NFL Picks Week 7: 5 Teams That Could Stumble
We are approaching week 7 in the NFL season, and there have already been a number of surprises throughout this season.
Dallas and Minnesota were both preseason Super Bowl favorites, but Dallas as stumbled early, and is left with a 1-4 record, while Minnesota limps in with a 2-3 record.
The Texans flew out of the gate but have stumbled late, the Colts have lost twice, the Rams are doing well with a rookie quarterback, the 49ers have one win and the Chiefs have only lost twice.
The topsy turvy nature of the NFL this season is making it hard to distinguish the good teams from the bad, even in spite of there records.
Without any further ado, here are five teams who could stumble in week 7, in spite of their good record.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come in to week seven with a 4-1 record. They have, however, only played one game with starting quarterback Ben Rothlisberger. Rothlisberger was suspended for the first four weeks of the season in regard to his off the field conduct. The Steelers went 3-1 in Rothlisberger's absence, but posted abysmal offensive numbers.
Last week, the Steelers faced the Cleveland Browns, and rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. The Steelers were able to pull out a win, and Rothlisberger threw for three touchdowns, but they were only playing the Browns.
This week the Steelers will face the Miami Dolphins, in a game where they will have to play much better in order to win. The Dolphins will be able to score on the Steelers, so the Steelers will need their offense to produce in order to get a win in this game.
If the Steelers are unable to produce enough points on offense, look for the Dolphins to possibly steal the game away from the Steelers.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but they are not having an easy time doing it.
They are facing the Cleveland Browns this week in what many would call an easy win. This, however, will not be an easy game for the Saints. They are struggling against everyone they play, and the Browns showed signs of life last week with rookie quarterback, Colt McCoy at the helm.
The Saints will need another strong performance from Chris Ivory and the running game, if they are going to beat the Browns. All-Pro quarterback, Drew Brees will also need to show the MVP-like flashes again.
Drew Brees will continue to spread the ball around to make up for the losses of Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson will need to step up and make plays, otherwise Colt McCoy could be getting his first career win.
Look for the Saints to stumble this week.
The Baltimore Ravens are 4-2, and they are going to face the Buffalo Bills in week 7 who are 0-5. This game is widely considered as a blowout in the making. The Ravens, however, are coming off of a loss last week and that could be the reason that they stumble.
Last week against the Patriots, the Ravens let a ten point fourth quarter lead slip away. Quarterback Joe Flacco will need to lead the Ravens to a victory in this game.
The Bills are winless, and hungry for their first win of the season. They are lead by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and rookie running back C.J. Spiller.
The Ravens need to take this game seriously, or the Bills could trip them up.
New York Giants
The New York Giants face their 1-4 division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys this week.
The Giants are coming off three straight wins as a result of dominating defensive performances. This week against the Cowboys, they will need another strong performance against the Cowboys very high-powered offense.
The Cowboys boast one of the league's top offenses, but they have been plagued all year by penalties. If the Cowboys get hot, and refrain from committing stupid penalties, the game could turn sour for the Giants.
New York will need another huge sack performance against the Cowboys to prevent them from sticking around. They will need to keep the pressure on Romo, and knock him down, to avoid him making any big plays.
The Giants could stumble this week against the Cowboys.
New England Patriots
The 4-2 Patriots, will take on the 2-3 Chargers this week. On paper, the Patriots should take this game easy. They have the better record, they have Tom Brady at quarterback, and they have the better coach.
The Chargers, however, should not be taken lightly. Despite their 2-3 record, the Chargers are still one of the best teams in the AFC. Led by quarterback Phillip Rivers, and Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd and Patrick Crayton, they boast a high-powered offense.
All-Pro receiver Vincent Jackson is rumored to sign soon, and that could make the Chargers even more dangerous.
Tom Brady will have to have an excellent game this week, and connect with Deion Branch numerous times, to keep the Chargers on the ropes.
The Chargers have an excellent chance of tripping up the mighty Patriots.
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Paul Ferguson is an intern at Bleacher Report.
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