The undefeated Minnesota Vikings will put their perfect record on the line against the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers in Pittsburgh in the marquee matchup of the week 7 slate. Here’s a breakdown of all 13 games:
The Chargers have to hit the road in a divisional game in a short week after a Monday night home game. Kansas City rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Dallas in week 5 to upset the Redskins for their first win of the season last week. With some momentum, the Chiefs should be able to cover as a home underdog in a potential letdown spot for the Chargers.
In the mismatch of the week, an undefeated Indy squad will make the short trip to St. Louis to face the winless Rams. Off of a bye, the Colts should be ready for a big effort in the comfortable environment of a dome against a Rams club that is still searching for answers.
Both teams are looking to rebound from tough setbacks last week. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is building more chemistry with his receivers as the season progresses. With top defender Antwan Odom sidelined for the year due to injury, the Bengals appear to be headed for their third home loss of the year against the Bears on Sunday.
The Packers got healthy against a weak Detroit team last week. Green Bay should expect more of the same this week against a Cleveland squad that was out gained by over 300 yards at Pittsburgh last week. The Packers have too many offensive weapons for the Browns to contend against in this one.
Minnesota has been fortunate to pull out a couple of home wins against the 49ers and Ravens this season. Now, they must try to win in a hostile environment against a team that is getting on track after a slow start. With nine straight home wins dating back to last year, the Steelers just may put an end to Minnesota’s early season magic.
After delivering the biggest NFL rout in 33 years, the Patriots will cross the Atlantic to face the winless Bucs in London. Tampa Bay will try to match scores against Tom Brady with the unknown Josh Johnson at quarterback. It won’t be 59-0 but the Patriots will breeze to another easy win on foreign turf against the rebuilding Bucs.
After a bye week, the 49ers should be ready to play after losing by 35 points at home in week 5. Houston is two yards away from being 5-1, but the young club is still learning how to develop some consistency. The 49ers are the choice in this battle that should come down to the wire.
The Jets have dropped three straight after rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was picked off five times last week. The Raiders stunned the Eagles at home last week to snap their three-game slide. In a low scoring affair, the Raiders defense is expected to do enough to cover against an inconsistent New York signal-caller.
Buffalo starting quarterback Trent Edwards could be missing in action after being knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion. Carolina has won two straight after covering for the first time in last week’s win. However, the Panthers have committed enough turnovers this year to give the underdog Bills a chance, regardless of who takes the snaps for Buffalo on Sunday.
The Saints are in a “sandwich” game after defeating the Giants last week with another showdown game on tap in week 8 against Atlanta. The Dolphins are playing their third straight home game after last week’s bye. With the league’s top rushing offense, the inspired Dolphins should catch the Saints a little flat in a letdown spot for New Orleans.
Atlanta is on track to post consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history after a 4-1 start. The Cowboys are rested after a bye week. However, Dallas has been too inconsistent to back them in this spot against the emerging Falcons.
Arizona has won two straight since coming off of their early season bye. The vaunted Giants defense was torched in New Orleans last week. While an angry New York squad should get back into the win column this week, an improved Cardinals defense may enable Arizona to cover in this matchup of the last two NFC champions.
Both of these teams will be looking to get into the end zone this week after neither squad was able to score a touchdown last week. While all of the attention has been on the Washington offense, their solid defense has been overlooked. With a chance to face a division rival at home on a Monday night, the Redskins are expected to come together for a strong effort against the inconsistent Eagles.