NFL Week 7 Picks: What Are the Experts Saying?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 21, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos reacts to a play against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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The expert panel over at ESPN has released their NFL Week 7 picks and there's plenty to discuss regarding all of their selections. 

To start, all eight guys picked the Cowboys over the Rams, the Packers over the Vikings and the Saints over the Colts. 

Nothing stunning there. 

Minnesota and Indianapolis could keep it close against their respective opponents if they can somehow limit the big plays, but there is too much talent on Green Bay's and New Orleans' roster for either team to pull the upset. 

Along with that, the Ravens beating the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Monday Night was also unanimous. 

I'm not sure I have the courage to take the Jaguars either, but after seeing how they played in the second half against the Steelers last week, you have to think this game could be a competitive contest at least until the second half.

The 2011 season surely hasn't been short of upsets.

Five guys like the Browns over the Seahawks. 

The Browns get the home-field edge for me too, in this battle of very similar teams.

Both have comparable offensive deficiencies and defenses that have fared better than we thought in a few games this season. 

Coming off the bye, five of the eight experts took the Titans to beat the injury-riddled Texans in Nashville. 

Without Andre Johnson, I can't trust Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. 

Everyone but Chris Mortensen likes the Steelers over the Cardinals, and while that seems like the safe decision, Arizona is at home and Beanie Wells could have a big day.

Keep that in mind.

Only Eric Allen and Seth Wickersham picked the Jets over the Chargers in the pivotal AFC matchup in New Jersey. 

San Diego has more overall balance and I'll take Philip Rivers over Mark Sanchez all day. 

I'm glad that the majority of the panel is with me on the Panthers/Redskins game. Cam Newton has made the highlight reel seemingly every week, but his team is only 1-5. 

Will John Beck do enough to score with the Panthers in Carolina?

I don't think so. 

In probably the most watched game ever between teams with a combined 1-9 record, only three of the experts like the Broncos over the Dolphins. 

Something about the spark Tebow brings to his team makes me believe Denver will pull this one out in front of an away crowd that'll be very pro-Broncos. 

In Carson Palmer's first start, the Raiders should be able to handle the Chiefs, but it'll be because of their running game. 

All but two panelists agree. 

Mortensen and Adam Schefter are the only two that predicted the Falcons beating the Lions and I could certainly see that happening with Atlanta intelligently shifting some offensive focus to the run game. 

I don't see the Bears beating the Buccaneers like Ron Jaworski, Mortensen and Schefter do, even though there will be no home field advantage because the game will be played in London, England. 

Josh Freeman has settled in, is creating more impact plays for his receivers and the defense tightened up in the red zone against Drew Brees last week.