The Week 7 NFL schedule for the 2022 season is stacked with good matchups, and now we have you ever lined with what it is advisable know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters convey us the largest keys to every sport and a daring prediction for every matchup.
furthermore, ESPN Stats & knowledge affords a huge stat to know and a betting nugget for every contest, and our soccer vitality Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup rating (on a scale of 1 to one hundred) and a sport projection. ESPN researcher Kyle Soppe fingers out useful fantasy soccer intel, as properly. lastly, Seth Walder and Eric Moody give us final rating picks for every sport. every thing you should know is right here in a single spot which will assist you put together for a loaded weekend of NFL soccer.
Let’s get into the whole Week 7 slate, collectively with the Kansas metropolis Chiefs visiting the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos internet hosting the 4-2 ny Jets. all of it culminates with a Monday evening time soccer matchup between the Bears and the Patriots on ESPN. (sport instances are Sunday till in any other case famous.)
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unfold: JAX -three.zero (forty two)
What to look at for: Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has referred to as basically the most blitzes inside the NFL (ninety two), so the expectation is he’ll come after Trevor Lawrence on Sunday. nonetheless, Lawrence’s numbers are actually greater in opposition to the blitz (sixty seven.three% completions, eighty.three QBR, three TDs and one INT) than when he isn’t blitzed (sixty 4.9% completions, forty two.9 QBR, six TDs and three INTs). Lawrence has had factors with being affected person in opposition to shell coverages, so would possibly the Giants swap issues up and pull again on the blitzes? — Mike DiRocco
daring prediction: Daniel Jones throws for over 300 yards. that is daring! Jones has topped 200 yards passing simply as quickly as this season. however Jacksonville is permitting simply three.6 yards per rush, third best inside the NFL. which will make the Giants unwillingly flip to their thirty first-ranked passing sport, and Jones will come by means of. Having rookie broad receiver Wan’Dale Robinson will assist. — Jordan Raanan
Stat to know: This season the Giants have used play-movement on the second-highest price inside the league (38%). That has benefited Jones significantly as he ranks second inside the league in whole QBR and fourth in completion proportion on play-movement passes.
What to know for fantasy: Travis Etienne Jr. has picked up 157 yards on 20 carries over the previous two weeks and seems to be distancing himself from James Robinson on this backfield. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Jacksonville is 2-10 outright and ATS in its previous 12 video games as a favourite (5 straight losses). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Giants 21, Jaguars 20
Walder’s choose: Jaguars 24, Giants thirteen
FPI prediction: JAX, seventy three.1% (by a imply of seven.1 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Giants tie mark with 4th win as underdog by means of first 6 video games … The NFL participant who helped his spouse ship their little one … Giants and Jets inside the playoffs? Why it would happen, why it will not … After disappointing losses, the Jaguars should unravel defensive woes
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unfold: DAL -7.zero (forty nine)
What to look at for: Will Dak Prescott play? sure, he made it official Thursday after lacking 5 video games following surgical procedure to restore a fractured proper thumb. The Lions have the worst protection when it includes yards (428.6) and factors (34) per sport, so Prescott’s return is most likely good timing, although the Cowboys are frequently not wanting for to develop proper into a go-first, go-solely offense. Detroit is coming off its bye week after a 29-zero loss to the New England Patriots, however its completely different three losses are by a mixed 10 factors. at present in third place inside the NFC East, the Cowboys can not overlook the Lions, who’re averaging 28 factors per sport. — Todd Archer
daring prediction: Detroit’s offense will put up at the very least 28 factors in Dallas. sure, the Cowboy’s protection is permitting simply sixteen.33 factors per sport, good for third inside the league, nonetheless the Lions are coming off a a lot-wished bye week after being shut out, and that i sense some urgency amongst the numerous gamers — and teaching staff. search for quarterback Jared Goff to get the offense again rolling, particularly with a extra healthful Amon-Ra St. Brown as a receiving goal. — Eric Woodyard
Stat to know: this would possibly be the fifth meeting between Prescott and Goff, collectively with playoffs (each had been chosen inside the 2016 draft). Prescott is 1-three in opposition to Goff, tied for his most losses vs. any starting QB.
What to know for fantasy: St. Brown was the fourth-highest-scoring fantasy receiver inside the NFL by means of two weeks this season, however an harm and every week 6 bye have slowed a pair of of his momentum. 4 completely different WR1s have crossed the 17 PPR fantasy level plateau vs. Dallas this season, collectively with A.J. Brown final weekend. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Detroit is zero-10-1 outright on the road beneath Dan Campbell (6-5 ATS). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Cowboys 27, Lions 21
Walder’s choose: Lions 31, Cowboys 27
FPI prediction: DAL, seventy six.9% (by a imply of 9.1 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Lions RB Swift eyes taking half in Sunday vs. Cowboys … With Prescott, what goes to — and will not — change for Cowboys’ offense? … Lions optimistic rookie WR Williams will play this season … Jones, Kraft have heated change amid Goodell contract dialogue
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unfold: CIN -6.5 (forty seven.5)
What to look at for: This sport shall be a battle of strategies. Atlanta’s zone-be taught scheme has been most likely the best speeding assaults inside the NFL this season. The Bengals are going up in opposition to a Falcons secondary lacking starters on the floor. The offense which will maximize its power basically the most shall be inside the place to maneuver over the .500 mark entering into Week eight. — Ben little one
daring prediction: With each of Atlanta’s starting cornerbacks injured — Casey Hayward on injured reserve, A.J. Terrell restricted with a thigh/hamstring harm — Cincinnati exploits the Falcons’ protection with 350 yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them to Tee Higgins and one to former Atlanta tight finish Hayden Hurst. he isn’t the one tight finish who scores, although, as Falcons tight finish Kyle Pitts doubles his touchdowns from final season and scores in his second straight sport. — Michael Rothstein
Stat to know: The Falcons have scored 37 factors inside the predominant quarter this season, the third most inside the NFL. The Bengals are frequently not far behind with 34 factors inside the predominant quarter this season, tied for fourth most inside the NFL.
What to know for fantasy: In six weeks, the Falcons have allowed seven receivers to discover at the very least sixteen PPR fantasy factors in opposition to them. Ja’Marr Chase (32.2 FP) is coming off his best sport of the season in Week 6’s win in New Orleans. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Atlanta is 6-zero ATS this season, the one undefeated crew ATS inside the league this season. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Bengals 34, Falcons 23
Walder’s choose: Bengals 22, Falcons 19
FPI prediction: CIN, seventy six.eight% (by a imply of eight.5 factors)
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unfold: BAL -6.5 (forty five.5)
What to look at for: The Browns and Ravens are the two worst finishers inside the NFL. inside the fourth quarter this season, Cleveland has allowed a league-extreme sixty seven factors, and Baltimore has been outscored by forty two factors, which is the worst scoring margin inside the NFL. Lamar Jackson and Jacoby Brissett have mixed for two touchdown passes and seven interceptions inside the fourth quarter. — Jamison Hensley
daring prediction: Jackson will not be going to throw an interception — breaking a 4-sport streak. whereas he tossed 4 picks in final season’s house win over the Browns, Jackson will maintain away from turning the ball over this time round in opposition to a beleaguered Cleveland protection. — Jake Trotter
Stat to know: The Ravens’ three losses after main by double digits this season are tied for his or her most in a season in franchise historic previous (additionally 1996 and 2016).
What to know for fantasy: package deal up David Njoku‘s previous 4 video games and extend them for a full season: 1,309 receiving yards. The tight finish place has been a wasteland outdoors of the elite, however Njoku has been a nice shock with fixed manufacturing. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Cleveland video games are 5-1 to the over this season. Three straight Baltimore video games have gone beneath the whole. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Ravens 30, Browns 20
Walder’s choose: Ravens 24, Browns 21
FPI prediction: BAL, sixty five.5% (by a imply of 4.6 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Browns wanting for options after lopsided loss to Pats … Ravens signal WR DeSean Jackson to adjust to squad … lady affords identify to Watson lawsuit after order … Is Lamar Jackson making an try to do an extreme quantity of to restore Ravens’ late-sport woes?
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unfold: GB -4.5 (forty one)
What to look at for: Quarterback Taylor Heinicke‘s return might give Washington a jolt, collectively with his skill to enhance performs and his knowledge of the offense. pretty a pair of it is going to return to safety: Washington starter Carson Wentz was sacked 23 instances in six video games, tied for many inside the NFL, whereas the Packers’ stress proportion of 35.5 ranks third. In a 24-10 loss at inexperienced Bay final 12 months, Heinicke accomplished 25 of 37 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown — however inside the pink zone, he was solely 4-of-eight with an interception. as a consequence of inexperienced Bay ranks tied for ninth inside the pink zone, Heinicke will want success there to make constructive that that Washington to win. — John Keim
daring prediction: The Packers will actually maintain Aaron Rodgers from getting hit so many instances. sure, that seems like a huge ask for an offensive line that gave up 9 QB hits final week in opposition to the Jets and in opposition to a Commanders protection that ranks fourth inside the NFL in sack proportion. however anticipate the Packers to make some adjustments on the offensive line which will pay dividends. — Rob Demovsky
Stat to know: The Packers have scored 107 factors by means of six video games this season (17.eight PPG). that is their fewest factors in any six-sport span with Rodgers as their starting QB (a hundred thirty five is the fewest in any seven-sport span).
What to know for fantasy: There have been 31 completely different quarterbacks to discover at the very least 17 fantasy factors in a sport this season … Rodgers’ identify will not be on that itemizing. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: inexperienced Bay is zero-three ATS in its previous three video games. The longest ATS shedding streak of Rodgers’ profession is 4 video games (performed a quantity of instances). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Packers 30, Commanders 20
Walder’s choose: Packers 23, Commanders sixteen
FPI prediction: GB, sixty five.eight% (by a imply of 4.eight factors)
Matchup should-reads: Why Packers are struggling for first time beneath LaFleur … Heinicke to start out vs. Packers after Wentz surgical procedure … Packers can not win with this Rodgers … Inside Vince Lombardi’s season teaching Washington … Cobb out a quantity of weeks with ankle harm … Irsay: There’s revenue to take away Snyder as proprietor
Dan Orlovsky says the Packers could be an splendid match for Elijah Moore if he needs a commerce out of latest York.
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unfold: TB -eleven.zero (forty)
What to look at for: Neither crew is tearing it up offensively, so this is most likely a slugfest. each teams are struggling on the run — Tampa Bay ranks final averaging simply sixty seven.5 yards speeding a sport, and Carolina ranks twenty sixth with ninety.eight. Neither has been good on third down, both, with Tampa Bay rating twenty second in effectivity (37.eight) and Carolina coming in final (23.6). — David Newton
daring prediction: The Buccaneers will beat the Panthers by two touchdowns. that does not sound like a daring prediction for a Tom Brady-led crew, however they’ve dropped three out of their previous 4 video games and are averaging simply 19 factors a sport, significantly down from the 30 factors per sport they averaged one season in the past. they merely have not been ready to place factors on the board, however Carolina’s thirteen.sixty seven factors per sport are the backside of any crew inside the league, so the Bucs have some cushion — it is an excellent week for them to rebound. — Jenna Laine
Stat to know: Christian McCaffrey‘s 5 straight video games with one hundred scrimmage yards are the longest lively streak inside the NFL and his longest streak since a 9-sport streak in 2019.
What to know for fantasy: Leonard Fournette has at the very least eight.5 fantasy factors as a go-catcher in 4 straight weeks. everytime you mix that with three video games north of 20 carries, you’ve amongst the numerous fantasy nice roles inside the league. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Carolina is a league-worst 1-5 ATS this season. The Panthers are three-17 outright and ATS of their previous 20 video games. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Buccaneers 35, Panthers 10
Walder’s choose: Buccaneers 28, Panthers 12
FPI prediction: TB, 86.6% (by a imply of thirteen.three factors)
Matchup should-reads: Brady chewing out O-line was welcomed … ought to Panthers commerce or maintain McCaffrey? … What three-three Bucs should restore … Wilks: Mayfield has to earn Panthers QB job when healthful … Panthers QB Darnold returns to adjust to after ankle harm
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unfold: TEN -2.5 (forty two)
What to look at for: go-rushers Rashad Weaver (4), Denico Autry (4) and Jeffery Simmons (three.5) give the Titans basically the most gamers with three.5 or extra sacks. Defensive coordinator Shane Bowen acknowledged he’ll rely upon the entrance 4 to maintain Colts quarterback Matt Ryan beneath duress to cease him from getting the ball to his huge group of go-catchers. nonetheless the Titans are going by means of a reshuffled offensive line collectively with former Titan Dennis Kelly that did not permit a sack final week in opposition to the Jaguars. — Turron Davenport
daring prediction: The Colts will lean into the heavy passing sport they used final week in opposition to Jacksonville, and Ryan might have his fourth 300-yard passing efficiency of the season. The Colts have been amongst the numerous NFL teams most dedicated to working the ball in latest seasons, however their struggles on the underside in 2022, coupled with their rising receiving weapons, ought to further persuade them that their best path to victory is by means of the air. — Stephen Holder
Stat to know: The Titans have gained 4 straight video games in opposition to the Colts, their longest win streak in opposition to the Colts in franchise historic previous. these 4 wins obtained here by a imply of 9.5 PPG.
What to know for fantasy: A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel and CeeDee Lamb are simply a pair of of the receivers who’ve fewer fantasy factors over the previous two weeks than Alec Pierce. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Tennessee has lined 4 straight conferences in opposition to Indianapolis, collectively with their Week 4 matchup. Over the previous 10 seasons, when teams meet twice in a 5-week span, the crew to cowl the predominant meeting is 32-fifty three-2 ATS inside the rematch. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Titans 24, Colts 23
Walder’s choose: Titans 20, Colts sixteen
FPI prediction: TEN, fifty two.4% (by a imply of zero.7 factors)
area Yates believes the Jets protection will current stiff resistance for Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy this Sunday.
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unfold: DEN -1.zero (38)
What to look at for: for the rationale that Broncos defeated the Detroit Lions 38-10 final Dec. 12, they’ve averaged simply 14 factors of their previous 5 house video games. there’s greater than enough frustration to go round on the sideline and inside the seats, and opposing teams have noticed they will largely remove the house-area ambiance in the event that they maintain the Broncos out of the prime zone early. And that hasn’t been a lot of a draw again up to now this season. — Jeff Legwold
daring prediction: QBs Zach Wilson and Russell Wilson will mix for decrease than 30 completions. This shall be an disagreeable, grind-it-out sport with two good defenses in administration. The Jets, in latest weeks, have shifted to a heavy floor sport, taking stress off Zach Wilson since his return from knee surgical procedure. He accomplished solely 10 passes final week. Russell Wilson and the Broncos have been struggling to discover factors, interval. He additionally had solely 10 completions final week. — rich Cimini
Stat to know: The Jets have had zero turnovers of their previous two video games. they’ve not gone three straight video games with no turnover since 2010 (4 straight, tied for franchise report).
What to know for fantasy: Breece hall‘s carry rely has elevated every week of his youthful profession and he has posted again-to-again video games … not a foul pattern to deal with a assured crew going by means of a Broncos protection that is on quick relaxation. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Denver video games are 5-1 to the beneath this season. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Broncos 20, Jets 17
Walder’s choose: Jets 19, Broncos thirteen
FPI prediction: NYJ, 50.1% (by a imply of zero.2 factors)
Matchup should-reads: hall of Famers reward Jets’ Alijah Vera-Tucker for ‘fantastic’ versatility … Russell Wilson undergoes MRI on hamstring … Giants and Jets inside the playoffs? Why it would happen, why it will not
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unfold: LV -7.zero (forty five.5)
What to look at for: Raiders QB Derek Carr wished to be a Texan. actually. he is simply 1-2 in opposition to Houston in his 9-12 months profession, however when Carr obtained here out of Fresno State in 2014, he hoped his older brother David’s previous crew would choose him at both No. 1 general (unlikely) or No. 33 (presumably). The Texans handed on each occasions, taking DE Jadeveon Clowney and G Xavier Su’a-Filo. “So, i used to be variety of a bit heartbroken over that,” the youthful Carr, drafted by the Raiders at No. 36, acknowledged this week. He’ll have one other likelihood to interrupt Houston’s coronary heart Sunday in Las Vegas. — Paul Gutierrez
daring prediction: The Texans will maintain Carr to a passer rating of beneath eighty. Carr’s passer rating on the season is 87, nonetheless the Texans’ go protection is prime 10 in a pair of functions. in protecting with NFL’s subsequent Gen Stats, the Texans’ go protection holds opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of seventy three (fourth lowest inside the NFL), six interceptions (eighth most) and a completion proportion of fifty seven (third lowest). Quarterbacks even have a QBR of forty 4.1, the ninth lowest inside the NFL, in opposition to the Texans’ protection. — DJ Bien-Aime
Stat to know: The Texans have transformed on 29% of third down makes an try this season, the second-lowest mark inside the NFL forward of the Panthers; it is tied with the 2009 season for his or her second-worst third down proportion by means of 5 video games in franchise historic previous (17% in 2002, their inaugural season).
What to know for fantasy: Dameon Pierce‘s NFL debut was underwhelming from a utilization standpoint, however after that Week 1 letdown, the rookie has accounted for virtually ninety three% of working again carries in Houston. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Las Vegas is zero-5 ATS in its previous 5 video games off a bye. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Raiders 28, Texans 21
Walder’s choose: Raiders 33, Texans 10
FPI prediction: LV, eighty one.2% (by a imply of 10.4 factors)
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unfold: -2.5 (forty eight.5)
What to look at for: that is the predominant meeting between these teams since super Bowl LIV, with the Chiefs attempting to maintain away from consecutive losses for beneath the fourth time since QB Patrick Mahomes grew to become the starter in 2018. One factor to look at right here is how properly Mahomes holds up in opposition to emphasize. Mahomes leads the NFL in touchdowns per go try when beneath stress, whereas the Niners are fourth inside the NFL in producing stress on opposing quarterbacks. The Niners’ line of protection is banged up, which suggests coordinator DeMeco Ryans would possibly should get inventive to get after Mahomes. — Nick Wagoner
daring prediction: The Chiefs will maintain the 49ers to beneath one hundred speeding yards, properly beneath San Francisco’s season common of 124. The Chiefs have allowed 280 speeding yards of their previous two video games, however linebacker Willie gay returns this week after a 4-sport suspension. gay is a distinction-maker for the Chiefs. He has the velocity to chase down gamers that Kansas metropolis’s completely different linebackers do not. — Adam Teicher
Stat to know: Mahomes will play in his seventieth profession common-season sport Sunday. He already owns basically the most go yards (20,727) and touchdown passes (168) for any participant by means of his first 70 video games in NFL historic previous.
What to know for fantasy: Jeff Wilson Jr.’s function was very fantasy nice inside the predominant three weeks, however beforehand three, he has an whole of 1 reception. this approach will be gold when it is clicking, nonetheless the 49ers had been all out of types final week in Atlanta, and there is concern it might happen as quickly as extra in opposition to the explosive Chiefs. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Kansas metropolis has lined the previous six conferences (since 2002). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Chiefs 27, 49ers 23
Walder’s choose: 49ers 30, Chiefs 27
FPI prediction: KC, seventy two.three% (by a imply of 6.9 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Can JuJu Smith-Schuster proceed rising his function in Kansas metropolis? … 49ers making an try to buck latest pattern of put up-japanese Time zone sluggishness … NFL MVP watch 2022: rating prime candidates, collectively with Josh Allen … 49ers want uneven offense to choose up slack for transient-handed protection
Stephen A. Smith explains why the Chiefs want Odell Beckham Jr. to win an glorious Bowl.
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unfold: LAC -5.5 (50)
What to look at for: The Chargers are driving a three-sport win streak however go into Week 7 with out kicker Dustin Hopkins, whose 4 area goals lifted the crew to an further time win in Week 6. The Chargers’ offense would possibly want to discover an reply to be extra environment nice and attain the prime zone, which should be an affordable expectation in opposition to a Seahawks protection that is permitting a imply of 27.2 factors per sport, which is tied for thirtieth inside the NFL. — Lindsey Thiry
daring prediction: Geno Smith will throw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Smith had a quiet sport final week with beneath 200 passing yards and no TDs, however this matchup is most likely a constructive one. Per ESPN Stats & knowledge evaluation, Smith has the NFL’s best whole QBR (89) in opposition to man safety this season. The Chargers are using man safety on the league’s third-highest price. — Brady Henderson
Stat to know: Justin Herbert is predicted to make his thirty ninth profession start. He wants one touchdown go to become the fourth participant in NFL historic previous with eighty go touchdowns in his first forty profession video games (Patrick Mahomes, one hundred and one; Dan Marino, ninety; Kurt Warner, 86).
What to know for fantasy: Kenneth Walker III scored 19 fantasy factors in his first profession start on Sunday in opposition to the Cardinals (21 of 23 RB carries). In Week 7 he will get a leaky Chargers run protection that is coming off taking half in on Monday evening time in Week 6. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Smith is eleven-three ATS in his previous 14 begins (6-three ATS with Seattle). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Chargers 34, Seahawks 23
Walder’s choose: Seahawks 26, Chargers 21
FPI prediction: LAC, seventy three.5% (by a imply of seven.2 factors)
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unfold: MIA -7.zero (forty five)
What to look at for: With Tua Tagovailoa beneath center, the Dolphins led the NFL in factors per drive by means of the predominant three weeks of the season (2.eighty one). In his return from a two-week absence, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins draw a Steelers protection permitting the third-most passing yards per sport (277.eight) and the twelfth-most factors per drive (2.06). Armed with the league’s main and fifth-main receivers in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, respectively, Tagovailoa is poised for a huge sport Sunday evening time. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
daring prediction: Minkah Fitzpatrick will rating a defensive touchdown in opposition to his previous crew. Sunday evening time is all about returns for the Steelers, with each Brian Flores and Fitzpatrick returning to exhausting Rock Stadium to face the Dolphins for the predominant time since they had been fired and traded, respectively. Fitzpatrick missed the earlier sport in opposition to the Bucs with a knee harm, however he is ready to go in opposition to his first NFL crew. Tagovailoa is getting back from a scary concussion, and whereas he has simply three interceptions on the season, if there’s any rust to his sport, Fitzpatrick will exploit it. — Brooke Pryor
Stat to know: Hill has had three video games with one hundred fifty receiving yards this season. he is one such sport shy of tying Mark Duper’s report in 1984 for basically the most such video games in a single season in Dolphins historic previous.
What to know for fantasy: Diontae Johnson is consistently ranked as a consequence of the best receiver on this restricted offense, however he has reached 14 fantasy factors simply as quickly as this season (Week three at CLE). See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: Over the previous six seasons, Miami is eleven-three-1 ATS as a house favourite. be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Dolphins 27, Steelers 24
Walder’s choose: Dolphins 29, Steelers thirteen
FPI prediction: MIA, seventy 4.9% (by a imply of seven.7 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Brian Flores says return to Miami will not be about revenge … Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa says he misplaced consciousness after being hit … ‘Laser centered’ Tagovailoa impresses HC Mike McDaniel
What to look at for: climate is most likely an aspect, with pockets of rain inside the current forecast. which will put a premium on ball safety, and the Bears have 14 fumbles this season (5 misplaced), whereas the Patriots have eight (5 misplaced). The Patriots are 4-zero all-time at house in opposition to the Bears, making Chicago one among three teams that has by no means recorded a road win in New England. If the Patriots beat the Bears, invoice Belichick will transfer previous legendary Bears coach George Halas into sole possession of second place on the all-time wins itemizing for head coaches with 325. — Mike Reiss
daring prediction: Mac Jones makes his return after a three-sport absence as a consequence of a extreme ankle sprain and throws for 300 yards and three touchdowns in opposition to the Bears’ protection. The adjustments the Patriots made to assist backup Bailey Zappe win two video games in Jones’ absence will carry over, collectively with a heavy dose of play-movement for Jones (New England utilized play-movement on solely 10.eight% of his dropbacks, which is the backside of any starting QB inside the NFL). Most notably, Jones might have his first sport all season with out an interception. — Courtney Cronin
Stat to know: Justin Fields is zero-2 on Monday evening time soccer (each losses coming final season). He has an MNF QBR of forty one.4, which ranks him 59th amongst eighty two quarterbacks with a quantity of MNF begins since QBR started monitoring in 2006.
What to know for fantasy: nobody will get obsessed on plugging in Jakobi Meyers, nonetheless the particular person has scored double-digit fantasy factors in all 4 of his video games this season. See Week 7 rankings.
Betting nugget: New England is sixty two-32 ATS in October beneath invoice Belichick with 5 straight covers (three-zero ATS in October this season). be taught extra.
Moody’s choose: Patriots 35, Bears thirteen
Walder’s choose: Patriots 25, Bears 10
FPI prediction: NE, eighty.4% (by a imply of 10.1 factors)
Matchup should-reads: Bears come shut to scoring sport-worthwhile TD, however pink zone woes proceed … How does Zappe’s safe play have an effect on Jones’ eventual return? … Fields: uninterested in Bears being ‘virtually there’ after loss … Jones, Kraft have heated change amid Goodell contract dialogue