Week 7 NFL Picks
Last week was bad for me, picking just 6 of 14 games correctly. My total moves to 52 out of 91, and my percentage drops after increasing the last two weeks. We all have bad weeks. Here’s to hoping this isn’t another one!
Chiefs vs Raiders (Thursday)
The Raiders have been struggling the past few weeks, even with Derek Carr. The Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season, and I don’t think this Chiefs team is going to lose two games in a row. The Raiders offense will continue to struggle, and the Chiefs bounce back.
Ravens vs Vikings
Out of the 24 points the Ravens scored, the offense only scored 9 of those. All field goals. The Ravens offense holds them back big time. The Vikings defense ranks in the top 5 this season, and this week they have an easy offense to play against.
Saints vs Packers
Let’s face it. With Aaron Rodgers out for what may be the entire season, the Packers don’t stand a chance against most teams. The Saints have the 4th best scoring offense right now, scoring 29 points per game. Their defense is average, but I don’t see Brett Hundley being able to keep up with Drew Brees.
Jets vs Dolphins
The Dolphins surprised me by beating the Falcons last week. This Dolphins defense is in the top 3 in points allowed per game. They’re allowing just 16.8 points, which is right about where they held the Falcons. The Jets have been surprising this season, and last week they came close to beating the Patriots. The Patriots defense isn’t great, and this week they face a tough one. The Dolphins get the win because of their defense.
Panthers vs Bears
The Panthers will be well rested this week, having 10 days of rest since their last game. They also want to get things back on track after their loss. Playing against a struggling Bears team will help them to do so. Mitch Trubisky was pretty good last week, but the Panthers team overall is much better than the Ravens. With the 28th ranked scoring offense, the Bears still have a lot of work to do to be taken seriously.
Cardinals vs Rams
The Cardinals offense looked a lot better last week. The addition of Adrian Peterson helped them a lot. This week they play a Rams defense that allows the 4th most rushing yards in the NFL (139.5 yards per game). Along with all those yards, they’ve allowed 8 rushing TD’s. That’s exactly what you want when you have Adrian Peterson. The Rams are the number one scoring offense, but if Peterson can have another good performance, he can keep them off the field long enough.
Buccaneers vs Bills
An injured Jameis Winston against the number one defense in points allowed? Give me the Bills all day. The Bills defense has been given opposing teams fits all season. This week they’re coming off a bye, so they’ll be well rested. The Bucs have been inconsistent and aren’t rested. Bills Bills Bills.
Jaguars vs Colts
The Colts offense has looked better in the past couple games. Jacoby Brissett is helping the Colts at least stay somewhat close in games, but this week they face a tough Jaguars defense. Ranking 7th in points allowed, I think the Jaguars keep the Colts offense pretty much in check.
Titans vs Browns
The second worst offense vs the second worst defense. I think the Browns can keep this game close. It might be a trap game for the Titans. The Titans offense is ranked just outside of the top 10 in scoring right now, so even though their defense is bad, they should able to outscore the Browns.
Cowboys vs 49ers
The Cowboys have been struggling this season on defense, but the good news is that this week they play an offense that ranks 25th in the league. This should be a game for the Cowboys defense to get their confidence up. There’s also been some more drama with Ezekiel Elliott, but he is able to play in this game. Cowboys win.
Bengals vs Steelers
After a bad performance two weeks ago, the Steelers got back on track last week by beating the best team in the NFL at the time. That has to be a confidence booster. This week won’t be any easy task, as the Bengals defense allows just 16.6 points per game. As long as Big Ben doesn’t throw a pick party again, they should be able to ride Le’Veon Bell to victory like they did last week.
Seahawks vs Giants
The Seahawks are coming off a bye, while the Giants are coming off their first win of the season. I didn’t think the Giants first win would come against the Denver Broncos, but they somehow pulled that off. This is the Seattle Seahawks though. One of the most dangerous defensive units in the NFL. It seems that the Seahawks get better as the season goes on, and I think that will continue to be the case this season.
Broncos vs Chargers
In their first meeting, the Broncos barely walked out with a win. In this meeting, the Chargers are playing at home, they’ve won two in a row, and the Broncos are banged up. I think the Chargers can extend their winning streak this week. The defensive line for L.A. will pressure the Broncos offense all game.
Falcons vs Patriots (Sunday Night)
The Super Bowl rematch! This will be a fun game to watch. These teams are both very different from last year. The Falcons offense hasn’t been the same, but neither has the Patriots defense. The Patriots rank 30th defensively right now, so even though the Falcons have had some offensive struggles this year, they’ll score plenty of points in this game.
Redskins vs Eagles (Monday Night)
Sitting at 3-2, the Redskins are having a solid season, but the Eagles are on fire right now! The first time these teams played, the Eagles defense harassed Kirk Cousins. They forced him to commit 3 turnovers in the form of an INT and two fumbles. I think they’ll do the same in their second meeting.