NFL Week 7: Green Bay Packers and 4 Last Minute Locks to Win
The beauty of the NFL is that on any given Sunday anything can happen. But even then, there are some games where the winner is as predictable as a bad sports movie.
There are just some matchups where one team is so much better then the other. These teams are considered locks to win, and if they don’t pull out the victory then the media will spend days dissecting what went wrong.
If you are deciding what game to bet on this morning or need an easy pick for your Pick 'Em Pool, then look no further.
Here are your stone cold locks for Week 7.
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The Cleveland Browns will be visiting Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend, but they also bring along a lowly 1-5 record. It is hard to see Brandon Weeden and company doing any real damage.
Andrew Luck should pick apart a Cleveland secondary ranked 30th in the NFL when defending against the pass. Even though the Browns have superstar cornerback Joe Haden back from a suspension, Indianapolis has a multitude of passing weapons.
Reggie Wayne has been tearing it up this season and he is joined by an emerging receiving corps, including Donnie Avery and the rookies T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.
Outside of Greg Little and Josh Gordon, Weeden doesn’t have many targets, and for a rookie quarterback in a hostile environment that could be devastating.
Of course, Trent Richardson will be the deciding factor in this matchup. If he has a big game and finds the end zone, it might be hard for Indy to recover. However, the more likely scenario is that the rookie running back will have a solid day but not do anything too disastrous.
In the battle of rookie quarterbacks, it is very hard to pick against Luck. He will find a way to win at home against the worst team in the league.
New England Patriots
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This may be a rivalry game and the New York Jets are always pesky opponents for New England, but don’t let that fool you. Tom Brady and company will not let this matchup get close, let alone lose at home.
Both teams are currently at .500, but the Pats have lost their games by a combined four points. The Jets have dropped three games by a combined 57 points.
There is turmoil in New York and the Jets defense is ranked 28th in the league when defending the run. Stevan Ridley leads a surprising fourth-ranked Patriots running attack that should exploit that weakness.
And we haven’t even gotten to Tom Brady yet.
Terrific Tom has the most passing yards in the NFL and will pick apart the New York secondary. Mark Sanchez, his opponent, will be throwing to a depleted reviving corps and will have a hard time establishing any resemblance of an offense. The only quarterbacks with a worse passer rating on the season are the rookie Brandon Weeden and the injured Matt Cassel.
Rex Ryan can run his mouth all he wants, but the outcome of this game is crystal clear.
Once again, the Patriots are the top-ranked offense in the league and they will succeed in avenging a loss against Seattle last week by beating the hated Jets.
Green Bay Packers
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Green Bay has finally found their groove and will not let up against the lowly Rams.
The Saint Louis defense is ranked fifth in the NFL against the pass, but the Rams offense will be the Achilles Heel. With Danny Amendola out the younger receivers must step up. None of them were able to do that against Miami last week. The Rams only touchdown came on a Sam Bradford one-yard run.
The run game was even more pitiful as Daryl Richardson led the team with 76 yards on the ground.
The offense cannot afford to be as anemic as it is when pitted against the high-powered Packers. If Green Bay can score early and often, then this should be a long day for head coach Jeff Fisher.
Rodgers and company will Discount Double Check all afternoon en route to an easy victory.
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You never know when it comes to Chicago and Jay Cutler. Some days they look like world beaters while on other occasions they belong in a Pop Warner game.
Fortunately for the Bears faithful, the only loss this season came at the hands of the aforementioned Packers. After putting up 41 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago is now coming off a bye week to take on the Detroit Lions at home in a huge Monday Night Football showdown.
Simply put, they should win.
Detroit is 2-3, beating only the Eagles in overtime as well as the downright awful Rams. The Bears defense has been suffocating and their No. 1 run defense will force Matthew Stafford to pass the football.
Once the Lions become one dimensional, Tim Jennings and the Bears secondary will harass Stafford and force him to make some bad throws.
But it will be the Bears offense that will put the game away. Cutler and Brandon Marshall should connect throughout the matchup with Matt Forte and Michael Bush providing much-needed assistance on the ground.
All in all, the Windy City should wake up Tuesday morning feeling pretty good about their football team.