Two teams are on their bye as the NFL heads into week 7. The Saints and Raiders have time off after they each lost in week 6.
As for me, I had a pretty good week 6, going 10-5 in my picks, so let’s see if I can at least match that this time around.
Thursday Night Football
- Seattle @ Arizona: It’s an NFC West showdown to kick off the week of football. The Seahawks are looking like a top 2-3 team in the NFC, while the Cardinals are much improved from a year ago. Seattle is coming off a win, Arizona a loss. I think it will be close for most of the game, but Seattle’s defense will make a big play late to seal their 6th win of the season. SEATTLE WINS
1PM Sunday Games
- Tampa Bay @ Atlanta: This division game is actually a battle to stay out of last place. Shocking yes. But still true. The Falcons are having a down year to say the least, and lost Julio Jones for the year before their bye week. They’ll also be without Roddy White for the first time in his 8-year career. The Bucs are win-less and had a hard time stopping any part of the Eagles high-powered offense in week 6. Even without Jones and White, I see think Matt Ryan can lead his team to win number 2. ATLANTA WINS
- Chicago @ Washington: The Bears already beat one NFC East team this month, can they do it again? If their offensive line can protect Jay Cutler like they did last week, they’ve got a shot. The Redskins weren’t anything to write home about last week, but they’ve got one thing that can really tip the score in their favors. The bears usually shutdown defense has been suspect of late, and they let Brandon Jacobs turn back the clock and have a big day on the ground. I’m going with the road team, but if RGII and Alfred Morris can get it going big time running the football, this could be Washington’s night. CHICAGO WINS
- Dallas @ Philadelphia: Another week of NFC East fun for the Cowboys, against the team they’re currently tied for first place with. Neither team has looked good for more than a week at a time, so with both coming off wins, this will give one team their first winning streak of the season. The Boys will be without starting back DeMarco Murray, and Nick Foles should get another start at QB after a great performance in place of the injured Michael Vick. I think Dallas is the better team, even without Murray, and Demarcus Ware who suffered a pulled quad last week. DALLAS WINS
- New England @ New York Jets: The Patriots are feeling good after a late second win over the Saints, while the Jets took a step backwards against Pittsburgh. New England already has a 3-point win over their AFC foes, and I think they get another one. Their run game is starting to improve, and Tom Brady is feeling a lot more comfortable with his new receiving core. But don’t be surprised if this is another one-score game. NEW ENGLAND WINS
- Buffalo @ Miami: The Dolphins are coming off their bye and are looking to keep pace with the Patriots. The Bills are looking to get back in the win column with a new quarterback. I think Buffalo showed a lot coming back in the 4th quarter last week against Cincy. But I think Miami is just the better team, and with it being a home game for the Dolphins, that tips the scale for me. MIAMI WINS
- San Diego @ Jacksonville: The Jags played probably their best game of the year against Denver, while the Chargers probably played their best game against Indy. San Diego has been very up and down this year, while Jacksonville is has looked a bit better the last two weeks, though moral victories in an 0-6 season don’t count for much. I’d like to say this is the week the Jaguars get rid of the zero, but I think Phillip Rivers and company make it two in a row. SAN DIEGO WINS
- St. Louis @ Carolina: These are two teams coming off easy victories. The Rams made the Texans look silly, getting big contributions on defense and in e passing game. While the Panthers pounced on a Vikings team hit by tragedy and controversy. I know it’s a road game, but give me the Rams in a close one. ST LOUIS WINS
- Cincinnati @ Detroit: It’s a match-up of two 4-2 teams that are both starting to play well in all facets of the game. Cincy’s defense almost blew a 14 point lead last week, but they did enough to allow the team to get an overtime win. They’ve shown flashes of true greatness this year, snapping Tom Brady’s 52-game touchdown streak two weeks ago. The Lions played really well in Cleveland, stopping a team on a hot streak while getting big contributions from guys like Josesph Fauria and DeAndre Levy. If the Bengals defense can play somewhere between how they did against New England and Buffalo, and get similar run production, I think they pick up a big road win. CINCINNATI WINS
4/4:25PM Sunday Games
- San Francisco @ Tennessee: The 49ers have looked very good of late, especially running the ball with Frank Gore. Tennessee has also looked pretty good, despite losing to Seattle Sunday. San Fran has had two straight blowout wins, and I think that ends this week. The Titans didn’t make it easy for one of the NFC’s best last week, and will do the same this week. But I still think the niners get the win. SAN FRAN WINS
- Houston @ Kansas City: The past few years I’d have said this is an easy road win for the Texans, but that’s not the case anymore. Houston has been dreadful the past couple of weeks, while the Chiefs defense looks like it could be anyone right now. So while this might not be the blowout Houston has been put through the last few weeks, That being said, I still think KC remains undefeated for another week. KANSAS CITY WINS
- Baltimore @ Pittsburgh: Who doesn’t love Ravens/Steelers? Over the last few years it’s been a battle for the ownership of the AFC North, but this year it’s a bit of a different story. The Ravens are looking to avoid slipping below .500, while Pitt is looking for just its 2nd win of the season. The Steelers looked a bit more like themselves in their win Sunday, while Baltimore continues to struggle running the football. I see this being a low scoring game, but I think the road team gets it done. BALTIMORE WINS
- Cleveland @ Green Bay: Neither team looked great offensively Sunday, but the Packers were still able to pick up a win over Baltimore. Brandon Weedon had one of the worst games of his career against Detroit. I think both teams play better in this one, but I think Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have two down performances in a row, especially back home. The Pack will be without big play threat Randall Cobb, but youngsters like Mylea White look to step up. GREEN BAY WINS
Sunday Night Football
- Denver @ Indianapolis: This is the game everyone wants to see. Peyton Manning returns to Indy for the first time in a different uniform and brings his undefeated Broncos with him. The Colts offense couldn’t get anything going against San Diego, but I don’t see that being a problem this week. As good as Denver’s offense has been, their defense hasn’t been so great. But I still think the Broncos walk out of Indy with the W, simply because of number 18 and his comfort level at Lucas Oil Stadium. DENVER WINS
Monday Night Football
- Minnesota @ New York Giants; It’s a match-up of two desperate teams in prime-time. They enter action a combined 1-10, with the G-Men off to their worst start since 1976. You have to give Eli Manning and the Giants the edge at home, right? Well as bad as the defense has been, they did a good job of stopping Matt Forte a week ago, and they themselves found a run game. The Vikings will start their 3rd quarterback of the season, benchind Matt Cassel in favor the recently acquired Josh Freeman. If you can find a way to limit the turnovers, and keep the run game going with new back Peyton Hillis, I think the Giants will pick up win number 1 of the year. NEW YORK WINS
So that’s that. Enjoy another week of big hits, big plays, big wins and big mistakes.