Week Seven NFL Predictions

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 6-8-1
2013 Season: 38-48-6

It’s been a tough season from the very start. Getting back to .500 is not going to be easy. Certainly not when I continue to churn out 6-8 weeks. It’s going to require a focus on success…a passion for prediction. I have a feeling that week seven is the beginning of an impressive turnaround.

Seattle Seahawks (5-1) AT Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

The Spread: Seattle by 7
The Pick: Seattle
The Score: Seattle, 23-14
The Rationale: The Cardinals are 2-0 at University of Phoenix Stadium this season. The Seahawks’ only loss came on the road. Still, Carson Palmer has been a turnover machine the first six games. You combine that fact with the talent on Seattle’s defense, and you have an easy pick.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) AT Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

The Spread: Atlanta by 9
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score:
Atlanta, 27-10
The Rationale:
Who would have thought that last year’s NFC runner up, the Atlanta Falcons, would sit at 1-4 after five games. Against most, Atlanta would be considered an underdog; especially without Julio Jones. But, Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers’ offense would find it difficult to defeat a Lane Kiffin coached team at this point.

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) AT Detroit Lions (4-2)

The Spread: Detroit by 3
The Pick: Cincinnati
The Score:
Cincinnati, 27-24
The Rationale:
The Bengals are used to close games this season. All but one of their wins was by a touchdown or less. If Cincinnati can grind it out with Giovanni Bernard and then Benjarvis Green-Ellis, they should come out on top.

Buffalo Bills (2-4) AT Miami Dolphins (3-2)

The Spread: Miami by 9
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Miami, 26-19
The Rationale:
Coming off their bye week, the Dolphins should make it out with a divisional victory this week against Buffalo. The Bills have serious injury problems under center, leading the team to sign Matt Flynn earlier this week. That is never a good thing.

New England Patriots (5-1) AT New York Jets (3-3)

The Spread: New England by 4
The Pick: New England
The Score:
New England, 27-17
The Rationale:
The annual countdown to the Patriots’ postseason choke job begins. After all, this is a team that has made the playoffs all but one year since 2005 and has not won a single Super Bowl over that timeframe. For some reason, their fans feel entitled to rip on other fan bases whose teams have struggled in the postseason. But, that’s just par for the course for Boston, a city whose fan base has eroded into a cohort of whiny, spoiled fools. They’ll come away with a win this week against Geno and the Jets. But, January won’t be so kind to Bill Belichick and his smug group of thugs and uggs.

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) AT Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 3
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score:
Philadelphia, 33-27
The Rationale: 
No Murray. No Ware. One of the worst pass defenses in football. That, my friends, is why the Eagles will defeat the Cowboys on Sunday. Feed the ball to McCoy to set up the play-action and the Eagles should be able to outscore Tony Romo.

Chicago Bears (4-2) AT Washington Redskins (1-4)

The Spread: Washington by 1
The Pick: Chicago
The Score:
Chicago, 30-20
The Rationale:
Call me crazy. But, I see no reason for Washington to be favored in this game. The Redskins have done nothing offensively this season. They’re also 0-2 at home with their only victory this entire campaign coming in Oakland. The Bears are coming off of a Thursday night victory over the Giants and will have 10 days to prepare for RG3’s gimpy knee. Bears, outright.

St. Louis Rams (3-3) AT Carolina Panthers (2-3)

The Spread: Carolina by 7
The Pick: Carolina
The Score:
Carolina, 28-14
The Rationale:
The Rams were outgained by Houston last week. But, turnovers allowed St. Louis to cruise to victory over the Texans. The Panthers, meanwhile, absolutely destroyed the Vikings in Minneapolis. This will be a statement game for whoever wins as the loser will be left looking at what might’ve been in their 2013 season. Cam Newton was extraordinary last week and I expect that trend to continue as we get deeper into the season.

San Diego Chargers (3-3) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)

The Spread: San Diego by 9
The Pick: San Diego 
The Score:
San Diego, 38-21
The Rationale:
The Chargers caught the Colts in a classic trap game on Monday night. Their defense did a good job on Andrew Luck. But, it was the offense that kept the former #1 pick off the field by managing the clock admirably. San Diego won’t have to worry about keeping the ball away from Jacksonville’s QB. In fact, they might want the opposite considering how inefficient the Jaguars’ offense has been.

San Francisco 49ers (4-2) AT Tennessee Titans (3-3)

The Spread: San Francisco by 4
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: 
Tennessee, 20-17
The Rationale: 
I get it that San Francisco is supposed to have figured it all out by now. But, the 49ers have been about as consistent as a 95-year old’s digestive tract. The injuries they have suffered on defense coupled with Colin Kaepernick’s inconsistency on offense have left this team somewhere in between contender and pretender. I think that the Titans hold fort at home and knock off the 49ers.

Cleveland Browns (3-3) AT Green Bay Packers (3-2)

The Spread: Green Bay by 12
The Pick: Cleveland
The Score: 
Green Bay, 23-14
The Rationale: 
It is amazing how much respect Green Bay gets just based on their name. The Packers could have Mike McMahon under center and they’d probably still be favored over Cleveland. Yes, Aaron Rodgers is still around. But, the former Super Bowl MVP has few healthy targets after James Jones and Randle Cobb went down last week. I think the Packers can still win at home. But, the Browns’ defense will at least keep it interesting.

Houston Texans (2-4) AT Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)

The Spread: Kansas City by 8
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: 
Kansas City, 24-13
The Rationale: 
The Texans have fallen hard this season. With Matt Schaub now out, they’ll take their 2-4 record into undefeated Kansas City behind TJ Yates or Case Keenum. In other words, get your popcorn ready.

Baltimore Ravens (3-3) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 1
The Pick: Baltimore
The Score:
Baltimore, 16-12
The Rationale: 
This should be yet another classic AFC North bloodbath. The Steelers are somehow still alive after an 0-4 start. With a win this week, they’ll be just a half-game behind the Ravens. But, one has to consider the fact that the Pittsburgh offensive line is a joke. The Steelers will tease their toothless fans. But, in the end, the defending champions will be celebrating once again.

Denver Broncos (6-0) AT Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

The Spread: Denver by 7
The Pick: Denver
The Score: 
Denver, 38-24
The Rationale: 
I’m really supposed to believe that the Colts’ secondary can defend the many weapons at Peyton Manning’s disposal. Yes, if Robert Mathis can create pressure; that should ease the tension on the secondary. But, teams have not had a whole lot of success at pressuring Manning. I don’t see why a team that couldn’t stop Phillip Rivers is expected to limit the greatest QB in NFL history. Peyton will get his revenge on the Colts.

Minnesota Vikings (1-4) AT New York Giants (0-6)

The Spread: New York by 4
The Pick: New York
The Score: 
New York, 23-15
The Rationale: 
I am sure this is exactly what ESPN was hoping for when they scheduled this game last spring. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch a matchup between two teams that are a combined 1-10? The Vikings looked absolutely atrocious last week and whilst the Giants haven’t exactly been world beaters; their placement at home in this game gives them an edge over the hapless Vikings.

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