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NFL Predictions Week 7: Predictions for Every Game

Jackson DworakContributor IIIOctober 19, 2011

NFL Predictions Week 7: Predictions for Every Game

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    Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers are now the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL. With a game this Sunday against a less-than-mediocre Minnesota squad, they should continue their unbeaten streak into the bye week.

    Along with that, here are my predictions for every Week 7 game, including the score, game summary and the predicted game MVP.

    There are a lot of evenly matched teams playing each other this week, so there should be plenty of close games.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: CBS

    The Texans head into Tennessee to try to get back into first place in the AFC South. Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Schaub both find passing success, and it is a very close game until midway through the fourth quarter, when a pair of Schaub touchdowns to Owen Daniels and Jacoby Jones give the Texans the lead. Tennessee will never get it back.

    Final Score: Houston 31, Tennessee 27

    MVP: Matt Schaub

Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    The Cleveland Browns have a pretty easy schedule this year, but they aren't good enough to be a 10-win team. This will be one of those games that they should probably win, but will probably underestimate the Seahawks and lose. Chris Clemons has a great game, recording two sacks and one forced fumble that is recovered and leads to the game-clinching field goal.

    Final Score: Seattle 24, Cleveland 15

    MVP: Chris Clemons

San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: CBS

    The Jets have been fairly disappointing up to this point, and they really need a win against a tough San Diego squad if they want to work their way back into the division race. This game should be a fairly low-scoring game, with great defensive play from both sides. Antonio Cromartie has two picks, including one returned for a touchdown, as he helps lead New York to a win against his old team.

    Final Score: New York 20, San Diego 13

    MVP: Antonio Cromartie

Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    After a disappointing loss to the Eagles last week, the Redskins try to get back on track against the underdog Panthers. However, Cam Newton and Carolina would love nothing more than to win one at home against a great Washington team. The 'Skins score little, and the Panthers have it locked up by midway through the third. Newton passes for two touchdowns and also runs two in.

    Final Score: Carolina 31, Washington 7

    MVP: Cam Newton 

Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: CBS

    This game isn't very important to anyone except for Denver and Miami fans, and those who are trying to figure out what teams to put in the top five of their mock draft. Tim Tebow is out to prove himself worthy of a starting position, and Miami just wants to pick up their first win. This one probably won't be very exciting, but Eric Decker will catch a pair of touchdowns, Tebow will run one in and Miami will have to wait longer for victory No. 1.

    Final Score: Denver 27, Miami 20

    MVP: Eric Decker  

Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    Tampa pulled off an impressive win against the Saints last week to get into first place in the NFC South. The Bears, however, are definitely talented enough to fight for a playoff spot if they get all of their players performing like they should. Matt Forte will start putting up MVP-type numbers, while Chicago's defense will contain the Buccaneers offense, which has been very hard to stop thus far. Bears will win on a last-second Robbie Gould field goal.

    Final Score: Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 21

    MVP: Matt Forte

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions

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    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    After a frustrating performance against San Francisco last week, Jim Schwartz is going to do everything in his power to make sure that the Lions come out with a victory against the Falcons. I'm sure Detroit will be playing their hearts out, trying to prove that they still deserve to be in the discussion for best team in the NFL. The whole Detroit offense will have a big day against a struggling Atlanta D, and come out on top without much difficulty.

    Final Score: Detroit 44, Atlanta 21

    MVP: Calvin Johnson

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

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    Time: 4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: CBS

    The Raiders are without Jason Campbell, but now have Carson Palmer, along with linebacker Aaron Curry. Kansas City hasn't met expectations this season, due in large part to the losses of Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry for the remainder of the season. With that said, I don't think Palmer will be ready to get his new team a victory in his first week on the squad. He will take a bit of a beating as the Chiefs say "welcome to the AFC West."

    Final Score: Kansas City 24, Oakland 10

    MVP: Tamba Hali

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals

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    Time: 4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: CBS

    All four teams in the AFC North are fighting to be at the top right now. The Steelers need a win against Arizona to stay near the top. Winning against the Cardinals might not prove much, but it's a win they would really be thankful to pick up. Mike Wallace will have a 100-yard day against Arizona, and the Steelers will not have much trouble pulling out a victory.

    Final Score: Pittsburgh 30, Arizona 14

    MVP: Mike Wallace

St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

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    Time: 4:15 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    If there's any team who looks like they've given up on the season already, it's the St. Louis Rams. They haven't been playing like the talented young group that they are, and they have holes all over their defense. Dallas wants to stay ahead of the Eagles in the NFC West, so they will pull out an easy win, while Sean Lee continues to make his case for Defensive Player of the Year with a double-digit-tackle performance.

    Final Score: Dallas 28, St. Louis 6

    MVP: Sean Lee

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

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    Time: 4:15 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: FOX

    The Packers have done what many squads fail to do: get over the Super Bowl hangover. They are playing even better than last season, and their defense has gotten better as the season has progressed, even with some key losses. Green Bay should get another victory here against the Vikings, and head into their bye week undefeated. Unfortunately, now comes the premature questions: Will the Packers go 16-0?

    Final Score: Green Bay 21, Minnesota 9

    MVP: Aaron Rodgers

Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints

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    Time: 8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday

    Network: NBC

    Does anyone really expect the Colts to win this one? They are just an awful team this year, and it's apparent why Peyton Manning won four MVP awards. The Saints offense will dominate in this one, and Mark Ingram will finally have a breakout game, getting some more carries and a pair of touchdowns. The Colts probably just wish they could stay home.

    Final Score: New Orleans 34, Indianapolis 17

    MVP: Mark Ingram 

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Time: 8:30 p.m. ET, Monday

    Network: ESPN

    Despite the Jaguars' record now, I can't really see them ending up with more than four wins on the season. This Monday night, their defense will be lit up by Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Flacco will have a career day, and Jacksonville just doesn't have enough in their arsenal to keep pace with them. It's going to be a long night.

    Final Score: Ravens 45, Jaguars 23

    MVP: Joe Flacco

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