NFL Picks, Week 7
Every year I participate in a Pigskin Pick ’em group organized by an obnoxious friend of mine from high school who spends his Sundays doing nothing but watching NFL football. I spend very little time watching football, and yet I continue to dream of beating him. And so every week I dutifully make my picks.
As always, the winning team is in caps.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at Arizona Cardinals — As previously discussed, I’m picking Seattle to win every game this season, partly to make amends for not picking them during week 1 and partly to honor my Seattle friends Beka and Laurie, who got married in September. So go Seattle!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at ATLANTA FALCONS — The 1-4 Falcons are not a very good football team. But the 0-5 Buccaneers are even worse.
Buffalo Bills at MIAMI DOLPHINS — Miami is actually kind of good this season. Buffalo is not good, but they have potential. Unfortunately, potential doesn’t win games.
CHICAGO BEARS at Washington Redskins — I had high hopes for the Redskins this season, but I’ve had to put them aside because their QB, Robert Griffin III, is but a shell of his former self. This game might be close — I’m not sure the Bears can be trusted away from home — but Chicago is the better team, and should prevail.
Cincinnati Bengals at DETROIT LIONS — These teams seem evenly matched. I’m taking the Lions, mainly because they’re at home.
DALLAS COWBOYS at Philadelphia Eagles — I have a history of poor picks when it comes to any game involving the Dallas Cowboys. So don’t listen to me! But is there any real evidence that the Eagles can beat a team that’s actually good? Or, at the very least, not terrible?
St. Louis Rams at CAROLINA PANTHERS — I like the Panthers. They’re spunky. Unlike the Rams, who are spunkless.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at New York Jets — I didn’t do all that well on my picks last week, but I don’t really care, because the Patriots beat the Saints. Ha ha ha! Anyway, New England is depleted and struggling ... but they still have a 5-1 record. And it will be 6-1 after Sunday’s game against Team Blowhard.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at Jacksonville Jaguars — Is it too early to predict an 0-16 season for the Jaguars? No.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at Tennessee Titans — The Titans were looking good, until they lost QB Jake Locker. The 49ers got off to a slow start, but they’ve been looking better, and should win.
Cleveland Browns at GREEN BAY PACKERS — The Browns have a respectable 3-3 record. But they have no chance against the Packers.
Houston Texans at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — The Texans are having such a bad season that I actually feel sorry for them. Unfortunately, pity doesn’t win football games. They’ll lose again this week, when they take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
BALTIMORE RAVENS at Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers finally picked up a win last week, but they’ll return to their losing ways this week against Baltimore.
DENVER BRONCOS at Indianapolis Colts — For the Colts, Andrew Luck is the QB of the present and the future. But they must be kicking themselves, at least a little bit, whenever they watch Peyton Manning play.
Minnesota Vikings at NEW YORK GIANTS — The Giants will pick up their first win this week against one of the worst teams in the league.
Last week’s results:
Me: 9-6 Overall: 59-33
My obnoxious friend: 9-6 Overall 64-28
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