Friday, October 22, 2010

All Business: NFL Week 7 Predictions

Since I'm concentrating on the Phillies right now, I've got no fancy intro this week, so let's get right to the Week 7 picks. Remember, picks this year are made against the spread and I'll be using the spread values that ESPN uses in their Pigskin Pick'em game. One of these days my overall record will get above .500.

Record Last Week: 6-8, .429
Overall Record: 42-48, .467

Colts, Jets, Lions, Texans

Sunday Day Games:

Bengals (2-3) @ Falcons (4-2, -3.5)
One of the biggest surprises last week was how bad the Falcons looked against the Eagles. Look for them to bounce back nicely against a weak Bengals team. My pick: Falcons

Redskins (3-3) @ Bears (4-2, -2.5)
It's time for the Bears record to start reflecting how badly they've played this season. I'm not crazy about the Redskins either, but consider them the lesser of two evils in this game. My pick: Redskins

Eagles (4-2) @ Titans (4-2, -3.5)
After not being impressed with the Titans on Monday night, I like the Eagles chances in this one. While they may not pull out the win, Kevin Kolb and the Birds should keep it close. Remember, every time the Eagles starting quarterback finishes the game, they win. My pick: Eagles

Jaguars (3-3) @ Chiefs (3-2, -5.5)
After how horrible the Jaguars looked on Monday Night, there is no way I'm going to pick them. How did they beat the Colts again? My pick: Chiefs

Steelers (4-1) @ Dolphins (3-2, +3.5)
While the Steelers will probably win, expect a low-scoring, hard-fought game. Or, you know, the exact opposite. My pick: Dolphins

Browns (1-5) @ Saints (4-2, -13.5)
That's a big line but I like what I saw from the Saints offense last week. The Browns really have nothing going for them, though they did make things a little interesting, spread wise, against the Steelers. My pick: Saints

Rams (3-3) @ Bucs (3-2, -2.5)
These are the two most surprising teams in the NFC, mostly surprising because they aren't as terrible as we thought they would be. I like the Bucs to win by a field goal. My pick: Bucs

Niners (1-5) @ Panthers (0-5, +3.5)
The reason people keep saying the Niners still have a chance to win the division is their schedule. Not only do they get to play their weak divisional opponents, but they have games like this one against the crappy Panthers. My pick: Niners

Bills (0-5) @ Ravens (4-2, -13.5)
The Bills suck. My pick: Ravens

Cardinals (3-2) @ Seahawks (3-2, -5.5)
Whoo boy, what a showdown between the beasts of the NFC West! Given how incredibly mediocre both teams are, I really could go either way on this one, so I'll just go with the home team. My pick: Seahawks

Patriots (4-1) @ Chargers (3-2, -2.5)
This one is easily the best game of the week. While it's nearly impossible to predict which Chargers team will show up, I think they get up for this home game and pull out a close win. My pick: Chargers

Raiders (2-4) @ Broncos (2-4, -6.5)
Who's going to start at quarterback for the Raiders? Does it matter? Boy, even a 4th rounder was too much to give up for Jason Campbell. My pick: Broncos

Sunday Night Game:

Vikings (2-3) @ Packers (3-3, -2.5)
Some of the luster has come off this game but it's still Brett Favre returning to Lambeau, so it should be fun. While the Packers have hardly been impressive this year, they are starting to show signs of turning around the offense. Hopefully Randy Moss doesn't moon the crowd. My pick: Packers

Monday Night Game:

Giants (4-2) @ Cowboys (1-4, -3.5)
The Cowboys try to stave off irrelevance by beating a Giants team that might be the best in the NFC right now. I like the Cowboys to win but only be a field goal in this tough NFC East matchup. You don't have to say goodbye to the playoffs just yet, Dallas. My pick: Giants

Those are my picks for Week 7 of the NFL Season. Check back every Thursday during the season for the latest predictions. Feel free to discuss, argue or make your own picks in the comment section!

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