NFL Week Seven Predictions
Last week's record: 10-4
Overall record: 64-26
Lock of the Week: 4-for-6
Chicago (3-2) @ Cincinnati (4-2): Regardless of what Cedric Benson says, he wants revenge against the Bears. He will have a good game, but nothing crazy. This will come down to which defense holds up. The Bears made too many mistakes to beat a good team last week, but they will cut down on those and get a nice road victory.
Chicago wins, 28-20
Green Bay (3-2) @ Cleveland (1-5): This will likely be more of a scrimmage for the Pack than it will be a game. The only thing Green Bay needs to watch out for in this game will be protecting Aaron Rodgers. They have continued to give up sacks, even against bad teams like the Lions.
Green Bay wins, 27-8
San Diego (2-3) @ Kansas City (1-5): Simply put, this is a must-win for San Diego. They've already fallen too far back of the division-leading Broncos and they cannot afford to go to 2-4. Matt Cassel is on a bit of a hot streak now and the Chiefs have played well all year, but the Chargers' urgency will be too much for Kansas City to overcome.
San Diego wins, 26-14
Indianapolis (5-0) @ St. Louis (0-6): This could get ugly very quickly. There is no way St. Louis will pull the upset. In addition, Bob Sanders is coming back and will do no favors to anybody playing (or watching) in a Rams jersey.
Indy wins, 44-9 (Lock of the Week)
Minnesota (6-0) @ Pittsburgh (4-2): Pittsburgh has won nine straight games at Heinz Field. Rashard Mendenhall has revived the running game. Ben Roethlisberger is playing out of his mind right now. This will be the Vikings' toughest test thus far and they will go into it with a banged up, average secondary. This will be pretty close throughout, but the Vikings don't have the firepower on defense to stop the Steelers' surging offense.
Pittsburgh wins, 29-17
New England (4-2) @ Tampa Bay (0-6): Just like they did to Tennessee last week, New England will make short work of the Bucs. The only way this game will be even remotely close is if the Pats get off to a slow start after a longer trip than usual. The Pats will get off to a fast start and this will not be close.
New England wins, 31-13
San Francisco (3-2) @ Houston (3-3): This is a very interesting game. Houston is trying to avoid another .500 season while the Niners are trying to prove that the Atlanta game was just a hiccup. The Niners will be rested and they will be out to prove a little more than Texans are. Also, don't expect Michael Crabtree to do much of anything this week or the next few weeks.
San Francisco wins, 20-17
New York Jets (3-3) @ Oakland (2-4): The Jets just need to protect the ball and they will win this game. They went crazy on the ground against Buffalo last week and judging by how the now confident (or overconfident) Raiders play defense, they should be able to do it again this week.
New York Jets win, 23-10
Buffalo (2-4) @ Carolina (2-3): Neither team has shown much of anything this year nor will either be doing anything after Week 17. Nonetheless, Buffalo will win this game the same way they won last week. They will give up way too many rushing yards and force the quarterback into way too many turnovers.
Buffalo wins, 17-10
Atlanta (4-1) @ Dallas (3-2): Atlanta just beat a team that made too many dumb mistakes to win. Sound familiar? That is exactly what the 'Boys do against good teams like the Falcons. Dallas will keep this close, but dumb mistakes throughout the game will prevent them from winning.
Atlanta wins, 28-17
New Orleans (5-0) @ Miami (2-3): Miami must keep the ball away from Drew Brees and company for as long as possible, much like they did against Indy. Even if they are able to do that, they still need to make sure they don't give up big plays. That is too many things that need to go right for the Dolphins to beat the best team in the NFL.
New Orleans wins, 27-24
Arizona (3-2) @ New York Giants (5-1): The Giants will take the field upset at how they played last week. Anquan Boldin may not take the field at all. This will be a shootout, but the Giants defense will step up when needed to prevent the Cards from taking a late lead and preserve a Giants win.
New York Giants win, 29-24
Philadelphia (3-2) @ Washington (2-4): These two teams have certainly had interesting weeks. Like the Giants, Philly will come out angry after losing to a horrible team and the 'Skins may come out a little motivated for their head coach, Jim Zorn. All of that motivation will disappear quickly when the Eagles jump out to a quick lead and cruise to a win.
Philly wins, 31-11
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