Peyton Manning and his return to Indianapolis is stealing headlines, but Week 7 of the NFL schedule contains a few more intriguing matchups than just the Broncos at the Colts.
We talk to oddsmakers about the biggest adjustments to the Week 7 odds and where the action is heading into Sunday's kickoffs:New England Patriots at New York Jets - Open: +6, Move: +4
The Pats might be 5-1 straight up, but bettors are fading the AFC East giants. TE Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play but remains listed as questionable as we inch closer toward Sunday's kickoff.
"Early sharp money is fading the Patriots," says Peter Childs, an oddsmaker with Sportsbook.ag
. "Monday, we got sharp bet at +6 and moved to +5. Another wiseguy play on Tuesday made us move the number to Pats -4. Seventy percent of money is on New England."St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers - Open: -7
A matchup featuring a pair of such inconsistent teams naturally has sharps and the betting public at opposite ends of the spectrum.
"Sharps are backing the St. Louis dog number at +7 and the public is backing Carolina at any number," an oddsmaker with BetDSI
. "When this happens you get some interesting trends with current wager count favoring the Panthers 2-to-1 while total volume wagered favors the Rams 2-to-1."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons - Open: -8, Move: -7
The Bucs are one of just three teams without a victory and the Falcons are nothing to write home about either. The latter is hobbling into this NFC South tilt incredibly banged up and without many weapons for QB Matt Ryan.
"Wiseguys taking the dog here makes some sense," Childs tells Covers
. "After all, the Falcons are coming off back-to-back home losses on nationally televised games. Also, Julio Jones is out and it doesn't appear Roddy White will play either."Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Open: -3, Move: -2.5
The Ravens continue to be a favorite of sharp bettors yet again in this AFC North affair. Ravens QB Joe Flacco may have turned the corner as he did not turn the ball over in the loss to Green Bay one week ago.
"Sharp money liked Baltimore last week and the love affair continues this week," say BetDSI. "Sharps are backing the Ravens at +3 -120. Sharp money is also backing the over 40 value which has been moved to 41."Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins - Open: Pick, Move: -1
The opening line here ranged anywhere from a pick to Skins -2 at various wagering outlets. Washington is just 1-4 both SU and ATS this season, but are seeing the bulk of action at home.
"On Tuesday morning, wiseguy play came on Washington, so moved them to -1," Childs says. "Sixty-nine percent of cash is on Washington."
BetDSI also states that sharp money has been coming in on the Over 48 for this matchup and that public money will have its say as well.
"Public money is and will continue to add to the over driving it up to the current 49.5 value."