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NFL Picks Week 7: Chief Concerns

Week 6 featured a number of close contests that came down to the wire. What will Week 7 have in store? Let's take a look at all of this week's action to find out.

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The New Orleans Saints face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this week.  The Saints are coming off of two consecutive heart-stopping wins, as they look to bring their record even at 3-3.  A tough tasks lays ahead of them though, as Kansas City has one of the best home field advantages in the NFL.  Hopefully, the Saints will be up to the task of winning a tough game in a hostile environment.  If anything, their defense has at least looked better on the road than they have at home this season.  Now let's take a look at all of the matchups in Week 7.

Last week I went 4-11 (Good Lord!)

I told you so: Chargers over Broncos!

What do I know: Panthers over Saints?!



Thursday, October 20th - Thursday Night Football

Bears(1-5) at Packers(3-2)

Green Bay has been far from great this season, but it should take an effort even less than that to beat Chicago.

Pick: Packers


Sunday, October 23rd - Very Early Game

Giants(3-3) at* Rams(3-3) - Twickenham Stadium, London

The difference in travel time alone should clearly put this one in the Giants' favor, but the Manning to Beckham combination will seal the deal against Los Angeles.

Pick: Giants


Sunday, October 23rd - Early Games

Colts(2-4) at Titans(3-3)

With a defense this bad, Indianapolis has to be dynamic on offense to make up for it.  The problem for Indy is that they're not.  Last week's collapse at Houston was devastating for Indy and may send their season into a spiral.  Tennessee will run the ball right down Indy's throat in this one.

Pick: Titans


Vikings(5-0) at Eagles(3-2) - Game of the Week

The storylines are easy here: Sam Bradford's return to hostile Philadelphia, a battle of two of the top defenses in the NFC, and simply a matchup that could have playoff implications come January.  With these two defenses, points will come at a premium, so the quarterbacks will have to be on point here.  Neither team should expect to have success on the ground, so it will certainly come down to rookie hero Carson Wentz and hated outcast Sam Bradford.  Surprisingly enough, I think Bradford will be the one to win the day in the most hostile environment he will ever have faced, and Minnesota will remain undefeated.

Pick: Vikings


Browns(0-6) at Bengals(2-4)

Cincinnati has had issues getting their ground game going this season, but they'll have no problem rushing against this abysmal Cleveland defense.

Pick: Bengals


Redskins(4-2) at Lions(3-3)

You just never know what you're going to get with the Lions this season, but they have seemed to play pretty well at home recently and they should pick up a surprising home win against Washington here.  Expect a lot of combined points on the board in Detroit for this one.

Pick: Lions


Raiders(4-2) at Jaguars(2-3)

Oakland will rebound from a bad loss last week with a big win at Jacksonville.

Pick: Raiders


Bills(4-2) at Dolphins(2-4)

Buffalo takes the NFL's top rushing attack to Miami, who are coming off a huge win last week, but the Bills will prevail here.  Buffalo wins 37-15.

Pick: Bills


Ravens(3-3) at Jets(1-5)

It's gotten so bad for the Jets that Geno Smith is the better option at quarterback.  It won't make much of a difference.

Pick: Ravens


Saints(2-3) at Chiefs(3-2)

The Saints enter Kansas City with the NFL's top ranked passing attack, coming fresh off a 4 TD, 465 yard performance from Drew Brees.  Unlike Carolina (and New Orleans), KC has NFL caliber cornerbacks, and this coupled with the fact that this game will be played on the road will make Brees' task more difficult this week than last.

Kansas City, knowing New Orleans' offensive prowess, will attempt to control the clock and dominate time of possession, in order to minimize the Saints' explosiveness and effectiveness.  The Saints, despite looking better on defense on the road, have also been less effective on offense away from the Superdome.  The Saints will play tough in KC, but fall just short at Arrowhead this week.  Kansas City wins 27-24.

Pick: Chiefs


Sunday, October 23rd - Late Games

Buccaneers(2-3) at 49ers(1-5)

Tampa will go up to the bay and run all over the woeful Niners in this one.

Pick: Buccaneers


Chargers(2-4) at Falcons(4-2)

San Diego will have no answers for the Atlanta offense in this one-sided affair.

Pick: Falcons


Patriots(5-1) at Steelers(4-2)

This was to be a certain preview of January's AFC Championship Game, that is until Ben Roethlisberger went down with an injury last week.  Now, without Big Ben, the complexity of this game has completely changed, and Pittsburgh will now be in for a long afternoon at home against Tom Brady and the Pats.  New England wins 35-10.

Pick: Patriots


Sunday Night Football

Seahawks(4-1) at Cardinals(3-3)

Arizona will depend heavily on their aggressive defense and sturdy running game to beat Seattle, but it won't be enough to win this one at home.

Pick: Seahawks


Monday, October 24th - Monday Night Football

Texans(4-2) at Broncos(4-2)

Denver is reeling at the moment while Houston is coming off their big comeback win last Sunday Night.  None of that will matter in this one, as the Broncos defense will consume Brock Osweiler in his return to Mile High.

Pick: Broncos


That's how I see Week 7 shaping up, hopefully the Saints can make it three wins in a row, and reach .500 for the first time this season.  Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.