With Week 7 of the '11 NFL season now less than 72 hours away, it's time to throw down my bold predictions for this weekend's slate of games.
I will give you a hint: One has to do with a rookie QB, and two others have to do with QBs making their first starts with their respective teams this season.
Here are my bold predictions for the NFL's Week 7.
The Ravens have one of the best defenses in all of football.
The Jaguars have one of the worst offenses in the league.
Either way, this can't be a good outcome for the home team Jacksonville this Monday.
Ed Reed and the Baltimore D have to be salivating at the thought of going against rookie QB Blaine Gabbert in just his fifth career NFL start.
When the Raiders traded for longtime Bengals QB Carson Palmer earlier this week, they thought that they were getting a QB that will immediately impact their team.
Unfortunately for Oakland, Palmer has yet to take a snap so far this season and has to be rusty from sitting on the sidelines so long.
The former USC star is also known for throwing a lot of interceptions in his career, as he has thrown 33 in his last 32 starts in the league.
I think that his lack of knowledge of the Raiders offense and his tendency to be interception-prone will make him throw some picks to the Chiefs defense in this game.
Arizona QB Kevin Kolb has thrown for more interceptions than touchdowns, and he hasn't even gone up against a defense like Pittsburgh yet.
Also, Big Ben and Mike Wallace should have a big day against a suspect Cardinals secondary.
I'm going with Pittsburgh by a lot in this one.
Prediction: Steelers 38, Cardinals 7
The Rams are one of the biggest disappointments so far in 2011.
After a 7-9 finish last season, many expected them to improve this season with second-year QB Sam Bradford and his young offense around him.
That hasn't been the case, as they have managed to lose their first five games of the campaign.
I think that this will all change this week against an up-and-down Cowboys team on the road, as I believe that St. Louis will finally hit their stride in this one.
Prediction: Rams 24, Cowboys 16
The time is now for Tim Tebow and the time couldn't be any better than this weekend to pick up his first win as a starting QB in the league.
The Dolphins are 0-5 this year, and have an anemic offense that is currently led by journeyman quarterback Matt Moore.
Their defense has the ability to give Tebow some problems at times, but I expect him and his young offense to prevail in this one.
Prediction: Broncos 21, Dolphins 17
Raiders RB Darren McFadden is quickly becoming one of the backs in the league.
He has already rushed for over 600 yards and four TDs, just six games into the season.
This week, he will be going against a Kansas City run defense that struggled against him last season.
I see Run DMC getting a big workload against KC due to new QB Carson Palmer getting the start, and I also see him having a big day for the Raiders as well.
Panthers QB Cam Newton is one of the most exciting players to come out this year's NFL draft.
He's already had three games where he has thrown for 350-plus yards, and already has 13 total touchdowns on the year.
Going against a below-average Washington defense, I predict him to have a huge game on Sunday.
I see the former Heisman Trophy winner getting three passing TDs and a rushing score as well in Week 7.