NFL Week 7 Predictions: Full Projections for Remaining Slate of Games

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 19, 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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With Week 7 of the NFL season under way, it's time to start making predictions for the remaining games on Sunday and Monday.

We already saw the Seattle Seahawks take down the Arizona Cardinals this week on Thursday Night Football. Russell Wilson had a big game, going 18-for-29 with 235 yards and three touchdowns in the win. 

The Seahawks have now improved to 6-1 and are looking like one of the best teams in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals are 3-4 and hope to at least make a push in a difficult NFC West division.

With one game already wrapped up, let's take a look at the full predictions for the rest of the week, followed by a breakdown of some of the biggest remaining games.

NFL Week 7 Predictions
AwayPredictionHome
Buffalo Bills14-24Miami Dolphins
St. Louis Rams13-28Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears30-24Washington Redskins
Cincinnati Bengals28-24Detroit Lions
Dallas Cowboys35-31Philadelphia Eagles
San Diego Chargers27-14Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots21-14New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers14-17Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers28-20Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens24-13Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns21-30Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans10-27Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos38-28Indianapolis Colts
Minnesota Vikings31-28New York Giants
Predictions by Tyler Brooke

 

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Detroit Lions (4-2)

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals is congratulated after scoring a touchdown by Mohamed Sanu #12 during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Orchard Park, New Y
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Date: Sunday, October 20

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Prediction: 28-24, Bengals

Despite being in competitive divisions, both of these teams are aiming to make the playoffs in 2013.

Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson (91) tries to tackle Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sport
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The Cincinnati Bengals look like the best team in the AFC North right now. They got their statement win in Week 5 against the New England Patriots and then came back and won a thriller in overtime against the Buffalo Bills.

Giovani Bernard has been an exciting rookie to watch, and he's making his case for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. So far, he's run for 237 yards and two touchdowns while also grabbing 20 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

The Detroit Lions are coming off a solid 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, and their offense is looking like one of the most explosive in the league. Matthew Stafford was a big part of the win last week, throwing for 248 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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On the year, he has put up some big numbers. He's thrown for 1,772 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he also has four interceptions.

The big difference from 2012 to 2013 has been the emergence of some dangerous weapons in the backfield with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. They have combined for 1,059 yards and six touchdowns.

While both teams have strong offenses, the Bengals have a better defense. Cincinnati should be able to pull off a key turnover or make a big defensive play to pull out a close win against a strong opponent.

 

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 13, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles won 31 - 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Date: Sunday, October 20

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Prediction: 35-31, Cowboys

At 3-3, both of these teams are tied atop the NFC East. That would have sounded crazy a year ago, but with how bad all four teams have been, the division champ could go 9-7 or even 8-8.

As inconsistent as they've been, the Dallas Cowboys have played like a respectable team this year. However, they've yet to win back-to-back games and are trying to avoid their third straight 8-8 season.

Tony Romo got a lot of criticism for throwing an interception late in the game against the Denver Broncos, but he's having one of the best seasons of his career. So far, he's put up 1,693 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing over 70 percent of his passes.  

Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have benefited from Romo's hot start. The two have combined for 799 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging over 12 yards per catch.

For the Eagles, they will be playing with Nick Foles under center instead of Michael Vick. Adam Schefter reported that Vick ruled himself out of the game.

So far, Foles has been great in the starting lineup, and the Eagles are 2-0 with him getting the majority of the snaps. He's completed 67.2 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and zero turnovers so far.

The Eagles rank first in rushing offense, averaging 178.5 per game. LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing, with 630 yards and three touchdowns through six games.

Both of these defenses struggle against the pass, allowing a combined 622.7 yards per game through the air. Expect a big shootout between these teams, but I trust Romo more than Foles in this one.

 

Denver Broncos (6-0) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Date: Sunday, October 20

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

Prediction: 38-28, Broncos

This isn't just the biggest game of the week—this might be the biggest game of the year in the NFL.

Peyton Manning is finally returning to Indianapolis after leaving for the Denver Broncos. He's been great since switching teams, and this year he's the clear front-runner for the MVP award.

Not only has he led the Broncos to a perfect 6-0 start, he's also ripped apart opposing defenses. Through just six games, he's thrown for 2,179 yards, 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions. At this rate, he's on pace to break single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns.

On defense, however, the Broncos have struggled. They're statistically the worst defense against the pass, allowing 337.7 passing yards per game. However, that could change this week, as Von Miller is finally returning after being suspended for the first six games.

Meanwhile, the Colts look like a completely different team than they did in 2012. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has changed this offense into a balanced one that focuses on the run. Indy is putting up 130.7 yards per game on the ground, up from 104.4 yards per game last season.

Defensively, the Colts have done a solid job stopping the pass and were able to shut down the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. They have statement wins against the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers so far, but they also had an ugly loss last week to the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.

Manning shouldn't have a problem putting up points against his old team. The Colts will look to prove that they're a better team than they showed everyone last week, but they won't stop this red-hot offense. The Broncos will stay undefeated.