NFL picks and predictions: Week 7

Six weeks in, the NFL landscape has taken shape. Week 7 gives us a number of intriguing matchups, including the Seahawks traveling to Arizona, and Sam Bradford returning to Philadelphia in hopes of keeping the Vikings' undefeated stretch alive.

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We picked all of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.

New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams (NYG -2.5)
SUN, 9:30 a.m. p.m. ET

NFL: OCT 16 Ravens at GiantsGetty

The Giants return to London for the first time since participating in the NFL's first-ever British game in 2007, while the Rams are playing in England for the first time since 2012 visit. It should be a close matchup between this pair of 3-3 teams, with pressure on both sides to keep pace in their respective divisions. We'll take the side with the biggest downfield threat -- even if Eli Manning is having a subpar year thus far.

Pick: Giants

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles (MIN -2.5)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

Houston Texans v Minnesota VikingsGetty

Sam Bradford makes his triumphant return to Lincoln Financial Field, this time as the shotcaller of an undefeated Vikings team. Philly has exceeded expectations already, but has been trending back down to earth of late -- while the Vikes are well-rested off their bye week. As good as Carson Wentz has been, we just don't see him being able to get much going against this Minnesota defense.

Pick: Vikings

New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs (KC -6.5)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland RaidersGetty

New Orleans is fresh off a win in which its offense was able to outscore the sky-high point total its sorry defensive corps allowed. Against a Chiefs team with no truly explosive weapons (the jury is still out on Jamaal Charles' health), they'll have a chance to do the same. It could end up being close, but we see the better team winning out here in a tight one.

Pick: Chiefs

Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions (DET -1)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

The Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia EaglesGetty

Washington hasn't suffered a loss since Week 2, and travels to Ford Field to take on one of the most inconsistent teams of the season to this point. Expect a close game, but it's just too easy to see the Lions dropping this crucial game at home.

Pick: Redskins

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CIN -9.5)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

Cincinnati Bengals v New England PatriotsGetty

After facing the Patriots on the road, the Bengals now have the luxury of hosting the Browns. Cody Kessler has impressed, given the circumstances, but the Browns are just too overmatched here.

Pick: Bengals

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins (BUF -3)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills v Los Angeles RamsGetty

After spending most of the season as a doormat, the Dolphins surprised in Week 6 by handily defeating the Steelers. We don't see enough evidence to call that anything but a fluke, though, as Buffalo rolls in as one of the league's hottest teams.

Pick: Bills

Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (JAC -1)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland RaidersGetty

Despite their disappointing start to the year, the Jaguars are actually favored against a 4-2 Raiders team. Jacksonville may slowly be piecing things together, but if the Raiders' backfield is at full health, they're too well-rounded to get knocked off by Jacksonville.

Pick: Raiders

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (TEN -2.5)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

NFL: OCT 16 Colts at TexansGetty

It has come to this. Tennessee enters its home game against Indianapolis as a 2.5-point favorite. And while we understand the reasoning, the Colts have too much to play for to let this one slip away. If they do, it will have to be Chuck Pagano's last game as head coach, right?

Pick: Colts

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets (BAL -1)
SUN, 1 p.m. ET

New York Jets v Arizona CardinalsGetty

It's Geno Smith time again for the Jets after a month-and-a-half of Ryan Fitzpatrick gradually regressing back to his career norms. Smith can't possibly perform worse than what Fitzpatrick was giving New York, but with no Eric Decker, we're not betting on him lighting it up, either. Expect a heavy dose of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but don't count on it being enough to win.

Pick: Ravens

San Diego Chargers vs. Atlanta Falcons (ATL -6.5)
SUN, 4:05 p.m. ET

Atlanta Falcons v Seattle SeahawksGetty

San Diego faces its second consecutive tough test after beating Denver last week, this time traveling to Atlanta. The Falcons, with last year's collapse fresh in everyone's memories, could be exused for treating this as a must-win in October, considering last week's loss to Seattle. If they wish to stay on top, they'll come out firing on all cylinders and play this trap game to perfection -- we expect them to.

Pick: Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers (TB -2.5)
SUN, 4:05 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers v Buffalo BillsGetty

The 49ers reinfused Colin Kaepernick into their offense, but remain in a freefall, losing every game since Week 1. They'll host Tampa Bay, which despite its back-and-forth season, still deploys more talent than San Francisco on both side of the ball.

Pick: Buccaneers

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (NE -7)
SUN, 4:25 p.m. ET

Cincinnati Bengals Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette StadiumGetty

What could've been touted as a battle between AFC heavyweights took a shot when Ben Roethlisberger underwent surgery on a torn meniscus last week. The Steelers still have several weapons for Landry Jones to turn to, but this is the kind of game that the Patriots win virtually every time.

Pick: Patriots

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals (ARI -2)
SUN, 8:30 p.m. ET

NFL: OCT 02 Seahawks at JetsGetty

After losing three of their first four, the Cardinals may be back on track after beating up on lowly opponents in back-to-back weeks. They'll host a Seattle team, though, which seems to have gotten its offense rolling. We'll take the Seahawks in a nailbiter.

Pick: Seahawks

Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos (DEN -7.5)
MON, 8:30 p.m. ET


Houston has handily defeated all the bad teams on its slate this year while failing to even compete in its two losses -- to New England and Minnesota. Traveling to Denver on Monday night to take on the Broncos doesn't seem all that auspicious.

Pick: Broncos

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31. Bears (1-5)
Last Week: 28

The Bears faced a vulnerable opponent in Jacksonville at Solider Field on Sunday, and squandered a chance at their second win of the year. They'll now face the Packers, at Lambeau, on short rest. Not a great combination.

(Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

30. 49ers (1-5)
Last Week: 29

Colin Kaepernick didn't play badly under center, but the results were still the same in Week 6. With a bad quarterback, or with a slightly-less-bad quarterback, the 49ers still don't stand much of a chance.

(Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images)

29. Jets (1-5)
Last Week: 25

One more loss will match their total from all of last season. Ryan Fitzpatrick's five touchdowns and 11 interceptions have fans clamoring for a replacement -- though Todd Bowles is sticking with his $12 million quarterback for now.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

28. Dolphins (2-4)
Last Week: 30

After weeks of futility, the Dolphins easily took care of business against the Steelers -- albeit without Ben Roethlisberger for some of the game. Next week, they'll host the hottest team in the division -- the Buffalo Bills.

(Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

27. Panthers (1-5)
Last Week: 23

The Super Bowl hangover is real. After winning the NFC last year, the Panthers are 1-5 and coming off a loss to the Saints. Their playoff hopes are already all but gone -- they'll have a bye week to figure things out before a Week 8 matchup against Arizona.

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

26. Colts (2-4)
Last Week: 18

Six weeks in, it's clear that the Colts are a mess. They blew a chance to hop right back in the AFC South race with a Sunday night win, but with an overtime loss to Houston, it'll take a massive turnaround to get back into the thick of things.

(Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

25. Saints (2-3)
Last Week: 27

New Orleans became the latest team to knock off the Panthers, but at this point, that's not necessarily all that impressive. The Saints managed to outscore their horrid defense, which is how they'll have to win all their games this season.

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

24. Titans (3-3)
Last Week: 22

The Titans dropped two spots despite a win in Week 6, but that kind of thing happens when you play the Browns. They're not quite Browns-bad, thankfully. But they're still pretty bad.

(Photo by Greg McWilliams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

23. Chargers (2-4)
Last Week: 31

The Chargers showed up on Thursday night, topping Denver at home in an impressive win. This team, even despite injuries, seems to have more talent than their record would suggest -- but another tough test awaits next week in Atlanta.

(Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

22. Jaguars (2-3)
Last Week: 26

Jacksonville is slowly recovering from their slow start, winning their second consecutive game. In a Week 7 battle between teams with the most offseason hype, the Jags host Oakland -- but at 4-2, they're no easy opponent.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

21. Rams (3-3)
Last Week: 19

Case Keenum had maybe the best game of his career, but it still wasn't enough for Los Angeles to top Detroit. Keenum's great outing, though, will keep Jared Goff on the sidelines for at least a few more weeks.

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

20. Buccaneers (2-3)
Last Week: 21

Coming off its bye, Tampa has a good break, playing the 49ers in Week 7.

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

19. Ravens (3-3)
Last Week: 15

Remember when Baltimore was 3-0? They've now dropped three straight, but a matchup against the lowly Jets should help them get back on track.

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

17. Bengals (2-4)
Last Week: 16

Cincy had the misfortune of facing the Patriots in Foxboro in Week 6, but some good karma was tossed its way with a home game against the Browns this week. Some things just work themselves out.

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16. Giants (3-3)
Last Week: 24

The Giants' strange season continued with a fairly impressive win against Baltimore -- driven mostly by Odell Beckham's first monster game of the season. With Dallas and Washington seeming to hit their stride, New York will need to string together a few more wins.

(Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

15. Cardinals (3-3)
Last Week: 17

Against a slumping Jets team, the Cardinals came out and did exactly what they were supposed to on Monday night, beating up on New York 28-3. Carson Palmer suffered a hamstring tweak, which will be important to monitor heading into a Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks.

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

14. Raiders (4-2)
Last Week: 9

Oakland couldn't get much of anything going against Kansas City's defense in Week 6, but carries a winning record into a matchup against Jacksonville on Sunday.

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

13. Eagles (3-2)
Last Week: 10

The Wentz Wagon may be loosing some bandwagoners after Philly lost its second straight game. A divisional loss against Washington hurts, but a tilt against the Vikings next week could be even more punishing.

(Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

12. Redskins (4-2)
Last Week: 14

Washington won its fourth consecutive game on Sunday, knocking off an Eagles team that seems to have peaked a bit too early.

(Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

10. Bills (4-2)
Last Week: 13

After an 0-2 start, the Bills are now one of the hottest teams in the NFL, and, barring a meltdown this week, await a Week 8 game against New England with major divisional implications.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

9. Chiefs (3-2)
Last Week: 11

Efficient play from Alex Smith and solid rushing from Spencer Ware have highlighted Kansas City's success this season. Against New Orleans' brutal defense next week, they shouldn't have a problem continuing this trend.

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

8. Packers (3-2)
Last Week: 5

It's not time to panic, but Aaron Rodgers' recent decline is at least a bit concerning for Green Bay. A game against the Bears should help him get back on track, but if not, there may be a problem.

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

7. Falcons (4-2)
Last Week: 6

Atlanta finally came back down to earth with a Week 6 loss to Seattle, but on the road, that's nothing to be ashamed of.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

6. Steelers (4-2)
Last Week: 4

We're not quite sure what happened in Week 6 against Miami, but the Steelers came out flat and got embarrassed. They'll be without Ben Roethlisberger for at least a few weeks, which makes their future even murkier.

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

5. Broncos (4-2)
Last Week: 3

They suffered a bad loss to San Diego on Thursday night, but with a longer week of practice, hosting the Texans on Monday night, they should be able to get back on track at Mile High.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

4. Cowboys (5-1)
Last Week: 8

It looks like this is really happening. Led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are one of the best teams in football. And with the way things are going, there's just no way Jerry Jones can re-insert Tony Romo, whenever it is he's ready to return.

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

3. Seahawks (4-1)
Last Week: 7

It was their toughest matchup of the season thus far, and Seattle passed the test, winning a tough one against Atlanta. Matt Ryan threw for 335 yards, but Russell Wilson's 25-for-37 passing clip led the Seahawks to their fourth win of the year, setting up for a primetime game in Arizona this week.

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


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