NFL Picks Week 7: 7 Games That Can Kill Your Suicide Pool
After a wild Sunday in the NFL, it’s time to look ahead to the Week 7 slate of games and start plotting your suicide-pool strategy.
There are seven games to stay away from if you want to move onto Week 8.
Follow me, and I’ll guide you through the minefield that is the Week 7 of the NFL.
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
The St. Louis Rams are sure to put on a better performance than they just did against the Green Bay Packers, while Tony Romo continues to struggle in clutch situations.
With Romo’s struggles comes more stress with the loss of Felix Jones for next week’s game, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.
Win or lose, I fully expect the Rams to feed the Cowboys defense a heavy dose of Steven Jackson to alleviate pressure off of young Sam Bradford and keep the Cowboys offense off the field.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Jackie Battle has been a bright spot for the Chiefs running game.
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The Oakland Raiders continue to ride the emotional loss of owner Al Davis with their second consecutive win since his passing. However, the Kansas City Chiefs are a division-rival and riding a two-game win streak of their own.
Dwayne Bowe seems to be hitting stride, and Jackie Battle seems to have patched up the running game enough to give the Silver and Black all they can handle in this one.
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
Ndamukong Suh and the Lions need to sure up their run defense.
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This is a classic reaction game for the Lions. How are they going to respond to a tough loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers?
If they are going to respond at all, it better start with Ndamukong Suh and the defense. Frank Gore gashed the Lions defense for 141 rushing yards, and Michael Turner is sure to be hot coming off of two touchdowns and 139 yards of his own.
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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We’re just not sure what we’re going to get with either of these teams. The Bears struggle to protect their quarterback, yet they only give up one sack in their 39-10 trouncing of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bucs were coming off of a 48-3 humiliation at the hands of the 49ers heading into their showdown with the New Orleans Saints, which they won 26-20.
Steer clear of this game by all means possible, as you just don’t know which of these teams will show up—on either side.
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
It's Tebow Time for the Broncos and the city of Denver.
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The Mighty Tebows are heading into Miami to take on the winless Dolphins, where the 2009 NCCA Champion Florida Gators will be honored at halftime.
Don’t automatically assume that Tebow will be too amped for the Dolphins to handle. This isn’t 2009, and these are not the Oklahoma Sooners (And no, the 2009 Sooners could not beat this year’s Dolphins).
They’re not going to just lie down let Tebow run all over them.
Expect this to be a hard-fought game from start to finish and a game you want to avoid if at all possible.
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
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Colt McCoy is improving as a leader and quarterback each week, but it’s going to be hard to lead this team without a solid run game. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer tweeted, “Peyton Hillis will undergo an MRI today on his pulled hamstring.”
If Hillis can’t go next week, it will be a tough up-hill battle against Charlie Whitehurst and the Seahawks. The Seahawks will have their own struggles in this game—that being Whitehurst as their starting quarterback—truth—any quarterback they start.
With all the uncertainty that surrounds this contest, it’s best to steer clear if you can help it.
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers
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The Washington Redskins were brought back to earth, somewhat, by Michael Vick and the Eagles, showing that the Skins are not as far ahead of the division as they thought.
Now they’re going to be facing the Carolina Panthers and rookie phenom Cam Newton. The Panthers only have one win this year, but they are definitely headed in the right direction.
Don’t expect the Redskins to just stroll into Bank of America Stadium and stroll out with an easy win.
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