NFL Picks Week 7: Predictions For Every Game; Will The 49ers Beat The Panthers?

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIOctober 21, 2010

NFL Picks Week 7: Predictions For Every Game; Will The 49ers Beat The Panthers?

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a victory against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 17-16.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Get
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Here are my picks for all 16 games for Week 7 of the 2010 NFL season. 

    You'll see some interesting selections, including my thoughts on whether the San Francisco 49ers can beat the winless Carolina Panthers.

    Moreover, who will the Vikings be able to knock off the Packers? Will the Cowboys be able to turn their season around against the surging Giants?

    Find out my predictions on that, and much more.  

    Last Week: 9-5

    Cumulative Season Record: 46-44 (.511)

Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against  the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    Winner: Atlanta Falcons

    The Atlanta Falcons haven't lost consecutive games ever since Mike Smith has been their head coach, and I don't expect them to against this disappointing Bengals team.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.


Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) @ Miami Dolphins (3-2)

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out signals during the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Dolphins may be a strong team, but there's no way they can overtake whom I consider to be the best team in the NFL.

    At the same time, be sure to look out for how Brandon Marshall goes up against the league's 8th worst pass defense.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.


Buffalo Bills (0-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 17:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens gains yards against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
    Jim Rogash/Getty Images

    Winner: Baltimore Ravens

    The Buffalo Bills are in search of their first win of the season, but I don't see it coming against Ray Lewis and the Ravens' dominant defense.

    Moreover, this could be a game in which Ray Rice truly jumpstarts his season as the Bills have the worst run defense in the NFL. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 13:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

    The Kansas City Chiefs have been a pleasant surprise this season, and have been competitve in all of their games. To be honest, I didn't expect it.

    Of course, they have dropped two consecutive games. Luckily, I don't see them making it a third especially not against a Jaguars team that's fresh off a game in which they only managed to score three points. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS

Cleveland Browns (1-5) @ New Orleans Saints (4-2)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints prepares to snap the ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeat
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    Winner: New Orleans Saints

    The Cleveland Browns may have some pieces in place, but it won't be enough to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions.

    Expect Drew Brees and their prolific offense to shred the Browns' porous defense. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS

Washington Redskins (3-3) @ Chicago Bears (4-2)

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after throwing a first quater touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim Mc
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    Winner: Washington Redskin

    sThis could, in fact, be one of the most intriguing matchups of the week.

    In the end, I believe that the Bears offensive line will hurt them, and the Redskins will stand victorious. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on FOX.

San Francisco 49ers (1-5) @ Carolina Panthers (0-5)

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Winner: San Francisco 49ers

    These are two teams that are fairly talented, yet have got off to pathetic starts.

    The 49ers indeed earned their first win of the season last week, but they still have a series of problems to fix.

    The Panthers, on the other hand, are an absolute mess and I don't think their switch at quarterback over to Matt Moore will be much help. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on FOX.

8. St. Louis Rams (3-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Winner: St. Louis Rams

    This is a very compelling game as it may tell us a lot about which team is the real deal and which has simply been fortunate. Nonetheless, both have been very impressive so far.

    However, I expect the Rams to win this one. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT

Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) @ Tennessee Titans (4-2)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Winner: Tennessee Titans

    While the Titans may not compile a ton of yardage, they execute well which is why I expect them to win this game.

    The difference I feel will be Chris Johnson against the Eagles 22nd ranked run defense. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT

Arizona Cardinals (3-3) @ Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Earl Thomas #29 and Colin Cole #90 both of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate Thomas' interception against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Winner: Seattle Seahawks

    Frankly, these are two of the most inconsistent teams in the league and they're rather overrated in comparison to their overall record.

    Based on the level that they've performed at thought, I see the Seahawks pulling out a victory here.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:05 P.M. EDT on FOX

New England Patriots (4-1) @ San Diego Chargers (2-4)

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a Charger touchdown play against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 41-10.
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    Winner: San Diego Chargers

    Statistically speaking, the Chargers are the superor team. Even though that doesn't always correlate to a win, I see the Bolts knocking off the Patriots here.

    There's no way the Chargers fall into a 2-5 hole.

    Phillip Rivers should have a huge night against the Patriots weak defense, and Tom Brady might have a tough time against the league's top ranked defense.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:15 P.M. EDT on CBS

Oakland Raiders (2-4) @ Denver Broncos (2-4)

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Winner: Denver Broncos

    Honestly, I don't see how the Raiders can win this game if Jason Campbell can't elevate his game to a sufficient level. He was downright terrible last week, which was a critical reason they lost.

    On the flip side, Kyle Orton is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league and should have another good outing against the Raiders inconsistent secondary.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:15 P.M. EDT on CBS

Minnesota Vikings (2-4) @ Green Bay Packers (3-3)

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Winner: Green Bay Packers

    Both teams have been relative disappointments, with the Vikings obviously being the more concerning of the two

    Therefore, I see the Packers squeezing through a victory which should redeem them from their consecutive overtime losses.

    However, I'm still a bit worried about their derailing injuries. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 8:20 P.M. EDT on NBC.

New York Giants (4-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-5)

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Winner: Dallas Cowboys

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the Cowboys prove America that they are still an elite team with a statement win over the Giants.

    They are a talented team, and I believe they put it all together at home on Monday Night Football.

    This game will be broadcasted at 8:30 P.M. EDT on ESPN