NFL: Taking a Look at Week 7 Games and Predictions

With a few NFL teams undefeated and several trying to get their mojo back, let’s dive into Week 7 picks and analysis.

Thursday, October 22

(1-5)New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles(1-4-1) 8:20 PM ET on FOX and NFL Network

The Eagles missed out on some big-play opportunities in their failed bid to upset Baltimore Sunday. I think they clean that up in this game. Additionally, the defense will create four takeaways, including two by Josh Sweat. The Eagles win 30-13. 

Sunday, October 25

(2-4)Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team(1-5) at 1 PM ET on FOX

This will be a sloppy NFL game. Dallas was held well under their point total, but they get it back this week. Kyle Allen had a good outing against the Giants. Still, I think his play will not be enough. CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper will stretch the secondary. Cowboys over Washington, 30-20.

(3-3)Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints(3-2) at 1 PM ET on FOX

Teddy Bridgewater keeps the Panthers in it, but Alvin Kamara scores two touchdowns on the ground. The Saints stay on the heels of the Buccaneers for the top spot in the NFC South. New Orleans outlasts Carolina 28-24. 

(4-1)Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans(1-5) at 1 PM ET on FOX

Green Bay bounces back after a poor middle two quarters in Florida. Unlike four of the five head-to-head encounters which were tight games, I will go with the Packers, 35-20 Sunday. Aaron Rodgers throws for three NFL touchdowns. 

(2-3)Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons(1-5) at 1 PM ET on FOX

Detroit got an important NFL win last week in Jacksonville. I think they string another victory as they put themselves in wild-card contention in the NFC. D’Andre Swift scores the winning points in Georgia. Lions 30 Falcons 24 in overtime. 

(5-0)Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans(5-0) at 1 PM ET on CBS

The NFL scoreboard operator will be busy, even in a physical game. The stars show up and produce and the game lives up to the buildup. The Steelers have the ball last and a field goal as time expires gives them a 41-38 decision in Nashville. 

(4-2)Buffalo Bills at New York Jets(0-6) at 1 PM ET on CBS

The Bills get back on track this week after a hard-fought loss in rainy conditions. It will be a languid first half for the NFL visitors, but Buffalo pulls away to beat the Jets 37-6. Josh AllenJosh AllenJosh Allen can be erratic, but he can get the hot hand when things are clicking. 

(4-2)Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals(1-4-1) at 1 PM ET on CBS

A reality check last week in Pittsburgh shows that Cleveland is third-best in the AFC North behind the Ravens and Steelers. Still, the NFL schedule offers a real opportunity to have a chance at playing on wild-card weekend. The Bengals have been anything but pushovers and I do not think this will be one-sided. A late touchdown gives the away side a 27-26 decision at Paul Brown Stadium. 

(5-0)Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals(4-2) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX

Russell Wilson has been clutch all NFL season, but historically the Cardinals from time to time find a way to slow him down. Arizona has a way of earning a split which they have done a few times during the 2010s. I sense an upset as Seattle loses their first game 30-23. 

(5-1)Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos(2-3) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

The Chiefs like last week will be more efficient in the NFL red zone than the opposition. I think the Broncos enjoy a lead until the third quarter, then Kansas City lands a lot of punches to pull away. Two touchdowns will be scored by Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Chiefs 38-20. 

(1-5)Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers(1-4) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

The Chargers are able to lay down a marker for sixty NFL minutes not allowing the other team to have a sniff at coming back. Justin Jackson has a solid game on the ground. Los Angeles over Jacksonville 31-10 out of a bye.

(3-3)San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots(2-3) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

The 49ers were about to rectify their poor showing against the Dolphins with a division win. This week, it is New England’s turn to get themselves right. Cam Newton will have a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but they need a Julian Edelman passing touchdown to James White to make the difference, 27-24. 

(4-2)Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders(3-2) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

The Raiders will keep this NFL game close at home, but Tampa Bay remains effective with Ronald Jones finding holes, and Chris Godwin will get plenty of first downs from Tom Brady. Derek Carr gets intercepted by Antoine Winfield late to stop a Vegas rally, 28-21. 

Monday, October 26

(5-1)Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams(4-2) at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN

Like a couple of years ago during a Sunday night NFL game, the Bears pressure gives Jared Goff fits. On the other side of the ball, Chicago may struggle in the red zone, but manage a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal a 23-13 win out west. 

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Works cited: NFL app, FOX, CBS, NBC, NFL Network, ESPN, NFL YouTube Channel, The Dan Patrick Show

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