NFL Week 7 Picks: Predicting Winners in This Weekend's Under-the-Radar Matchups

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns hands the ball off to running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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While all eyes will be fixated on this weekend's mega matchups, true NFL fans will be dialed in on every one of Week 7's showdowns, including some of Sunday's under-the-radar clashes.

Sure, Patriots-Jets has the star power and division implications, but so does Bills-Titans, for Buffalo at least. It's time we give these overlooked games the attention they deserve. 

Let's take a look at which teams are set to win Week 7's under-the-radar matchups.

*All spread info according to

Buffalo Bills (-3.5) Over Tennessee Titans 

The Titans have been absolutely dreadful on the road this season. In three games outside of Nashville, Tennessee has been outscored by 28, 24 and 23.

Add in the fact that the Titans rank dead last in rushing offense and next-to-last in pass defense and you have the perfect recipe for a Bills' blowout win in Buffalo.

The Bills are coming off an overtime win at Arizona last Sunday afternoon and will be energized to return home from a two-game road trip. At 3-3, the Bills are tied atop the AFC East division coming into Sunday, and that will give them even more motivation to bring their A-game and get a hard-fought win over a terrible road team in Week 7.

Buffalo's blowout losses have made it seem that the Bills are 0-6 this season, but in reality they are in the thick of things in the AFC and in position to nab a playoff spot this winter if they can beat lesser teams like Tennessee at home.


Cleveland Browns Over Indianapolis Colts (-1)

Although the Browns had lost 11 straight games before last week, I'm officially on the Cleveland bandwagon this weekend in Indy.

The Browns have confidence for the first time in a year heading into a Week 7 showdown with the Colts, and that will bode well for Pat Shurmur's side on the road.

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is beginning to figure things out, and first-year running back Trent Richardson continues to thrive as the heart and soul of Cleveland's offense.

Weeden has four passing touchdowns over the last two weeks, while Richardson has over 500 total yards and five total touchdowns since Week 2.

Andrew Luck and the Colts looked impressive two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers, but they seemed out of gas and emotionally drained in their most recent outing against the New York Jets, which they lost 35-9. 

Cleveland may be 1-5 and destined for a top draft pick next spring, but that won't change the fact that it's the team riding more momentum into Sunday afternoon's underrated AFC clash. 


Oakland Raiders (-6) Over Jacksonville Jaguars

Now that the Cleveland Browns have won a game this season, we can safely say that the Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in football. They have been outscored 68-13 in their last two defeats.

The Jags were on a bye in Week 6, but they will be on the West Coast on Sunday to take on fellow 1-4 squad Oakland. I'm convinced the Raiders will get their second win of the year in Week 7, considering Jacksonville ranks 32nd and 22nd in pass and rush offense, respectively.

Oakland pushed the undefeated Atlanta Falcons to the brink in Week 6 on the road, which is also worth something in my book. Though the Raiders' record may lead many to believe that they have given up, their play and effort suggests otherwise. 

Jacksonville will likely beat itself on Sunday. It poses virtually no threat offensively, and hasn't received a 100-yard rushing game from Maurice Jones-Drew since Week 3 at Indy. 


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