NFL Week 7 Preview: Biggest Stories and Games to Watch

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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To call the first six weeks of the 2012 NFL season unpredictable would be an understatement. Try total chaos.

After 91 NFL games, there's a four-way tie for first in the AFC East, 11 teams with 3-3 records, two winning teams in the entire AFC and only one undefeated left standing. If Week 7 turns out to be anything like the previous six, football fans are in for a treat this weekend.

Let's take a closer look at the top games and storylines heading into Week 7.


RG3 in the Big Apple

Robert Griffin III will get his first taste of the 'Skins vs. G-Men rivalry this weekend at MetLife Stadium. RG3, who is surprisingly 2-1 on the road as a starter this season, will lead Washington into East Rutherford looking for a mighty win over the defending Super Bowl champions.

But after seeing what the Giants did to the San Francisco 49ers on the road a week ago, it seems a guarantee that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner's first matchup with New York will end in bitter defeat. 

RG3 will score some points and make some highlight-reel plays along the way, but the Redskins just haven't figured out a way to put together two solid performances in a row. 


How Will Baltimore's Defense Respond?

The Baltimore Ravens will attempt to spit in the face of adversity and become the first AFC team to reach six wins this season on the road at Houston this weekend.

Baltimore received nightmarish news earlier in the week when it was learned that both Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb will be lost for the season to injuries. The Ravens' D was already struggling with two of its key players in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Houston is coming off its first loss of the season. The Texans were embarrassed by the Packers at home and are in danger of entering their Week 8 bye on an extremely sour note, much like the Ravens. 

John Harbaugh will have no choice but to rely on his offense from here on out. But is it good enough to beat Houston's seventh-ranked defense inside a rocking Reliant Stadium?


Battle for AFC East Supremacy

The top spot in the AFC East is up for grabs in Week 7 in Foxboro, where the New York Jets will take on the Patriots. 

New England swept the Jets last season, but is coming off a stunning 24-23 loss at Seattle in Week 6. The good news for the Pats: Rex Ryan has no interest in utilizing his backup quarterback, so the Pats are in no danger of being Tebowed this weekend.

Oh yeah, and Jets starter Mark Sanchez has only completed more than 50 percent of his passes in two of six games this season. This one is by far the biggest lock of the weekend if you ask me.

The Patriots are the only team favored by double digits in Week 7 according to Covers, and who could disagree with oddsmakers on this one? 


Will Da Bears Shine in Primetime?

Chicago is quietly 4-1 this season and will host division rival Detroit on Monday Night Football in Week 7. If you're keeping count, this will be Chicago's second Monday night appearance in a three-week period.

Odd for a team that didn't even reach the playoffs last season.

Anyway, the Lions are off to a slow start at 2-3 and in danger of falling three games back of the Bears if they underwhelm for a fourth time this fall on Monday.

Lovie Smith's squad is undefeated at home this season and beat the Lions by 24 points at Soldier Field in 2011. Just a few weeks ago on Monday Night Football, the Bears picked off Tony Romo five times and topped the Cowboys by 16 points on the road. 

Therefore, you can bet this is Chicago's game to lose.

The Bears are simply no joke and boast a defense that ranks first against the run and plays the pass effectively. Chicago's scoring D is the best in football as well, allowing just 14 points per game in 2012. If the Bears play sound football in Week 7, the bandwagon will be filled to capacity heading into next week.


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