NFL Picks Week 7: Which Teams Will Pull off Convincing Wins?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as  Gary Guyton #59 of the New England Patriots defends on October 16, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-16.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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While there is never a guaranteed thing in the NFL these days, there are some games in Week 7 that should be fairly easy picks.

These five teams should win big this weekend.


St. Louis Rams (0-5) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Not often do you see a 2-3 team that is such an overwhelming favorite, but the Cowboys are better than their record indicates. They've had some tough breaks in the final minutes of games this season that has cost them wins.

Those fears shouldn't be a problem this week against the Rams, who might be without quarterback Sam Bradford after he badly sprained his ankle against Green Bay. He'll likely play, but you'd have to think that he'll be limited in some capacity.

There's a reason the Rams haven't won a game this season. Expecting them to go to Dallas and beat the Cowboys with a hurting quarterback would certainly be a stretch.


Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-4)

The Cardinals don't appear to have much of a chance in this rematch of Super Bowl XLIII, as the Steelers have won four of their last five games and feature the NFL's No. 1 passing defense.

Kevin Kolb, the Cardinals' new starting quarterback this season, will be facing his toughest test of 2011.

Kolb has struggled in his first five games, throwing six interceptions while getting sacked 16 times. As a result, Arizona has lost four straight games and got walloped by the Vikings before their bye.

While that week off could help the Cardinals early on, I expect the Steelers to run away with this game in the second half.


Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

It's tough to say a rivalry like this is a solid bet, but there's no other way to look at it when the Packers visit Minnesota Sunday. Aaron Rodgers is almost untouchable playing indoors, and the Vikings are fresh off getting beat by 29 points. Minnesota is also starting a rookie quarterback in Christian Ponder against the Super Bowl champs.

Overall, Green Bay just looks like they are on a different level right now then everyone else. It'd be a huge upset if the Packers, who are favored by more than a touchdown on the road, lose to the 1-5 Vikings this Sunday.


Indianapolis Colts (0-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)

Saints vs. Colts features another Super Bowl rematch that doesn't look very good on paper for the losing team.

The Colts, who lost to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, are big underdogs. And while the Saints hit a bump in the road against Tampa Bay, the Colts haven't found the winning side of the W-L column yet this season.

If the Saints jump out to an early lead, this game could get out of hand.


Baltimore Ravens (4-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

ESPN features another poor Monday night game, as the Ravens travel to Jacksonville to take on the 1-5 Jaguars. While the Jags hung around against the Steelers last week, the Ravens are a much different story in 2011.

Poor Blaine Gabbert, who's had to face two of the tougher NFL defenses in back-to-back weeks after taking over the starting job. He'll likely struggle again in front of a national audience on Monday night.