NFL Expert Picks: Week Seven Predictions

Vernon CroyCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20:  A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader performs at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Although it seems like we just got started, we’re getting close to the midpoint of the season. We’ve had a few preseason contenders turn out to be pretenders and vice versa. However, it’s still early in the season and there is a lot of football left to be played. So what can we expect as far as Free NFL Football Picks go in Week Seven of the NFL season? Here’s a preview of this week’s action.


San Diego vs. Kansas City (San Diego -5). The Chiefs finally got their first win of the season last year and will officially not join last year’s Detroit team as one of the worst of all time. They beat a solid defense and a terrible offense in Washington.

This week, they get the exact opposite in San Diego. Their defense looks shaky and the offense is pretty talented. The running game for San Diego has not looked that good this season so far.

If the Chiefs can contain Rivers early on, they have a chance to win this game. The Chargers are the more talented team, but they could have said that a few times this season, only to come away with losses.


Indianapolis vs. St. Louis (Indianapolis -13). The way the Rams are playing, this spread might not be big enough. Although they did put up a decent showing against the Jaguars, the Colts are no Jaguars. Peyton Manning should pick this defense apart. As if the Rams weren’t bad enough on defense, they traded away Will Witherspoon this week to the Eagles. If this plays out like it should, we’ll be looking at a blowout score.


Chicago vs Cincinnati (Cincinnati -1.5). This is one of the closest games of the week according to Vegas. This game features two fairly solid teams in what should be a good game. Carson Palmer seems to finally be coming back to solid form. Although the Bengals pass rush was devastated with the season-ending loss of Antwan Odom.


Green Bay vs. Cleveland (Green Bay -7). Green Bay is the favorite in this one and they are clearly the better team. However, with Derrick Anderson at quarterback, the Browns tend to open it up a little more now. Aaron Rodgers has been playing great this year and he should pick apart the secondary of the Browns if given enough time.


Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh -4). Despite being undefeated, the Vikings come into this game as the underdog. Apparently the oddsmakers put a lot of stock into Heinz Field. However, the Vikings appear to be a better team in almost every area. We know that the Vikings and Brett Favre will be able to pass on the Steelers defense. However, if Adrian Peterson can get the run game going against them, it will be a long day for the Steeler faithful.


New England vs. Tampa Bay (New England -14.5). The Patriots put up 59 points on the Tennessee Titans last week. Does that mean we should expect them to beat the Bucs by 80? While they probably won’t score that much, if they play like they did last week, this should be over by halftime.


San Francisco vs. Houston (Houston -3). If Matt Schaub keeps playing as well as he has been, there will be no stopping the Texans aerial attack. He has been one of the best quarterbacks all season behind Drew Brees and he should have a good game against the Niners.

The question still remains of whether or not Steve Slaton can run on the 49ers defense though. This game will also mark the first game of the Michael Crabtree era. It’s time to see if all of the hype is real.


New York Jets vs. Oakland (New York -6). Somehow the hapless Oakland Raiders managed to beat the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Philly still doesn’t know what happened other than they played awful. The Raiders will more than likely come back down to Earth this week and play terribly again. But this is the NFL and anything can happen.


New Orleans vs Miami (New Orleans -6.5). The Saints just dismantled one of the other undefeated teams in the league last week and somehow they are only 6.5-point favorites against Miami. The Dolphins are somewhat solid, but they should not be able to compete with Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. However, they always seem to hang around in games regardless of who they are playing.


Atlanta vs. Dallas (Dallas -4). The Cowboys are in a little bit of disarray lately. They lost to the Broncos and almost lost to the Chiefs in overtime. Then they got a bye week. Who really knows what to expect from the Cowboys at this point?

They are talented, but they always seem to play below their talent level. The Falcons are still a solid team and should give them a good test.


Arizona vs. New York Giants (New York -7). The Giants just took a beat down last week at the hands of the Saints. However, now they face a team that has struggled a little bit on offense. The Cardinals are still good, but they haven’t been able to click on all cylinders yet this season. This should be a close game between two good teams.


Philadelphia vs. Washington (Philadelphia -7). This game features two teams coming off of bad losses to AFC West teams. The Eagles lost to the team known as the “laughing stock of the NFL”—Oakland Raiders.

It was one of the worst games they’ve played in a long time. Donovan McNabb couldn’t get in a rhythm all game long after being blitzed for most of the game. Either Oakland uncovered the blueprint to slow down the Eagles offense or they just got lucky.

On the other side, the Redskins looked downright awful last week against the Chiefs. They didn’t score a touchdown and despite a long run by Clinton Portis that should have been called back for holding, the offense didn’t do anything. Will the Redskins bounce back or will the Eagles start soaring again?

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