It's been a struggle for Mitchell Trubisky and Chicago's offense but this week could serve as a turnaround
Week 7 wasn't quite as wild as we've come to see in the NFL recently but it did really help clarify who is a contender and who simply thinks they are. Division races continue to heat up while we're also seeing plenty of GMs throw caution to the wind to move players or acquire assets. Add in a handful of key injuries and the balance of power in some places around the league is gently tilting in an unexpected direction.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Here are this week's best NFL picks against the spread:
Seattle Seahawks (5-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-6), 1 p.m.
Pete Carroll's squad just took a tough loss vs. Baltimore but Lamar Jackson is very much unlike Matt Ryan (who may not even play due to a sprained ankle) when it comes to defending the quarterback position. Atlanta remains dangerous despite their record but Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of the Seattle front seven have to love going up against a lackluster offensive line as they take care of business on the other side of the country. The Pick: Seahawks -3.5
Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (5-1), 1 p.m.
The Bills have been one of the biggest surprises in the AFC and have made their name with some tough defense and a bruising run game. Still, Josh Allen isn't the kind of QB to take advantage of Philly's big weakness in the secondary and this Eagles squad is absolutely hungry for a convincing win given what happened in Dallas last week. The Pick: Eagles +1.5
Los Angeles Chargers (2-5) at Chicago Bears (3-3), 1 p.m.
The monsters of the Midway haven't quite looked like the unit they're capable of but the cure for that comes to town at just the right moment in the form of the beat-up Chargers offensive line. Philip Rivers remains dangerous going downfield but if he has no time to throw, things can quickly spiral out of control for a team that has not lived up to the preseason expectations in any form. Mitchell Trubisky and the coaching staff have been hearing plenty about their own offensive struggles but this is a good spot to put those performances in the past and notch a comfortable victory at Soldier Field. The Pick: Bears -4
Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) vs. Los Angeles Rams (4-3), 1 p.m. (London)
Are the Rams significantly better than the Bengals? Of course, but we've seen some strange results in the London series and Los Angeles is coming off a big win in Atlanta and sticking around on the East Coast before heading across the pond. The travel issues might take a little bit out of the Rams as a result as Sean McVay plays this one close to the vest to avoid running the score up on his old friend across the sidelines with the Bengals. The Pick: Bengals +13
Last Week: 3-1
— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.