Let’s not waste time. My Week 7 picks.
Tennessee at Buffalo
Despite looking real ugly at times, the Bills are deadlocked for first place in the AFC East. The Titans scored a huge upset win over Pittsburgh last week are looking to carry that momentum into this week. This won’t be a pretty game. Not totally sure about this one but, Buffalo wins.
Dallas at Carolina
Two struggling teams meet in Charlotte. The Cowboys are 2-3 and sit at the bottom of the NFC East. The Panthers have been competitive, but are 1-4 and tied for last place in the NFC South. The big question here is, which quarterback gives his team the best chance to win. Tony Romo or Cam Newton? Very tough to call. I’m not sure about this one at all. Don’t ask me why, but Dallas wins.
Cleveland at Indianapolis
The Browns finally got their first win last week and are hoping this begins a second half turnaround. The Colts were blown out by the New York Jets last week and are seeking redemption. In a battle of rookie quarterbacks, I like Andrew Luck more than Brandon Weeden. Indianapolis wins.
Arizona at Minnesota
After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinals have lost their last two games, with the offence struggling to put up points. The Vikings are 4-2, but did lose to Washington last week. Despite recent outcomes, both teams have been pleasant surprises this season. But one of them will continue their fall. Gut feeling tells me the home team will prevail. Minnesota wins.
Washington at New York Giants
Big game in the NFC East. The Giants are atop of the NFC East with a 4-2 record while Washington sits a game back with a 3-3 record. The Redskins swept the Giants last year so Big Blue will be looking to extract some revenge. Robert Griffin III is looking like a future superstar for Washington, but this is the present and Eli Manning is a current superstar. I always take the current superstar. New York Giants win.
Green Bay at St. Louis
This could be a very good game. The Packers explosive offence finally showed some fireworks in their impressive win over Houston last week. The Rams have a tough defence that can fly around the field. But I’m not sold on the Rams offence as of yet. The Packers are looking for a surge going into the second half of the season. I’m not counting out the Pack yet. Green Bay wins.
Baltimore at Houston
The game of the week. Albeit missing some key performers. The Ravens won’t have Ray Lewis in the lineup as he lost for at least 8 weeks, thanks to torn triceps he incurred last week. The Ravens will also be without cornerback Lardarius Webb who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Ed Reed does have a wonky shoulder, but should play against Houston. The Ravens welcome back linebacker Terrell Suggs to the lineup after missing the first 6 weeks of the season with an achilles injury. The Texans won’t have linebacker Brian Cushing, who is sidelined for the year with a torn ACL. The Texans are also trying to shake off a bad loss to Green Bay last week. This could be a preview of the AFC Championship game. Houston is healthier and motivated. Houston wins.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay
The Saints finally won a game two weeks ago, and are hoping the bye they had last week didn’t slow down their momentum. The Bucs clobbered Kansas City last week, which provided some much-needed confidence for this young team. I’m still surprised the Saints are only 1-4. They should be much better. The Bucs are looking to prove they can hang with everyone in the NFC South. I think the Saints just might turn things around. New Orleans wins.
Jacksonville at Oakland
Ugh! Less said about this game the better. Oakland wins.
New York Jets at New England
A battle for first in the AFC East. The Jets are coming off a huge win over Indianapolis while New England lost a heartbreaker to Seattle last week. These two teams despise each other, so expect a war and bad blood between these two. There is one glowing difference. The Patriots know how to win big games. The Jets don’t. Enough said. New England wins.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Two very inconsistent AFC North rivals meet in a pivotal Sunday Night showdown. The Steelers lost a tough game to Tennessee last week, while the Bengals have dropped two in a row, the most recent was a loss to state rival Cleveland. You just don’t know what to expect between these two unpredictable teams. I’ll go with recent history. The Steelers have had success at Paul Brown Stadium, winning 4 out of their last 5 visits to the Queen City. Not very scientific, but I’ll use that for the basis of my pick. Pittsburgh wins.
Detroit at Chicago
The NFC North is featured on Monday night. The Bears have been very impressive so far, as they are in first place in the NFC North, sporting a 4-1 record. The Lions have struggled, starting the season 2-3, but did record a comeback win over Philadelphia last week. The battle will be between Detroit’s talented offence against the Bears stiff defence. I love my Lions, but they haven’t won in Chicago since 2007 and I don’t see that trend ending. Pains me to say it but Chicago wins.
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