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NFL Predictions Week 7: Dallas Cowboys and More Teams Sure to Score Wins

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball to Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 23, 2011

Week 7 has a few games that could end up being blowouts. Here are a few teams guaranteed for success.

Dallas Cowboys over St. Louis Rams

St. Louis has the worst rushing defense in the NFL, and for the Cowboys to win the game, running the ball needs to be of high-value to protect Tony Romo.

He can’t sit in the pocket and throw 40-plus times if they plan on being successful because he’s not that type of quarterback. When he has thrown over 40 times, Dallas is 0-2. He isn’t Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, he needs a running game.

In two of the Cowboys victories this season, Romo threw the ball 36 and 33 times, respectively. That’s the recipe for success for Dallas.

If Romo throws the ball less than 40 times, Dallas wins big. If he throws more, this game will be closer than people think.

Green Bay Packers over Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder gets the first start of his NFL career against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Welcome to the league, Mr. Ponder.

Green Bay should be able to run the Vikings out of their own building and Aaron Rodgers is the primary reason why. He is virtually unstoppable, leading the league in passer rating (122.4) and touchdowns (17).

Minnesota is 24th in the league in terms of stopping the pass. Rodgers leads the third-ranked passing attack in the league.

Give me Green Bay every time.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Arizona Cardinals

This is the perfect trap game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the Cardinals coming off a bye, they will put all their eggs in basket to avenge their Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Steelers.

Pittsburgh could look ahead to the following weeks when they play New England, Baltimore and Cincinnati.

They won’t though.

Super Bowl caliber teams don’t look past road opponents, they get up for road games. It’s time for Pittsburgh to show they are one of the best in the AFC with a blowout victory against Arizona.

If Ben Roethlisberger can get a solid game out of Rashard Mendenhall and his offensive line, he should be able to dissect the 20th ranked Cardinals pass defense.

New Orleans Saints over Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans should be able to defeat the Indianapolis Colts just like every team has in 2011. It’s not going to be a pretty site in New Orleans.

Drew Brees will continue to do what he’s done all year long—throw for massive amounts of yardage, and provide consistent scoring. He has thrown for 2,152 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011.

Indianapolis has played well in prime time games this season losing to the Steelers by three points and Buccaneers by seven points, and they have lost by single-digits in four-of-six games.

This will be a completely different story and the reason is because New Orleans lost last week in Tampa Bay. If they would have defeated the Buccaneers, maybe they would be more prone to a letdown. It won’t happen two weeks in a row. I guarantee it.

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