Friday, October 21, 2011

NFL picks: Week Seven: quick picks


Don't be confused by the shorter than usual individual game paragraphs. Plenty of thought went into each, it is just that a lot of time was consumed throwing pens, remote controls and other devices at the television during the Rugby World Cup final. A bigger fix there has never been. The South African referee completely ignored a plethora of Kiwi infringements, allowing them to high-tackle, run offside and come over the top of the maul with complete impunity. France were denied a clear penalty in front of the posts with just a handful of minutes left. Shocking stuff, the referee should have his bank account checked for the next few weeks. Anyway, that's where we are at. Angry. Angry on a Sunday morning.



Essential NFL pick links

Full list of games with ESPN previews
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at Detroit Lions (5-1) -3.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Chicago Bears (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) +0.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-3) -3.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Denver Broncos (1-4) at Miami Dolphins (0-5) -3.5(ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Houston Texans (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-2) -3.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 San Diego Chargers (4-1) at New York Jets (3-3) +1.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 1:00 Washington Redskins (3-2) at Carolina Panthers (1-5) -2.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 4:05 Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-2) -3.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 4:05 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-4) +3.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 4:15 St. Louis Rams (0-5) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3) -12.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 4:15 Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5) +8.5 (ESPN Preview)
Sun, Oct. 23 8:20 Indianapolis Colts (0-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-2) -13.5 (ESPN Preview)
Mon, Oct. 24 8:30 Baltimore Ravens (4-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) +7.5(ESPN Preview)



Week Seven in detail
Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at Detroit Lions (5-1) -3.5
Questions finally being asked on the Lions bandwagon bus. Michael Turner might have the answers. Some of them, anyway.
The score: Atlanta 24 Detroit 27
The Pick: Atlanta +3.5

Chicago Bears (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) +0.5
London, baby! The change of venue doesn't change the fact the Bears are an all round better team then the Buccaneers.
The score: Chicago 30 Tampa 20
The Pick: Chicago - 0.5



Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-3) -3.5

So are the Hawks for real, or what? One road trip too many, for my money.
The score: Seattle 23 Cleveland 30
The Pick: Cleveland -3.5

Denver Broncos (1-4) at Miami Dolphins (0-5) -3.5
For one more week anyway, Tebow is God.
The score: Denver 23 Miami 20
The Pick: Denver +3.5


'Just a man' - geddit?

Houston Texans (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-2) -3.5
Ah! Ah, so! The Texans are going through their late season collapse, early!
The score: Houston 24 Tennessee 33
The Pick: Tennessee -3.5

San Diego Chargers (4-1) at New York Jets (3-3) +1.5
For a team with no Superbowl wins the Jets sure talk a lot about Superbowl rings.
The score: San Diego 27 New York 20
The Pick: San Diego -1.5



Washington Redskins (3-2) at Carolina Panthers (1-5) -2.5
Washington had a good thing going, then they started screwing around, mixing RBs and what not, getting away from their early season success. Washington, if it aint broke...
The score: Washington 23 Carolina 30
The Pick: Carolina -1.5

Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-2) -3.5
Do we believe the Kansas mini revival? Eh, no.
The score: Kansas 20 Oakland 38
The Pick: Oakland -3.5



Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-4) +3.5
The Steelers keep teasing us. Which one will show up this week?
The score: Pittsburgh 34 Arizona 17
The Pick: Pittsburgh -3.5

St. Louis Rams (0-5) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3) -12.5
They. Can't. Make. This. Line. High. Enough.
The score: St Louis 13 Dallas 42
The Pick: Dallas -12.5

Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5) +8.5
Single digits? Really?
The score: Green Bay 35 Minnesota 24
The Pick: Green Bay -8.5



Indianapolis Colts (0-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-2) -13.5
For me the Saints look like they are going to react to the opposition. This will be surprisingly close.
The score: Indianapolis 24 New Orleans 30
The Pick: New Orleans

Baltimore Ravens (4-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) +7.5
The Jags average 11.5 points a game will not be enough to get the job done.
The score: Baltimore 33 Jacksonville 17
The Pick: Baltimore -7.5



Previous weeks
Week one - 11-4
Week two - 12-4
Week three - 6-10
Week four - 10-6
Week five - 7-6
Week six - 4-9


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