NFL Office Pool Picks - Week 7
by Trevor Whenham - 10/20/2009
We've had lots of solid weeks this year picking winners straight up in the NFL - most better than the eight wins we had last week. What we have yet to have this year, though, is one of those eye-popping weeks where you can do nothing wrong and everything you touch turns to gold. Let's chase after one of those this week:
Indianapolis at St. Louis - Let's not work too hard on this one - the Colts haven't lost yet and haven't looked particularly mortal, while the Rams haven't won, and haven't looked anything like an NFL team. The Rams could win - anything can happen - but they almost certainly won't. This one is a gimme. Take the Colts.
Minnesota at Pittsburgh - This one is as tough as the first one is easy. The Vikings haven't lost, and they keep finding miraculous ways to pull off wins. The Steelers are playing well offensively right now, though, and have the advantage of being at home. The Vikings have to lose at some point, and it could be here. Take the Steelers.
New England at Tampa Bay - The Patriots faced a winless Tennessee team last week and set all sorts of offensive records in the process. This week they face another winless team with QB concerns and problems all over the field. It might not be 59-0 this time around, but it's not going to be close, either. Take the Patriots.
San Francisco at Houston - The Texans can't seem to play two good games in a row, and they won last week, so they could be hard to trust his time around. San Francisco was humiliated in their last outing, but they have had a bye week to iron out their concerns, and should be ready for a fight here. Take the Niners.
Green Bay at Cleveland - The Browns are, well, terrible. The Packers have all sorts of troubles - an inconsistent defense and a porous offensive line chief among them - but they are still a very solid team who is by far the superior one here. This one shouldn't be close. Take the Packers.
San Diego at Kansas City - The Chiefs are coming off a win, but that certainly doesn't mean that they are a good team - it was only the Redskins, after all. San Diego hasn't been playing very well this year, and their coaching has been terrible, but they still have a very large talent advantage here, and should be able to outgun their divisional rivals convincingly. Take the Chargers.
New York Jets at Oakland - This one is tougher than it should be. The Jets are the better team, but they have struggled three weeks in a row, and their rookie QB, Mark Sanchez, is in a serious funk. Despite that, I'd take a struggling Sanchez over JaMarcus Russell any day. Take the Jets.
Buffalo at Carolina - Both teams have their problems, so this one isn't going to be pretty. Carolina has a lot going for them here, though - a better offense, and home field advantage being chief among them. Take the Panthers.
Atlanta at Dallas - The Falcons are quietly putting together a very solid season this year. Their only loss is to the Patriots, and that's not looking so bad after last week. The Cowboys haven't played up to their potential this year, and are fighting internal battles. Take the Falcons.
Chicago at Cincinnati - Both teams are coming off of losses that they probably feel shouldn't have happened. So now we get to see who bounces back better. I'm biased in this game by the fact that I absolutely don't believe in the Bengals over the long term, but I think that Chicago has more to offer here. Cincinnati has also struggled at home. Take the Bears.
New Orleans at Miami - I'm impressed by Chad Henne and optimistic about his future. I just don't see how the Dolphins have enough to compete with the Saints here, though. New Orleans has been incredibly explosive on offense, and surprisingly impressive defensively. Miami just can't keep up. Take the Saints.
Arizona at New York Giants - The Giants were humiliated by the Saints last week. The Cardinals came up strong in a dominating win over the Seahawks. Based on last week, the Cards would have an edge. The Giants are probably the better team, though, and they pay well at home. Take the Giants.
Philadelphia at Washington - This is not the Monday Night Football game that ESPN would dream of. The Eagles were lousy last week and it's hard to know why. They should be better this week, though. They certainly have an easy opponent to work the kinks out against - the Redskins are terrible, and have a new coach calling plays this week. That won't work well for them. Take the Eagles.