Week 7 NFL Picks: Breaking Down Prime-Time Matchups

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers prepare before a game against the Buffalo Bills on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 45-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Another week of NFL action in the books, and another week of "Predictions Gone Wrong."

At least that is how it has seemed this season, with countless upsets complete with young cornerbacks trash-talking via Twitter to historic quarterbacks.

What drama does the National Football League have in store for us in Week 7?

Here's a look at my predictions for Week 7's prime-time matchups, which just so happen to be divisional clashes.


Thursday Night Game: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Before last week, I would have given this game to the 49ers in a heartbeat.

But things have changed.

The 49ers just got blown out by the New York Giants after they were supposed to be back following the Week 3 debacle against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, have won two straight and just shocked Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ("U Mad Bro?").

You can't help but be intrigued by the fact that Alex Smith was "Bad Alex Smith" against the Giants, or the fact that the Seahawks just stifled a passing attack led by Brady.

That's not all, though. The Seahawks are allowing just 3.3 yards per carry (second in the NFL) and two rushing touchdowns this season.

The good news for the 49ers, of course, is that the Seahawks should have trouble scoring against them as well. Also, the 49ers are playing at home.

Prediction: 49ers 17, Seahawks 13

Sunday Night Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh has had a lot of trouble defending the run this season. Fortunately for the Steelers, the Bengals are averaging 3.9 yards per carry, 22nd in the NFL. 

In fact, this matchup could be determined by each team's passing game, with Pittsburgh's ground game basically slowed to a halt these days.

When it comes down to it, Pittsburgh has a better pass defense overall than Cincinnati this season, and Ben Roethlisberger is a better quarterback than Andy Dalton.

I could see A.J. Green having a big game against a slow Pittsburgh defense, but I don't think it will be enough with Roethlisberger tossing the pigskin.

Prediction: Steelers 24, Bengals 20

Monday Night Game: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

I honestly don't know if Jay Cutler and the Bears will come off their bye week better or worse given their unpredictability throughout the years, but I do know that Matthew Stafford and the Lions like to throw the ball, and Chicago has been deadly against the pass this season.

The Bears are allowing just 6.3 yards per pass attempt this season (fourth in the NFL), and they've notched a league-high 13 interceptions while racking up 18 sacks (tied for fourth).

Stafford has thrown four touchdowns to five interceptions this season.

I'm giving it to "Da Bears" at Soldier Field.

Prediction: Bears 30, Lions 24

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