NFL Picks Week 7: Teams Sure to Come Back Down to Earth After Impressive Week
There were many teams that had an unexpectedly great Week 6 showing in the NFL, but after an impressive performance last week, some of those same teams will come back down to earth in Week 7.
Let's take a look at some Week 6 winners who are sure to lose this week.
Seattle Seahawks (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
The Seahawks pulled off an upset victory over the New England Patriots in Week 6, moving the ball through the air with incredible efficiency.
Russell Wilson threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch was non-existent against the Pats' No. 6 rush defense, picking up a measly 41 yards on 15 carries.
Seattle's Week 7 opponent, the 49ers, is coming off a loss to the New York Giants (26-3) that should have it very motivated for this divisional matchup.
Who ya got?
The Seahawks will have a tough time moving the ball on the ground once again this week against the 49ers' No. 9 rush defense. But Seattle won't have the benefit of leaning on the passing attack like it did last week since San Francisco is ranked No. 2 against the pass, far better than the Pats' No. 28 ranking.
That will help the 49ers focus on shutting down the run, leaving Wilson to win this game with his arm. Such a scenario will result in San Francisco forcing the rookie quarterback to commit turnovers, giving the 49ers extra chances to outscore what will be a quiet Seahawks offense.
The only thing saving the Seahawks in this game will be its defense which is why this game will be close. But in the end, Seattle will need to make some plays on offense, but that doesn't seem likely against San Fran's elite defense.
New York Jets (vs. New England Patriots)
The Jets are tied for the AFC East lead at the moment, but that will end after their Week 7 matchup with the Patriots.
New York exploited the weak rush defense of the Indianapolis Colts last week, running for a season-high 252 yards, 161 of which came from Shonn Greene. Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez and the Jets passing attack was once again a no-show.
That type of one-dimensional offense won't help the Jets against the Patriots, who are coming off a disappointing loss to the Seahawks last week.
Who ya got?
The Pats have shown the ability to stop the run this season, ranking No. 6 in the NFL. That presents a major problem for the Jets who will be looking to continue their success on the ground for a second week.
But New England can focus a little extra on stopping New York's ground and pound since they don't have to respect the Jets passing game. That will make yards even harder to come by for the Jets on the ground, forcing Sanchez to win this game with his arm.
A major reason for the Pats' loss last week was their inability to run the ball. That shouldn't be the cause this week against the Jets' No. 28 ranked rush defense. Upon establishing the run without a problem, Tom Brady will have the option of throwing the ball all over the field against the Darrelle Revis-less Jets defense.
Detroit Lions (vs. Chicago Bears)
The Lions haven't lived up to expectations thus far in 2012, and that trend will continue this week against the Bears.
Matthew Stafford has played better of late, but getting into the end zone remains a big problem for an offense that was one of the league's most explosive last season. To make matters worse, the Lions haven't gotten any consistency from their rushing attack this year.
Detroit enjoyed some production from the running game last week, and Stafford was able to throw for 311 yards in total. But having success against the Philadelphia Eagles' sloppy defense is no indication for what the Lions will be able to do against the Bears' elite defense.
Who ya got?
Chicago is ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run, so the rushing attack will not be there for Detroit to build off of. That will force Stafford to throw the ball extra in this game and with the season he's having, that's sure to lead to several errant passes and turnovers.
The Lions can ill-afford to give the Bears extra possessions with the current state of their defense.
Detroit has yet to face a team with the type of two-headed rushing attack that Chicago brings to the field each week. With Matt Forte and Michael Bush, the Bears can pound the rock with ease, setting up quarterback Jay Cutler to have plenty of room to work with.
It will take a monumental effort on both sides of the ball for the Lions to win this game, but as we all know, that effort has yet to show up this season and likely won't once again this week.
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