MC's Week Seven NFL Picks
"Not only are the Raiders terrible, but they look uninterested. If the Eagles win by 17 or less in this one my head will explode, that's not a bluff either. My head really will explode, so don't let me down Philly."—Matt Cullen
About that...for those of you concerned, my head is still intact and I'm angry over that game. Not angry at the Eagles, but at myself. The Eagles always do that at least twice a year, go into a game that they are supposed to win and let the opposing team keep it close.
Do not even bother to attempt to establish a running attack and let McNabb drop back 50 times, baiting defenders to line up and take shots at him.
I did not see a Raiders win coming in that one, but perhaps I should have. Regardless, I went 10-4 on my picks once again, now for Week Seven.
49ers (3-2) at Texans (3-3)
I was aboard the Texans bandwagon before the season and I like what I have seen the past couple weeks. However, I'm not going to be the guy that picks against a Mike Singletary team that has had two weeks to think about a 35 point loss at home. The 49ers rebound to take this one.
49ers win 24-21.
Packers (3-2) at Browns (1-5)
Two pitiful starts for Derek Anderson in a row, let's make that three against the Green Bay Packers.
Packers win 27-13.
Chargers (2-3) at Chiefs (1-5)
The San Diego Chargers are soft, and they are not nearly as likely to make a late season comeback to win the AFC West this season. They should take care of business this week on the road in Kansas City...barely.
Chargers win 20-17.
Colts (5-0) at Rams (0-6)
Trap game, schmap game. The Colts will take care of business regardless of whether Bob Sanders finally plays, as the Rams drop their 800th game in a row (slight exaggeration).
Colts win 34-10.
Vikings (6-0) at Steelers (4-2)
Rashard Mendenhall is running pretty well and Troy Polamalu returned to the lineup for the Steelers. The Vikings secondary that was torched by Joe Flacco could very well be without CB Antoine Winfield. All of this adds up to an undefeated team being knocked off on the road.
Steelers win 23-20.
Patriots (4-2) at Buccaneers (0-6)
The Patriots are trying to channel their "Screw everyone else" 2007 mode, they will do a pretty good job of it against an awful Buccaneers' defense.
Patriots win 42-10.
Jets (3-3) at Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders are not quite ready to roll over like people thought they were. Still, I like Mark Sanchez to bounce back in the warmer weather and for the Jets defense to have a big game as they snap their three game losing streak.
Jets win 17-7.
Bills (2-4) at Panthers (2-3)
Pick Ryan Fitzpatrick on the road against a Panthers team that has won two in a row? That would be madness. Expect a lot of carries for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart again (combined for 47 last week) as the Panthers climb back to a .500 record.
Panthers win 21-10.
Bears (3-2) at Bengals (4-2)
The loss of DE Antwan Odom should really hurt the Bengals. I expect a Bears offense that committed some bad red zone turnovers against the Atlanta Falcons to take advantage this time.
Bears win 24-17.
Falcons (4-1) at Cowboys (3-2)
I love the Cowboys this week. Two weeks to prepare for this game, Felix Jones should be back, Barber should be healthier, and an increased role for Miles Austin in the offense after they signed Allen Rossum to return kicks.
This will be where the Cowboys start to really pull away from the Redskins for third place in the NFC East (not intended as a backhanded compliment).
Cowboys win 31-24.
Saints (5-0) at Dolphins (2-3)
God help me I like the Dolphins. They have the ability to control the clock and keep opposing offenses off the field and as they showed against the Colts, they have the patience to stick to that plan.
It took a miracle performance from Peyton Manning in the few chances he did get with the ball in addition to a poorly executed two minute drill by the Dolphins for the Colts to steal that one. This one like that one was is in Miami...God help me.
Dolphins win 31-28.
Cardinals (3-2) at Giants (5-1)
You can throw on this Giants secondary. They need to do a better job of getting pressure on Kurt Warner than they did on Drew Brees, which I think they will do to an extent. I was thinking Arizona most of the week, but now I've decided that the Giants will bounce back after getting embarrassed against New Orleans and take this one at home. It will be a nail-biter though.
Giants win 28-24.
Eagles (3-2) at Redskins (2-4)
The worst thing that could have happened to the Washington Redskins would have been for the Eagles to have an embarrassing loss in Oakland leading into this matchup. Philadelphia will respond and win this one big, while we get a couple shots of Jim Zorn in the fetal position on the opposing sideline.
Eagles win 28-10.
Last week: 10-4
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