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NFL Predictions: Some surprises expected in week seven

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Last week 11-3-1. Week 7 bye weeks: Eagles, Buccaneers.

I must be smarter than Kelvin Benjamin because I know that NFL games can end in a tie. Didn’t we all learn from Donovan McNabb back in 2008? Regardless, add a 37-37 game between the Bengals and Panthers to a wild week six.

Teams are beginning to separate from the pack and injuries to many star players are mounting as we look ahead to the week seven picks.

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Falcons (2-4) at Ravens (4-2) What a day for Joe Flacco last week as he tossed five touchdown passes early in the game against the Bucs. It looks like the Ravens offense has finally got on track.

The Falcons defense, on the other hand, gave up almost 400 yards to Jay Cutler and the Bears. Look for Flacco to have another good outing in this one. Pick: Ravens

Titans (2-4) at Redskins (1-5) Jake Locker’s status is still up in the air. Charlie Whitehurst is not the guy you want leading your team against a dominant Redskins pass rush. Pick: Redskins

Seahawks (3-2) at Rams (1-4) The Rams are not really as bad as their record indicates. Coach Jeff Fisher, down to his third-string quarterback, has had his team in competitive situations all year.

Both the Chargers and Cowboys have laid out the blueprint for beating the Seahawks--run the ball and control the clock. Unfortunately, the Rams’ running game will not be up to the task. Pick: Seahawks

Browns (3-2) at Jaguars (0-6) The Browns now sit atop the AFC Central after dominating the Steelers last week. QB Brian Hoyer only completed eight passes, but with a strong running game and a stingy defense, that was more than enough. 

And Jacksonville, well, I know they’re due for a win soon, but it won’t be this week. Pick: Browns

Bengals (3-1-1) at Colts (4-2) Both teams can score a lot of points. If A.J. Green were playing, this might’ve been harder to pick. Pick: Colts

Vikings (2-4) at Bills (3-3) Teddy Bridgewater’s second career start resulted in three interceptions against the Lions. The Bills will exploit the rookie’s inexperience and Kyle Orton becomes more comfortable with the system. Pick: Bills

Dolphins (2-3) at Bears (3-3) Remember when the Dolphins were 1-0? Yeah, neither does anybody else. Pick: Bears

Saints (2-3) at Lions (4-2) Thankfully, Detroit solved their kicking woes by signing Matt Prater (sarcasm intended).

No Megatron. No Reggie Bush last week against the Vikings? No problem. The Lions turned to their stout defense to hold Minnesota to only three points. I still can’t figure out the Saints, however. Coming off a bye, l like their chances. Pick: Saints

Panthers (3-2-1) at Packers (4-2) The Packers reached into their bag of tricks last week, pulling off the win in South Florida with only three seconds left in the game. The question is, can they contain Cam Newton who rushed for over 100 yards against the Bengals? Pick: Packers

Chiefs (2-3) at Chargers (5-1) The Chargers keep rolling. Pick: Chargers

Cardinals (4-1) at Raiders (0-5) See above Jacksonville pick regarding a possible victory for the winless team. Arizona’s defense is just too good. Pick: Cardinals

Giants (3-3) at Cowboys (5-1) Wow, just when I thought the Giants were getting back on track, they go and get embarrassed by the Eagles on the road. And, although I don’t buy they hype about the Cowboys being Super Bowl contenders, I do believe they win this game. Pick: Cowboys

49ers (4-2) at Broncos (4-1) Only because I have Peyton Manning on my fantasy team. Pick: Broncos

Texans (3-3) at Steelers (3-3) Pittsburgh bounces back at home following a humiliating loss against Cleveland. Pick: Steelers

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