NFL Betting: What We Learned From Week 7

David Lawrence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:12 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 6:12 PM GMT

We’re approaching the midway point of the NFL betting season. Lucky Week No. 7 is in the rearview mirror. Here’s what we learned from the NFL betting lines this week.

Cross The Bengals Off Your Super Bowl List
After Sunday’s horrendous effort in a 27-0 shutout loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Cincinnati Bengals are now just 40-98 in their last 138 versus teams with a winning record. Although this team has consistently made the playoffs over the last few seasons, they’ve proven time and time again that they can’t beat the better teams in the league. So far this season, their wins have come against Baltimore, Tennessee and Atlanta. Their losses have come against New England and Indianapolis, and they tied Carolina. The issue is that their losses to those quality teams have been blowouts. Yes, injuries are a factor but between Andy Dalton and the offense, they just aren’t good enough when facing the big boys.

 

Seahawks Are Not The Team To Beat…They Might Not Even Be A Playoff Team
This was supposed to be the perfect get-well game for the Seahawks. They had won 16 of their last 18 in the series. Instead, they lost again and have fallen to 3-3. There are issues on both sides of the ball and this team just isn’t the same. They got out-physicalled by the Dallas Cowboys last week and last year’s Seahawks team never got outmuscled. They allowed the Cowboys to have four drives of 71 yards or longer. This week, the Rams had three drives of eight or more plays including the final two with the game on the line. We’re used to seeing this Seahawks team slam the door shut but that’s not happening. The Seahawks allowed 30 or more points just once last season but have already done so twice this year. On Sunday, they let the Rams get to 28.

On top of that, they traded away their most dynamic weapon in Percy Harvin, who had led the team with 22 receptions for 133 yards. We haven’t heard the last of them, of course, but this team is clearly flawed right now. Keep this in mind before making your next NFL pick.

 

Ravens Defense
The Ravens defense doesn’t get much credit but they’ve only allowed 10 touchdowns this season. That’s the fewest in the NFL. And it’s not as if they’ve played cupcakes too. They’ve faced Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Carolina and Pittsburgh.

While the offense improves incrementally each week, the defense has been as good as it gets. On Sunday, they held the NFL’s second-ranked offense to just seven points. Nobody talks about them but they’re back to being one of the premier units in the NFL.

 

Contrary To Popular Opinion, The Browns Are Not For Real
Prior to this week, people were saying the Cleveland Browns could have been 6-2 this season. That’s because they entered the week 3-2, faced the Jacksonville Jaguars and have the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming up. Well, hold your horses there partner. The Browns came crashing down to Earth on Sunday with a 24-6 blowout loss to the Jaguars. They weren’t able to run the ball (69 yards on 30 carries), they weren’t able to generate much offense (266 total yards) and they weren’t able to take care of the ball (three turnovers). Sounds like the Browns of old. This team is better than they were last season but not at playoffs level. They’ll be useful for NFL betting purposes as a dog but a lot of people learned their lesson about laying a bunch of points with this team on the road.

 

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