The 2015 Season keeps chugging along here, and we have arrived at Week 7 with five undefeated teams. There are a number of surprise teams such as the Bengals, Panthers, Jets, (and on the opposite spectrum) the Ravens, Lions, and Chiefs. It is getting close to the time to start talking about the playoff picture as we are already almost halfway through the season. Who will win this week? Find out in my abbreviated Week 7 picks!
Last Week: 10-4
Thursday, October 22nd, 8:30 e.t.
Seattle Seahawks (2-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (2-4)
The 49ers defense has been pretty good at home this year, but I still think the Seahawks have the superior team. They should win the game, but don’t completely rule out an upset here.
Seattle 25, San Francisco 13
Sunday, October 25th, 9:30 e.t. (London)
Buffalo Bills (3-3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Over in London the Jaguars take on the Bills in Week 7. Much like in 2013, Rex Ryan’s team has a win every other week pattern going on. This is one of the weeks his team should win. They have the defense to frustrate the still mistake prone Blake Bortles.
Buffalo 29, Jacksonville 21
Sunday, October 25th, 1:00 e.t.
Minnesota Vikings (4-2) @ Detroit Lions (1-5)
Even though the Lions barely escaped at home against the Bears last week, I’m still not completely sold that this is a horrible team. I see them playing a complete game for the first time this season and stealing one from Minnesota in Detroit.
Detroit 26, Minnesota 22
Atlanta Falcons (5-1) @ Tennessee Titans (1-4)
Atlanta is coming off of a shocking loss on the road to the Saints to take on a banged up Titans team that was embarrassed against the Dolphins at home last week. Tennessee had trouble defending the run, so Devonte Freeman could be in for another multi-touchdown game. Falcons get back on track riding a solid offense.
Atlanta 35, Tennessee 21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) @ Washington Redskins (2-4)
This one is a hard game to pick only because you never know which Kirk Cousins you are gonna get. This week I trust that the Buccaneers can salvage a victory. Their offense hasn’t been atrocious lately while Washington’s is a hit or miss.
Tampa Bay 27, Washington 19
New York Jets (4-1) @ New England Patriots (5-0)
In what could be the best match-up of the week, the Pats play host to the Dolphins. Give New England the edge in front of a home crowd and with Tom Brady, who is playing lights out at the moment. Watch out for Chris Ivory though, he’s been running with a purpose.
New England 24, New York 16
Cleveland Browns (2-4) @ St. Louis Rams (2-3)
Cleveland almost pulled off the upset against the Broncos last week, but the offense couldn’t get it done in crunch time. On the road against a Rams defense that has stood tall against the likes of the Steelers and the Packers this year, I don’t like their odds.
St. Louis 20, Cleveland 10
New Orleans Saints (2-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-3)
The Colts made a miserable decision on the fake punt last week and it really turned the tide of the game. Until then, they were hanging tough with the best team in pro football. If they can play almost as good as they did last Sunday, they should have no trouble clipping the Saints at home.
Indianapolis 37, New Orleans 22
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Will Ben Roethlisberger play in this game? Unsure as of right now, but either way, the outcome should not be affected all that much. The Steelers are not doomed if Landry Jones is the man while the Chiefs offense looked lost without Jamaal Charles. I like Pittsburgh here.
Pittsburgh 28, Kansas City 13
Houston Texans (2-4) @ Miami Dolphins (2-3)
Houston was in a dogfight with Jacksonville last week until their defense created a slew of turnovers. The Dolphins won’t give them the chance to build such momentum this week. They really got in rhythm against the Titans last week and should continue on here.
Miami 31, Houston 20
Sunday, October 25th, 4:05 e.t.
Oakland Raiders (2-3) @ San Diego Chargers (2-4)
A week ago I might have picked the Raiders as an upset of the week, but it would feel like a sin if I chose a team with a quarterback who just threw for 500+ yards to lose at home the following week. Philip Rivers has quietly put together a nice year.
San Diego 27, Oakland 24
Sunday, October 25th, 4:25 e.t.
Dallas Cowboys (2-3) @ New York Giants(3-3)
For all of the marbles (or at least some of them) in the NFC East, the Giants host the Romo-less Cowboys. Dallas has chosen to go with Matt Cassel, and that could prove effective. After getting steamrolled by the Eagles on Monday, it’s hard to see the Giants rebounding that quickly. Dallas grabs the “W”.
Dallas 33, New York 23
Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 e.t.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) @ Carolina Panthers (5-0)
I haven’t picked many upsets this week, so let’s change that here. As bad as the Philly offense was last week, their defense was good. They’ve been good this year and could give Cam Newton some trouble. If they protect the football on offense, they can win this.
Philadelphia 27, Carolina 24
Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.
Baltimore Ravens (1-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
The Ravens have been bad this season. They’ve been hampered by injuries and have struggled to run the ball. They won’t be running it much against this Arizona defense this week. The Cardinals bounce back with a strong showing from their defense.
Arizona 24, Baltimore 10
Week 7 Bonus Predictions
Upset of the Week (1-5): Philadelphia over Carolina
Sure Bet of the Week (5-1): St. Louis over Cleveland
Rookie of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
Offensive Player of the Week: Matt Cassel, QB, Cowboys (I said it!!!)
Defensive Player of the Week: Fletcher Cox, DL, Eagles
Best Overall Offense: Detroit Lions
Best Overall Defense: St. Louis Rams
Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!