Who’s Winning: Week 7

By Lawrence Edwards

What’s up folks, it’s been a while since I blessed you with my predictions for the week, sorry for the lay off but it’s back! The last few weeks have been unpredictable as ever, raise your hand if you picked the Dolphins to beat the Steelers by two touchdowns, anyone? didn’t think so. So without further ado, let’s get started!


 VS.  TNF Match UP

This one really doesn’t deserve much of an explanation right? Not this season, Aaron Rodgers has been, shall we say, human? What’s up with Green Bay’s offense? Despite the Bears 1-5 record, they have actually competed in the games they’ve lost. Brian Hoyer has more passing yards and completions than Aaron Rodgers so far this season and only 8 more attempts than him…Yikes! Despite all that I think the Pack right the ship here. What a better way to get your season back on track than facing the team that you love to beat up on. For the good the Bears have done on offense their defense has been a different story, Pack win this this one in Green Bay fashion 38-21 Packers


 VS.  London 9:30am EST

Sorry Giants fans, especially the West Coast fans, but you have to be up early to catch this one. The Rams and Giants travel to London for an international showdown. The Giants offense started off the season in a surprising funk. It finally sparked against the Ravens when OBJ went for 222 yards and 2 TD’s, both TD’s coming on plays over 60 yards. Eli Manning finished with 403 yards and 3 TD’s. Remember when Kenny Brit and Hakeem Nicks were the choices for the Giants to draft at WR in the 2009 draft? Giants apparently told Brit he would be taken, but they took Nicks instead, good move at first, but fast forward to 2016 and all of sudden Kenny Brit has become relevant one. Brit played a hell of a game last week in a loss to the Lions and Case Keenum looked like the QB in his Houston days. The Rams d-line is still capable of taking over a game but I don’t think Keenum has another game like last week and the Rams secondary won’t be able to hold up against a resurgent Beckham and his new buddies at the WR position. Giants defense has held up pretty damn well against some great passers and currently rank 11th against the pass. 27 – 14 Giants



The Browns are still win-less so far this season despite actually competing in the games they’ve lost. Hue Jackson deserves another shot after this season no matter what happens. The Bengals are coming off back to back losses and will be looking to right the ship against the “Can’t get right” Cleveland Browns this Sunday. The Browns could’ve won pretty much all the games they have played but just can’t seem to finish, you have to think that they will be able to finish a full game at some point this season right? Right now would be the time to pull off an upset against a rival team in the battle for Ohio. The AFC North is in a state of flux right now and it’s still possible for the Browns to stay in it at this point. On the other hand with Big Ben down for a while and Ravens losing two straight and all the injuries on their defense, the Bengals have a prime opportunity to start righting the wrongs here so they can take the division. If the Browns want to pull off the upset in Cincinnati then they will have to keep Dalton and AJ off the field as much as possible, run Isaiah Crowell all day, but I just don’t see it happening. 28-17 Bengals



Leave it to the Giants to let the Redskins hang around in a game they should’ve lost and allow them to get hot and rip off 4 straight wins. The most impressive win came against Philly and that stout defensive front. Ryan Kerrigen is dancing in Carson Wentz nightmares at this very moment probably. The Skins are trying to show everyone their trip to the playoffs last season wasn’t a fluke and are looking to make it 5 straight wins against Detroit. The Lions also handed Philadelphia an L and Stafford has been the best quarterback in the NFC North this season – says a lot when Aaron Rodgers is in your division – and one of the best in the league so far. He will look to keep his post Calvin Johnson play going when the Skins come to town. This game can go either way but I got the Lions pulling off the narrow win in Detroit. 27-21 Lions



These two QB’s were supposed to come into the 2016 season and build off of outstanding performances from last season where we saw both signal callers throw for over 30 TD’s. Here we are almost midway through the season and only one has built off of that success. Derek Carr has been great in Oakland so far this season tossing 12 TD’s against 3 interceptions. On the other side Blake Bortles play has been off so far this season. He has  8 TD’s and 7 interceptions through 6 games this. Crazy thing is his completion percentage is actually highest this season than his first two in the league. What we have here are two QB’s heading in different directions right now. For all the good the Raiders offense has done, their defense is not so much. They rank last in the NFL giving up 312 passing yards a game. This is the perfect week for Bortles to turn it on. I expect and I am hoping for a shootout between these two young QB’s. This game is in Jacksonville so I have the Jags pulling the upset here and Bortles getting some much needed redemption. 38-34 Jaguars



The New Orleans Saints are coming fresh off a last second FG win against the vastly underachieving Carolina Panthers last week but that defense continues to be horrendous. The Saints should’ve won that game going away but they let Carolina back in it. The Chiefs are up and down, they’re capable of winning every game they play but sometimes they vastly under perform. Expect them too build off of last weeks win and get one here against the Saints. The Chiefs secondary will have to keep the Saints bevy of capable pass catchers at bay and keep Brees off the field, how do they do that? They use that two headed monster they now have with Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles. Look for Maclin to have a huge game too, because Brees is Bress and some point Alex Smith will have to throw down the field. 27-17 Chiefs



If you played Jay Ajayi last week in fantasy then most likely you were smiling from ear to ear with his performance, don’t expect that this week. The Steelers offense was off last week before Big Ben got hurt and their defense wasn’t anything to write home about to begin with. This week they face a much tougher task with the Bills defense. The Bills fired their offensive coordinator after a week 2 loss – a move that left outsiders scratching their heads after it seemed the defense was the problem – well week 3 rolls around and the Bills impressively beat the Arizona Cardinals, they then beat Bill Belchik in New England and ripped off two blowout wins against the Rams and 49ers. So did Rex make the right choice? oddly it seems to have worked and will continue to work against the Miami Dolphins this week. LeSean McCoy is making Chip Kelly look like a complete fool (not very hard) he’s hurting the hearts of Philly fans everywhere as they watch him put up outstanding performances week in and week out. Shady might be the one with 200 rushing yards this week… 38 – 14 Bills



Well this one should be fun, here we have two teams who just can’t get things right. The Jets will be marching out on the field at MetLife Sunday with Geno Smith as their starting QB. If you ask me it doesn’t make a difference. Fitzpatrick and Geno will most likely get you the same results, maybe even worse with Geno. The Ravens division is wide open and they will be inclined to use this week to get back on track and stay in the race but that’s easier said than done. Revis hasn’t been Revis this season and Baltimore would be wise to use Mike Wallace deep speed against Revis to make some big plays in this game, because most likely Geno will not be able to keep up. 21-10 Ravens



Now this is one match up to watch, Sam Bradford comes back to the Linc. Despite the records, both these defenses wins thrive off of the defensive lines wreaking havoc in opposing backfields, both have outstanding safeties that make game changing plays – Eagles: Malcom Jenkins, Vikings: Harrison Smith – both teams have offenses capable of scoring points but the edge goes to Minnesota here. Sam Bradford has been the pickup of the season for the Vikings and Carson Wentz showed his weakness last week against the Skins with blitzes. The Vikings rarely blitz because of how dominant the front four is at getting to the QB but they disguise their defense very well and they will use that to confuse the rookie and force him into some mistakes. 27-10 Vikings



The Colts have not had a good start to this season and Chuck Pagano could be in danger of losing his job. Yes, he was just given an extension in the off-season but this teams inability to finish games and put pieces on the defense and offensive line to help Luck will be the reason he’s out next season if things don’t turn around. The Tennessee Titans are a young up and coming team with some playmakers. Indy’s defense, outside of Vontae Davis, is absolutely atrocious and DeMarco Murray will go off this week. With the Colts having a hard time slowing Murray down, Walker will be able to get into some mismatches and exploit the passing defense. Andrew Luck can throw TD’s but can’t play O-line and defense too. 27 – 17 Titans



This one has the makings of a shootout. The Falcons are the number one offense heading into week 7 with Matt Ryan playing like he never has before and the Chargers are coming off an impressive win against the Denver Broncos. The Chargers defense won’t have the success they did last week against the Trevor Seimian led Broncos, but the offense should continue to click. Hunter Henry has emerged as a real weapon for Phillip Rivers in the passing game, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin are capable of making some game changing plays and don’t forget Melvin Gordon. This game will come down to the final quarter but I see ATL defense doing a little more to pull out the win. 34 – 27 Falcons



Doug Martin had a setback in his return from injury earlier in the week, no problem, insert Jacquiz Rodgers, who went for 101 yards on 35 carries against the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago. The Bucs come off the bye and get a hapless San Francisco 49ers team. The niners sport the worst rushing defense in the league giving up a whopping 174.5 rushing yards a game…SHEESH! Tampa Bay is trying to keep pace with ATL who they beat in the season opener. Tampa Bay is 2-3 and will look to make 3-3 this week at Levi stadium. If you picked up Rodgers in fantasy, he might be a great plug and play this week. 31 – 17 Buccaneers 



This one doesn’t really require much of an explanation. No Big Ben vs Tom Brady and Bill Belichik, can you say BLOW OUT! Had he been playing this week, this might have made for the game of the week with two elite signal callers and future hall of famers going up against each other but that’s not the case. LeVeon Bell and AB will not be able to do enough to carry the team and keep up with Tom Brady and all of his many weapons. 38 -17 Patriots



This is the hardest game to pick out of all the games this week. Both teams have been up and down so far this season, but both are capable of turning it around instantly and these will more than likely be the two teams from the NFC West fighting for the division crown. Both stout defenses across the board and both offenses capable of putting up points in bunches, but the difference? David Johnson, the Cards can beat you through air or control the game with David Johnson handling the rock. I’m giving the home team the edge here in what should be a pretty low scoring affair. 17-20 Cardinals



What a way to finish out week 7 huh? A game that has all the makings of a massive snooze fest. Osweiller goes home to face the team he shunned to go make major money  in the off season. What better way than to stick it to your old employer than by beating them in their own house.  Unfortunately Brock hasn’t performed up to expectations so far this season and Denver’s defense will be licking their chops to get after their old teammate. Even with all the added motivation Brock may have, it won’t be enough for him to beat Denver’s defense. If you have Hopkins, Fuller or Miller in fantasy this week, bench them for better options. Seimian does just enough to pull out a Denver win in mile high on Monday night. 17-10 Broncos

*TEAMS ON BYE: Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys


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