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NFL Week 7 odds: Vikings, Colts among sportsbook favorites

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The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to end a five-game losing streak on the road when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Vikings held off a late charge by the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend to record a 16-13 win, improving their straight up record to 3-2 while extending their winning streak against the spread to four games.

Minnesota now enters Sunday afternoon’s Vikings vs. Lions betting matchup at Ford Field with 12 ATS wins in their last 15 outings. However, SU road wins have been hard to come by for the Vikings, who are dismal 4-20-1 SU in their last 25 such games.

The Lions are coming off their first win of the season, a 37-34 shootout victory over the Chicago Bears which ended the team’s seven-game SU losing skid.

Detroit has also produced brutal results at the sportsbooks, going 5-12 ATS in their past 17, but have enjoyed success in recent visits by the Vikings, going 4-1 SU in their last five – but just 2-3 ATS.

The Indianapolis Colts will look to rebound from yet another loss to New England when they entertain the New Orleans Saints as 5-point chalk this weekend. The Colts were upended 34-27 by the Patriots on Sunday, dropping to 3-3 SU but still clinging to a one-game lead atop the AFC South standings.

Despite their early-season struggles the Colts have paid off as underdogs in each of their last two games, ending an 0-5 ATS slide.

The 2-4 Saints will be coming off a 10-day rest when they take on the Colts, following their 31-21 win over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night. New Orleans is now 3-1 ATS in their last four games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, but are in desperate need of a SU win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The 5-0 Carolina Panthers remained atop the NFC South with their stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks last week, but face a tough challenge when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night as 3-point home chalk.

The Panthers are now 10-1 SU in their past 11 games, and undefeated ATS in their last seven, while the 3-3 Eagles have bounced back from a sluggish start with lopsided wins over the Saints and New York Giants.

In other NFL Week 7 betting action, the Giants are pegged as early 4-point favorites over the Dallas Cowboys, while the Falcons are 3.5-point chalk against the Tennessee Titans, and the Patriots are favored by 9 points over the New York Jets.

Watch Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts live on TNF

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The Indianapolis Colts host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football in a battle of two former contenders whose seasons have gone wrong.

Following a strong start, the Broncos went 1-8, as their typically astute defense has struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone. Denver’s offense has not helped the team’s cause either. The Broncos have failed to find clarity at quarterback with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch all seeing time.

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The Colts have had their own deficiencies this season without star quarterback Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has provided admirable coverage under center with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but he has not been able to keep up with a Colts defense that has let up the second-most points in the NFL this season.

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Watch Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders live on SNF

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The Oakland Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to keep their playoff hopes alive.

With a win, Dallas will maintain its chances of sneaking into the playoffs as a wild card. After struggling initially, Dak Prescott has been able to adjust to life without Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott threw for three touchdowns and a season-high 332 yards in the Cowboys win last week over the New York Giants.

If the Cowboys can hang around, Elliott can give them a boost when he returns from suspension next week heading into the final stretch of the season.

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The Raiders also find themselves in need of a win as they are in the middle of a contested AFC West battle with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Derek Carr and the Raiders’ offense will need to improve after dropping from the league’s sixth-best offense in 2016 to 19th this season.

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Cowboys vs. Raiders

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