Well fans, no changes atop each division coming into week 7. But with intriguing races for the second spot in each division heating up, these next few weeks should be quite interesting.
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Here are Week 7′s predictions!
New England Patriots – (5-1)
Buffalo Bills – (3-3)
Miami Dolphins – (3-3)
New York Jets – (2-4)
San Diego Chargers – (4-2)
Kansas City Chiefs – (2-4)
Denver Broncos – (2-4)
Oakland Raiders – (1-4)
Cincinnati Bengals – (5-1)
Baltimore Ravens – (4-2)
Pittsburgh Steelers – (3-2)
Cleveland Browns – (0-6)
Houston Texans – (6-0)
Indianapolis Colts – (1-4)
Jacksonville Jaguars – (1-4)
Tennessee Titans – (1-5)
Philadelphia Eagles – (6-0)
Dallas Cowboys – (2-3)
New York Giants – (2-4)
Washington Redskins – (2-4)
San Francisco 49er’s – (5-1)
St. Louis Rams – (2-4)
Seattle Seahawks – (2-4)
Arizona Cardinals – (1-5)
Green Bay Packers – (4-2)
Detroit Lions – (3-2)
Chicago Bears – (3-2)
Minnesota Vikings – (1-5)
Atlanta Falcons – (5-1)
Carolina Panthers – (4-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (4-1)
New Orleans Saints – (2-3)
Seattle(2-4) @ San Francisco (5-1)
Match up to watch: Marshawn Lynch v.s. Navorro Bowman
What an interesting way to kick off a very intriguing week of NFL action! If Seattle is going to get anywhere this season, they will have to ride “Beastmode” until his wheels fall off! Although it seems like a high possibility that Seattle can achieve this, Seattle will not win this one. San Francisco should run away with it by stuffing Seattle’s run game and riding Frank Gore to the end.
Seattle – 17 San Francisco – 28
Tennessee (1-5) @ Buffalo (3-3)
Match up to watch: Kendall Wright v.s. Stephon Gilmore
Tennessee has been underachieving horribly this season. With Matt Hasselbeck showing signs of wear and tear, Tennessee will allow Hasselbeck one last game (this game) to show that he still has it. He fails. With Buffalo up by a large lead (28-10) in the fourth quarter, Tennessee throws Jake Locker in to try and lead a comeback. Although Locker rallies the troops for a comeback, Tennessee falls just short.
Tennessee – 27 Buffalo – 31
Washington (2-4) @ New York Giants (2-4)
Match up to watch: DeAngelo Hall v.s. Hakeem Nicks
Washington is set up for the future with excellent young talent at the skilled positions, but the Giants are set up to win NOW. Although Washington has RG3 manning the quarterback spot, the Giants have a ferocious pass rush that cancels RG3 out. With little to no run game, Washington may lose this one big.
Washington – 15 New York Giants – 23
New Orleans (2-3) @ Tampa Bay (4-1)
Match up to watch: Curtis Lofton v.s. Doug Martin
New Orleans is in a tough spot this season, aren’t they? They lose their Head Coach (not to mention numerous other coaches), their leader on defense, and they just recently ended the contract despite with their star quarterback. Yikes. Not to mention they play in the strongest division in the NFC this season (possibly even the NFL). In any other division they could be contenders, but not in the NFC South. Tampa is too powerful for New Orleans to keep up with. With Tampa having home field advantage for this game, New Orleans will need to pound the ball on this defense early to have any shot at winning.
New Orleans – 24 Tampa Bay – 30
Dallas (2-3) @ Carolina (4-1)
Match up to watch: DeMarcus Ware v.s. Cam Newton
Man, this could actually be quite a match up! Dallas has all of the talent to be a super bowl contender this season. Not to mention, many teams may overlook Dallas due to lackluster quarterback play in tight situations. Not this season. I see Dallas almost as a lock for a wild-card spot (unless a team comes and steals it away!!). Although Carolina should be able to put it together this season, Cam hasn’t seen a pass rusher of Ware’s talent in his young career. Most rushers he can out run, not Ware. This could be a close one, but I’m riding with Dallas.
Dallas – 27 Carolina – 21
Baltimore (4-2) @ Houston (6-0)
Match up to watch: Ray Lewis v.s. Arian Foster
Don’t get me wrong, I love Houston this season. But, Baltimore is out to prove themselves. The Lewis and Reed saga is beginning to come to an end and Baltimore needs to put up or shut up. Expect this game to be a shoot out until the end, with Joe Cool finally coming out on top by firing a touchdown to break out candidate Torry Smith.
Baltimore – 29 Houston – 28
Cleveland (0-6) @ Indianapolis (1-4)
Match up to watch: D’Qwell Jackson v.s. Coby Fleener/Dwayne Allen
Two hot shot quarterbacks against two young and stingy defenses. Hmm, sounds like an interesting game to say the least. Luck could shine against a young Cleveland defensive back field, but I expect Cleveland to ride their work horse running back, Trent Richardson, to the finish line.
Cleveland – 17 Indianapolis – 13
Green Bay (4-2) @ St. Louis (2-4)
Match up to watch: Greg Jennings v.s. Cortland Finnegan
Jennings is a very humble receiver, while Finnegan thrives off of getting into the opposing team’s number one wide receiver’s head. It sure will be interesting to see if Jennings can keep his cool against Finnegan for the whole game. That may actually be the most exciting part of this game, besides counting how many times Green Bay can score.
Green Bay – 34 St. Louis – 17
Arizona (1-5) @ Minnesota (1-5)
Match up to watch: Daryl Washington v.s. Adrian Peterson
Minnesota does have some young talent on offense (Peterson, Rudolph, Harvin), but who is on the outside scaring defensive coordinators? Who is blocking for Peterson (I know that nobody really needs to…)? Arizona has an offense that could possibly begin contending as soon as next season. Not to mention the team also boasts a decent defense. Although Peterson should give Minnesota the edge here, we cannot say how healthy “All Day” really is. Therefore, Fitzgerald and company get the edge here.
Arizona – 24 Minnesota – 20
New York Jets (2-4) @ New England (5-1)
Match up to watch: Shonn Greene v.s. Brandon Spikes
Bottom Line: If New York is going to have any hope in this game, they will have to ride Greene all day long against a stingy New England defense. Although New York could have success through the air, I’m honestly not expecting “Sanchize” to be the signal caller by this time in the season any more. With “Tebow Magic” running the show, Jets fans are in for a long season (just ask Denver fans).
New York Jets – 19 New England – 30
Jacksonville (1-4) @ Oakland (1-4)
Match up to watch: Maurice Jones-Drew v.s. Rolando McClain/Aaron Curry
This game is going to be all about who can run the ball better. Both teams have a shaky pass attack while also having one of the leagues top rushing attacks. Although I think that Jacksonville can contain Oakland’s pass attack, I’m not so sure that the Jags can hone in on the Raiders rushing game. Not to mention I believe Oakland’s rush defense can stop “Pocket Hercules” right in his tracks.
Jacksonville – 17 Oakland – 24
Pittsburgh (3-2) @ Cincinnati (5-1)
Match up to watch: Ike Taylor v.s. A.J. Green
This Sunday night game should turn out to be the game of the week. Pittsburgh is finally back on track after starting the season off slow, while Cincy is red HOT. Although Cincy has what it takes to be a contender, they are still a very young and inexperienced team. Not to mention they have an uncanny knack to drop close games. Pittsburgh should be able to sneak up on Cincinnati and catch them from behind in this game.
Pittsburgh – 27 Cincinnati – 24
Detroit (3-2) @ Chicago (3-2)
Match up to watch: Matthew Stafford v.s. Jay Cutler
This game has shootout written all over it. Both teams have a young, strong armed quarterback who is not afraid to take a gamble. Da’ Bears have the edge in the run game (Detroit’s is suspect with Best coming back off of an injury plagued season and Leshoure coming off of a season ending injury early in training camp). BUT, the Lions have the edge in the passing game (Cutler has a plethora of inexperienced, young receivers). Whichever way this one ends up going, it should turn out to be an exciting game until the clock hits 00:00.
Detroit – 34 Chicago – 33
BYE: Atlanta (5-1), Denver (2-4), Kansas City (2-4), Miami (3-3), Philadelphia (6-0), San Diego (4-2)
Well, the divisional races should be heating up now after a fun packed Week 7. With new teams showing signs of life and others either gaining their first win or loss of the season, all we can hope is that week 8 can be just as exciting! Check back soon for Week 8′s predictions!!!!
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