Week 7 NFL Predictions: Projecting the Most Dramatic Showdowns of the Week

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 14, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers speaks with quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens following the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 31-24.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Predictions are in for some of the most intense rivalries in NFL history which will be reignited in Week 7.

As the season quickly nears its midpoint, their matchups become even more meaningful. Here are breakdowns of the three most dramatic showdowns of the week and predictions for each game.


Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (18) and AFC quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (12) pass the ball during warm ups before the 2013 Pro Bowl against the NFC at Aloha Stadium. Mandator
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This game will start out dramatic. Expect the Broncos to win by double digits, though. That’s what they’ve done to every team this year not named the Dallas Cowboys.

Manning will lead a team scoring an average of 44.2 points per game in 2013 to Lucas Oil Stadium, a home away from home for him. He played there longer than Andrew Luck—who will need to throw for more than two touchdowns, something he hasn’t done this year—has. 

The fact that Denver will have Champ Bailey, who returned from injury to debut in Week 6, and Von Miller, whose six-game suspension is up, back won’t make it any easier for Luck to accomplish this.


Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Gerald Sensabaugh #43 of the Dallas Cowboys shoves  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles out of bounds on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Ph
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The NFC East is up for grabs and both bitter division rivals sit at 3-3 entering Week 7.

Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reported that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly refused to commit to a starting quarterback after Nick Foles completed 22-of-31 pass attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also ran in another score, something Michael Vick couldn’t do pegged as the Eagles’ emergency QB.

Dallas won each showdown last year, racking up 38 points apiece. Of course, it could be without DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray, who were ruled out of the Cowboys' Sunday night showdown against the Washington Redskins after injuries, according to ESPN. This one, like the next on this list, could go either way, but the Eagles have the edge at home.


Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Few fans would believe that the Ravens and Steelers would enter Week 7 with a combined record of 4-7 if told before the season. Their offenses have stumbled out of the starting blocks. Baltimore is ranked 18th in scoring, managing just 10 points in the first 55 minutes against the Green Bay Backers, and Pittsburgh ranks 27th.

A defensive struggle is guaranteed, not that their defenses are elite like in years past. But whichever quarterback turns the ball over the least—Joe Flacco has eight turnovers in six games and Ben Roethlisberger five in five—will decide the outcome.

At home and riding the momentum of a 19-7 victory over the New York Jets, the Steelers have the edge.

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.