Week Seven Picks

Posted: October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last Week: 6-8
2012 Season: 44-45-1

Seattle Seahawks (4-2) AT San Francisco 49ers

The Spread: San Francisco by 8
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 28-14
The Rationale: I have learned my lesson when it comes to picking road teams on Thursday night. The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. But, that can’t help them in Candlestick. 

Tennessee Titans (2-4) AT Buffalo Bills (3-3)

The Spread: Buffalo
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Buffalo, 24-14
The Rationale: Tennessee is 0-3 on the road this year and is led by Boston College’s own Matt Hasselbeck. Their 32nd ranked rushing attack and 24th ranked rush defense won’t help much in Buffalo. 

Cleveland Browns (1-5) AT Indianapolis Colts (2-3)

The Spread: Indianapolis by 2.5
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: Indianapolis, 30-23
The Rationale: Andy Dalton was able to put up astronomical numbers against Cleveland last week. You can bet that Andrew Luck will not want to lose his first matchup with fellow first round pick Brandon Wheeden.

Green Bay Packers (3-3) AT St. Louis Rams (3-3)

The Spread: Green Bay by 5.5
The Pick: St. Louis
The Score: Green Bay, 20-19
The Rationale: St. Louis is 3-0 at the Edward Jones Dome this year. Jeff Fisher has instilled a sense of pride that has eluded St. Louis ever since Dick Vermeil retired. Green Bay should probably win, but, it will be close. 

Dallas Cowboys (2-3) AT Carolina Panthers (1-4)

The Spread: Dallas by 2
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 33-24
The Rationale: 

Arizona Cardinals (4-2) AT Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

The Spread: Minnesota by 6
The Pick: Minnesota
The Score: Minnesota, 24-17
The Rationale: This has the potential to be a really good game. But, it also has the potential to be a blowout for the Vikings. Minnesota is 3-0 at home this year including dominating wins over Tennessee and San Francisco. John Skelton is not going to be Arizona’s savior after they lose their third straight game after a 4-0 start. 

Washington Redskins (3-3) AT New York Giants (4-2)

The Spread: New York by 5.5
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 27-17
The Rationale: The Giants are legit. They could, in my opinion, win the Super Bowl again. They’re led by another former BC Eagle in Tom Coughlin. If the Eagles were coached by someone as competent for the past 14 years, they may have two titles. 

New Orleans Saints (1-4) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

The Spread: New Orleans by 2.5
The Pick: New Orleans
The Score: New Orleans, 37-14
The Rationale: Vegas still likes the Saints, and I still like Vegas.

Baltimore Ravens (5-1) AT Houston Texans (5-1)

The Spread: Houston by 6.5
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 34-17
The Rationale: Houston was just smacked in the mouth for the first time last week. They’ll be out in force to prove that it doesn’t happen again.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) AT Oakland Raiders (1-4)

The Spread: Oakland by 4
The Pick: Jacksonville
The Score: Oakland, 23-22
The Rationale: I should probably say Oakland covers the spread here. They’re at home and Jacksonville is a brutal excuse for a football team. But, Oakland is no ’85 Bears. Raiders win, but, it will be close.

New York Jets (3-3) AT New England Patriots (3-3)

The Spread: New England by 10.5
The Pick: New York
The Score: New England, 39-23
The Rationale: The Patriots haven’t exactly been world beaters this year. But, they’re coming off an ugly loss in Seattle and have to win this game. I think Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are both overmatched by the Patriots. 

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) AT Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 1.5
The Pick: Cincinnati
The Score: Cincinnati, 21-16
The Rationale: I really like this pick. Cincinnati was just embarrassed by the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has 10 days to prepare for this one after falling to Tennessee last Thursday night. But, Andy Dalton has looked like a legit Pro Bowl QB and I don’t see any corner on Pittsburgh stopping AJ Green. Meanwhile, the Steelers are 0-3 away from Heinz Field in 2012.

Detroit Lions (2-3) AT Chicago Bears (4-1)

The Spread: Chicago by 6
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 35-21
The Rationale: The Bears are one of the best teams in the NFL this year. They went out and addressed a significant need by bringing in Brandon Marshall. If they can stay healthy, they might end up in the NFC Championship Game against Atlanta.

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