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NFL Insights: Week 7 Highlights

Week 7 presents a lot of opportunities for teams that have started the season slowly to climb their way back into contention, and teams that are off to fast starts to put some extra distance between them and the teams behind them. There are plenty of good games to look forward to this week, the best of which are listed below.

Miami Dolphins (2-3) vs. Chicago Bears (3-3), Sunday, October 19, 1 PM. ET. CBS.

Despite the money the team has spent the last two off seasons, the Dolphins are still underachieving, and will need to start winning soon if they want their coaches to return next season. They will have a chance to even their record against the Bears, who are winless at home.

Chicago snapped their two game losing streaks against the Falcons, and will try to win their second straight game when they play Miami. They will try to get Matt Forte more involved in the offense, after his solid performance against Atlanta, and also because Miami’s run defense is very suspect.

Game Line: The Bears are favored to win this game by 3 points, the Over/Under is 48 points.

Personal Pick: The Bears know they need to win to keep up in their division, and will find a way to do so against the dolphins.

Arizona Cardinals (4-1) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-5), Sunday, October 19, 4:25 PM. ET. FOX.

The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league, but have also had some lucky bounces on their way to their 4-1 record; they will feed the ball to Andre Ellington, because the Raiders have the worst run defense in the league.

The Raiders have had problems on both sides of the ball all season long, but look like they are starting to figure things out. They will try to improve their run defense, because it has cost them opportunities to win some games, and will put the ball in the air on offense, because the Cardinals have the worst ranked pass defense in the NFL.

Game Line: The Cardinals are favored to win this game by 3.5 points, the Over/Under is 44.5 points.

The Cardinals shouldn’t have any problems against Oakland.

San Francisco 49ers (4-2) vs. Denver Broncos (4-1), Sunday, October 19, 8:30 PM. ET.

The 49ers have played well on both sides of the ball during their three game winning streak, they have taken better care of the ball, and avoided the costly turnovers that caused them to lose to the Bears and the Cardinals, while cutting down on the penalties that plagued them earlier in the season. They will rely on Colin Kaepernick to continue playing well if they want to win this game.

The Broncos have not lost a game at home this season, and have had one of the toughest schedules to start the season, so they are well tested and ready for the 49ers. They might not be able to move the ball as easily as they have against other teams, but Peyton Manning will find a way to solve this 49ers defense.

Game Line: The Broncos are favored to win this game by 7 points, the Over/Under is 49.5 points.

Personal Pick: The 49ers will run the ball well, and dominate the clock, which will help them win the game.

Houston Texans (3-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3), Monday, October 20, 8:30 PM. ET.

J.J. Watt has been a one man wrecking crew on Houston’s defense; unfortunately, the offense has let him down lately. The team is running the ball well, but has a very inconsistent passing game, which has cost them some victories. They will need their passing game to come alive when they face Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have also struggled with inconsistency, they have alternated wins and losses all season, Ben Roethlisberger has been playing well, but their running game and defense have been inconsistent, and has cost them a few games already.

Game Line: The Steelers are favored to win by 3 points, the Over/Under is 44.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Texans have not looked good offensively in a few weeks, and will continue to struggle against Pittsburgh, costing them the game.

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