Picking guaranteed winners and, by extension, losers, in the NFL is a tough proposition. Just last week, the Browns, Lions, Seahawks, Bills, Redskins, Giants and Packers all pulled off upsets.
That means over half (seven of 13 games) in Week 6 didn’t go the way that many fans and Vegas predicted they would. Many more were closer than they were expected to be, including Atlanta narrowly escaping Oakland at home.
Let’s take a look at the Week 7 matchups and try to nail down some contests that should hold no surprises.
*Point spreads via ScoresAndOdds.com
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
The Pats host the Jets as a 10.5-point favorite in Week 7. It’s a tough divisional game, but Gang Green just isn’t equipped to handle New England in Foxborough right now.
Without Darrelle Revis, New York will have a lot of trouble containing Tom Brady and the prolific New England passing game, while the Patriots' defense will look stout against a subpar Jets offense that is in limbo right now.
We know the Jets beat up on the Indianapolis Colts last week, but they won’t find that same rhythm in a game that Patriots are fired up to win.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
While the Washington Redskins humbled Minnesota this past Sunday, the Vikes should have no problem dispatching the Redbirds in the Metrodome this week. The home team is a six-point favorite, but that could go up significantly by the opening kick.
Young signal-caller Christian Ponder has taken a leap in his second year under center, while Percy Harvin has matured into one of the most dynamic receivers in the NFL, and their presence has certainly been felt and helped turn Minnesota into a contender.
Arizona started off the year hot, but has recently fallen on hard times and once again may need to trot out John Skelton to replace an injured Kevin Kolb at QB. Expect a solid beatdown in Minnesota’s favor due to all these factors.