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Written by on October 17, 2017

Good news for the Minnesota Vikings as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to return to practice on Wednesday. Bridgewater injured his knee in practice on Aug. 30, 2016, and has been on the physically unable to perform list this season. When Bridgewater practices, it opens a 21-day window for the Vikings to decide whether to promote him to the active roster or place him on injured reserve. Here are two intriguing games this Sunday, with their latest NFL odds and my NFL Week 7 picks for the Seahawks-Giants and Falcons-Patriots.

Top NFL Week 7 Picks to Bet Straight Up

Seahawks at Giants NFL Week 7 Odds & Game Info

When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ETWhere: MetLife StadiumTV: CBSRadio: 710 ESPN (Seattle) / WFAN 660 AM (NY)Stream Option: NFL LiveOpening NFL Week 7 Lines: Seahawks -6

Why Bet On Seattle?

The Seahawks come off their bye so they are about as healthy as possible. They entered the break off an impressive 16-10 win over the Rams. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. He almost singlehandedly won the game for Seattle over the Rams, a Todd Gurley fumble at the goal line in the first quarter that resulted in a touchback instead of touchdown. Thomas also intercepted Jared Goff late in the fourth quarter with the Seahawks winning by three.Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls have “equal status” in the team’s backfield. “There’s no reason to have any criteria for it right now because we like our guys, and really, equal status now is good for us,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how they do.” Both backs received 10 touches in the win over the Rams, though Rawls out-snapped Lacy 32-19.During the bye, left guard Luke Joeckel had having an arthroscopic procedure to help with lingering effects of his major knee injury from last season. Carroll said it probably would keep Joeckel from playing in Seattle’s Week 7 game against the Giants. The Seahawks are hoping that the week off will give defensive lineman Michael Bennett a chance to rest the plantar fascia foot injury he suffered vs. the Rams. Seattle is already playing without its other starting defensive end, Cliff Avril, so Bennett coming back from the bye healthy is all the more important.

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Why Bet On NY Giants?

New York was a shocking 23-10 winner in Denver on Sunday night as a two-touchdown underdog and without its top three receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. Beckham and Marshall are done for the year. Shepard might return this week. The Giants had been one of three winless teams along with Cleveland and San Francisco.Jason Pierre-Paul had a trio of sacks for the Giants. Not only were the three receivers out, five other starters were sidelined with injuries and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for insubordination. The Broncos were healthy, coming off a bye and leading the league in defense and swagger. Yet the Giants had a goal-line stand to go with four sacks and two interceptions, double their season total.Giants coach Ben McAdoo gave up play-calling duties. OC Mike Sullivan called Sunday’s upset of the Broncos, which saw the G-Men batter Denver’s previously No. 1 ranked run defense on the ground. Eli Manning was forced to stay within himself, attempting only 19 passes. Manning completed 11 for 128 yards and a TD.Orleans Darkwa rushed 21 times for 117 yards in Week 6 against the Broncos. Darkwa is the first running back to go over 100 yards against the Broncos this year. He was featured heavily. And he did it in just 27 snaps. The fourth-year back is now averaging 5.7 yards per carry on a team that hasn’t run the ball well this season.

Falcons at Patriots NFL Odds & Game Info

When: Sunday, 8:30 PM ETWhere: Gillette Stadium, FoxboroTV: NBCRadio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta) / 98.5 FM (New England)Stream Option: NBCSports.comOpening NFL Week 7 Lines: Patriots -3

Why Bet On Atlanta?

The Falcons are looking for payback for last season’s 34-28 overtime Super Bowl loss to New England, blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead. It was the first Super Bowl OT ever – the Falcons never even got possession of the ball.Atlanta (3-2) comes off back-to-back upset losses at home. It was up 17-0 on Sunday vs. the Dolphins but fell 20-17. Matt Ryan had another crucial interception with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal. Cordrea Tankersley got a hand on a pass intended for Austin Hooper and Reshed Jones swooped in to make the game-clinching interception with 39 seconds remaining. Ryan, who has thrown six interceptions in the past three games, completed 24 of 35 for 248 yards.Are the Falcons a safe betting pick in NFL Week 7?Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there were no setbacks from the players that were banged up leading into the Dolphins’ game such as Julio Jones (hip flexor), Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring). He expects Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) and Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee) to get some practice time after both sat out.Quinn wants to get star WR Julio Jones more touches. Jones leads the Falcons with 25 catches for 367 yards but has no touchdowns through five games. He has 38 targets, which is tied for 32nd among all players, tight ends and running backs included. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown leads the league with 72 targets.Quinn also said the Super Bowl has not been an everyday motivation for his team. Of course, it’s a source of frustration but it’s not a motivating factor, he said.

Why Bet On New England?

The Pats didn’t cover the spread Sunday but won a tougher-than-expected game at the Jets, 24-17. Tom Brady passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns. Brady, who has 187 career regular-season victories, surpassed Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. He has 212 career wins (including the postseason), the most all-time by a starting quarterback.Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the win. Brady and Gronkowski have connected on 71 career touchdown passes, the second-most from a quarterback to a tight end in NFL history. Only Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (85) of the Los Angeles Chargers have more.While Brady picked up his 24th career win over the Jets — his most over any team other than the Bills (26) — he didn’t display his trademark accuracy and smart decision-making throughout. When the Patriots needed a first down to close out the game in the fourth quarter, Brady & Co. couldn’t deliver.New York had a chance to tie the game after getting the ball back with 1:53 remaining, but the Patriots’ 32nd-ranked overall defense held on — forcing Josh McCown to throw incomplete on a desperation heave on fourth-and-16 from the Patriots 49, and ending the Jets’ three-game winning streak.Dion Lewis finished with 52 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown, but the more important number was 29. That was his total offensive snaps played, which was easily a season high and marked the first time he led all Patriots rushers in snaps played in a game.

Expert Predictions for NFL Week 7

But that Patriots number down to 2.5 and take New England at home. The Seahawks will beat the injury-ravaged Giants by a touchdown
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