NFL Week 7 Picks: Road Teams That Will Come Out Victorious in Big Games

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 20, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass as defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants puts pressure on during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears needed to rebound from consecutive losses to the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Fortunately, the New York Giants were in town for Thursday Night Football in Week 6, and the Bears took care of business at home.

Jay Cutler has looked sharp this season save for his poor performance against the Lions. The Bears have scored at least 21 points in every game this season except one. For once, offense is not an issue in Chicago. 

The pass defense has been a bit of a problem, though. Chicago is ranked just 23rd in the NFL in this category, but its penchant for forcing turnovers has saved it to a degree. The Bears have 17 takeaways this season, and turnovers will be key in their Week 7 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

Washington has done well protecting the ball this season. The team has only given the pigskin away nine times through the first six weeks of action. If it can maintain this type of protection of the ball, Sunday’s game should be a shootout. 

Washington’s pass defense is ranked just 24th in yards per game, and its run defense is ranked 27th. Likewise, the Bears pass defense is only a notch higher at 23rd in the NFL.

All things point to a high-scoring affair. The team that wins the turnover battle will likely prevail. When the Bears are involved, it is hard to bet against them in a game like this.

The offense has proven itself capable of putting points on the board, and Charles Tillman is scheduled to return to the lineup after injury, per Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune. The Bears defense should be able to make enough plays to win.

Here are two other road teams that will prevail on Sunday.


Peyton Manning Will Reign Supreme in His Return to Indianapolis

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos tosses the ball to running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver,
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The Broncos look like an unstoppable force through six weeks. The defense hasn’t been impenetrable, but it has been good enough to support an offense that could break records for passing touchdowns in a season.

When Manning returns to his old stomping grounds, the major question will be: Can the Indianapolis Colts stop the Broncos’ running game?

Manning and Co. get the majority of the credit for the Broncos' powerful offense, but a steady run game has averaged 115 yards per game so far this season. The Colts have had all types of issues slowing teams down on the ground this season. 

They rank 31st in the NFL against the run. Will Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker put up solid numbers against the Colts? Absolutely, but the biggest problem Indy figures to have is in run defense.

Knowshon Moreno has scored five touchdowns in the last three weeks, and he’s really finding himself in the offense. Expect to see him have a big day as the Broncos make Peyton’s return to Indy a victorious one. 


Dallas Will Take Control of the NFC East With Win in Philadelphia

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter on October 13, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Redskins 31-16.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty I
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Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game is for sole possession of first place in the division. As mid-year regular-season games go, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.

Per Phil Sheridan of, Michael Vick says he is not playing against the Cowboys on Sunday. That puts Nick Foles back in the starting lineup again for the Eagles.  

Foles has played well in Vick’s absence. He led the Eagles to a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. He has thrown six touchdown passes and no interceptions so far in 2013.

Despite Foles’ recent success, the Cowboys will come away winners. Tony Romo and Co. are just 3-3, but we must look at their losses to put their season in perspective.

Two of their three defeats have come at the hands of the only two remaining undefeated teams in the league, the Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas lost those two games by just four points combined.

Romo took a beating for his pick that cost Dallas the game against the Broncos, but he has been amazing this season otherwise. He’s thrown for 1,693 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in six games. The Cowboys offense has scored at least 21 points in all but one game this year.

In a game with pass defenses that rank 31st (Eagles) and 30th (Cowboys) in the NFL, Romo gives the Cowboys an edge in a shootout. 

Dallas will win a high-scoring thriller on the road.


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