.3 | Spread: LAC -7.5 (49)
What to look at for: It’s Justin Herbert vs. Gardner Minshew — if Minshew performs, that’s. He could be benched in favor of Mike Glennon. Herbert recalled going through Minshew in faculty, when he was at Oregon and Minshew was below middle for Washington State. It’s an attention-grabbing battle of rookie QBs. Per analysis by the Elias Sports Bureau, Herbert wants 285 passing yards to have the fifth most in a participant’s first 5 profession video games. And Minshew is coming off 5 consecutive video games with 40-plus cross makes an attempt, the longest streak in Jaguars historical past. — Shelley Smith
Bold prediction: The Jaguars will tie an NFL document by permitting the Chargers to attain 30-plus factors. That would mark the sixth consecutive sport in a single season by which they’ve allowed 30 factors. The Chargers have scored 58 factors of their previous two video games, and as Herbert will get extra snug, he’ll thrive in opposition to a Jaguars protection that struggles to hurry the passer. — Mike DiRocco
Stat to know: Jacksonville working again James Robinson has 569 yards and 4 touchdowns from scrimmage this season, each second amongst rookies (TDs is tied for second).
Injuries: Jaguars | Chargers
What to know for fantasy: Dak Prescott was the one quarterback to outscore Herbert in Weeks 4-5 (the Chargers had been on bye final weekend). See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Anthony Lynn is 5-14-1 ATS as a house favourite since changing into the Chargers’ coach in 2017. Read extra.
DiRocco’s decide: Chargers 35, Jaguars 18
Smith’s decide: Chargers 27, Jaguars 14
FPI prediction: LAC, 71.7% (by a mean of seven.Eight factors)
Matchup must-reads: Jaguars’ Marrone will not rule out sitting Minshew … Young Chargers hope bye week helps them blast off below Herbert … Marrone: No plans to fireside DC Wash … Bye week shift could be a (uncommon) good break for the Chargers … Aaron Lynch ending retirement to hitch Jaguars
8:20 p.m. ET | NBC
Matchup ranking: 78 | Spread: SEA -3.5 (56)
What to look at for: Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck did not have a sack final weekend after posting two in Week 5 in his defensive debut. Watch for him to be a constant presence within the Cardinals’ cross rush and get a sack of Seattle’s Russell Wilson. — Josh Weinfuss
Bold prediction: Something ridiculous will occur. It often does when the Seahawks play at State Farm Stadium. There was the inexplicable 6-6 tie in 2016, the Thursday night time sport in 2017 by which the Legion of Boom got here undone with accidents to Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, after which the 2018 sport by which Earl Thomas flipped the chicken as he was carted off. Oh yeah, it is also the place Malcolm Butler picked off Wilson to tear a second straight Super Bowl out of the Seahawks’ palms. So what’s subsequent? How about Wilson main one other game-winning drive and hitting No. Three tight finish Jacob Hollister for the decisive landing? — Brady Henderson
Stat to know: Wilson’s 19 passing TDs are second most for a participant by way of a staff’s first 5 video games in NFL historical past. He wants three to tie the document for essentially the most by way of a staff’s first six video games (Peyton Manning, 22 in 2013). On the opposite facet, Arizona QB Kyler Murray has 5 video games this season with a passing TD and a dashing TD, essentially the most by any participant by way of the primary six video games of a season in NFL historical past. He could be the primary participant ever with six such video games by way of a staff’s first seven video games of a season.
Injuries: Seahawks | Cardinals
What to know for fantasy: Don’t neglect how a lot potential these Seattle vast receivers have. In every of the primary three weeks this season, each DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett had been top-20 performers on the place. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: The Cardinals are the one staff to have each sport go below this season. Read extra.
Henderson’s decide: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 27
Weinfuss’ decide: Seahawks 24, Cardinals 21
FPI prediction: SEA, 58.0% (by a mean of two.Eight factors)
Matchup must-reads: Seahawks OC Schottenheimer getting chicken’s-eye view of Wilson’s brilliance … Drake motivated by mother … Defense leaking, Wilson cooking: Five numbers on Seahawks’ 5-Zero begin … Why Cardinals’ Hopkins honors Vesey on his helmet
Mike Clay notes that Arizona had DK Metcalf’s quantity in his rookie season and speculates that CB Patrick Peterson may shadow Metcalf this Sunday.
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN
Matchup ranking: 60.9 | Spread: LAR -6 (45)
What to look at for: The Rams have defensive sort out Aaron Donald and the Bears have edge rusher Khalil Mack. So it ought to come as no shock that these groups every boast a stout protection, with the Rams permitting a mean of 19 factors per sport to the Bears’ 19.3. However, the Rams have an edge on offense, scoring a mean of 4 extra factors per sport than the Bears. — Lindsey Thiry
Bold prediction: Donald will sack Bears quarterback Nick Foles 3 times. The inside of the Bears’ offensive line is suspect, particularly after beginning left guard James Daniels went on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Last weekend, Foles took some large hits due to defective safety however managed to do away with the soccer. The 31-year-old veteran quarterback won’t be as fortunate on Monday night time versus Donald, who’s the league’s premier defensive lineman. — Jeff Dickerson
Stat to know: This is the fifth time previously 30 years that the Bears have began 5-1 or higher (2012, 2006, 2001 and 1990). They made the playoffs in all however a type of seasons (2012).
Injuries: Bears | Rams
What to know for fantasy: Chicago working again David Montgomery has 11 catches within the two video games following Tarik Cohen’s damage. He had 9 in 4 video games with Cohen within the combine. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Chicago is 4-1 each straight up and ATS as an underdog this season. With one other upset victory this weekend, Chicago may be part of the 2004 Jaguars and 1999 Lions as the one groups with 5 upset victories inside their first seven video games of a season within the Super Bowl period. Read extra.
Dickerson’s decide: Rams 20, Bears 18
Thiry’s decide: Rams 21, Bears 14
FPI prediction: LAR, 70.0% (by a mean of seven.2 factors)
Matchup must-reads: Nagy’s 5-1 Bears are “fired up” — love it or not … Rams out to show Week 6 clunker was a fluke versus Bears