NFL Week 7: Some games last week were pretty wild to watch and some were blow outs like the Bills stampeding over the unpatriotic Colin Kaepernick. This week will have some tight games and we could see some upsets. We have 2 teams on bye this week those two teams being the 5-1 Cowboys and the 1-5 Panthers. Sunday morning at 9:30 am we have a London game between the Giants and the Rams. Here is how we see it all unfolding week 7.
Giants (3-3) vs. Rams (3-3): The game in London between the Giants and Rams should be good for the fans. Could be an offensive showdown and the fans might get the privilege of seeing a three headed monster at WR if the Giants could get theirs going again. The Rams need to keep Keenum firing the ball like he did last week and get Gurley churning a bit more than he has been. This game will be interesting. Rams win 31 – 30 over the Giants in London.
Saints (2-3) @ Chiefs (3-2): The Saints high powered offense will be in for a real test here as they hit the road and head to Arrowhead and face the Chiefs solid defense. I think the Chiefs offense became terrifying last week with the addition of Jamaal Charles and this team could make a serious run and the Saints defense will be tested a good bit this week. If the Saints want to win they can’t target Marcus Peters because that kid seems to pick off everything thrown his way. Saints pull off a close one 30 - 29 over the Chiefs.
Colts (2-4) @ Titans (3-3): This game could go either way and it should be a great divisional matchup. The one thing with the Colts I can’t understand is how Pagano still has his job and how Andrew Luck still gets talked about like the second coming of Christ. He is a talented top 10 qb but he is far from a top 3 and the hype train needs to crash and burn with the Colts record. The Titans play a solid well-rounded game of football with a great ground game and a sneaky passing game. I think if they can make sure Demarco Murray does his thing they should have this game wrapped up. Titans win 23 – 20 over the Colts.
Vikings (5-0) @ Eagles (4-2): This is interesting Bradford headed back to Philly to play his old team who has lost two straight while Bradford off of a bye-week has picked up 4 wins since taking over to move his new team to 5-0. The Eagles will know all about Sam though but it also goes vice-versa Sam will know the Eagles. This game could get really interesting. The X-factor in this game is the Eagles defense can it play back at top 3 level again or were the first 4 weeks just a fluke. This game will be fun to the end. Vikings win 23 – 16 over the Eagles.
Browns (0-6) @ Bengals (2-4): The Bengals have been struggling but with Big Ben out if they can turn it around they might still be able to make a divisional run to the top. They need to beat the Browns though and I expect if they lose to Hue Jackson and the Browns we might see the end of Marvin Lewis. The Browns have been playing teams close and just coming up short and Kessler looks like he should remain the starter of the Browns for the future. I think they will fall short again this week but we could see a big offensive game. Bengals win 34 – 28 over the Browns.
Redskins (4-2) @ Lions (3-3): The Skins have been on fire as of late and they will be headed into Detroit looking to carry that momentum and stay in the battle for first. The Lions need this win to keep the gap with Green Bay and the Vikings reasonable. This game should become a gunslinger showdown and if Josh Norman can shut down Marvin Jones then can the Lions survive. I really think that will be the difference maker in this game. I am going with the slight underdog in this one. Redskins win 26 – 21 over the Lions.
Raiders (4-2) @ Jaguars (2-3): The Raiders come into Jacksonville off an upsetting loss to the hands of the Chiefs. While the Jags come in off a comeback win against the Bears in Chicago. I feel “Black Jack” Del Rio can get his team to bounce back though and show why they could still win their division. The Jaguars need to find their rhythm early in this game if they want to have a shot. I got the Raiders winning 30 – 27 over the Jaguars.
Bills (4-2) @ Dolphins (2-4): After week 2 I was calling for Rex’s head, 4 weeks later I have to admit I was wrong. The new offensive coordinator has seemed to fixed the Bills offense and they are firing on all cylinders. The Dolphins beat the Steelers last week in the biggest upset of the week but I don’t think that will affect much this week. The Bills are hot and they know if they can win this week they get to go home and face New England for a game that could decide 1st place in the division. Tyrod has been playing good football and McCoy has been awesome this year. The Dolphins need Tannehill to really step up this week and air it out and if Ajayi can repeat last week they might have a shot. Bills win 32 – 24 over the Dolphins.
Ravens (3-3) @ Jets (1-5): Ok the line for this game is EVEN, UM WHAT??? I am sorry but the Jets are a nightmare and Geno Smith starting is even better for the Ravens. If the Ravens lose this game they should throw in the towel because this game is a should win easy in my eyes. I feel like all I need to say is watch the Jets play the past few weeks and you will understand why I am so confused by this game being even in the line. Ravens win 41 – 16 over the Jets.
Buccaneers (2-3) @ 49ers (1-5): I have no idea who is the better team in this game. Both of these teams are bad and they are sloppy teams. This game could be a battle of who can turn the ball over the least and who has final possession. I am not convinced the new coach in Tampa was a good option and if I was a Tampa fan I would be pissed they fired Lovie Smith. The 49ers want to start the unpatriotic and far from average QB. The Niners at home should have a shot but I am not convinced. Buccaneers win 28 – 20 over the 49ers.
Chargers (2-4) @ Falcons (4-2): The Chargers should be 6-0 but in reality they aren’t and that hinders how good people realize this team truly is. They are beat up everywhere and they keep on playing well. The Falcons are coming off a tough loss where they should have been in position to win but the NFL referees are horrendous. Either way I think the Falcons are still an extremely talented team offensively and the defense is learning as they go and it could work for them. This game has a 6.5 spread on the line in favor of the Falcons but it could be a closer game than that would suggest. I am going to stick with my trend for the past 6 weeks and take the Bolts. Chargers win 34 – 30 over the Falcons.
Patriots (5-1) @ Steelers (4-2): Tom Brady and company are rolling heading into Heinz field. The bad news for the Steelers is no Big Ben. That should make this game a lot easier. The Pats should continue to roll and move the Steelers to 2 straight losses. Patriots win 31 – 20 over the Steelers without Big Ben.
SNF (8:30 PM/ET):
Seahawks (4-1) @ Cardinals (3-3): Seattle is coming in off a lucky win and here comes a division rivalry game in primetime in Arizona. The Cardinals are coming off the demolition of the Jets and Fitzpatrick’s career. David Johnson is a one man wrecking crew and will try to take on the top level Seahawks defense in a clash for the ages. This game should be fun especially with Russell Wilson underwhelming this year he loves to shine in the spotlight. This game will have a fun yet tense energy to it. Sunday night finally has a good game for the first time since week one. Seahawks win 20 – 17 over the Cardinals.
MNF (8:30 PM/ET):
Texans (4-2) @ Broncos (4-2): The Texans are coming off a OT win while the Broncos are coming off a loss to a 2-4 Chargers team. This game will be interesting as Osweiler returns to face his former team. While the Broncos are looking for revenge for him leaving they have to be careful and not underestimate their opponent. The Texans need this win to show they can compete with the big boys but this will in my eyes be near impossible unless they unleash the beast Will Fuller V. The Broncos have a terrible QB and their run game has gone MIA so I am not sure if they can overcome a lead if they fall behind. The Broncos need to use their stellar defense and run away with this game but if they let Will Fuller and Lamar Miller get into the game it could get ugly quick. This game is between the 28th and 27th ranked offenses in the NFL so who knows what will happen. Texans win (I Guess) 23 – 17 over the Broncos.
New York Giants @ LA Rams in London. This is going to be a huge defensive game; both of these units have the potential to be special on any given week. That being said, the Giants have far more firepower on offense, and that gives them the edge in this one. Final score: New York Giants 24, LA Rams 21.
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals. Upset special. Sooner or later, the Browns have to win a game. What better way for Hue Jackson to win his first game as head coach of the Cleveland Browns than to do it against his former team and mentor in Cincinnati? The Bengals should win this game, but things happen. Cleveland wins. CLEVELAND WINS! Final score: Cleveland Browns 21, Cincinnati Bengals 20.
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions. This game is this week's injury bowl, as both teams face major injury issues. The Redskins are more dinged up right now, and the Lions are at home. Therefore, Lions win. Final score: Detroit Lions 23, Washington Redskins 21.
Oakland Raiders @ Jacksonville Jaguars. Two great young teams with a lot to prove. These are both teams on the rise, with lots of young talent. This could be the game of the week. It's a tough call for me, but I think the Jaguars have slightly more pieces, and they're at home. Final score: Jacksonville Jaguars 28, Oakland Raiders 21.
New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City Chiefs. I'm struggling to get a read on both of these teams. Both are inconsistent. The Saints are better on offense with Drew Brees, but the Chiefs have the better team. I'm going with the home team in this matchup. Final score: Kansas City Chiefs 24, New Orleans Saints 21.
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins. The Bills look like a new team after switching offensive coordinators earlier in the season, and should handle the Dolphins easily this week. Bills win. Final score: Buffalo Bills 28, Miami Dolphins 14.
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets. Geno Smith may be starting for the Jets this week, but he faces a surprisingly strong Ravens team. Even though it's a home game for the Jets, it's a game that they will struggle in. Ravens win. Final score: Baltimore Ravens 35, New York Jets 14.
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles. This week Sam Bradford heads to Philly to take on his former team and successor at quarterback. The Eagles have been hot, but the Vikings could be one of the best teams in the NFC (same with Philly). This will be a great game, but I think Bradford and the Vikings roll. Final score: Minnesota Vikings 27, Philadelphia Eagles 24.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans. The Titans looked surprisingly good last week as Kendall Wright broke out in a big way. Against a weak, weak Colts team, they should look good again. Final score: Tennessee Titans 24, Indianapolis Colts 14.
San Diego Chargers @ Atlanta Falcons. This should be a pretty good game to watch, but I think the Falcons take it at home. Final score: Atlanta Falcons 23, San Diego Chargers 20.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers. This week, Russell Hansbrough and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to San Francisco to beat the 49ers. The Buccaneers face a historically bad 49ers run defense, and their best route to victory is to pound the rock while Kwon Alexander, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, and the rest of the Tampa Bay defense makes Colin Kaepernick miserable this Sunday. Buccaneers win. Final score: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, San Francisco 49ers 3.
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers. No Roethlisberger means no win for the Steelers against the dominant New England Patriots. Tom Brady is back, and he is angry. This week he feasts in Pittsburgh. Patriots win. Final score: New England Patriots 35, Pittsburgh Steelers 21.
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals. Will the Seahawks beat the Cardinals on the road, or will Bruce Arians have his team ready to win in Arizona? This will be a close game, but I'm going to go with Arizona in a matchup between two of my favorite coaches in the NFL. Final score: Arizona Cardinals 17, Seattle Seahawks 14.
Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos. This week, Brock Osweiler gets to face his old team in his old home stadium. He finds that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, as the Broncos win this one. Final score: Denver Broncos 23, Houston Texans 17.
LA Rams 20 - NY Giants 10
New Orleans Saints 31 - Kansas City Chiefs 30
Indianapolis Colts 27 - Tennessee Titans 14
Minnesota Vikings 20 - Philadelphia Eagles 17
Cincinnati Bengals 27 - Cleveland Browns 7
Washington Redskins 24 - Detroit Lions 21
Oakland Raiders 23 - Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Buffalo Bills 20 - Miami Dolphins 17
Baltimore Ravens 20 - NY Jets 10
Tampa Bay Bucs 30 - SF 49ers 7
Atlanta Falcons 31 - San Diego Chargers 30
NE Patriots 27 - Pittsburgh Steelers 20
Seattles Seahawks 20 - Arizona Cardinals 10
Denver Broncos 21 - Houston Texans 10
- Andy Clary
LA Rams 27 - NY Giants 24
New Orleans Saints 27 - Kansas City Chiefs 21
Tennessee Titans 23 - Indianapolis Colts 19
Minnesota Vikings 31 - Philadelphia Eagles 14
Cincinnati Bengals 27 - Cleveland Browns 21
Detroit Lions 21 - Washington Redskins 17
Oakland Raiders 24 - Jacksonville Jaguars 13
Buffalo Bills 27 - Miami Dolphins 14
Baltimore Ravens 20 - NY Jets 9
Tampa Bay Bucs 31 - SF 49ers 21
Atlanta Falcons 39 - San Diego Chargers 27
NE Patriots 27 - Pittsburgh Steelers 14
Arizona Cardinals 21 - Seattle Seahawks 18
Denver Broncos 27 - Houston Texans 6
Giants 24-21 over Rams
Chiefs 28-21 over Saints
Titans 30-28 over Colts
Vikings 21-10 over Eagles
Browns 24-21 over Bengals
Lions 23-21 over Redskins
Raiders 28-24 over Jaguars
Bills 31-17 over Dolphins
Ravens 21-10 over Jets
Bucs 27-23 over 49ers
Falcons 38-28 over Chargers
Patriots 31-14 over Steelers
Seahawks 21-14 over Cardinals
Broncos 21-10 over Texans
Las Angeles over New York Giants 17-14
Cincinnati over Cleveland 35-17
Detroit over Washington 24-14
Tennessee over Indianapolis 28-20
New Orleans over Kansas city 24-17
Miami over Buffalo 21-20
Oakland over Jacksonville 35-21
New York Jets over Baltimore 20-14
Philadelphia over Minnesota 24-20
Tampa Bay over San Francisco 28-14
Atlanta over San Diego 31-24
New England over Pittsburgh 27-20
Arizona over Seattle 21-20
Houston over Denver 14-10
----- Jared McManus
Giants vs Rams @ England: The Giants offense is playing a lot better, and these defenses are roughly even. My prediction: Giants win, 23-20.
Saints @ Chiefs: I really think the line on this one is complete crap. The Chiefs may be a favorite, but a favorite by 6 points is too much against a talented New Orleans team. I'm going underdog here. My prediction: Saints win, 33-27.
Colts @ Titans: The Titans are at home, and the Colts suck. Chuck Pagano needs to be fired. My prediction: Titans win, 27-16.
Vikings @ Eagles: Sam Bradford returns to face his former team. The Vikings are going to continue their win streak here, and the Eagles will continue to struggle. My prediction: Vikings win, 23-17.
Browns @ Bengals: If the Bengals can't win this one, they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. Even though the Bengals have struggled, the AFC North is up for grabs even to the Browns. My prediction: Bengals win, 17-16.
Redskins @ Lions: This game is a really close matchup. Redskins are on a 4 game win-streak, and it's going to continue. My prediction: Redskins win, 20-17.
Raiders @ Jaguars: The Raiders struggled last week, but will bounce back this week. My prediction: Raiders win, 24-17.
Bills @ Dolphins: This game is tough to call, just because no one knows which Dolphins team will show up. Will it be the team that made the Steelers look silly? Will Jay Ajayi look like the 2nd coming of Christ? The world may never know. My prediction: Bills win, 23-20.
Ravens @ Jets: I will never understand how or why the Jets are the favorite for this game. The Ravens also played in this stadium last week against the Giants, and the Ravens are going to bounce back this week. The Jets look like a joke. My prediction: Ravens win, 24-13.
Bucs @ 49ers: The 49ers are playing really bad. There's no other way around it. My prediction: Bucs win, 30-6.
Chargers @ Falcons: Falcons are a great team, and I still don't think they should've lost last week in Seattle. My prediction: Falcons win, 37-26.
Patriots @ Steelers: Steelers are struggling big time, and they're without Ben. My prediction: Patriots win, 34-12.
Seahawks @ Cardinals: One of the best matchups we've seen in a while. This is going to be a fantastic Sunday night game. I'm very excited. However, I'm not excited to make this decision. I just don't really know who to pick. I might just flip a coin for this one. My prediction: Cardinals win, 23-22.
Texans @ Broncos: Kubiak is back this week, and the Broncos offense might look good again. My prediction: Broncos win, 24-17.
--Tyler B. (59-36).
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