NFL Week 7 Picks: Road Teams That Will Cruise to Victory This Weekend

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after throwing his fifth interception against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Winning on the road is one of the hardest things to do in sports. But in the NFL, it's an exhausting task.

The crowd is shouting at you, the referees often side with your opposition and your pregame routines are thrown off. 

In Week 7, three teams that have struggled on the road to this point in 2012 will break through with mighty performances to inch one game closer to their ultimate goal of reaching the playoffs. 

Here are my picks for road teams set to cruise to victory in Week 7.


Green Bay Packers 

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sent a bold message to the rest of the NFL in Week 6 in the form of six touchdown passes against midseason Super Bowl favorite Houston. All of a sudden the Pack is back, and the Texans are done for.

Oh, how quickly things change in the NFL.

Green Bay will face a challenging task this weekend in St. Louis as it will attempt to become the first team to beat the Rams at home. St. Louis is 3-0 at home, but then again the Texans were 5-0 before running into the Packers last Sunday night.

Six weeks in, the Pack finally has its first road win of the year, and don't expect it to slow down anytime soon now that the schedule has offered up some relief. Give me the Super Bowl XLV champions over the Rams this weekend.


New Orleans Saints 

The Saints are undefeated in the month of October and coming off a bye week to face division rival Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Bucs are coming off a huge win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6, but before that had lost three in a row.

Expect the Bucs to struggle trying to keep the NFL's No. 1 passing attack under wraps this weekend. Tampa ranks 31st in the league defending the pass this season and is surrendering more than 312 yards through the air this fall.

On the other side, New Orleans' previous two road losses in 2012 came by a combined nine points. Clearly, the Saints aren't being blown out of the stadium, they just need to put a full 60 minutes together in order to get back on track in the NFC South. 

They'll do just that this Sunday afternoon by claiming a big division win on the road.


Dallas Cowboys

Dallas will travel to Charlotte this weekend to take on the Panthers, who are reeling having lost three straight games overall. Expect the Cowboys' No. 1-ranked pass defense to keep Cam Newton and the Carolina offense quiet throughout.

The Cowboys' offense should finally hits its stride in Week 7 as well. Dallas put up 29 points last week on the road at Baltimore, and nearly ended the Ravens' home winning streak. 

At 2-3, Sunday's matchup with Carolina will determine which direction Dallas' season takes over its final 10 games. The Cowboys are in must-win territory, but that shouldn't be a problem as they go up against a deflated football team in the Panthers. 

The 'Boys cap off my Week 7 cruisers on the road. 


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