Week 7 NFL Picks: Predicting Sunday's Marquee Matchups

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2013

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Bronco reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Week 7 of the NFL regular season is already upon us, and it’s time to pick which teams will win Sunday’s marquee matchups.

Each of the following teams will steal the show this week and win the most exciting games.

 

Full Week 7 Predictions
DateMatchupPredicted Winner
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

 

Denver Broncos Over Indianapolis Colts

The biggest game of the week will be the Denver Broncos traveling to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first time since starting quarterback Peyton Manning was released.

Indianapolis drafted Andrew Luck No. 1 overall and has moved forward without Manning, but the veteran’s impact on the Colts franchise can’t be denied. While Luck is under center, Indy is still the football city Manning built.

The difference in this game will come down to maturity. With Denver boasting a team littered with veterans that have big-game experience, the Colts have a young roster full of talent yet to face a test as tough as what will come Sunday night.

Indianapolis has struggled stopping the run this season, allowing 132 yards per game. While this has been viewed as a battle of quarterbacks on paper, this matchup has all the earmarks of an intense AFC battle won on the ground.

While the Colts’ running back Trent Richardson may be the bigger name, it will be the Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno who steals the show and seals the victory for his team.

Predicted Final Score: Denver 42, Indianapolis 33

 

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles hands the ball off to running back LeSean McCoy #25 during the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by
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Philadelphia Eagles Over Dallas Cowboys

In what should be an exciting offensive battle in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Philadelphia and play an Eagles team ready to prove it deserves to be in playoff contention.

While neither of these organizations has played fundamental football through the first six weeks of the season, each enters this game with a 3-3 record. The division race is wide open, and the winner of Sunday’s game will have the inside lane to a guaranteed playoff spot.

As well as Dallas played against Denver in Week 5, the team’s lackluster defense will be picked apart by LeSean McCoy and the talented Eagles’ offensive unit. Add in the injury to running back DeMarco Murray, who is listed as questionable by ESPN Dallas, and the Cowboys will lose in stunning fashion Sunday.

The loss will likely come on the heels of another crucial mistake from Tony Romo.

Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 30, Dallas 27