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An early look at the opening point spreads and intriguing spots in Week 7

Week 6 wraps up Monday evening, but in the meantime, Week 7 lines are arriving. We break down the early lines and where it looks intriguing.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers walks off the field after the Chargers were beat 20-13 by the Denver Broncos at Dignity Health Sports Park. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it was certainly an interesting week of football. The Chiefs lost their second straight game at home. Third-stringer Devlin Hodges quarterbacked the Steelers to victory over the Chargers. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals now have a win streak. And the Jets picked up their first win by giving the Cowboys their third loss in a row. The Lions and the Packers will finish off Week 6 on Monday Night Football, but we can start looking ahead to Week 7 now.

The betting odds may change as each game approaches its kickoff time. When that time is near, we’ll break down each matchup in more detail. In the meantime, here are a couple of the games that I have my eyes on.

While there are some large point spreads off the bat, the smaller gaps are the ones that catch my attention. The first being the Los Angeles Chargers at the Tennessee Titans. A loss on Sunday Night Football to the Steelers plus a Broncos 16-0 win over the Titans sent the Chargers down to the bottom of the AFC West. And this comes as LA finally gets their star running back, Melvin Gordon, back on the field in Week 5. Now, the Chargers head to Tennessee as 2-point underdogs to try and salvage their season. Somehow, I feel like this opening line doesn’t account for how bad the Titans actually are. Marcus Mariota was benched and replaced by Ryan Tannehill as the Broncos went on to shut out the Titans, making it their third game this season scoring seven points or fewer. I’m not saying the Chargers are going to get back to last season’s form all of a sudden, but there is no doubt that this week is a great spot to step in that direction.

The next intriguing game is the Houston Texans at the Indianapolis Colts. The spread opens with the Colts as 1-point favorites, and rightfully so. Jacoby Brissett has led the Colts to a 3-2 start, making the Andrew Luck retirement seem like a distant past. Both teams are coming off of underdog wins in Kansas City and will enter this game with the top spot in the AFC South in sight. While the Colts have been enjoying their bye week, the Texans have built offensive momentum averaging 42 points over the past two weeks. Indy and Houston find themselves at fourth and fifth respectively in most rushing yards per game, so we may be in for a battle on the ground. Three of the last four games these teams have played in Indianapolis have gone to the Texans, with last season’s being an overtime victory for Deshaun Watson. These division games are always tough to predict, but with a spread like this, you can basically treat it like a pick-em. As always, the lines will usually change as the week goes on, so now’s a good time to get in.

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

Thursday Night

Chiefs at Broncos (+3.5)

Sunday, 1pm ET

Rams at Falcons (+3.5)
Vikings at Lions (+1)
Raiders (+6.5) at Packers
Dolphins (+16.5) at Bills
Texans (+1) at Colts
49ers at Washington (+10)
Jaguars at Bengals (+3)
Cardinals (+3) at Giants

Sunday, 4pm ET

Chargers (+2) at Titans
Ravens (+3.5) at Seahawks
Saints (+3.5) at Bears

Sunday Night

Eagles (+2) at Cowboys

Monday Night

Patriots at Jets (+10)

Bye Week Teams: Panthers, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers

Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.
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