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Thursday Night Football Predictions & Best Bets Week 7

NFL Week 7 TNF Best Bets

While we’ve had some lame Thursday Night Football games lately, we can at least hope for more scoring this time around as the New Orleans Saints travel on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

The Saints had a win stolen from them last week thanks to a 60-yard Ja’Marr Chase touchdown, and the Cardinals looked atrocious, scoring just nine points against the Seattle Seahawks.

Well, this week, they get back wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who missed the first six games of the season due to suspension.

How does this one shake out in Arizona on Amazon? Let’s check it out.

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Taking the Cardinals here after a lousy performance against the Seahawks may be a head-scratcher for you and we understand.

However, the Saints are dealing with several injuries this week, most notably to cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints allow nearly 343 yards of offense per game this season, with about 121 of that coming on the ground.

Hopkins coming back will be huge for this team, but they will be without fellow wide receiver Marquise Brown, who’s dealing with a foot injury. They did trade for Robbie Anderson, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll have much of a role on a short week.

While the Cardinals scored nine points, we saw quarterback Kyler Murray run a bit more, managing 100 yards.

All signs point to Jameis Winston returning this week, but he won't have Michael Thomas.

The Cardinals’ offensive line hasn’t been great this season, and they’re dealing with more injuries there, such as guard Justin Pugh. That could be an issue for the Cardinals against a stout Saints defensive front.

However, without Lattimore, this will allow the Cardinals to do things in the passing game with Hopkins that they haven’t been able to before.

Sure, Hopkins could see plenty of double teams with Tyrann Mathieu helping on the back end, but this could be where Anderson takes the top off the defense to where those double teams could be a bit more limited.

If Hopkins has a one-on-one matchup, Murray will get him the ball. Other than that, expect Murray to continue running in this one.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Saints utilize Taysom Hill in this game with Winston back coming off the injury, but that’s a wild card that’s difficult to predict.

The Cardinals pull this one out.

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With injuries to Lattimore and the Cardinals' defense just being, well, bad, there's plenty of opportunity for offense here. The Saints still score points despite their injuries on offense, but they’re also allowing plenty of points.

The Cardinals haven’t been clicking on offense, but perhaps head coach Kliff Kingsbury does surrender some of those playcalling duties this week.

We should see both teams hit 20 points, and with that, the over seems like a safe bet.

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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