NFL: Week 7 Picks

The Chiefs picked up their first lost in week 6, while the Giants got their first win. San Fran is now the only win-less team in the league after another close loss as week 7 in the NFL gets going.

It was also another bad week for stars getting injured.

Thursday Night Football

  • Chiefs @ Raiders: Undefeated no more. Kansas City’s struggles continued against the Steelers, losing for the first time this season. In inability to sustain drives until it was too late plagued the Chiefs. The defense did its best to give them a chance in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. As for their AFC West opponents this week, the Raiders struggles continued, as they dropped their fourth straight. This despite Derek Carr, who literally broke his back for this team, returning from injury. He wasn’t sharp and they fell on a late field goal. So who gets back in the win column this week? Give me the healthy road squad to move to 6-1. KANSAS CITY WINS

Sunday 1pm Games

  • Ravens @ Vikings: Baltimore’s up and down season confused last week, losing in OT to the Bears. Joe Flacco wasn’t very good, and the running game continues to struggle. Case Keenum led the Vikings past the Packers after knocking Aaron Rodgers out with an injury. He Jerick McKinnon is helping Minnesota prolong drives in a big way on the ground. The Vikings have an opportunity to make moves in the NFC North and I think they continue to this week. MINNESOTA WINS
  • Saints @ Packers: New Orleans was unstoppable on offense in week 6, putting up a league high 52 points on the Lions. At one point they were up 45-10, and while they ended up allowing 38 in the game, the defense made Matt Stafford work to get back into it. Mark Ingram had a huge day running the football, finding paydirt twice. They head to Green Bay to face a Packers team that may have lost their starting quarterback for the year. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone Sunday, and it wasn’t the only loss suffered in Minnesota. Brett Hundley moved the ball well on offense in Rodgers’ absence, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to their division rivals. The Saints are climbing up the NFC South after an 0-2 start, and I expect another big day for them this weekend.  NEW ORLEANS WINS
  • Jets @ Dolphins: Don’t look now but the Miami Dolphins are on a winning streak. The Fins took down the Falcons on the road, and getting 2016 Jay Ajayi back was a big part why. New York put up a good fight against the reigning champs, but a controversial call on a late touchdown sealed the Jets fate at 3-3 through six weeks. Josh McCown threw for 354 yards, his most in a game since 10/11/15 against the Ravens. So while Miami is coming off a win, the Jets have been more consistent and I think that pays off in week 7. NEW YORK WINS
  • Panthers @ Bears: Chicago got its first win with Mitch Trubisky at the helm, needing overtime to do so. Not that Trubisky was the star; that was Jordan Howard and his 167- yards rushing. Carolina enters leading the NFC South, despite a loss to open up week 6 action on Thursday. The Panthers has their chances against Philly, but three Cam Newtown turnovers were too much to overcome. The Bears have started to look a little more consistent, but I still like the Panthers to take this one. CAROLINA WINS
  • Cardinals @ Rams: The Cardinals had one of their better offensive showings last week, thanks in big part to newly acquired running back Adrian Peterson. AP did very little in his 4-game career in New Orleans, but in one game with Arizona, scored twice. Los Angeles also picked up a victory last week, holding down a potent Jaguars offense. Which NFC West team gets the win this week? As much as I like this Rams team, I think the Cardinals are poised to figure things out and go on a streak. ARIZONA WINS
  • Jaguars @ Colts: Indianapolis nearly found a way on Monday night to pick up a road win in Tennessee, but ultimately fell short. Without Andrew Luck, the offense hasn’t been the issue, it’s been the inconsistency of the defense. The Jaguars fell in a defensive struggle to the Rams last week. They continue to get huge production from rookie rusher Leonard Fournette. While the Jacksonville offense maybe up and down, the defense isn’t. That’ll be the difference. JACKSONVILLE WINS 
  • Buccaneers @ Bills: Tampa Bay lost both their week 6 game and starting QB Jameis Winston. With or without Winston, I trust the Tampa defense to get the job done. Buffalo is well-rested and in an early fight for the AFC East. They’ve been up and down offensively, but their defense has been pretty good early. Without Winston, I’m not sure they’ll be able to get past the Bills on the road. BUFFALO WINS

Sunday 4/4:25pm Games

  • Cowboys @ 49ers: Another close loss doomed the Niners to an 0-6 start. After losing by 20 in week 1, San Fran has lost each of their last 5 games by 3 points of less. A change in quarterback finally came in week 6, and it almost meant a last second win against Washington. Dallas’ bye week cake folloing two losses where they scored 30-plus points. The defense hasn’t been what they’ve even looking for, particularly late in games. Despite that, I still think they’re well-prepared to handle the 49ers on the road, even with now close San Fran keeps coming to victories. DALLAS WINS
  • Bengals @ Steelers: The Steelers are coming off an impressive week 6 performance that meant the Chiefs first loss of the year. Pittsburgh’s defense was huge, and Big Ben bounced back after a 5 interception performance against Jacksonville. Their AFC North rivals hope their week off after a win helps them make moves in the division. Cincinnati’s week 5 win over Buffalo was a big once for them. Every year I wait for the Bengals to take the next step, and while they still have the team that could take downPutt, I don’t think they do it on the road this week. PITTSBURGH WINS
  • Seahawks @ Giants: Seattle is coming  off their bye week, a half game back of the Rams for the lead in the NFC West. They beat those same Rams in week 5, with a big performance from their defense. Th  Seahawks have shown they can shut down teams when their offense isn’t functioning at its best, while also being able to pull away too this season. As for their opines, there’s nothing quite like having nothing to lose to spark a victory. The Giants went into a tough Sunday Night match-up against the Broncos at 0-5, coming off a week that saw them lose 3 huge offensive weapons, and they made easy work of Denver. Their defense looked re-energized and made it tough all night. That being said, I still think the Seahawks go into East Rutherford and get the win. SEATTLE WINS
  • Broncos @ Chargers: Entering week 6, the Broncos run defense was tops in the league. Facing one of the worst rushing teams in the league, the Giants did whatever they wanted on offense. Denver’s own offense didn’t show up either. Los Angeles has won its last two, finally figuring out how to win close games, thanks to having a kicker who doesn’t miss in late game situations. So who will claim victory in week 7? Despite the down week last week, I’ll take the Broncos to get back on track. DENVER WINS

Sunday Night Football

  • Patriots @ Falcons: It’s a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night, between two teams still trying to find their way this season. New England got the win last week on the road, but it wasn’t easy against the Jets. They got off to a slow start, but 24 unanswered, including 12 from Rob Gronkowski, helped move them into a tie atop the AFC East with Buffalo. Ironically, as the story-line will be to revisit the Falcons blowing a big lead to the Pats in February, they come off a similar loss to the Dolphins in week 6. Up 17-0 at the half, Atlanta was shutout in the second half and had trouble stopping the run. Expect the sting of another blown lead and wanting revenge for the Super Bowl loss to bring out the best in the Falcons at home. ATLANTA WINS

Monday Night Football

  • Redskins @ Eagles: The top 2 teams in the NFC East do battle to close out week 7 action. Philly will be well-rested coming off a week 6 win over Carolina on Thursday night. The Eagles defense made big plays against Cam Newton, and Carson Wentz continues to show his growth for the Eagles on offense. Washington had to hold off the win-less Niners to pick up their 4th win of the season. They got a lot of people involved on offense, surviving a couple of turnovers in the process. This will be a fun, close division match-up, that will go the way of the home team. PHILADELPHIA WINS

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