With six weeks of the regular season already on the books, we’re already looking ahead at the best and most entertaining NFL games to watch in Week 7.
That’s just the beauty of this league, you can never catch a break, and you’re always hungry for more football.
NFL games to watch in Week 7
Week 6 gave us some surprises, that’s for sure. The New York Jets rightfully beat the Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers embarrassed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons demolished the San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Giants proved that they’re for real by beating the Baltimore Ravens.
It’ll definitely be tough to top that any time soon.
So, even though it might seem like the slate for Week 7 is one of the weakest of the season, there are plenty of reasons to tune in and watch multiple matchups, and not related to fantasy or gambling. So, without further ado, let’s discuss the top five NFL games to watch this week.
5. Packers at Commanders
According to updated NFL MVP odds, Aaron Rodgers is officially out of the top 15 to win the award this season. He may not be satisfied with that after taking the trophy home in consecutive campaigns, and he’s made his discontent with this receiving corps and offense quite evident.
The Green Bay Packers oughta bounce back after back-to-back duds. The Washington Commanders have been one of the worst teams in the league by most metrics, and Ron Rivera knows he’s coaching for his job. Moreover, Taylor Heinicke will get the nod for the injured Carson Wentz.
So, this game reeks of desperation and playoff-like football from start to finish. Neither of these teams can afford to lose, let alone another humiliation. We expect Matt LaFleur to finally let Rodgers cook, and Heinicke to throw the ball downfield on every dropback.
4. Seahawks at Chargers
Even though Russell Wilson isn’t around anymore, this might well end up being one of the most entertaining NFL games of all time. Why? Well, because Geno Smith can definitely sling the football down the field, and the Chargers just can’t get a stop.
The Seahawks haven’t exactly been good this season, but they’ve proven that they can put up points on the scoreboard at a dramatic pace. Their defense has been terrible for the most part, and they’ll face one of the elite QBs in the league.
So, all things considered, we could be in for a shootout for the ages. We’re talking about two offenses with explosive playmakers and pass-happy philosophies facing beatable defenses. The Chargers should get the win, but there will be multiple lead changes.
3. Browns at Ravens
The Cleveland Browns have found mixed results throughout the first third of the regular season. They boast the best one-two punch in the running attack with Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, and they could certainly do worse than Jacoby Brissett at QB.
But regardless of how they’ve fared, facing a divisional rival and lifelong foe such as the Baltimore Ravens always gives them a different kind of motivation. These teams hate each other’s guts, and both desperately crave the win after last week’s meltdowns.
Lamar Jackson has been lights out, and the Ravens have been mostly solid this season. However, they can’t seem to hold on to any lead and have dug themselves into a hole over and over in the second half. Don’t look now, but John Harbaugh could be on the hot seat if this trend continues.
2. Steelers at Dolphins
The Pittsburgh Steelers are fresh off an emotional win. They were 9.5-point home underdogs but got the straight-up upset versus Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. More impressively, it was Mitch Trubisky as the one who finished the job after Kenny Pickett got hurt.
Whoever starts behind center will most likely have to face Tua Tagovailoa, who was an early MVP candidate before missing multiple games with concussions. The Miami Dolphins desperately need to get back to their winning ways, and facing a struggling offense might be just what the doctor ordered.
However, one cannot ignore the fact that the Steelers hired former Dolphins’ HC Brian Flores as their new Linebackers coach. He’s got this game marked on his calendar and sure knows Tagovailoa’s weaknesses better than anybody. The Dolphins should be favored, but we wouldn’t be shocked it the Steelers pulled off another upset.
1. Chiefs at Niners
This week’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers could give us one of the best NFL games this season. Both teams are hurt after enduring a tough loss and will look to prove that they can beat contending teams. They’re both well-coached and know each other pretty well.
The Niners have one of the best defensive units in the league and will look to be better after getting completely torched by Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs have an explosive offense and arguably the best QB in Patrick Mahomes. But he’s coming off choking a win against the Buffalo Bills away.
Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t a rival to look up to by any means, but the Niners have an elite running attack and don’t make many mistakes. This will be a clash of styles, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Niners’ defense can prevail over Mahomes’ magic plays and dual-threat abilities.