NFL Week 7 sport picks, schedule information, fantasy soccer suggestions, odds, accidents and extra

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

Moreover, ESPN Stats & Info 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 is 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.

Soar 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
CHI-LAR

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 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 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 all the way down to how nicely 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

Daring prediction: Steelers large receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could have two touchdowns. Smith-Schuster has been quiet the previous two video games with even distribution within the passing sport. However with Chase Claypool breaking out and defenses taking discover, that might release 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 charge 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 turned 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. However Pittsburgh’s protection has been distinctive defending play-action, permitting the bottom QBR (38.9) and completion charge (57%) because the begin of final season.

Accidents: Steelers | Titans

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

Betting nugget: Within the Tremendous Bowl period, when groups which can be 4-0 or higher sq. off, the underdog is 10-4 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 median of 0.8 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: Nobody anticipated this veteran Saints workforce to be only a half-game up on a Panthers squad that was overhauled from prime to backside this offseason. In order a lot because the Saints love seeing their previous good friend Teddy Bridgewater succeed, they might like to flex their muscle groups on him by lastly enjoying their most full sport of the season. The Saints are hoping to reboot after the bye — and it could assist tremendously if large receiver Michael Thomas is ready to return from ankle and hamstring accidents (he did not apply on Thursday). — Mike Triplett

Daring 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 in and out 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 lively 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 workforce’s first six video games of a season: Timmy Brown in 1965 (510), Paul Hofer in 1980 (467) and Marshall Faulk in 2000 (462).

Accidents: 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 18-4 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 median 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 at the very least one landing in 5 consecutive video games, which is tied for the longest lively streak within the NFL, in accordance with analysis by ESPN Stats & Info. — Sarah Barshop

Daring 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 like his solely earlier profession begin in Houston (in 2012), however search for Rodgers to get again on observe after the abysmal displaying at Tampa Bay final weekend. — Rob Demovsky

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

Accidents: 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: Inexperienced Bay has lined 5 consecutive video games following a loss (3-0 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 median of two.8 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 2.4 yards per carry towards the Vikings? The Lions are permitting 145 dashing yards per sport (the fourth most within the NFL), which in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis is the workforce’s most since permitting 172.1 when it went 0-16 in 2008. — Sarah Barshop

Daring prediction: In a sport between two groups which have spent a lot of the season shedding fourth-quarter leads, each squads will find yourself doing it once more, with wild swings throughout the ultimate quarter-hour and a last-second, game-winning discipline purpose. 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 sport penalty that allowed Matt Prater to take a second try at a discipline purpose. — 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.

Accidents: Lions | Falcons

What to know for fantasy: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is averaging 28 fantasy factors per sport this season when he has a totally wholesome Julio Jones, up from 10.3 when his star large 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 median 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

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Mike Clay expects Marvin Jones Jr. to have a superb day towards Atlanta, which has one of many worst move 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 large receivers on the sector 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 when he begins, he could have loads of pace on the skin with Mims and Breshad Perriman. — Wealthy Cimini

Daring prediction: The Payments will not name this a “get proper” sport, 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 complete 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 workforce’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?

Accidents: 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 is two wanting the longest winless streak to start out a season towards 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 more.

Louis-Jacques’ decide: Payments 28, Jets 10
Cimini’s decide: Payments 24, Jets 9
FPI prediction: BUF, 74.6% (by a median 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 have been dominant within the first assembly between these groups, although they got here away with solely a five-point win. Whereas the Bengals have improved since then, particularly in run protection, the Browns nonetheless have the highest dashing assault within the NFL, even with out operating again Nick Chubb. — Ben Child

Daring prediction: Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett will sack Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and pressure 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 large 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 share of routes focused (23.5%). And his yards after the catch per reception ranks 86th out of 92 certified large receivers this season.

Accidents: 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), means up from 9.9 in losses. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Cincinnati is 4-0 ATS in its previous 4 video games following a loss, relationship again to final season. Read more.

Trotter’s decide: Browns 30, Bengals 28
Child’s decide: Browns 27, Bengals 21
FPI prediction: CLE, 55.1% (by a median of 1.8 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: Will probably 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

Daring prediction: The Cowboys will intercept a Kyle Allen move. He has been intercepted at the very least as soon as in 9 of his previous 11 begins after not getting picked off within the first 5 begins of his profession. Thus far this season, the Cowboys have one interception — Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Jared Goff within the third quarter of the season opener. They’ve gone 158 move makes an attempt since with out a decide. That has to vary, and Allen has proven the tendency to throw it to the opposite workforce. — Todd Archer

Stat to know: Washington large 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%).

Accidents: 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 Twelfth-best operating again in Week 6. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Because the begin of the 2017 season, Dallas is 15-4 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 median 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 enjoying offensive line for the Raiders, whose total beginning O-line is on the COVID-19 listing 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

Daring prediction: Tampa Bay operating again Ronald Jones could have 100 yards dashing, and the offense as a complete will rating 4 instances. 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 probably be the actual difference-maker. — Jenna Laine

Stat to know: The Buccaneers enable a league-low 282.0 yards per sport, have one of the best pass-rush win charge (55%) within the NFL, blitz on the second-highest charge (41%) and quit the fewest rush yards per sport (64.3).

Accidents: Buccaneers | Raiders

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

Betting nugget: The over is 5-0 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 median 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 dashing yards matter? The perfect, and maybe solely, protection towards Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is conserving the ball away from him. The thought you can pound away to win is usually a powerful promote, however the Chiefs haven’t defended the run nicely a lot of the season. They’ve allowed at the very least 144 dashing yards 4 instances and over 180 yards twice — however have misplaced simply a kind of video games. Snow may very well be within the forecast, and the Broncos’ greatest probability to win will probably be a run sport paired with some play-action photographs down the sector. — Jeff Legwold

Daring 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.

Accidents: Chiefs | Broncos

What to know for fantasy: What’s going to 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 median 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?

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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 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 may very well be back-to-back regular-season dwelling losses for the primary time because the 2008 season. — Mike Reiss

Daring prediction: New England quarterback Cam Newton will rush for 90-plus yards. Imagine it or not, Newton has solely 4 such video games in his profession and hasn’t hit the 90-yard mark since 2017. However the 49ers have struggled to include cellular quarterbacks, permitting 231 dashing yards to QBs thus far this season, most within the NFL. — Nick Wagoner

Stat to know: 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is averaging 7.4 yards per try this season (18th within the NFL), down from 8.4 in 2019 (third).

Accidents: 49ers | Patriots

What to know for fantasy: Is Julian Edelman overrated in fantasy? The latest time the Pats wideout completed as a top-60 large 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 Invoice Belichick. Read more.

Wagoner’s decide: Patriots 24, 49ers 20
Reiss’ decide: Patriots 23, 49ers 20
FPI prediction: NE, 50.3% (by a median 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 is 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 underneath middle for Washington State. It is an fascinating battle of rookie QBs. Per analysis by the Elias Sports activities 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 move makes an attempt, the longest streak in Jaguars historical past. — Shelley Smith

Daring prediction: The Jaguars will tie an NFL report by permitting the Chargers to attain 30-plus factors. That may mark the sixth consecutive sport 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 comfy, 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).

Accidents: Jaguars | Chargers

What to know for fantasy: Dak Prescott was the one quarterback to outscore Herbert in Weeks 4-5 (the Chargers have 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 more.

DiRocco’s decide: Chargers 35, Jaguars 18
Smith’s decide: Chargers 27, Jaguars 14
FPI prediction: LAC, 71.7% (by a median of seven.8 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. Look ahead to him to be a constant presence within the Cardinals’ move rush and get a sack of Seattle’s Russell Wilson. — Josh Weinfuss

Daring prediction: One thing ridiculous will occur. It normally 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 through which the Legion of Growth got here undone with accidents to Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, after which the 2018 sport through which Earl Thomas flipped the hen as he was carted off. Oh yeah, it is also the place Malcolm Butler picked off Wilson to tear a second straight Tremendous Bowl out of the Seahawks’ palms. So what’s subsequent? How about Wilson main one other game-winning drive and hitting No. 3 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 workforce’s first 5 video games in NFL historical past. He wants three to tie the report for probably the most by means of a workforce’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, probably the most by any participant by means of the primary six video games of a season in NFL historical past. He can be the primary participant ever with six such video games by means of a workforce’s first seven video games of a season.

Accidents: Seahawks | Cardinals

What to know for fantasy: Do not forget how a lot potential these Seattle large receivers have. In every of the primary three weeks this season, each DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have been top-20 performers on the place. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Cardinals are the one workforce to have each sport 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 median of two.8 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

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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 median of 19 factors per sport to the Bears’ 19.3. Nonetheless, the Rams have an edge on offense, scoring a median of 4 extra factors per sport than the Bears. — Lindsey Thiry

Daring 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. Final weekend, Foles took some large hits due to defective safety however managed to eliminate 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: That 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 kind of seasons (2012).

Accidents: 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 may be a 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 Tremendous 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 median 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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