By Bryan Jeon
Last week: 8-5
Week 6 Recap: The New Orleans Saints pick up their first win of the season in Week 6…MVP LaDainian Tomlinson blows up for 198 rushing yards and 4 scores. Rookie Adrian Peterson is even better with 20 carries on 224 yards and 3 TD’s…Tom Brady is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s single-season record of TD passes (49) with 21 through 6 games.
Week 7 Picks:
Tennessee (3-2) over Houston (3-3) – I bet y’all forgot about Vince Young and this year’s Madden curse. A quad injury keeps him out of this game, but Kerry Collins should have just enough in him to lead the Titans to victory.
Baltimore (4-2) over Buffalo (1-4) – The Ravens ‘D’ is looking solid again and with the absences of Chris McAlister and possibly Ray Lewis in this game, the Bills shouldn’t be able to get more than a couple of scores.
Tampa Bay (4-2) over Detroit (3-2) – Calvin Johnson will be back for this contest, but Jeff Garcia should kickstart the Bucs’ offense for a squeaker.
Washington (3-2) over Arizona (3-3) – With Tim Rattay running the helm, the Cardinals should be out of funk all game against a good Redskins ‘D’.
NY Giants (4-2) over San Francisco (2-3)
New Orleans (1-4) over Atlanta (1-5) – Looking at the records, this battle in the South looks like a skunk’s game but the Saints should put on an impressive showing, as they have slowly been looking more like the Saints we knew last year.
New England (6-0) over Miami (0-6) – After the Pats put up 48 points against the Cowboys last week, I actually heard an ESPN commentator give the most diabolical laugh after stating that the Dolphins would be their next opponent. What a dick, but sadly the 16.5-point spread on this game will be easily covered, as Brady will throw for a handful of more touchdowns.
Dallas (5-1) over Minnesota (2-3) – Calvin who? Adrian Peterson is undoubtedly the Rookie of the Year going forward with a ridiculous game against the Bears last week. He leads the NFL with 607 rushing yards, averaging 6.3 YPC. As explosive as he is, someone explain to me why you would put your top back to return kickoffs. Maybe to add another dimension to his versatility, I don’t know. On the other side of the field is another exciting running back to watch for in this game by the name of Marion Barber III. Last week against New England, he put on the most impressive 2-yard run I’ve ever seen, avoiding a safety and breaking no less than six tackles:
Kansas City (3-3) over Oakland (2-3) – Daunte Culpepper was just harassed all game by the Chargers last week, getting sacked six times and turning the ball over three times. New tight end career TD record-holder Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson should both find paydirt this week. Priest Holmes, anyone?
Cincinnati (1-4) over NY Jets (1-5) – Jets’ coach Eric Mangini has officially put Chad Pennington on a short leash for this game, possibly marking an end to what was a short time as the face of the Jets’ franchise. Meanwhile, as has been said all week by ESPN, if the Bengals don’t win this week, they are truly going nowhere.
Chicago (2-4) over Philadelphia (2-3) – As much as both are having a bad season so far this year, I never want to count out New Orleans and Chicago every week. The Bears must do a better job against Brian Westbrook than they did against Adrian Peterson last week, who beat them single-handedly, to win this one.
Seattle (3-3) over St. Louis (0-6) – I’m sure the Seahawks are glad to face the winless Rams this week after two disappointing losses in a row. The Rams dearly miss their star players, as Gus Frerotte had six turnovers and Brian Leonard had 18 rushing yards last week.
Pittsburgh (4-1) over Denver (2-3) – The Broncos have the NFL’s worst run defense so what do you do? You run it down their throats all night. Coach Mike Tomlin told Ben Roethlisberger that he’d be throwing just about 20 passes in the game so look for a heavy dose of Willie Parker to allow him to reach his fifth 100-yard rushing day in 6 games this season.
Indianapolis (5-0) over Jacksonville (4-1) – The GOTW is appropriately showcased on MNF, as the Jaguars, who after an opening week loss to the Titans, have reeled off four straight wins. Last year, the Jags spanked the Colts, 44-17, on 375 rushing yards and holding Peyton Manning to 0 touchdown passes. Look for a game more similar to the first meeting the two had last season when the Colts won 21-14, as the game should go down to the wire.