PFT’s Week Seven picks

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Just when MDS was getting a little cocky, he got knocked down a peg or two.

His six-game lead has been cut to four, after being swept in the two games on which we disagreed last week. This week, we disagree on two more. Which means that his lead could be down to two, soon.

To see all picks for the 15 games to be played in Week Seven (yes, it’s already Week Seven), scroll away, scrollers.

Chiefs at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders just aren’t a very good football team this year. The Chiefs will bounce back from their first loss with a big win.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 28, Raiders 17.

Florio’s take: It’s rare that one of the best rivalries in football gets played when both teams are good. Currently, however, one of the teams isn’t good. The Raiders face what could eventually be an elimination game, and the Chiefs simply have too many weapons on each side of the ball, allowing them to overcome a Raiders team that has been overrated.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 27, Raiders 20.


Buccaneers at Bills

MDS’s take: The Buccaneers’ defense has been a mess this season, allowing the ancient Adrian Peterson to have a huge game on Sunday. The Bills’ running game should thrive.

MDS’s pick: Bills 28, Buccaneers 21.

Florio’s take: Jameis Winston can do everything but throw, which will make it a little hard to play quarterback. A return to Buffalo by former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes intriguing, but the Bills have enough (especially with extra time to get ready) to continue an unlikely climb toward the postseason.

Florio’s pick: Bills 24, Buccaneers 14.


Ravens at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Ravens’ offense has been a mess, and Joe Flacco is primarily to blame. I don’t see any reason to think he’ll improve against a good Vikings defense. Minnesota is suddenly looking like the favorite in the NFC North.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 20, Ravens 13.

Florio’s take: The NFL’s pair of purple teams have had some entertaining games over the years, from a 29-26 Baltimore win in the snow four years ago to a Vikings 33-31 barnburner in the first Brett Favre year to a cluster of kick-return touchdowns during the rookie year of Randy Moss. This time around, the Vikings have balance and the home-field advantage — along with an opportunity to hit the bye at 6-2.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 30, Ravens 20.


Jets at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Dolphins finally showed signs of life with their second-half comeback against the Falcons on Sunday. I think they’re going to keep it going against the Jets, who won’t be able to sustain their surprising early-season success.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jets 21.

Florio’s take: The Dolphins have been through plenty of adversities, and now it’s time to inflict some adversities on other teams.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jets 13.


Cardinals at Rams

MDS’s take: The Rams really look like a playoff team to me, and another division win is coming on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Cardinals 13.

Florio’s take: The folks in London are getting a pretty good game, for a change. The Rams are inconsistent, and the Cardinals have gotten a boost from the arrival of Adrian Peterson.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 23, Rams 20.


Jaguars at Colts

MDS’s take: Jacoby Brissett has played fairly well under the circumstances of not arriving until September. But the Jaguars’ outstanding defense is going to give him a tough time on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 20, Colts 6.

Florio’s take: It’s an odd-numbered week, which means that the good Jaguars will be showing up to face a Colts team that isn’t as bad as it was expected to be.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 23, Colts 12.


Saints at Packers

MDS’s take: The Saints’ defense is getting better, and it will look better still in Brett Hundley‘s first start.

MDS’s pick: Saints 21, Packers 10.

Florio’s take: We’ll find out how good of a coach Mike McCarthy is without a franchise quarterback to save his bacon. With a better coach and a franchise quarterback coming to town, the wins will have to come later.

Florio’s pick: Saints 27, Packers 21.


Panthers at Bears

MDS’s take: Benching Mike Glennon for Mitch Trubisky was the right move, but that says more about how terrible Glennon is than about how ready Trubisky is. He’s going to struggle against a good Panthers defense.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 14, Bears 7.

Florio’s take: In Houston, they’ve been asking why Deshaun Watson wasn’t the Week One starter. They’ll be asking that soon in Chicago about a quarterback taken 10 spots higher. Upset alert! Upset alert! Did I mention upset alert?

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Panthers 23.


Titans at Browns

MDS’s take: The Titans are on the road, coming off a short week, and Marcus Mariota is less than 100 percent. They’re ripe for an upset. But the Browns are so bad that I just can’t see it happening.

MDS’s pick: Titans 17, Browns 13.

Florio’s take: The Browns have two chances to avoid entering the bye at 0-8 in 2017, and 1-23 since the latest reboot of the franchise. Which means that the reboot is getting closer to getting the boot.

Florio’s pick: Titans 20, Browns 9.


Cowboys at 49ers

MDS’s take: The 49ers are better than their winless record suggests; they’re competitive week in and week out. And yet some teams just find a way to lose. I think that trend continues on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 21, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: Once upon a time, these two teams ruled the conference. Now, one of them already is done — and the other one isn’t all that far behind.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 30, 49ers 17.


Broncos at Chargers

MDS’s take: These two teams are trending in opposite directions. Look for the Chargers to make it three in a row.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 20, Broncos 16.

Florio’s take: Maybe the Broncos aren’t as good as we thought they were. Maybe the Chargers aren’t as bad as we thought they were.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 24, Broncos 20.


Bengals at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers probably have the best combination of strong offense and strong defense of any team in the league. They’ll take another big step toward control of the AFC North with a win over the Bengals

MDS’s pick: Steelers 24, Bengals 10.

Florio’s take: The Steelers have regained their swagger, and they’re not about to blow it against one of their most hated rivals.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 26, Bengals 17.


Seahawks at Giants

MDS’s take: The Giants showed their first signs of life in beating the Broncos on Sunday, but the Seahawks aren’t going to let them make it two in a row.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 20, Giants 10.

Florio’s take: Hopefully the fumes of that first win for the Giants will last a while. The Seahawks are simply too good to lose this one, and they won’t step into the same post-bye complacency pothole that took down Denver last week.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Giants 10.


Falcons at Patriots

MDS’s take: The Super Bowl rematch sees both teams looking unimpressive. The Patriots’ defense is a mess, but Tom Brady is still playing well, and he should have a big game in a New England win.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 30, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take: Hair of the dog that bit you never actually cures a hangover.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 30, Falcons 23.


Washington at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles are already in control of the NFC East, and if they win this one they have a chance of running away with the division. I think they’ll do just that.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 28, Washington 20.

Florio’s take: The Eagles are moving another step closer toward nailing down the division title. The real question is whether they can cement the No. 1 seed.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Washington 20.

47 responses to “PFT’s Week Seven picks

  1. As far as I’m concerned the Redskins are already 5-2. Our next competitive game is vs. Seattle because the Green Doormat and Dallas are a waste of time. In before Eagle fans cry about respect even though they haven’t won since Kennedy was in office.

  2. Florio’s take: Once upon a time, these two teams ruled the conference. Now, one of them already is done — and the other one isn’t all that far behind.

    Florio’s pick: Cowboys 30, 49ers 17.

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    I hate defending dallas, and I know their defense and oline aren’t what they could be, but that’s way off basis that they’re almost done. How are they almost done??? Theyre a few games back, the bye week was kind to them considering Rodgers is done. They have so much talent on the offense, I think they’re “almost done” when they lose their 8th game.

  3. I really don’t think football writers really watch football games. Steelers have their “swagger back”? -the Chiefs were flat as a pancake and the only reason the Steelers won is because the Chiefs DB had butter on his gloves. PigBen still looked awful.

  4. logicalvoicesays says:

    October 19, 2017 at 10:17 am

    As far as I’m concerned the Redskins are already 5-2. Our next competitive game is vs. Seattle because the Green Doormat and Dallas are a waste of time. In before Eagle fans cry about respect even though they haven’t won since Kennedy was in office.
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    Skins don’t have their starting corners, lost their starting DT, starting RB is banged up, star WR is completely LOST, and their TE can’t stay healthy. Remember ‘logicalvoice’, see silver and you catch gold; see gold and you go blind. Don’t assume you are going to be 5-2 limping into Seattle with that team of back-ups. Like it or not, this is Philly’s year.

  5. I’ll cast a tiebreaker vote in the games you disagree on.

    Rams are a good young team; Cardinals are a mediocre old team. Rams win.

    Panthers versus Bears is a more difficult one. The Panthers aren’t as good as people think and the Bears aren’t as bad as people think. Bears are at home. Trubisky brings good vibes, despite not being ready to start in the NFL, and they’re coming off a win. I’ll go Bears in this one.

    Finally, one pick I have to disagree with is the Broncos Chargers. Chargers are not good. They’ve beaten teams who are as bad or worse than they are. They have zero home field advantage. The Broncos are not happy coming off a loss. I expect the Chargers to be game, because with Rivers they always are, but the Broncos win this one.

  6. peytonwantsaflag says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
    I really don’t think football writers really watch football games. Steelers have their “swagger back”? -the Chiefs were flat as a pancake and the only reason the Steelers won is because the Chiefs DB had butter on his gloves. PigBen still looked awful.
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    umm, did you watch the game? chiefs had 6 total yds in the first half.

  7. Can’t argue with picking the Vikings over the Ravens. With Williams coming back maybe the Ravens can stop the run and force the Vikings to pass – then we get some turnovers and the defense scores two TD’s, add in a score on special teams – well I can dream can’t I?

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    blah773 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 11:12 am
    peytonwantsaflag says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
    I really don’t think football writers really watch football games. Steelers have their “swagger back”? -the Chiefs were flat as a pancake and the only reason the Steelers won is because the Chiefs DB had butter on his gloves. PigBen still looked awful.
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    umm, did you watch the game? chiefs had 6 total yds in the first half

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    Umm, yeah, I did, hence the “flat as a pancake” quip, you really think the Steelers are good enough to hold one of the best offenses in fb to 6 yards without help? ( that would be a no)

  9. Florio’s take: It’s an odd-numbered week, which means that the good Jaguars will be showing up to face a Colts team that isn’t as bad as it was expected to be.

    Sadly, this is solid logic to use when it come to these two teams. However, I suspect the Colts might have a good game despite being handicapped by coaching.

  10. -the Chiefs were flat as a pancake and the only reason the Steelers won is because the Chiefs DB had butter on his gloves. PigBen still looked awful.
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    The chiefs were flat as a pancake because the Steelers D made them look that a way.
    Let me remind you the Steelers were ahead 12-10 at that time and Leveon Bell ran the ball most of the last game. Big Ben still needs to play better but the Steelers won that game because they were the better team not because the DB had butter on his gloves.

  11. .
    It’s the 4-2 Steelers vs the 2-3 Bengals. In essence, it’s an elimination game for the Bengals. I would expect a competitive effort from Cincinnati.
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  12. I don’t think Patriots will win this game. Matt Ryan to Julio Jones is going to light up the Pats along with hard running from Coleman. Brady and the offense will get points but the defense won’t be able to keep up with them Falcons 27 Patriots 21. My lock of the week is Cowboys over 49ers 30 to 17. My upset of the week is Chargers over Broncos 16 to 10.

  13. patsfan1820 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    I don’t think Patriots will win this game. Matt Ryan to Julio Jones is going to light up the Pats along with hard running from Coleman. Brady and the offense will get points but the defense won’t be able to keep up with them Falcons 27 Patriots 21. My lock of the week is Cowboys over 49ers 30 to 17. My upset of the week is Chargers over Broncos 16 to 10.

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    I didn’t’ think the Patriots would win the super bowl when we were down 28-3 with 2 minutes to go in the third quarter.

    I will never bet against Tom Brady

  14. I’m taking the 49ers over Dallas, Lynch over Jones, Shanahan over “Yesman” Garrett!

    The Niners are due for a breakout game and the Cowboys show no signs of comprehending the word “humility.” They’ll at least understand it better after this game.

  15. All Nfc South on the road this week… Should b e interesting…

    Bucs showed some fire on offense with Fitz driving… Much better at throwing the deep ball… Bills are tough at home to beat… No matter which Buc qb… Bills win

    Saints are scoring again and defense is showing something but is it enough… Aaron is out and his replacement lack experience… Saints win

    The Panthers have played to their opponent and the Bears are struggling… Panthers win

    The Falcons have stewed on this game for months… showing they can still score points yet their OC seems to be struggling to call plays to finish games… The Patriots don’t look the same… After 4 very tough and closely fought games I think they aren’t primed for a 5th… Falcons have more to play for… Falcons win

  16. The next two games. Baltimore, Cleveland. Should define our season, ironically.
    Are you pretenders or contenders? You have a wide open opportunity to host a playoff game, you have to prove it by beating the Ravens and Browns.

  17. patsfan1820 – I have to agree with you. Brady did what he could but the defense blew up game 1 vs. the Chiefs. They also let the Panthers stay close and ultimately win. Both games IN Foxborough. I have no doubt that Brady will do his job and do it well, but to paraphrase Gisele’s point a few years back… Brady can’t play defense as well. I think the Falcons’ offense goes off on a defense that couldn’t even hold the Jets to under 300 yards.

    Sorry, fellow Pats fans… only so many things are in Brady’s control. He might be the emotional spark for the team, but he only controls half of the game.

  18. Frazier28/7 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The next two games. Baltimore, Cleveland. Should define our season, ironically.
    Are you pretenders or contenders? You have a wide open opportunity to host a playoff game, you have to prove it by beating the Ravens and Browns.
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    The Vikings have already proven they can win games they should win. The key to the season will be after the bye when they play some tough teams on the road. Win some of those if you want to be a contender.

  19. I truly wish I was as optimistic about my team’s chances against Atlanta as you guys are. The offense is fine, we all know that… the defense though, good lord. Top it all off with Rowe and Gilmore most likely missing another week and it looks like it’s going to get ugly for the defense. I expect the Patriots to utilize the running game to control the clock and attempt to limit Ryan’s opportunities, but in the end I see it turning into a blowout with the Falcons winning a close one after the defense fails to prevent another team from getting into field goal position. 38-35 Falcons. Please prove me wrong Pats!

  20. The Saints’ D getting better against the Pack isn’t saying much since they allowed 38 points last week. Packers 21 Saints 17

  21. Even though I am a Denver fan, Florio may be right about this Charger game. If the Broncos lose, we may have seen the last of Siemian in the starting lineup if he doesn’t play well. I hate to say this, but I see SD winning 24-14 with Siemian throwing four INT’s (and getting pulled for Osweiler).

    As for the SNF SB rematch, I actually see Atlanta winning. The Pats aren’t that good (they should be 1-4, not 4-2, but the officals helped them as usual), and the Falcons should be doubly prepared for this.

  22. jjackwagon says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:13 am
    Chiefs are doomed, you both picked them to win.
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    Called it.

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