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NFL Week 7 recreation picks, schedule information, fantasy soccer ideas, odds, accidents and extra

The Week 7 NFL schedule is stacked with nice matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters carry us the keys to each recreation, a daring prediction for every matchup and remaining rating picks.

Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information offers a stat to know for every recreation, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup ranking (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a recreation projection. ESPN Fantasy‘s Kyle Soppe and ESPN Chalk‘s Dave Bearman hand out useful nuggets as effectively. It’s all right here to assist get you prepared for a loaded weekend of NFL football.

Let’s get into the total Week 7 slate, together with a battle of AFC undefeated groups.

Jump to a matchup:

Thursday: PHI 22, NYG 21

1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
72.5 | Spread: PIT -1.5 (50.5)

What to look at for: Tennessee operating 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 recreation regardless of hardly ever loading the field to cease the run. Tennessee’s play-action passing recreation has produced huge performs this season, so the distinction will come right down to how effectively quarterback Ryan Tannehill can preserve the Titans’ offense on schedule towards a Pittsburgh protection blitzing 60% of the time when groups use play-action towards it. — Turron Davenport

Bold prediction: Steelers huge receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster can have two touchdowns. Smith-Schuster has been quiet the previous two video games with even distribution within the passing recreation. But with Chase Claypool breaking out and defenses taking discover, that would liberate some room for Smith-Schuster to get free and rating for the primary time since Week 3. — Brooke Pryor

Stat to know: The Titans’ offense has used play-action on the second-highest fee within the NFL because the begin of 2019, and an NFL-high 47% of its passing yards in that span have come on play-action. Since Tannehill grew to become the Titans’ starter in Week 7 final season, his 92.1 QBR and 12.2 yards per try on play-action lead all NFL QBs, and his 15 TDs is tied with Kirk Cousins for probably the most within the NFL. But Pittsburgh’s protection has been distinctive defending play-action, permitting the bottom QBR (38.9) and completion fee (57%) because the begin of final season.

Injuries: Steelers | Titans

What to know for fantasy: Henry, contemporary off 212 speeding yards towards the Texans, faces a Steelers protection that has but to permit greater than 80 speeding yards to any single participant and is permitting the second-fewest fantasy factors per recreation to RBs this season (16.5). See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: In the Super Bowl period, when groups which are 4-Zero or higher sq. off, the underdog is 10-Four towards the unfold (ATS). Read more.

Pryor’s decide: Steelers 27, Titans 24
Davenport’s decide: Titans 28, Steelers 24
FPI prediction: PIT, 52.0% (by a mean of 0.Eight factors)

Matchup must-reads: Steelers’ Spillane gets chance to show he belongs against former teamSteelers’ Roethlisberger, Titans’ Tannehill silence doubters by winningTitans’ offense cruising behind Henry, but Steelers pose challengeSource: Titans face fine as NFL ends virus audit

1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking:
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 muscle mass on him by lastly taking part in their most full recreation of the season. The Saints are hoping to reboot after the bye — and it might assist enormously if huge receiver Michael Thomas is ready to return from ankle and hamstring accidents (he did not follow on Thursday). — Mike Triplett

Bold prediction: Bridgewater throws for greater than 350 yards and 4 touchdowns towards his previous mates. Opposing quarterbacks have handed for 15 touchdowns to solely three interceptions towards 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 operating again Alvin Kamara has 4 straight video games of 100-plus scrimmage yards, the longest energetic streak within the NFL. He additionally leads all operating backs in receiving yards this season with 395, 186 greater than another 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 more.

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 finally showing why Panthers made him seventh overall pickSaints need more from Lattimore, JordanPanthers place K Slye on reserve/COVID-19 listSaints end Thomas’ discipline; can play if healthyBridgewater becoming to Panthers what Brees is to SaintsSaints given go-ahead to have fans starting 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 towards Derrick Henry and the Titans? Packers operating again Aaron Jones has scored a minimum of one landing in 5 consecutive video games, which is tied for the longest energetic streak within the NFL, in response to 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 recreation like his solely earlier profession begin in Houston (in 2012), however search for Rodgers to get again on observe after the abysmal exhibiting at Tampa Bay final weekend. — Rob Demovsky

Stat to know: Texans operating again David Johnson has 350 speeding yards and three speeding scores this season, greater than he had in all the 2019 season. But he’s nonetheless at present sitting at 25 straight video games with out a 100-yard speeding outing.

Injuries: Packers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: Jones has been a top-15 operating 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 operating backs this season. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Green Bay has coated 5 consecutive video games following a loss (3-Zero ATS underneath coach Matt LaFleur). Read more.

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 parties: Tales of Rodgers’ inner weirdnessFor Texans to win in 2020, it likely will have to be a shootoutBarnes, Love continue their role reversals with Packers“One out of five” dud games doesn’t define 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 towards the Panthers, or the Week 6 model, when he averaged 2.Four yards per carry towards the Vikings? The Lions are permitting 145 speeding yards per recreation (the fourth most within the NFL), which in response to 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 recreation between two groups which have spent a lot of the season dropping fourth-quarter leads, each squads will find yourself doing it once more, with wild swings through the remaining 15 minutes and a last-second, game-winning area objective. Would you anticipate 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 recreation penalty that allowed Matt Prater to take a second try at a area objective. — Michael Rothstein

Stat to know: Lions operating 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 recreation this season when he has a completely wholesome Julio Jones, up from 10.Three when his star huge 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 more.

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 started from football: Ryan and Stafford’s friendshipFalcons’ Morris is auditioning to earn another head-coaching jobSwift had a breakout against Jacksonville — and the rookie needs more of it



Mike Clay expects Marvin Jones Jr. to have an excellent day towards Atlanta, which has one of many worst go 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 huge 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 harm. But if he begins, he can have loads of velocity on the surface with Mims and Breshad Perriman. — Rich Cimini

Bold prediction: The Bills will not name this a “get right” recreation, however I’ll. Not solely does quarterback Josh Allen eclipse 320 passing yards, however Buffalo’s protection will maintain the Jets underneath 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 means of six video games of a season (minus-122 in 1976). The staff’s worst mark by means 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 evening (QB17). See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Jets are 0-6 ATS this season. That’s two wanting the longest winless streak to start out a season towards the unfold over the previous 20 seasons. The 2003 Raiders didn’t cowl in every of their first eight video games of the season. Read more.

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. winning teams: “Staying patient” is keyJets’ Darnold practices with hopes QB can startBills release former starting guard SpainBlast from past: ’96 Jets (1-15) say current team “shouldn’t be this bad”Projected 2021 NFL draft order: Jets are favorite 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 speeding assault within the NFL, even with out operating 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 huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is averaging profession lows in targets per recreation (6.7), catches per recreation (3.8), receiving yards (53.2), yards after the catch per reception (1.96) and share of routes focused (23.5%). And his yards after the catch per reception ranks 86th out of 92 certified huge receivers this season.

Injuries: Browns | Bengals

What to know for fantasy: Cleveland operating again Kareem Hunt is averaging 19 fantasy factors in victories this season (together with 24.1 within the Week 2 win over Cincinnati), approach 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, courting again to final season. Read more.

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 healthy, Mayfield is Browns’ starterBengals’ Green happy to “feel like my old self again”Why Burrow’s deep struggles shouldn’t be concern for Bengals

1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking:
15.5 | Spread: WSH -1 (46)

What to look at for: It will probably be all eyes on Washington’s line of defense versus Dallas’ offensive line. The Cowboys may need backups throughout the board, relying on guard Zack Martin‘s well being. And Washington’s energy stays its line, although after combining for seven sacks within the opener, this group has recorded solely six prior to now 5 weeks. Sunday is an opportunity for it to get wholesome. And with Dallas seemingly paying shut consideration to edge rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young, the inside might have an even bigger day. — John Keim

Bold prediction: The Cowboys will intercept a Kyle Allen go. He has been intercepted a minimum of 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 go makes an attempt since with out 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 huge 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 operating again J.D. McKissic has improved his weekly positional rank every week this season and was the 12th-best operating again in Week 6. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Dallas is 15-Four ATS towards the NFC East. Read more.

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 games in, McCarthy facing key juncture of Cowboys’ tenureRivera gambling his moves will pay off for WashingtonCowboys’ Elliott says there’s no one thing that will fix fumbling woes“Pretty good chance” Washington Football Team remains in 2021, says team presidentA four-win NFC East champ? How it could happen, plus predictions from our staffWashington’s Allen shows flashes, but must shake inconsistency

4:05 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup ranking:
79.1 | Spread: TB -4 (51.5)

What to look at for: Who, precisely, will probably be taking part in offensive line for the Raiders, whose total beginning O-line is on the COVID-19 checklist after proper sort out Trent Brown examined optimistic this week? If it is a bunch of backups, pity Raiders quarterback Derek Carr towards 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 — assume Super Bowl XXXVII. — Paul Gutierrez

Bold prediction: Tampa Bay operating again Ronald Jones can have 100 yards speeding, and the offense as a complete will rating 4 occasions. The Bucs have scored the second-most factors within the NFL this season and face a Raiders protection that has given up 30 or extra factors in 4 of 5 video games. With virtually all of Tom Brady‘s receiving weapons returning to well being — most notably Chris Godwin — these numbers aren’t an excessive amount of to ask from this group, though the Tampa Bay protection, like final weekend, will seemingly be the actual difference-maker. — Jenna Laine

Stat to know: The Buccaneers enable a league-low 282.Zero yards per recreation, have one of the best pass-rush win fee (55%) within the NFL, blitz on the second-highest fee (41%) and quit the fewest rush yards per recreation (64.3).

Injuries: Buccaneers | Raiders

What to know for fantasy: Bucs huge receiver Mike Evans has a complete of 4 catches and 14 yards within the three video games through which Godwin has been energetic. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: The over is 5-Zero in Las Vegas video games this season. Read more.

Laine’s decide: Buccaneers 38, Raiders 28
Gutierrez’s decide: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21
FPI prediction: TB, 56.2% (by a mean of two.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: What Brady’s jerseys have meant to him and lessons he’s learned along the wayRaiders’ Jacobs becoming better all-around back under Allen’s tutelageCarr, MVP candidate? A Raiders bye-week progress report

4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup ranking:
74.3 | Spread: KC -10 (46)

What to look at for: Will the Broncos make speeding yards matter? The greatest, and maybe solely, protection towards Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is preserving 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 effectively a lot of the season. They’ve allowed a minimum of 144 speeding yards 4 occasions 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 will probably be a run recreation 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 like a daring prediction, however they have not scored even one of their previous seven quarters towards 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 operating again Le’Veon Bell‘s influence be? Clyde Edwards-Helaire is RB16 on a per-game foundation to this point, 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 more.

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 can’t wait to add Bell to a loaded offensive lineupWhy Broncos’ Lock needs to learn to play it safe sometimesWhy have the Chiefs pumped the brakes on Hardman?Much-maligned Broncos tackle Bolles is … good now?



Marcus Spears breaks down one of the best 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 occasions 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 taking a look at 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 comprise cellular quarterbacks, permitting 231 speeding yards to QBs up to now 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 huge 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 underneath coach Bill Belichick. Read more.

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 questions to answer three years after tradeAnalytics supported Belichick going for 2 in Patriots’ defeatBelichick effusive in praise for “great” TE KittlePatriots 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 may be benched in favor of Mike Glennon. Herbert recalled dealing with Minshew in faculty, when he was at Oregon and Minshew was underneath heart for Washington State. It’s an fascinating 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 go makes an attempt, the longest streak in Jaguars historical past. — Shelley Smith

Bold prediction: The Jaguars will tie an NFL file by permitting the Chargers to attain 30-plus factors. That would mark the sixth consecutive recreation in a single season through 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 towards a Jaguars protection that struggles to hurry the passer. — Mike DiRocco

Stat to know: Jacksonville operating 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 turning into the Chargers’ coach in 2017. Read more.

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 won’t rule out sitting MinshewYoung Chargers hope bye week helps them blast off under HerbertMarrone: No plans to fire DC WashBye week shift might be a (rare) good break for the ChargersAaron Lynch ending retirement to join 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’ go 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 evening recreation in 2017 through which the Legion of Boom got here undone with accidents to Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, after which the 2018 recreation through which Earl Thomas flipped the fowl 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 means of a staff’s first 5 video games in NFL historical past. He wants three to tie the file for probably the most by means 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 speeding TD, probably the most by any participant by means 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 means 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 huge 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 recreation go underneath this season. Read more.

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 bird’s-eye view of Wilson’s brillianceDrake motivated by momDefense leaking, Wilson cooking: Five numbers on Seahawks’ 5-0 startWhy 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 might 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 recreation to the Bears’ 19.3. However, the Rams have an edge on offense, scoring a mean of 4 extra factors per recreation than the Bears. — Lindsey Thiry

Bold prediction: Donald will sack Bears quarterback Nick Foles thrice. 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 huge 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 evening versus Donald, who’s the league’s premier defensive lineman. — Jeff Dickerson

Stat to know: This is the fifth time prior to now 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 operating again David Montgomery has 11 catches within the two video games following Tarik Cohen’s harm. 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 might 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 more.

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” — like it or notRams out to prove Week 6 clunker was a fluke versus Bears

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