NFL Week 7 Picks: Teams That Will Emerge with Hard-Fought Victories

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2013

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Week 7 of the NFL season will continue on Sunday afternoon with a plethora of juicy matchups for NFL fans and fantasy owners to soak up.

The league's last two unbeatens will both be in action on Sunday, while all three of the NFL's remaining winless teams will be chasing victory No. 1 as well. Both Denver and Kansas City are favored to continue streaking this weekend while only one winless club is projected to end its skid in Week 7.

Below, are my picks for the remaining games in Week 7. 

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NFL Week 7 Picks

Atlanta Falcons (-7)24-21Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Detroit Lions (-1)30-24Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins (-9.5)34-23Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots (-3.5)20-13New York Jets
Dallas Cowboys (+2.5)31-28Philadelphia Eagles
Chicago Bears (-1)26-21Washington Redskins
St. Louis Rams (+6.5)19-14Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers (-10)27-10Cleveland Browns
San Diego Chargers (-9.5)35-17Jacksonville Jaguars
San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)23-14Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)26-13Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens (+1)20-17Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos (-6)36-28Indianapolis Colts
New York Giants (-3.5)30-21Minnesota Vikings


Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have had 10 days to rest following their Thursday night win in Week 6, but they'll be up against a desperate Washington Redskins team in Landover this weekend.

Washington is 1-4 coming in, but certainly isn't going to roll over in such a miserable division. The Redskins know they still have a shot to defend their NFC East crown, and that means Chicago will be in for a dogfight. 

However I like the Bears to survive that fight.

While Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and the rest of the Redskins offense rank inside the top 10 in the league, Washington is helpless defensively, giving up 395 total yards and over 28 points per game in 2013. Therefore, look for the Bears to do enough damage offensively to get ahead and stay ahead in this game.


St. Louis Rams

Despite having won two games in a row, the St. Louis Rams will be underdogs against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.

But watch for Jeff Fisher's Rams to pull off the upset and keep their winning streak alive this weekend. After all, St. Louis is playing its best football of the season right now, averaging 36 points per game over its last two games.

Sure, Carolina is coming off a blowout win at Minnesota. But the Vikings don't possess a quality defense or a scorching-hot and confident quarterback like Sam Bradford, who has six touchdown passes to zero interceptions since the start of Week 5.

With Bradford playing mistake-free football and the Panthers having yet to prove they can put together back-to-back winning performances, the Rams will have the advantage in this matchup.


Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13:  Linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Yards and points never come easy when the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers get together. These two division rivals love to beat each other up, and the results are usually thrilling.

Expect another close, back-and-forth battle between these two teams Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, but one where the defending Super Bowl champions emerge victorious. On paper and on the field, Baltimore is the better team in 2013. 

The Ravens defense is forcing turnovers at a much higher rate than the Pittsburgh defense, and the reigning champions boast more weapons on the offensive side of the ball.

Both teams are desperate for a win this weekend, but the Ravens are the more dangerous team. Baltimore will sink the Steelers en route to getting back into the win column in Week 7.


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