The 49ers can’t keep getting lucky, right? Can the Jaguars finally beat a team? Our panel of 12th Man Rising editors and staff writers give you their NFL picks for every game for Week 7 of the 2014 NFL season.
Everyone on our panel expects the Seahawks to bounce back from their loss to the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink last week. The Rams won’t make it easy, especially with the injuries the Seahawks have had to deal with in October.
The Broncos are in the top three of our weekly Power Rankings and can finally hand the 49ers the loss that we all desperately want to see.
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Cleveland finally gets to enjoy watching a winning football team in the Browns, who take on the Jaguars, who really just want to see a win period.
With parity as strong as it’s ever been in the NFL this season it’s harder than ever to pick winners. Last week writer Colin Floyd picked 12 of the 15 games correctly and would have had 13 had the Bengals not botched their game-winning FG attempt in OT.
You can check out his NFL picks along with the rest of our panel’s choices below, along with a few reasons why they made the picks they did.
Chiefs over Chargers:
The Chiefs are still a team that you can’t be too certain of. One week they play like Super Bowl challengers and the next they severely disappoint. I think they’re one of the better teams in the NFL. I still don’t believe in the Chargers 100% and I think this week they’ll be exposed as being overrated by a very tough and physical team from Kansas City.
Saints over Lions:
Drew Brees and the Saints are still too talented of a team offensively. A trip to Detroit to play in a dome, added with Calvin Johnson‘s injury makes me comfortable picking the Saints to win this one.
Redskins over Titans:
It’s being reported that when Robert Griffin III is fully healed and ready to return, he’ll be the starter for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins just might be the better QB and the Skins are definitely better than their record indicates. Cousins will play to keep his job and the Titans will fall on the road.
Prediction: Carolina beats Green Bay
Why: The Packers did not impress me by needing a last-second touchdown to beat the Dolphins last week while the Panthers put up 37 points against a tough Bengals defense. Green Bay’s D isn’t as tough and Carolina will leave Lambeau Field with the upset.
Prediction: Houston beats Pittsburgh
Why: The Texans have been on the wrong end of consecutive losses, but both have been close games to exceptional teams and the Steelers aren’t the team they used to be. The Texans will beat them in front of a Monday Night Football national audience.
Prediction: Indianapolis beats Cincinnati
Why: The Colts are legitimate contenders this season and the Bengals haven’t beaten any notable teams yet this year. This would by a signature win for Cincinnati but Andrew Luck won’t let the Colts lose at home.
MIN vs BUF:
Picking Minnesota may sound crazy, but I like the young talent on the Vikes. Teddy Bridgewater will bounce back from a putrid performance against the Lions and Jerick McKinnon will show why he’s the next star running back in the NFL.
CIN vs IND:
Cincy’s defense got -2 points for my fantasy team playing against Cam Newton, a.k.a the Panthers entire offense. Good luck trying to stop Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen and Hakeem Nicks.
HOU vs PIT:
I genuinely can’t believe I’m saying this: the Pittsburgh defense, the Iron Curtain, looks soft. It’s time for Pittsburgh to blow everything up except for Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Mike Tomlin. And Houston didn’t look that bad in its comeback effort against the Colts last week.