F.C. Rowdy Week 7 Picks: Battle of the Unfamiliars

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Everywhere you look in Week 7 of the NFL, there are non traditional match-ups. So much so, it must have been planned this way.
With six teams on bye, there are only 13 games to begin with. Of those, only two games match foes from the same division. Another features two NFC teams (Giants/Cardinals) that played last year for the only time since 2005.

 

And a whopping eight games pit AFC vs. NFC teams that haven’t faced each other once since the ’05 season. So for those of you who depend on head-to-head data in your handicapping choices, there is very little to latch onto.
More than ever, current form is the only thing that matters. And except for a couple tantalizing match-ups, not much for the casual fan to get excited about.

 

Not playing this week are Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Tennessee.

Last week: 5-9 vs. spread, 38-52 overall. 8-6 straight up, 56-34 overall. Ugghh.

Home teams in all caps.

Sunday, Oct. 25

      San Diego5 over KANSAS CITY: One of the intradivision games. Oddly, the Chargers won both games between the two last year by one point each time. After Monday loss to unbeaten Denver, they are 2-3 and desperate. Chiefs got first win over Redskins, and are usually a tough out at home. Chargers overrated and flawed. San Diego 20-17.

 

      Indianapolis 14 over ST. LOUIS: Rams took Jacksonville to OT but in the end, just another loss. With 6-0 Colts coming off bye, Rams will have to wait a little longer to halt that 17-game losing streak. Indianapolis 28-7.

      Green Bay 7 over CLEVELAND: At least that was the spread a couple days ago until the Browns were ravaged by the flu bug and this game went off the board. And with LB Jackson placed on IR, Browns’ D just keeps getting worse. But not worse than their offense. Pack overcomes banged up O-line for one week. Green Bay 20-10.

      PITTSBURGH 4 1/2 over Minnesota: We can call this one the game of the week. Only the Saints could challenge the Vikings for NFC supremacy at this point. That 40-year-old guy does make a difference at QB, and Vikings already strong everywhere else. Steelers still not at last year’s level. Minnesota 24-21.

      New England 15 1/2 over Tampa Bay at Wembley Stadium, London England. Ah, yes, the annual game across the pond. Pssst, don’t tell the locals one of these teams really reeks. And the other one won 59-0 last week. That result inflated this spread but still not enough to take the winless Bucs. New England 31-13.

      HOUSTON 3 over San Francisco: 49ershad bye week to lick wounds from beatdown by Falcons. Both these teams a bit schizo, but Frisco still stronger on D and gets RB Gore back to lead run-first attack. Texans’ Schaub leads league in TD passes, but team is an unreliable favorite. San Francisco 21-17.

      New York Jets7 over OAKLAND: These teams have certainly forced us to step back and reassess their true colors. The Jets started with three dominating efforts, have since turned in three clunkers. The Raiders, seemingly buried, rose up and rushed Eagles’ McNabb into submission last week. Maybe DE Seymour can learn to love Black Hole after all. Oakland 16-10.

       CAROLINA off vs. Buffalo: No line because of Bills’ QB situation but Fitzpatrick likely to start. Panthers ran the ball like they were supposed to finally and now look to even their record after 0-3 start. Long-term prognosis still not positive with error-prone QB but this one should work out for Panthers. Carolina 20-13.

      CINCINNATI 1 over Chicago: Bengals still tied atop AFC Central despite home loss to Texans. Bears suffered tough setback on road at Falcons. Love to tell you this is an easy one to pick, but that would be a lie. Cutler needs more help from RB Forte and might just get it here. Just a hunch. Chicago 23-20.

     

New Orleans 7 over MIAMI: Saints impressive in big victory over Giants. Could this be flat spot? Dolphins, coming off bye, continue to confuse opposing defenses with well-run Ronnie Brown-led Wildcat. If nothing else, it keeps dynamic offenses (like the Saints) off the field for much of the game, and keeps it close. New Orleans 21-20.

      DALLAS 4 over Atlanta: Ask yourself, which of these two is really the better team? Falcons are more consistent, their QB makes fewer turnovers and their defense has been stronger thus far. They have shown no signs of falling back after last years breakthrough. Call for the upset here. Atlanta 27-21.

      NEW YORK GIANTS7 over Arizona: G-men smarting after suffering beatdown in the Bayou. Well assume it was a one-week thing. Cards dominant at Seattle but have been erratic overall. Lot of points to be giving a quality team, but tough to buck home team. Giants 28-17.

 Monday, Oct. 26

 

Philadelphia 19-16.

      Philadelphia 7 over WASHINGTON: Two wounded division rivals, poised to bounce back from upsetting results last week, will at least give all-out effort. It may not be pretty, particularly from home team that has been disrespected by all, including its ownership. Eagles should prevail but would sooner take points.


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