Depending on which team you are rooting for, a blowout can either bring joy and excitement or plunge you into a deep depression. While some teams always seem to put up a good fight, others always seem to be on the wrong end of an absolute beatdown.
If your favorite team is one of the following five teams, I apologize, but they are going to lose, and lose badly. Here are some Week 7 NFL predictions as we look at five teams that will lose by double digits.
Opponent: Denver Broncos
I know it sounds ridiculous to predict that there will be a blowout between teams with a combined record of 1-9, but just hear me out for a second. Really, there are two reasons that I believe this will happen.
The first reason is how terrible the Miami Dolphins are. Their defense has regressed from last year and is giving up plenty of points and yards, both through the air and on the ground.
However, the big issue with the Dolphins is on the offensive side of the football, where they just can't figure out how to score points. With Matt Moore filling in for the injured Chad Henne, it makes this offense even less threatening.
The second reason that Miami is going to lose big is because of Tim Tebow. No, I don't think Tebow is the next John Elway. Heck, I don't even think Tebow is the next Jake Plummer, but I do think that his team is going to rally around him in his first start of the season.
The win won't be pretty for the Broncos, but watch for Moore to make plenty of mistakes and Tebow to make a play or two with his legs to break this game open.
Final Score: Denver 31, Miami 13
Opponent: Oakland Raiders
While the Kansas City Chiefs have looked good the past few weeks, they also looked really, really, really bad to start the season. In their back-to-back wins, they beat the Minnesota Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts, two unimpressive opponents.
Even though the Chiefs should be well rested for this game after their bye week, they just don't have an answer for what the Raiders will be bringing on the offensive side of the football. After picking up Carson Palmer, this offense will be even more explosive than before.
Darren McFadden is going to have a huge game, and by huge I mean 150 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns. He has been the best running back in the league so far, and that trend won't stop this week.
Kansas City may stay competitive for the first quarter, but once Palmer and McFadden get into a comfortable groove, it is all over for the Chiefs.
Final Score: Oakland 28, Kansas City 14
Opponent: Green Bay Packers
Here is a checklist on how to get destroyed by the defending Super Bowl champions:
Weak secondary? Check.
Hated rival? Double Check.
Rookie quarterback? Checkmate.
With the Minnesota Vikings deciding to start Christian Ponder for the first time ever against the best team in the league, it makes you wonder what the combined IQ of the decision makes in Minnesota is. Forty-five?
I know that Donovan McNabb has been horrid so far this season, but playing a rookie against Green Bay's defense is a death wish. While the Packers are giving up plenty of yards to opposing offenses, they are also causing turnovers and getting a ton of hits on the quarterback. It's going to be an ugly situation for Ponder on Sunday afternoon.
Oh yeah, we can't forget about the best offense in the league that is led by the best quarterback in the league either. Even with the Packers traveling to Minnesota for this game, it is going to be an ugly loss for the Vikings.
Final Score: Green Bay 38, Minnesota 10
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
If Peyton Manning was playing in this game, it would have the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Unfortunately, Manning isn't playing this game and now it has the potential to be the biggest blowout of the season.
For a second, I had slight hope that the Indianapolis Colts were going to eventually win a game this season. However, I no longer see that happening. The offense is bad, the defense might be worse and the whole aura of this team just screams "lose" right now.
Putting them on the road against a high-powered offense like New Orleans, and you have a recipe for a massacre. Drew Brees will bounce back after a shaky performance last week and throw for over 300 yards and at least three touchdowns.
This will be the most lopsided game of the week.
Final Score: New Orleans 41, Indianapolis 13
Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
First off, when did "Monday Night Football" start getting the crappiest games of the week? Seriously, the New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins last week and now the Ravens versus the Jacksonville Jaguars? What is going on with ESPN?
Anyways, that is beside the point. The real point I'm trying to make here is that the Jaguars are going to get destroyed. Honestly, pick a word that describes someone being beaten badly, and that is going to happen to Jacksonville.
The Jaguars offense revolves around Maurice Jones-Drew, and it isn't very easy to run against this Baltimore defense. Throw in the fact that they are going to have a field day against a rookie quarterback, and you have a recipe for disaster.
This is an ugly game for "Monday Night Football," and I expect it to be over by the first quarter, so everyone watching can still catch the second half of "American Idol" or whatever hip TV shows are on Monday night.
Final Score: Baltimore 27, Jacksonville 3