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NFL Week 7 Picks

NFL Week 7
 
Sunday, Oct. 24
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
Stat of the Week: Matt Ryan is 15-1 at the Georgia Dome, and Michael Turner rushes for 104 yards per game at the Georgia Dome. Factoid of the Week That Should Interest You: This game is at the Georgia Dome.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Buffalo Bills (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Poor Bills. I'll tell you the most amazing thing I discovered as I went about my exhaustive research this week making these picks. (I spend at least 45 seconds hours doing my research, you know. Call me the Ron Jaworski of pick research.) These two teams met fairly recently, in 2007, and Buffalo won 19-14. Newbies Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice will have something to say about this rematch.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)San Francisco (1-5) at Carolina Panthers (0-5)
Aubrayo Franklin, Isaac Sapoaga, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis will be the big factors in this game, because the Panthers will have to run DeAngelo Williams to win. Glad to see Matt Moore get another chance to quarterback the Panthers and prove I wasn't a total ditz in saying he was going to have a good year. But I don't think he'll be the difference-maker this week.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Washington Redskins (3-3) at Chicago Bears (4-2)
Donovan McNabb returns to Chicago, where he's had some very good days as a visitor. Four of them, actually, in five career outings at Soldier Field. To win this one, he's going to be very happy to hand the ball 23 times to Ryan Torain.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-2)
Here's a strange one for you: Tennessee is 11-0 against NFC teams in the past 24 months. I say it gets to 12, narrowly, even if Vince Young has to give way to Kerry Collins. In fact, after watching the Monday-nighter, that might be better for Tennessee.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2)
Just between us, I think there are about 22 million reasons James Harrison won't retire.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)St. Louis Rams (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
I know this game seems like a clunker -- it is a clunker -- but the one thing about it I really like is that we'll be seeing two quarterbacks (Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford) who'll be among the top 10 in the league in 2017.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Cleveland Browns (1-5) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Ben Roethlisberger one week, Drew Brees the next, and, after the bye, Tom Brady. Nice way to break into the NFL, Colt McCoy. (And if you're asking me if I think McCoy will still have the job two weeks from now, the answer is yes -- as long as this game against the Saints is not an abject disaster.)
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
The Chiefs are getting good before our eyes. I said this week I think they'll win the AFC West, and after watching the first six weeks of the season, I think it might not be close.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
Watch for the dynamic duo of Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch (don't laugh; that's a heck of a 1-2 punch) to take over this game. The Cards are allowing 140 rushing yards per game.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS)Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Denver Broncos (2-4)
Look at the Broncos' receiving corps. Jabar Gaffney 37 catches, Brandon Lloyd 34, Eddie Royal 32. Wait 'til Demaryius Thomas gets his pro legs under him. Denver's receivers will rival Indy's.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS)New England Patriots (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-4)
Tom Brady wins a shootout. Tough call, because the Chargers need this game badly (oh really?), Philip Rivers is on fire, and the Patriots' young secondary is amazingly generous, allowing foes to complete 71 percent of their throws. I'd pick the Chargers if half their offense wasn't on the sidelines at practice Wednesday -- and particularly if I could count on Antonio Gates being the real Gates with his toe injury.
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-3)
The Vikes' defensive front will dictate this game. Very odd so far that Minnesota has six sacks in five games, and the dangerous Jared Allen has but one. I think you remember what Allen did to the Packers last year in Sackville: 7.5 in two games. Expect him to be very happy to see the Sunday night national TV audience (he likes the attention) and the Packers offensive line across from him.
 
Monday, Oct. 25
 
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)New York Giants (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
At some point, Tony Romo's going to walk into his huddle and say, "This is #%&^*# ridiculous, you bunch of $%%#&@. Let's get our #$%$^ in gear and earn our millions." Or something like that. This is the night.
 
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