NFL Week 7 Picks: The 3 Toughest Games of the Weekend

Tony TuckerCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2010

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Terrell Owens #81 and Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals look on against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The way things have been playing out this year it has been very difficult to predict games early on in this NFL season. The following are three games I had the toughest time deciding a winner for.

The Bengals vs. Falcons, Eagles vs. Titans and Steelers vs. Dolphins. These will all be good games to watch on Sunday. They are three of the toughest games to pick this weekend because you don't know what team is going to show up in certain scenarios.

Currently on the year I am 59-31 overall (for my selections on all 14 games in Week 7 of the NFL).

Cincinnati @ Atlanta

Last week heading into Week 6 people were crowning the Falcons as the top team in the NFC. This was coming off a win against the Cleveland Browns in which it took a 41-yard interception return by Kory Biermann to seal the deal.

I wasn't buying into the Falcons even after four straight wins and took Philadelphia at home. In that stretch they beat four teams without a legit QB (Cardinals, 49ers and Browns) and had an overtime win against a struggling Saints team.

Last week, the Falcons lost more than just a game, they lost CB Dunta Robinson after laying a sick hit on DeSean Jackson—which I had no problem with for the record.

They struggled with containing the two high-flying WRs with Robinson, and after his injury things only got worse.

Say what you want about Terrell Owens' age, he can still play. Chad Ochocinco may be a diva, but can also hurt the opposing defense.

If you throw Cedric Benson and a solid defense into the mix the Bengals have the advantage for me.

I know that Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez will be productive in the passing game. The return of Michael Jenkins definitely increases their chances. Michael Turner will probably get his too.

With the way the Falcons defense looked last week against Philly I am taking the Bengals in a close victory.

Philadelphia @ Tennessee

The Titans defense is under the radar this season. They have only given up one rushing TD to running backs this year. They cause a lot of turnovers and get great pressure from their front four.

It doesn't matter whether Vince Young plays or not, although I like the Titans' chances better with Young over Kerry Collins because of his ability to make plays with his feet.

The Eagles defense has looked good against bigger RBs this season coming off impressive performances against Frank Gore and Micheal Turner. However, they did struggle against a RB similar to Chris Johnson in Week 2, when Jahvid Best cut them up in the rushing and receiving game.

Philadelphia has played well on the road this season, but hasn't played an opponent as difficult as Tennessee yet this year.

I don't like Kevin Kolb having to look over his shoulder to see if Michael Vick is warming up every time he has a bad series or half for that matter.

I am taking the Titans at home because of defense and Chris Johnson.

Pittsburgh @ Miami

The Dolphins are a hard team to read. After winning the first two games of the season they lost a tough game against the Jets and then got embarrassed by the Patriots on Monday night.

Last week, they didn't play the greatest game, but the Dolphins showed heart and resilience in the overtime win against the Packers at Lambeau.

Six games into the Dolphins season we are really going to get a chance to note the improvement of Chad Henne at the NFL level. He has shown improved chemistry with Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess.

The Dolphins running game is in for a brutal day on Sunday since the Steelers defense hasn't allowed even 75 yards from any rushing attack this season. If you have Ricky Williams or Ronnie Brown in fantasy football I wouldn't start them this week (for complete Week 7 Fantasy Start 'em and Sit 'em).

Ben Roethlisberger returned to the Steelers last week and brought back the added threat of the passing game. If you add that to a top-three defense, with Rashard Mendenhall at RB, this Steelers team looks great.

The Steelers are who the Dolphins want to be, but they aren't quite there yet. I expect this game to be close into the third quarter and if the Dolphins can make a play or two we will be in for a surprise.

I'm not taking the chance on a less talented team making the big plays and will roll with the Steelers.


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