NFL Office Pool Picks Week 7
by Trevor Whenham - 10/14/2014
I should warn you in advance that this week's office pool picks are likely going to be lousy. I have had just two games wrong each of the last two weeks. And given how the season started off, that level of success doesn't seem sustainable. The few weeks before the last two, my picks were so bad that I couldn't have picked the winner in a shadow boxing match. I'll do my best, though, to overcome fate and string together a third week of strong NFL office pool picks. Here we go:
New York Jets at New England: It took a few weeks, but Tom Brady has finally remembered that he is Tom Brady, and he is again carrying his team on his shoulders. It took no time at all for the Jets to prove what I had suspected coming into the season - they are a lousy, deeply flawed team. This is a mismatch. Take the Patriots.
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Atlanta at Baltimore: The Falcons have been playing horrifically on the defensive line. And the secondary. And on offense. They have just been bad. The worst part is that they don't really seem to care about the struggles. Baltimore, meanwhile, is coming off an offensive tour de force, and they will be confident. Take the Ravens.
Tennessee at Washington: Tennessee won one of the ugliest games of the entire season last week. The Redskins lost a game in which Kirk Cousins piled up the yards but threw three costly picks. Neither team is exactly hot right now. Washington is at home, though, so that is enough to tip the scale. Take the Redskins.
Seattle at St. Louis: The Seahawks have looked flat for a few weeks, lost in truly embarrassing fashion last week, and are not the team they can be when they are on the road. Still, this is the Rams. Short week, Austin Davis struggling, injuries galore - hard to like St. Louis here. Take the Seahawks.
Cleveland at Jacksonville: Jacksonville is a mess. Just not a good team right now. Cleveland wasn't supposed to be any good, either, but they are playing great right now, and Brian Hoyer is impersonating a superhero. Injuries could hurt, but the visitors are still the better team here by a solid margin. Take the Browns.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis: Cincinnati earned the first tie of the year last week, and to do so they had make the Panthers look dramatically better than they are. That's a concern. Indy is tough at home, is playing well right now, and is the better overall team at this point. Take the Colts.
Minnesota at Buffalo: Teddy Bridgewater has been running for his life all year, so he could have some issues lining up against the Bills. Opposing QBs have passed well against the Bills, though, and Bridgewater has been accurate. While I am tempted to back the Vikings, Buffalo has been the better team lately, and they are at home. Take the Bills.
Miami at Chicago: The Bears played the best game they have played all year last week against the Falcons - not that it is too tough playing against Atlanta these days. Miami had a good game and a crushing loss last week. That frustration could hang over them, and Chicago is a tough place to play. Take the Bears.
New Orleans at Detroit: Here's a battle of two teams that aren't nearly as good as they should be. In the battle of the uninspiring, I would probably take the Lions wherever they played because of the way their defense is playing. At home they are the easy pick. Take the Lions.
Carolina at Green Bay: Carolina is a flawed team playing lousy football. Green Bay is a dangerous team playing much better now than they were earlier in the year. There are certainly harder games to pick this week. Take the Packers.
Kansas City at San Diego: The Chiefs are slowly improving, but they are not a great team at this point. San Diego got a big scare against the Raiders, and they are going to be inspired and motivated by that near-disaster. They are also one of the better teams in the league. Take the Chargers.
Arizona at Oakland: Oakland is coming off a good game, but don't let that fool you into thinking they are a good team. Arizona won well last time out, has their best QB back, and is a good team playing very good football. Take the Cardinals.
New York Giants at Dallas: It turns out that the Giants' offensive resurgence was temporary - and now they have a huge injury to Victor Cruz to deal with. Dallas, meanwhile, is the surprise of the season. This one is a mismatch. Take the Cowboys.
San Francisco at Denver: I like how the Niners are playing right now. They have all sorts of issues in the locker room if you believe the reports, but they just keep improving on the field. Denver is playing fine, but I am not inspired by their play right now. Take the Niners.
Houston at Pittsburgh: The last game of the week is just plain lousy this week. I don't like where either team is right now. When totally uninspired by a game, go with the home team. Take the Steelers.
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