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Best bets for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season

A dive into some betting angles worth targeting and staying away from in Week 7 of the NFL season.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter while tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The goal of this article will be to examine betting angles for this week’s NFL matchups. So not only will we identify potential spots to target, but also spots that could be traps, or just to stay away from all together. Here are some plays on the DK Sportsbook that standout in Week 6:

Spot Worth Targeting: Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons

I missed on the Rams last week, but that was more from underestimating the 49ers. I thought they were a fake 4-0, and they proved me wrong by going a real 5-0. Despite this three-game losing streak, the Rams are still 4-2 ATS, and have a good coach that knows how to put his players in position to succeed. On top of that, the acquisition of Jalen Ramsey should be a shot in the arm for this team to make its way back into contention.

But this is even more of a fade of the Falcons, who are not only 1-5 overall, but 1-5 ATS. Over the last three weeks, the Falcons have failed to even just cover by an average of over 12.8 points per game. The Los Angeles offense is poised to breakout against an Atlanta defense that has given up an eye-popping total of 87 points over the last two weeks combined.

The play: LAR -3

Trap Spot: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have done nothing that warrants them to be favored in this game. Yes, Dallas got off to a 3-0 start, covering the spread in each game, but let’s remember that came against the Giants, Dolphins, and Washington. Since then, Dallas has been favored in all three of its games, losing each one outright. For some reason the Cowboys continue to be favored, despite the clear disconnect between Jason Garrett and his players — there’s absolutely no respect there. Amari Cooper is also battling a quad injury, which should be key given a healthy Cooper plays right into Philly’s weakness.

On the flip side, the Eagles have been far from perfect this season. They’re coming off a bad loss in Minnesota, but at least to a respectable team. We saw Philly play to its ceiling this season — a seven-point win in Green Bay. If it can do that again in Dallas, where the Packers dominated the Cowboys, I think Philly can get out of this primetime game with a convincing win. The front seven of this defense just shutdown Dalvin Cook, and is capable of doing the same to Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas is going to need to find a lot of success through the air (with its best WR hurt) if it wants to win this one.

The trap: DAL -2.5

Potential play: PHI +130 ML

Stay Away Spot: Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers

I’m so tempted to play the Packers in this game, and maybe by kickoff I will. But for now, it has to be a stay away spot because of how much of a spoiler the Raiders have played this season. Oakland upset Chicago in London in its last game, prior to the bye, and got its other two wins as dogs earlier in the season.

The Packers are 5-1 overall, and 4-2 ATS, and just battled down to the wire with the Lions — who covered, despite the last-second loss. Davante Adams, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Geronimo Allison are all banged up, leaving the Packers’ very thin at WR, to say the least. Josh Jacobs has been surprisingly strong in the running game, which has been a weakness of Green Bay’s defense. I’m not saying some numbers won’t wind up pointing us in the Packers’ direction before kickoff, or a spot to make a live play won’t present itself. But tread lightly here before making a play.

Stay away: GB -4.5

Potential play: Live action

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