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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 7 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 22-25

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 22

Seattle Seahawks (-5 1/2, 42) at San Francisco 49ers 8:25 pm - It's simply amazing that the Seahawks are continually favored when they are a meager 2-4 thus far.

San Fran isn't much better (also 2-4 after topping the Ravens last week), but they are at home and this being a divisional game, deserve more credit. The 49ers seem to have fixed what was wrong with their offense while the Seahawks haven't fixed anything, especially their sleepy offense (22.3 ppt).

Seahawks are 0-3 on the road. Chalk one up for the Bay area.

Prediction: 49ers 24 Seahawks 17

Sunday, October 25

Buffalo Bills (-4, 42) at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 9:30 am - Bills didn't look much like a playoff-bound team last week against Cincinnati, suffering their third home loss, 34-21.

1-5 Jacksonville coming off a loss as well, 31-20 at home to the Texans.

While the Bills are all even at 3-3, playing a non-contender should do wonders for their confidence, no matter that E.J. Manuel will be the starter instead of injured Tyrod Taylor and wideout Sammy Watkins is down again. This could be a close one, though Buffalo's defense should come to the rescue.

Prediction: Bills 27 Jaguars 17

Minnesota Vikings (-2 1/2, 44 1/2) at Detroit Lions 1:00 pm - Detroit got its first win of the season over the Bears, in OT, last week, 37-34, which speaks volumes about the quality of the Lions non-defense (28.7 ppg., 29th overall).

The 3-2 Vikings have been a pleasant surprise and stopped Kansas City cold last week, 16-10. Minnesota is second in scoring defense, allowing just 16.6 points per outing and the Lions haven't exactly shown the rest of the league that they can come back when they're down.

If the Vikings can control the clock, which they should, it could be a long day for Detroit defenders.

Prediction: Vikings 34 Lions 17

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts (-5, 52) 1:00 pm - The Colts screwed up in the second half Sunday night against the Patriots, allowing a short field on a botched decoy play, but, at 3-3, remain atop their division by a game over Houston (2-4).

New Orleans upset the Falcons last Thursday and should be amped up for this one. Indy's defense hasn't done much to worry opposing offenses, allowing 24.5 points per game, though the Saints are giving up 27.3, on average.

As many games under a dome so often are, this one should be a wide-open, high-scoring affair, a scenario in which the Saints will have a shot to win late.

Prediction: Saints 31 Colts 29

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Pittsburgh Steelers (NL) at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm - No line available yet. Check back for update.

Prediction: Steelers XXX Chiefs XXX

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-4 1/2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Both teams are coming off road wins, though Houston's 31-20 victory at Jacksonville pales in comparison to Miami's 38-10 stomping of the Titans.

These are a pair of underwhelming teams, but Miami's defense has picked it up a little since the head coaching change. Houston seems incapable of stopping anything that moves, and Miami's offense seems to be getting on track after a slow start.

This game could be key to the future direction of both teams, but particularly Miami. Change may indeed be good for the fish.

Prediction: Dolphins 37 Texans 20

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-10, 48) 1:00 pm - Well, the Patriots are just mauling the opposition these days, and the Jets, well, they're living on borrowed time, so don't expect New York to come up with something big to slow down the New England express.

While the 4-1 Jets have the lowest scoring defense in the league (15.0 ppg.), the Patriots have the league's highest-scoring offense, averaging 36.6. Something has to give and we've seen this movie before.

Onward and upward with Belichick and Brady, who just keep on winning.

Prediction: Patriots 27 Jets 14

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Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams (-4 1/2, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - Key game for both squads as these are two teams that could contend for playoff spots if they can string together a few wins.

The Rams have the edge on defense, while Cleveland easily has the offensive advantage (23.5 ppg vs. 16.8). Figure a close game and, surprisingly, a fairly well-payed one. A turnover or one big play could tip the balance in either direction, so go with Browns and the overly generous spread.

Prediction: Browns 24 Rams 21

Atlanta Falcons (-4, 48) at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm - Atlanta should romp over the Titans who will be forced to pass due to Atlanta's rugged run defense (78.8 yards per game, tops in the NFL).

The Falcons also have the #3 offense in the league, scoring an average of 30.5 points per outing. Atlanta suffered its first loss of the season last Thursday, on the road at New Orleans, traditionally a tough spot for NFC South foes, so they can be forgiven.

Note that Tennessee is just 1-4 and 0-3 at home. The fans are used to seeing their boys lose, so they'll just accept this as more of the same.

Prediction: Falcons 38 Titans 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins (-3 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - Since it's still early in the season, both teams still are holding onto hope that they might make the playoffs, though the veterans are probably already making vacation plans.

Still, this will be a hard-fought game, but the onus is on the Buccaneers, playing just their third road game (1-1 so far). Washington's two wins have come at home and they should be able to generate enough offense to overcome whatever Tampa throws up.

Not much to go on, though Washington does have the advantage of a defensive unit that can make plays. Maybe a few turnovers to turn the tide?

Prediction: Redskins 27 Buccaneers 12

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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