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My picks for Week 7 in the NFL
Cincinnati at Atlanta -- The Falcons burned me last week, laying an egg in a road loss against Philadelphia. I still think their the class of the NFC, which means a return back home will mean getting back on the right track against the Bengals. Terrell Owens is quietly having a nice season for Cincy, but it'll take more than him to keep Atlanta's offense off the field.
Washington at Chicago -- A week ago I said I wasn't sure whether or not I missed Jay Cutler, who commanded my Broncos for a few three seasons. I'm still not sure if I miss him, but I certainly know I would not like to be him this week. In the past two weeks, Chicago's offensive line has disintegrated, leaving Cutler vulnerable to any sort of pass rush or blitz package. The Redskins, meanwhile, come in with a young and fierce Brian Orakpo, who should find himself in the Bears' backfield plenty of times Sunday.
Philadelphia at Tennessee -- This is a tough game to pick this week, as both teams looked solid in wins over Atlanta and Jacksonville. During Monday's win, Tennessee quarterback Vince Young left the game with a leg injury, but fans shouldn't be too concerned with his ability to find holes in the Eagles' defense. Philadelphia is without its top threat in wide receiver DeSean Jackson, which gives the edge to the Titans in my book.
Jacksonville at Kansas City -- The Chiefs are in the midst of a slide in recent weeks and that 3-0 start looks like it may not have been as legitimate as originally expected. That being said, the remedy for their losing streak comes in the form of the Jaguars, who laid an absolute dud against Tennessee on national television. And to think I picked them last week. I won't make that mistake again. I like the Chiefs big in this one.
Pittsburgh at Miami -- Forget about Brett Favre making his annual return to Lambeau Field. This is the game of the week in my opinion. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received a warm welcome last week and responded with three touchdown passes as Pittsburgh improved to 4-1. Miami will give them a tougher challenge, particularly at home, but I'll take the Steelers.
Cleveland at New Orleans -- Every week I like to pick a major upset, then brag about it the following week. This would certainly qualify as an upset, but I just don't see it happening. The Browns are without wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, leaving return man Joshua Cribbs to shoulder the load on offense. The Saints' offense, meanwhile, returned to form against Tampa Bay and should continue to roll at home.
St. Louis at Tampa Bay -- Did somebody say upset of the week last week? Oh, that's right. I picked the Rams to pull the upset over San Diego and beamed with pride as I saw my bold prediction come to fruition. To reward the Rams, I like them to win once again, this time over a Tampa Bay team that is also reeling after a hot start. Last week Sam Bradford shined. Now it's time for Steven Jackson to do the same.
San Francisco at Carolina -- This week's crummy game of the week rests here in Carolina, where the winless Panthers face their most realistic shot at grabbing their first victory of the year. The 49ers finally got their first win against the Raiders last week, but will have to travel across the country to take on the Panthers in an early contest. I like the Panthers to finally get a win, but would it really be an upset?
Buffalo at Baltimore -- Folks, this one is gonna get ugly. The Ravens aren't too happy with their surprise loss to New England a week ago and have the winless Bills coming to town to take the brunt of their aggression. Earlier this week Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis commented on the new hits enforcement issue and from the sound of his comments it's clear he's not too thrilled. If the past is any indicator, an upset Ray Lewis is just about the worst situation an offense can face.
Arizona at Seattle -- I can remember not too long ago when the Seahawks were known for their rushing attack, with MVP Shaun Alexander and company controlling the clock and scooping up yards on the ground. It had been a while since we'd seen that type of gusto in Seattle, but the addition of running back Marshawn Lynch is paying dividends immediately. Add to that the maturation and comeback of wide receiver Mike Williams, who played under head coach Pete Carroll in college, and the Seahawks should continue their winning ways against the Cardinals.
Oakland at Denver -- Currently the Broncos sit at 2-4, pretty much what I expected out of my favorite team through six weeks. They've had a tough schedule, with games against the Jets, Colts and Ravens leaving them battered and bruised. Fortunately the Raiders will come in to visit, where Denver will aim to start off divisional play with a win. I think Denver is the better team here, but wins against the Raiders are never easy. That being said, let's go with the Broncos in a nail-biter.
New England at San Diego -- **UPSET SPECIAL** Ok, when you hear this matchup, picking the Chargers hardly qualifies for an upset, but thankfully you can't hear me say these games and can only read them online and on paper, which is exactly where this game translates to an upset. The Chargers are once again in the midst of a terrible start to their season and injuries to Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd don't bode well, but hey, it wouldn't be a bold pick without a little challenge, right?
Minnesota at Green Bay -- Speaking of injuries, is there a more banged up team than the Packers? Green Bay is currently using its third-string tight end and injuries all along the defensive side of the ball has this team scraping together players. Fortunately for the cheeseheads, this week is a rivalry week, and none bigger than having Brett Favre come to town. Favre has been dealing with an elbow injury which should hamper his ability to find Randy Moss.
New York Giants at Dallas -- Another rivalry game to close out Week 7 gives us the Cowboys against the Giants, with two teams heading in opposite directions. There's no need to re-hash what's gone wrong in Big D so far this season, so I'll just say that the Giants have been quietly surging through this early part of the year. Quarterback Eli Manning would get my vote to start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl right now. Giants all the way in this one.
Last Week: 9-5
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