NFL Week 7 Picks: Predicting the Biggest Potential Blowouts

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

Week 7 of the 2013 NFL regular season is upon us, and it's time to predict every game on the schedule and find the biggest potential blowouts.

There are several marquee matchups this week, but all of the following games will be one-sided blowouts.

All stats and information via NFL.com and ESPN.

 

Full Week 7 Predictions
DateMatchupPredicted Winner
Thursday, Oct. 17Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona CardinalsSeattle
Sunday, Oct. 20Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay PackersGreen Bay
Sunday, Oct. 20Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta FalconsAtlanta
Sunday, Oct. 20Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit LionsDetroit
Sunday, Oct. 20Buffalo Bills vs. Miami DolphinsMiami
Sunday, Oct. 20New England Patriots vs. New York JetsNew England
Sunday, Oct. 20Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia EaglesPhiladelphia
Sunday, Oct. 20Chicago Bears vs. Washington RedskinsWashington
Sunday, Oct. 20St. Louis Rams vs Carolina PanthersCarolina
Sunday, Oct. 20San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville JaguarsSan Diego
Sunday, Oct. 20San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee TitansSan Francisco
Sunday, Oct. 20Houston Texans vs. Kansas City ChiefsKansas City
Sunday, Oct. 20Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore
Sunday, Oct. 20Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis ColtsDenver
Monday, Oct. 21Minnesota Vikings vs. New York GiantsMinnesota

 

San Diego Chargers Over Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL right now, and despite hosting the San Diego Chargers, the franchise will lose its seventh game of the season in lopsided fashion.

Not only is Jacksonville’s defense one of the worst in the league (14th against the pass and 32nd against the run), but the offense is also just as bad. With the offense ranked 25th passing and 32nd running, the Jaguars are flat-out terrible.

San Diego’s defensive unit is not elite, but the offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers has been dangerous all season. The Chargers are ranked fifth in passing yards and 19th in rushing yards, and have shown they can score in bunches.

If San Diego can get the rushing attack going early with back Ryan Mathews, there is little doubt that this will be one of the biggest blowouts of Week 7.

Predicted Final Score: San Diego 37, Jacksonville 17

 

Miami Dolphins Over Buffalo Bills

The Miami Dolphins are coming off a bye in Week 7 after losing two straight games, but the perfect remedy to the issues on both offense and defense will be a meeting with the lowly Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo is dealing with issues at quarterback—the team signed Matt Flynn this week to take the starting job—and the stingy Dolphins defense will bring the heat. Miami has allowed an average of 19.75 points per game in four of the year’s first five matchups (the team was blown out by the New Orleans Saints).

The Dolphins have struggled running the ball (29th in the NFL with just 69.6 yards per game), but with Buffalo ranked 28th in the league allowing 124.2 rushing yards per game, this will be a huge loss for the Bills.

Predicted Final Score: Miami 34, Buffalo 14

 

San Francisco 49ers Over Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans have faced an incredibly tough schedule, and it won’t get any easier when the team hosts the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. After starting the season well, Tennessee will lose its third game in a row.

Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has played well since starter Jake Locker went down with a hip injury, but the tough San Francisco defense will make life difficult on the whole Titans offense.

The 49ers boast the sixth-best pass defense in the NFL.

Add in the improving offensive attack that features Frank Gore leading the team on the ground and Colin Kaepernick evolving into a better passer, and the beatdown on Tennessee will help San Francisco regain its elite form.

Predicted Final Score: San Francisco 34, Tennessee 17

 

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