Whoa! It is already Week 7! That is the worst part of every NFL season: You wait all year for it, then it just flies by. Good news is most teams in the NFL are still alive for a playoff spot right now. Many teams are around (3-3), which means the final stretch of the season could be really exciting. There is also still plenty of time for a surprise or dark horse team to emerge and make a Super Bowl run. I think my Packers-Broncos Super Bowl pick could still happen too. Now let's get to the picks!
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
If this game was in Seattle, I would go with the Seahawks, but I expect the 49ers to bounce back after a bad loss to the Giants. Kind of like they did after losing to the Vikings, you know, when they beat the Jets 34-0.
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Battle of (4-2) teams, which means one of them will be (5-2). Pretty impressive start for both teams, but I see Minnesota as the stronger team.
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
This is actually a really hard pick. I am leaning towards the Panthers, but I can't see the Cowboys starting the season (2-4), so I will take Dallas to give it their all.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Call me crazy, as many do, but I see the Saints in the playoffs still. It will be hard in a very tough NFC, but they have the talent.
Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams
The Packers offense is back! This game is almost a lock. No, it is a lock. Aaron Rodgers vs. a Brian Schottenheimer offense? Not good for the Rams.
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
The Redskins beat the Giants twice last year, then the Giants won the Super Bowl while Washington missed the playoffs. Makes sense right? There is something to be said about a team having another team's number, but I will pick the Giants.
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Houston bounces back after a tough loss to Green Bay. Although I could see the Ravens winning easily, Houston can't lose two straight home games.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
Tough pick here. Neither look good at all, so I will go with the home team.
Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
I like this game. I really do. Two young teams with bright futures, I think Indianapolis players better at home, so I will give them the slight edge. If you read my Powerless Rankings, you saw I think Cleveland is pretty good, despite the (1-5) start.
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Okay, both teams are (3-3), but many feel the Patriots are much better than the Jets. Including me! The Patriots are fairly healthy too, while the Jets are missing many key pieces. I am interested in seeing how the Jets defense plays against New England and also how the Jets offense attacks a weak Patriots secondary. Expect a few Tebow plays thrown in there too.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
Just kidding. Couldn't figure out what game to pick this week, so how about this showdown of bad teams? Could be a good one. Doubtful. Raiders win.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Steelers have to win this game. Bengals have to win this game. Somebody will win this game. I think experience will play a big factor and Big Ben Roethlisberger will outgun Andy Dalton.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
I don't like this match-up for the Lions. They will have to try to make it a shootout to stay in it, which they can do, but I think the Bears win this.