NFL Picks Week 7: 10 Favorites That Will Win with Ease
In the NFL, there is no such thing as a "lead-pipe lock."
But this week, there are some games that come awful close.
The undefeated Packers against a Vikings team starting a rookie quarterback for the first time? That is borderline inhumane.
Baltimore against the hapless Jaguars on Monday Night Football? C'mon, man!
Here are 10 favorites that will win with ease this week.
10. Chicago Bears
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What international appeal the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have is unbeknownst to me.
At any rate, they are in for a rough week in London against the Chicago Bears. The Bears know they need this win to stay in the wild-card picture, and the Bucs are due for a letdown after a big win over the Saints.
Look for the good Jay Cutler to show up this week and for Julius Peppers to wreak havoc in the Tampa Bay backfield.
9. Carolina Panthers
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The 4-2 Washington Redskins are changing starting quarterbacks. That kind of unrest does not bode well for this team in the competitive NFC East.
Carolina is one of the best 1-5 football teams in recent history, and Cam Newton has played exceptional as a rookie.
The Panthers will have no trouble throwing the ball against a mediocre Washington secondary.
They tend to find ways to lose games, but this week, they will dominate the Redskins and starting quarterback John Beck.
If DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart establish a run game early, then this game may have a lopsided score.
8. Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions are coming off of a tough home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
This week, they play third home game in a row, and the Atlanta Falcons should be weary of entering Ford Field.
Atlanta has been hit or miss all season and will struggle to establish a running game against a Detroit defensive line that is looking to redeem itself after a poor showing last week.
Oh, and the Falcons have to attempt to shut down Calvin Johnson. Good luck with that.
7. San Diego Chargers
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The New York Jets are an average football team that likes to act like a dominant force.
They had a rather unimpressive showing in a win against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
Mark Sanchez played decent, but this team refuses to establish a rushing attack.
Without that they have no chance of competing with the Chargers.
4-1 San Diego has played well even without a great season so far from Philip Rivers.
If they can get Rivers to play well and supplement their budding ground game, then this game could get out of hand early.
6. Oakland Raiders
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And the Carson Palmer era begins!
Just one week removed from sitting on his couch, Palmer will start this week. Luckily, he gets to do so against a Kansas City Chiefs team that has lacked life all season.
No Eric Berry means Palmer will be able to ease back into the rigors of passing in the NFL.
Add in the fact that Darren McFadden already has 610 yards rushing this season, and you have the makings of a rivalry game the Chiefs will soon want to forget.
5. Dallas Cowboys
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Dallas has not played great so far this season, but what better way to turn around your fortunes than to play the St. Louis Rams?
There are very few teams that would not be expected to blow out the Rams.
The Cowboys have a talented offense that can explode when necessary. Tony Romo is inconsistent, but the Rams will not bring enough pressure to cause bad throws or interceptions.
With Sam Bradford coming off an injury, don't look for much of an aerial attack from St. Louis this week.
4. New Orleans Saints
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The Indianapolis Colts are simply not the real Colts this year.
Peyton Manning's injury has rendered this team incapable of competing in the AFC South.
Playing the Saints this week will do nothing to give them any confidence.
New Orleans is coming off a loss to the Buccaneers in which they did not play like themselves.
Drew Brees will not allow this team to have consecutive bad weeks. Especially against the winless Colts.
It's crazy how long ago their Super Bowl matchup seems now.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
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Yet another Super Bowl rematch sees the Pittsburgh Steelers meeting the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona has been downright pathetic this year, and that is being nice.
Their divisional hopes are pretty much gone, and the Steelers are looking to make a statement against them.
Rashard Mendenhall is yet to take off this season, but Ben Roethlisberger is finally finding some traction throwing the ball.
I think the shock would be if this isn't a massacre.
2. Baltimore Ravens
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In what will undoubtedly be one of the worst Monday Night Football games of the season, the Baltimore Ravens head to Jacksonville to beat up on the Jaguars.
Jacksonville has no passing game to speak of. Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise, but at this point, he is struggling mightily.
Now he has to go up against Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense?
That is cruel and unusual punishment.
Baltimore's offense doesn't need to do much to win. In fact, the Jaguars have a pretty good rush defense to slow down Ray Rice.
So Joe Flacco will have a chance to showcase his skills on a national stage.
1. Green Bay Packers
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Why Minnesota would give Christian Ponder his first start against the undefeated Green Bay Packers is beyond my comprehension.
Minnesota has seemed lifeless at times this season, and maybe Ponder can provide a spark, but it's highly unlikely.
Adrian Peterson is always capable of being a beast rushing the ball, and who knows? Maybe he will have the type of insane game he is capable of having at any time.
Realistically, Green Bay is too good a football team to lose to Minnesota.
Too many weapons, and too good of a quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.