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NFL Picks Week 7: Hitting the Reset Button

Week 6 gave us some unpredictable and exciting games, none of which featured the Saints. That all changes this week, as intermission comes to an end for Who Dat Nation in Week 7.

Ronald Martinez

The long and agonizing bye week is finally over. The New Orleans Saints return to action in the Motor City as they visit the Detroit Lions. The Saints need to take this opportunity coming out of the bye week to look at this as a season renewed.  The NFC South is atrocious and despite being 2-3, the Saints are just a game out of first place.  Now is the time for this team to take advantage of the poor play in this division and hit the reset button on the 2014 season. Let's now take a look at all of the matchups in Week 8.

Last week I went 7-8 (I count the tie as a loss)

I told you soColts over Texans!

What do I knowJaguars over Titans?


Thursday, October 16th

Jets(1-5) at Patriots(4-2)

New England will cruise to victory over the passing inept Jets.

Pick: Patriots


Sunday, October 19th - Early Games

Falcons(2-4) at Ravens(4-2)

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense will have little trouble at home against the Atlanta defense.

Pick: Ravens


Titans(2-4) at Redskins(1-5)

Despite being 1-5, Washington is just flat better than Tennessee, and they'll pick up the home win here.

Pick: Redskins


Seahawks(3-2) at Rams(1-4)

Seattle will rebound from their surprising loss last week, but St. Louis will keep it interesting.

Pick: Seahawks


Browns(3-2) at Jaguars(0-5)

Jacksonville missed their best shot at victory last week.  This week Cleveland will run the ball down their throats.

Pick: Browns


Bengals(3-1-1) at Colts(4-2)

Indy's passing attack will overwhelm the disappointing Cincy defense.

Pick: Colts


Vikings(2-4) at Bills(3-3)

Minnesota will rely heavily on their defense, but it won't be enough to win in Buffalo.

Pick: Bills


Dolphins(2-3) at Bears(3-3)

Miami, fresh off their crushing loss last week, will face another loss here in Chicago.

Pick: Bears


Panthers(3-2-1) at Packers(4-2)

The Lambeau Field advantage will be enough for Green Bay to pick up the victory at home.

Pick: Packers


Saints(2-3) at Lions(4-2)

New Orleans has won five consecutive post-bye week games under Payton/Brees, and they look to extend that streak this week in Motown. The potential loss (or at least weakened state) of Calvin Johnson will be a crucial blow to the Detroit offense, so too will be the loss of Jimmy Graham to the Saints offense.  Although most will be expecting a shootout form these two, much like their 2011 games, that's mostly based on name value.  I think this will be a much lower scoring game than previous matchups.

For all of the anticipation of seeing Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, with their 5,000 yard resumes, this game will come down to current Saints Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Khiry Robinson against former Saints Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Jed Collins.  Running the ball and stopping the run will be paramount to the winner of this game.  I get the feeling that will be the Saints, 24-21.

Pick: Saints


Sunday, October 19th - Late Games

Chiefs(2-3) at Chargers(5-1)

Kansas City just won't be able to hang with their AFC West rivals here.

Pick: Chargers


Cardinals(4-1) at Raiders(0-5)

Arizona's 4-1 start may be a mirage, but a win over Oakland is very little for most teams to accomplish this season.

Pick: Cardinals


Giants(3-3) at Cowboys(5-1) - Game of the Week

This is an easy one, right?  Dallas is white hot, while the Giants are fresh off being torched in primetime.  Well, the NFL tends to course correct in divisional matchups like these.  Plus, Eli Manning owns AT&T Stadium, in fact, he put his name on it before they did.  Giants get the upset win.

Pick: Giants


Sunday Night Football

49ers(4-2) at Broncos(4-1)

Rumors of San Francisco's demise have been greatly exaggerated, but Denver will get a big win at home in this intriguing matchup.

Pick: Broncos


Monday, October 20th - Monday Night Football

Texans(3-3) at Steelers(3-3)

Pittsburgh has had a perplexing season so far, but they pick up the home win in primetime here.

Pick: Steelers


That's how I see Week 7 shaping up, and it'll be good to see the Saints back on the field! Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.