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NFL Picks Week 7: Pegging the 4 Biggest Locks of the Week

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 20, 2016

NFL Picks Week 7: Pegging the 4 Biggest Locks of the Week

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    Predicting NFL games is never easy, but fortunately each week there are a few matchups that essentially look like guaranteed wins. 

    We call them "locks."

    If it weren't for them, I don't know if I'd ever pick games correctly in this crazy 2011 NFL season.

    Week 7 is no different, and these four teams will emerge victorious this weekend...

New Orleans Saints over Indianapolis Colts

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    The Saints were disappointing in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees' interception in the end zone in the forth quarter essentially sealed the victory for the Bucs. 

    Because of their championship pedigree and experience I see the Saints bouncing back in a big way against the Colts on Sunday Night. 

    Indianapolis' secondary has been ravished this season (allowing nearly 256 yards a game) and New Orleans just has too much talent and creativity on offense to not pull away with this one early. 

Green Bay Packers over Minnesota Vikings

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    The Packers defense isn't as intimidating as it was last year, but this isn't exactly a cup-cake game for Christian Ponder, who'll be making his first start as a professional.

    Jay Cutler was fantastic against the Vikings defense last week and I expect Aaron Rodgers to have another game in which his quarterback rating is over 110. 

    He's playing at that high of a level right now and Minnesota's defense is one of the more porous units he's faced this season. 

    Even in Minneapolis, the Packers will have their way against the division rival Vikings. 

Dallas Cowboys over St. Louis Rams

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    It looks like Sam Bradford will play despite injuring his ankle last week against the Green Bay Packers; however, the Cowboys are simply the more talented team that is desperate for a win after falling to the New England Patriots last week. 

    Tony Romo was efficient against the Patriots and the Cowboys' offense should have no issue moving the ball against the Rams defense. 

    Bradford will benefit from the addition of Brandon Lloyd. Unfortunately, it won't considerably affect the team's offensive explosiveness and Rob Ryan's defense is one of the best in the league. 

Baltimore Ravens over Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jaguars were surprisingly competitive against the Steelers last week, as they had a Hail Mary attempt as time expired that would have won the game had it been caught. 

    Their defense is better against the run and the pass than we initially thought and Blaine Gabbert is slowly progressing into a competent quarterback. 

    With that being said, the Ravens pass rush may curtail Gabbert's maturation process, or at the very least, hurt his overall confidence. 

    Ray Rice will get a lot of touches and should wreak havoc in the screen game. 

    This game could be tightly contested at the start, but the Ravens will build a bigger lead in the second half. 

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