As much as anyone thinks they have an understanding of the NFL, the game always produces some wild results few ever would have expected. That’s a big part of the league’s popularity.
When I look at Week 7, I see a few possibilities of “Any Given Sunday” taking place.
It would be so San Diego for the Chargers, after getting back to 3-3, to lose on the road to the worst team in football.
It would be so Jets/Patriots for Rob Gronkowski to make his long-awaited return and score a couple of touchdowns.
It would be so Ron Rivera to blow another fourth-quarter lead just when the Panthers have a schedule favorable enough to get to 4-3 by Thursday night.
It would be so Mike Munchak/bizarro Titans to stifle Colin Kaepernick, after the long travel from San Francisco, and get an upset win.
It would be so NFL if Case Keenum leads the Texans to an upset win over undefeated Kansas City, and with Alex Smith being the one who throws the pick six this week.
It would be so NFL if with everyone picking the Broncos to win, the game ends with an Adam Vinatieri field goal with 0:00 left as Andrew Luck leads his 10th game-winning drive to end Denver’s perfect season and Peyton Manning’s return.
On paper very little of this should make sense, but that’s why they play the games, and that’s why we watch no matter how awful the matchup looks.
I’ll be watching Ravens/Steelers in the late afternoon slot. While I would love to say the Steelers get the win to get back into things this year, I see a significant mismatch in the trenches. Having watched a lot of Baltimore this year, I just feel like Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are going to eat Pittsburgh’s tackles alive and Le’Veon Bell will have few holes to run through. There are big passing plays to be had on both sides, but I expect Joe Flacco to have more time to get to them and for Pittsburgh’s secondary to make more mistakes in covering them. Still, a low-scoring game is likely.
I’ll enjoy the night game, Judgment Day, but I really only see two possible outcomes:
- Peyton Manning dominates his former team (think 4-5 TD passes) and Von Miller has a nice return as the Broncos win easily (41-21).
- The Colts sustain long drives (rank No. 2 in plays per drive) to limit Manning’s possessions and are able to pull the game out late as Luck gets the ball last (31-28 Colts win).
I’ll try to enjoy the game either way, because the next two doses of football include Vikings at Giants and Panthers at Buccaneers. And yet we watch…
2013 NFL Week 7 Predictions
Moved to 7-0 on TNF with a pick of Seattle. However, there are many more challenging games this week.
Winners in bold:
- Bills at Dolphins
- Chargers at Jaguars
- Bears at Redskins
- Bengals at Lions
- Patriots at Jets
- Rams at Panthers
- Cowboys at Eagles
- Buccaneers at Falcons
- 49ers at Titans
- Browns at Packers
- Ravens at Steelers
- Texans at Chiefs
- Broncos at Colts
- Vikings at Giants
- Week 1: 11-5
- Week 2: 12-4
- Week 3: 8-8
- Week 4: 9-6
- Week 5: 9-5
- Week 6: 11-4
- Season: 60-32