15 October 2014

2014 NFL Predictions: Week 7

In the seventh week of the 2014 NFL season, how many people thought that the Cowboys would be 5-1 and tied for first in the NFC East after winning in Seattle? Hell, I didn't even have the Cowboys get to five wins on the season! Or how about the Cardinals sitting in first in the tough NFC West? Cleveland with a winning record at 3-2? How about the Chargers looking like the best team in the NFL? Football is great, here are my picks.

Last Week: 9-6
2014: 51-39
Locks: 5-1

Thursday, October 16th
New York Jets (1-5) vs. New England Patriots (4-2) - CBS/NFL Network, 8:25
The Jets were surprisingly in the mix against the Broncos until very late. Naturally, they were finished by a Geno Smith turnover. Even after a closer than expected finish, this team is going nowhere fast. Meanwhile, the Patriots have made those who were worrying after their disastrous performance in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago feel silly following a pair of impressive wins against Cincinnati and Buffalo. They'll get a third on Thursday night.
Patriots 20 Jets 5

Sunday, October 19
Minnesota Vikings (2-4) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-3) - Fox, 1:00
It looked like both of these teams came back to Earth a little bit with disappointing performances this past week. The Vikings struggled to do anything offensively as Teddy Bridgewater had a rough day as they got pounded by Detroit, while the Bills suffered a decent home loss to the Pats. I still have plenty of questions of this Minnesota offense and I think an underrated Buffalo defense can create some havoc in Orchard Park.
Bills 20 Vikings 12

Cleveland Browns (3-2) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) - CBS, 1:00
As I mentioned in the open, how about these Cleveland Browns? They've won three out of four after a dominant performance at home against the Steelers. Brian Hoyer has looked very sharp under center, with an excellent 7-1 touchdown-interception ratio, and Ben Tate has been solid in the backfield since returning from injury. They'll take on a feckless Jacksonville squad, who had a chance to get their first win in Nashville before the tying field goal attempt was blocked. How about this, Cleveland is my Lock of the Week.
Browns 19 Jaguars 6

Seattle Seahawks (2-3) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-4) - Fox, 1:00
Did you hear Jon Gruden compare Rams quarterback Austin Davis to Drew Brees multiple times on Monday night? That was pretty crazy, even as Davis has been a surprise. That said, that hasn't turned into wins save for one against the fecal Buccaneers. They've blown multi-score leads to Dallas and most recently to San Francisco. Now they may be able to give Seattle, an average team on the road, a good fight but I'd be surprised if they won.
Seahawks 27 Rams 17

Tennessee Titans (2-4) vs. Washington (1-5) - CBS, 1:00
Tennessee brought their four-game losing streak to an end against the Jaguars, but they looked far from impressive against one of the two worst teams in the NFL and needed to block a field goal at the horn to seal it. They've looked very mediocre and even against a Washington team that hasn't looked all that impressive in their own right, I like the home team here.
Washington 30 Titans 22

Atlanta Falcons (2-4) vs. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) - Fox, 1:00
I thought the Falcons would be one of those classic good home, bad road teams but after a disappointing sizable loss to the Bears at home, their third loss in a row, those thoughts are gone. Their defense is pitiful and they are overly reliant on Matt Ryan (sound familiar?). They'll struggle this week a Ravens club in B'More.
Ravens 28 Falcons 16

Miami Dolphins (2-3) vs. Chicago Bears (3-3) - CBS, 1:00
Miami played themselves a pretty good game against the Packers at home as the defense held Aaron Rodgers in check for much of the day and an offense that was getting the job done in the second half. And yet, Rodgers was able to lead a game-winning drive with only seconds left. They get to take on a relatively schizophrenic Bears club that has looked all over the place. I do think we will see more of the Bears team that won in Atlanta in Saturday and I like them to get one at home.
Bears 30 Dolphins 21

New Orleans Saints (2-3) vs. Detroit Lions (4-2) - Fox, 1:00
The Lions pounded the Vikings in Minneapolis behind a defense that continues to look very strong. And what is impressive is that an offense that was supposed to be high-powered has been relatively quiet at times. New Orleans has been a big disappointment on the road as Drew Brees has not looked nearly as sharp as he can in the Superdome, and they'll struggle with this Detroit defense.
Lions 26 Saints 19

Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - CBS, 1:00
Hey, Cincinnati was involved in a tie on Sunday with Carolina and who doesn't love ties? The Bengals had to rally late to force overtime with the Panthers as their defense struggled to contain Cam Newton both through the air and on the ground. We should see plenty of offense here but while Andrew Luck is certainly better than Andy Dalton, and the Indianapolis defense has looked better than their Cincinnati counterparts, I think the Cincinnati run game led by Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill will be the difference.
Bengals 30 Colts 28

Carolina Panthers (3-2-1) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-2) - Fox, 1:00
Hey, Carolina was involved in a tie on Sunday with Cincinnati and who doesn't love ties? I still don't know what to think of this Panthers team that has been all over the place, and then some, in 2014 to this point. The Packers haven't been consistently excellent either, but Aaron Rodgers has been there when they needed him. Carolina has been scorched through the air this season and I think Rodgers will take advantage of that sore spot.
Packers 27 Panthers 20

Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) vs. San Diego Chargers (5-1) - CBS, 4:05
Yeah, I'm not quite sure how the Chargers, thought by some to have looked like the best team in the league, struggled to put away perhaps the worst team in the league, the Raiders. That said, I've liked a lot of what I have seen from Philip Rivers, a legitimate MVP candidate and the (Super) Chargers. Kansas City has struggled to get big plays from their offense and that'll cost them big time in Southern California.
Chargers 35 Chiefs 23

Arizona Cardinals (4-1) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-5) - Fox, 4:25
The Cardinals finally got Carson Palmer back on Sunday and while he didn't tear up the place, he looked efficient and help guide the club to a nice win against Washington. He'll face his former team (remember this great call?), a team that actually played pretty well against the Chargers, a game they could've won. Of course, coming close is not the same thing as getting that first win so I'll take the superior team here.
Cardinals 30 Raiders 13

New York Giants (3-3) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) - Fox, 4:25
As I've noted already, I'm totally stunned the Cowboys are 5-1, and what may be the craziest thing is that their defense has been pretty solid. And for them to go into Seattle and take out the defending champs was darn impressive considering how tough that is to do. Meanwhile, the Giants were looking pretty good until pulling a major dud in Philadelphia on Sunday night. These games are always enjoyable but Dallas is playing too good right to bet against them.
Cowboys 24 Giants 16

San Francisco 49ers (4-2) vs. Denver Broncos (4-1) - NBC, 8:30
All eyes will be on Peyton Manning as he sits only two touchdowns passes behind Brett Favre and the all-time record. That means we'll be in for a fun show in Denver against a 49er club winning three games in a row, albeit none of them easy by any stretch. Manning will force San Francisco to throw the ball and I'm still not certain if Colin Kaepernick can match the Broncos air show. Denver takes it in a good one.
Broncos 31 49ers 27

Monday, October 20th
Houston Texans (3-3) vs, Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) - ESPN, 8:30
Both teams are coming off losses here with Houston digging a big hole early against the Colts that they couldn't dig out off while Pittsburgh got crushed in Cleveland. Even as J.J. Watt is kicking butt and taking names, I'm not that sold on the Texans as their defense struggles when Watt is not causing havoc by himself. Pittsburgh could sorely use a win and I think they'll bounce back and get it.
Steelers 27 Texans 24


  1. Bruh 20-5 jets/pats... So you're twlling me jets just gonna get a safety and a fg? Weird...