A wonderful NFL season continues into week 7 this week as teams start to try and separate themselves from the pack.
In a highly entertaining season so far, this week we’ll look at two games involving the New Orleans Saints taking on the Arizona Cardinals in the Thursday night football event, and the Pittsburgh Steelers game with the Miami Dolphins in the Sunday night clash
We’ll break down both exciting match ups, give you our best free NFL picks, and see if we can earn you some extra cash for the end of the weekend.
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The Saints opened their season in the perfect way, claiming a 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a fourth quarter comeback.
They then suffered defeat in each of their next three games, losing 20-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 22-14 to the Carolina Panthers and 28-25 to the Minnesota Vikings to make the season a tough one to take for fans.
New Orleans bounced back with a 39-32 win over the Seattle Seahawks in game 5, but they suffered a crushing defeat once again last week when they were beaten 30-26 by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Cardinals on the other hand have struggled too. They opened their season getting smashed by the Kansas City Chiefs 44-21, before a win in game 2 when they pipped the Las Vegas Raiders 29-23.
St Louis Rams were next and claimed a comfortable win 20-12 in game 3, before another win in week 4 over the Carolina Panthers 26-16.
Since then it’s been awful for them though, as the Philadelphia Eagles earned a really tough 20-17 win in game 5 which was then followed up with a 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last weekend to put them on a slump.
This is a really tough game to pick, or at least it was before Brown suffered his injury and the Cardinals gave them a beating last weekend.
It may be wise to wait and see who makes the trip for New Orleans, especially at wide receiver, but this is a bet against Murray and Kingsbury as home favorites. The pair are 4-11 against the spread and 6-9 straight up in this situation since 2019, and the Saints are just the better football team of the two.
This is likely to be a low scoring game, but the Saints should still be able to claim a win by a wide enough margin that shows their dominance. Backing them to win by more than a touchdown but less than two seems like the perfect balance to get that and is a brilliant price.
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There is a lot of uncertainty with both of these offenses, and Thursday’s tend to be low-scoring affair as it is, so it seems safe to continue that trend here.
Arizona’s defense hasn’t conceded more than 20 points in any of its last four games, and it seems highly unlikely that the new look offensive line of the Cardinals will be able to overwhelm them in a way that others have done.
Go for the unders in a relatively safe bet here.
The Steelers have had an absolute stinker of a season so far, going 2-4 in their opening six games. They started with a 23-20 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals, before four straight defeats in their next four games.
New England Patriots earned a 17-14 win first, before the Cleveland Browns picked up a dominant 29-17 win in game 3. The New York Jets were next to earn victory with a 24-20 win, before the Buffalo Bills completely battered them with a 38-3 score.
They finally got back in the win column last week though with a close 20-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Dolphins on the other hand started the season 3-0 with wins over New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.
However Miami have lost their last three games to the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and then most recently Minnesota Vikings to be 3-3 after the first six games of the season.
It’s likely that the Dolphins will score plenty of points in this game because the Steelers aren’t very good, but whether Pittsburgh will be able to or not is an entirely different matter.
They have so far managed just 14 points on average this season, including an overtime field goal in game 1.
The Miami offense has quietly only bettered 21 points in one game this season, mainly because of its own inconsistent rushing game, averaging 81.2 yards per game. The Dolphins have also allowed 15 sacks, tied for the ninth-most in the NFL.
Mitch Trubisky has been okay at best as Pittsburgh’s quarterback, completing about 61 percent of his passes and averaging almost 160 yards passing in five games and four starts. He was 9-for-12 with 144 yards and a TD against Tampa Bay, in what was probably his best performance.
Still, this is a game for the Dolphins to get back on track and make a statement, especially for their defense, against a really poor side, so expect them to cover the spread
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