NFL Picks Week 7: Where Should Your Hard-Earned Money Go?
Week 7 of the NFL season is here and there is only one undefeated team left. The Green Bay Packers look every bit the Super Bowl favorite. Teams like the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens certainly deserve recognition as well.
Week after week we are seeing the victors come in the game's final minute. So who to bet on?
San Diego Chargers at New York Jets
The San Diego Chargers are one of the least talked about good teams in the NFL. While the squad has one loss on the year, they are passed up in the Super Bowl conversation by the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, and even the Washington Redskins.
Not all of their wins have been pretty, but this is a balanced football team with a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. The New York Jets continue to be the most publicized .500 team in the NFL. The Chargers go about their business and shut up the loudmouth Jets.
Pick: Chargers 28-20
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Bucs
This Week 7 clash features two playoff hopefuls coming off their best performances of the season. The Chicago Bears saved their season by beating up on the Minnesota Vikings. The Tampa Bucs proved they are for real with a win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Bucs are the more balanced team and should take out the Bears at home.
Pick: Bucs 24-20
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
Rex Grossman had his first true implosion as a Washington Redskin. Tim Hightower may want to retract his Super Bowl guarantee. Cam Newton has kept the Carolina Panthers competitive in every game, though wins have still been tough to come by.
Newton and the Panthers pull this one out. Whether it is Rex Grossman or John Beck the Super Bowl talk quickly turns to quarterback controversy, followed by doom and gloom in D.C.
Pick: Panthers 24-17
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
The Atlanta Falcons have not quite gotten it together. For all the talent the offense has been average. Matt Ryan and Roddy White have been strangely out of sync and the team has spent a lot of the season spinning its tires.
The Detroit Lions finally lost a game and will be fired up to get back in the win column. The Lions get back to their winning ways in a shootout, sending the Falcons into their bye week at a very disappointing 3-4.
Pick: Lions 34-31
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns have serious flaws on both sides of the ball. That has not stopped them from staying competitive, and both teams have two wins on the year. Colt McCoy has not had the breakout season many fans were predicting while Tarvaris Jackson has been... Tarvaris Jackson.
Pick: Browns 17-14
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
Welcome to the Tim Tebow era! First up? The winless Miami Dolphins. After a second-half rally followed by a bye week, an extra week of practice is the best way for the Denver Broncos to welcome a new quarterback in the middle of the season.
Nothing about the Dolphins has been impressive, and Tebow has the NFL's 31st-ranked passing defense to test out his slow release and inaccurate arm. To top it off Matt Moore is starting at quarterback for Miami and he has done nothing in limited NFL action.
The Tebow era starts off with a win, but just barely.
Pick: Broncos 17-14
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
With the Peyton Manning-less Colts the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are fighting for the division lead in the new AFC South. The Titans are coming off a bye and have followed a balanced attack to their 3-2 start.
The Texans are missing their trusty athletic freaks Mario Williams and Andre Johnson and are winless without the duo. It is time for a breakout game from Chris Johnson.
Pick: Titans 28-24
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have been one the NFL's more pleasant surprises. The Kansas City Chiefs have rebounded from an awful start with two straight wins, albeit over two teams with one combined victory.
This AFC West showdown features two of the top rushing teams in the NFL. The Chiefs have the chance to jump back into the thick of things. Oakland can put Kansas City out of the race while jumping to 5-2 on the year but will have to do so without their starting quarterback. You really have to feel for Jason Campbell here, who will miss the rest of the season.
Campbell was finally getting some stability in his NFL career, and was leading one of the NFL's premier franchises to a resurgent season. The Raiders should be ok with just the running game this week, even with Kyle Boller under center. Something to watch for the rest of the season: Terrelle Pryor will be activated for this week's game and the remainder of the year.
Pick: Raiders 20-17
Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue a soft portion of their schedule with a trip to see the one-win Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh builds on their recent turnaround and gains momentum for their impending games with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
Pick: Steelers 21-10
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
The Green Bay Packers just may be the most stacked team in the NFL on both sides of the ball. The results have shown that, as they are also the league's lone remaining undefeated team.
The Minnesota Vikings meanwhile are Adrian Peterson and not much else. That is not going to cut it against the defending Super Bowl champs. Could we be seeing the start of the Christian Ponder era in Minnesota? If so, tough task for the rookie.
Pick: Packers 31-13
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have had an up and down season (to say the least) while the St. Louis Rams have just been down. Dallas just has too much talent for this one to be close.
Pick: Cowboys 24-10
Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Curtis Painter has sparked some life in the Indianapolis Colts but make not mistake: This is still not a good football team. The New Orleans Saints are, and will be focused after their loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Pick: Saints 34-17
Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Baltimore Ravens are poised for another deep postseason run. Blaine Gabbert showed some improvement against the Pittsburgh Steelers but Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Terrell Suggs will be licking their chops to "welcome" the rookie quarterback to Ravens' football. Tough day for Gabbert.
Pick: Ravens 24-10