Taylor’s NFL Picks-Week 7

Taylor Hauck

Who will come out on top this season?

(Winning picks in bold)

Record: 44-31

Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals

Expect the Seahawks to roll over the Cardinals. Seattle has had some nail biters the last couple of weeks but they look to continue their hot start. The Cardinals played the 49ers to a close game before falling apart toward of the game on Sunday. Look for the Cardinals to compete with Seattle on Thursday Night Football.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

The Patriots stunned the Saints in the final seconds on a superb pass from Tom Brady to hand New Orleans their first loss. Look for the Patriots to continue their momentum in New York and hand the Jets a loss. The Jets got embarrassed Sunday afternoon, losing to the winless Steelers at home. The Jets simply need to put up a lot of points and their defense needs to hold strong.

San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville played the Broncos better than anyone expected. If the Jaguars play like they did Sunday, they have the possibility of upsetting the Chargers. The Chargers struggle defensively and need to improve in order to put a streak of wins together. Expect a close game in Jacksonville.

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs

After an embarrassing loss to the Rams at home, the Texans need a win to regain everything they have lost. The Texans may need to turn to backup quarterback TJ Yates. The Chiefs, on the other hand, are 6-0 and look to extend their win streak. Andy Reid and Alex Smith have turned this team around from a year ago. Expect the Texans to compete, but ultimately lose to the Chiefs.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Detroit Lions

Both teams are coming off wins over weak teams. The Bengals defeated the Bills and the Lions took down the Browns. Expect a good game of closely matched opponents. The Lions will need to better their defense if they want to have a chance at winning. Cincinnati has a good defense to stop the Lions. Expect a close game in Detroit, with the Bengals winning late.

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

Miami had a much-needed week off after losing two straight. They started the season 3-0 but the wheels fell off as of late. Miami looks to put a win streak together, starting with the Bills. The Dolphins need a win to keep pace with the Patriots. Meanwhile, the Bills have been through quarterback after quarterback. Winning is hard to come by without a consistent quarterback. Buffalo should give a valiant effort in the loss to the Dolphins.

Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins

Chicago beat the Giants last week to get back on the winning side. The Bears should defeat the Redskins, who have had anything but a good season so far. Washington can’t get anything going on offense and when they do, their defense lets them down. Expect this game to be competitive with the Bears pulling out a win.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys’ offense will be too powerful for the weak defense the Eagles have. Tony Romo has finally become the quarterback the Cowboys wanted. His arm will help them beat the Eagles. Philadelphia has won two in a row and will look to make it three against the Cowboys. Nick Foles or Michael Vick will need to play flawlessly for Philadelphia to win. The winner of this game takes control of the NFC East, which should be the Cowboys.

St. Louis Rams @ Carolina Panthers

Both teams played well last week and earned wins. This game is a toss-up and could go either way. The Rams need to win to keep pace in the NFC West. Expect a close game that goes back and forth.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

This is the game for the Falcons to turn things around. Both teams have had miserable seasons, but the Falcons should overcome the Bucs in Atlanta. Matt Ryan for Atlanta hasn’t been terrible, but Atlanta’s defense has given up too many points for the Atlanta offense to overcome. The Bucs are winless and can’t seem to find a way to win. The Falcons look to blow out the Bucs.

San Francisco 49ers @ Tennessee Titans

Tennessee has played a lot better than their 3-3 record indicates. They had some tough losses and an injury to their starting quarterback. The Titans are a serious contender and could upset the 49ers, which are the favorite in this game. The 49ers look to make it four-straight wins with a win over the Titans.

Cleveland Browns @ Green Bay Packers

Green Bay has played good football and was able to get above .500 for the first time this season. Expect Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers over the Browns. Cleveland enjoyed a three-game win streak before losing to the Browns at home. The Packers should have no trouble in defeating the Browns.

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh got their first win of the season on Sunday and look to win another. They need to keep winning to be able to climb back in the playoff race after a dismal start to the season. The Ravens have been inconsistent and need to turn things around against the Steelers. They are only one game out of the division lead, so there is no need for panic in Baltimore. Expect the Ravens to edge the Steelers.

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since being let go. This should be an entertaining game to watch. The Broncos offense should be too much for the Colts. Andrew Luck needs to play the game of his life in order to upset the Broncos. Expect a close contest in Indianapolis.

Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants

The Giants are 0-6 and have shown improvement over the last few weeks. Expect the Giants to pick up their first win of the season on Monday Night Football. Eli Manning is still not playing to 100% of his ability, but he should squeeze the Giants by the Vikings. Minnesota has fallen apart the last couple weeks and shows no signs of improvement.