NFL Week 7 Picks and Previews: Can the Kansas City Chiefs bounce back?
The Kansas City Chiefs' perfect record is over and no team in the NFL can claim to be undefeated any longer. We are nearly to the halfway point in the NFL season. If some of the NFL's up and down teams don't start winning, they will be home for the holidays. For some, they must just keep on winning, and a place in the playoffs will be a reality.
NFL Week 7 Picks and Odds
One of the NFL's most legendary rivalries continues in week 7. The Chiefs will play three of their next four games on the road. It starts in Oakland after last weekend's 19-13 home loss to Pittsburgh. The Raiders have lost four straight. Even Derek Carr's return from injury couldn't get them a win over the LA Chargers. Carr has lost his last five games against Kansas City.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills will host Tampa Bay following a bye week. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is coming off a loss away to Arizona. Buffalo's upcoming schedule looks good and a playoff place is realistic. The Bucs nearly made a tremendous comeback to beat Arizona last weekend. But the team's defense needs to tighten up. The Bucs are giving up 24.2 ppg.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Minnesota Vikings
Baltimore is coming off a home loss to the Chicago Bears in week 6. The team will most likely face a Case Keenum Vikings team. Many are calling for Keenum to remain Minnesota's starter after last week's 23-10 win over Green Bay. The Vikings lead the NFC Central, and have the potential to win the division now that the Packers' season has been turned on its head.
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
The Jets got ripped off in week 6 thanks to a fumble call that wasn't. New York should have/would have won against an underachieving Patriots. Miami, on the other hand, is coming off a come from behind win against reigning NFC Champions Atlanta. Miami has won two straight games, but the Dolphins are still averaging the fewest points per NFL game.
Arizona Cardinals vs. LA Rams
The Rams look for real this season, and the offense is performing well. The Rams average the most points per game at 29.8. The team is also top eighth in offensive yards per game (359.8). Arizona is .500, and have a real chance at the playoffs. Carson Palmer has been good, and the team's trade for running back Adrian Peterson looks like a masterstroke. Peterson tallied 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts against Tampa Bay. The Rams' offense is just too much.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
Things keeping getting worse for Indianapolis. The team is not only bottom of the AFC South, but star quarterback Andrew Luck has been shut down for the time being. Luck hasn't played this year after having shoulder surgery. That shoulder is now sore after he resumed team practice. He is now back to non-practice rehab. Jacksonville is coming off a home loss to the Rams. Jacksonville may be .500 right now, but the team's defense has given up the fewest points in the AFC South thus far.
New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay's season has gone up in flames after last weekend's injury to star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley takes over for the Pack. Hundley threw three interceptions in week 6 against the Vikings. New Orleans is in brilliant form. Winners of three straight, including last weekend's 52-point output against Detroit.
Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears
The Bears start a difficult campaign of games with Carolina's visit in week 7. Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky got his first win last weekend. He completed 50% of his passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. However, Carolina is 3-0 on the road this season, and despite losing to Philadelphia last weekend, the team should bounce back. Don't expect Cam Newton to throw three picks again in NFL week 7.
Tennesse Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
Life just keeps getting easier for the Titans. A win against the Colts last weekend and now a trip to Cleveland in week 7. Currently playing .500 football, the Titans should ease past the Browns and then use a semi-easy schedule to make a run toward the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
Dallas' season has been marred by the off-field problems of Ezekiel Elliot. Those problems have translated into a 2-3 record on the field. Due to his suspension appeal, the year has been start-stop. He has played three times, but has recorded just one 100-yard rushing game. He is being allowed to play in week 7 and will help the Cowboys greatly against the awful 49ers.
Denver Broncos vs. LA Chargers
The Broncos head to LA with an injured quarterback in-tow. Trevor Siemian was hurt in last weekend's home loss to the Giants. It was a terrible result against a winless New York team. Siemian could still play and hasn't been ruled out. The Chargers are on a two-game win streak, but lost to the Broncos in Denver to start the season. Injury and Siemian's poor play of late will dictate the winner.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
A battle of two archrivals in the AFC North. Cincinnati visits Pittsburgh after a bye week. The Bengals have won two straight after losing their first three games. Pittsburgh will be an entirely different task than Cincinnati's last two games, however. The Steelers handed Kansas City its first loss of 2017 in week 6. Ben Roethlisberger was steady against KC, throwing for 252 yards and one touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants
The Giants got that all important first win a week ago. Seattle are coming off of a bye week, but has won two games on the bounce. Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson has already thrown for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The Giants' defense is giving up 248 pass yards a game. They have also given up 11 passing touchdowns.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
A rematch of last year's Super Bowl. Atlanta lost to Miami after giving up a 17-point second half lead in week 6. It was Atlanta's second straight loss. New England edged out the Jets; although they benefited from a controversial referee call that would have seen them lose. Both teams are underachieving.
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Two old NFC East rivals clash in Philly. At 5-1, the Eagles have the best record in the NFC. Washington hasn't been bad either. But are they at the level of Philadelphia? The Eagles are 8-2 at home over the last two season. Week 7 marks the beginning of a three-game home stand. Washington's trip to Philadelphia begins a brutal stretch of games. If the team can win against the Eagles, a playoff place may be a possibility.