NFL Office Pool Picks Week 7
How would I summarize my picks last week? Fine. Not great, but not embarrassing, either. Which is really how you could sum up the entire season. We probably aren't making a lot of money with this selection of picks, but we also aren't becoming the butt of jokes for the most part. Most of our failures can be justified, and that's okay. But we can do better. And we will - starting this week. Here are the straight up picks to help you dominate your NFL office pool this week:
Denver at Arizona: What a dog of a Thursday night game. The Broncos are bad and have struggled on the road. The Cardinals are bad and have yet to win at home. The only result in this game that would be surprising is if it was well-played and exciting. Anything else is one the table. Take the Cardinals at home, but only barely.
Tennessee vs. L.A. Chargers: The Titans were exposed in every possible way last time out, and their offensive line was as bad as one can be. L.A. keeps getting better and is playing with swagger. This one really shouldn't be close - even if it will feel like both teams are playing on the road. Take the Chargers.
New England at Chicago: I'm concerned about Chicago. They keep coming close in games only to lose in crushing ways. That is going to be hard on them mentally, and it will have an impact at some point. New England is playing with real confidence again, and that is bad news. Take the Patriots, though this is a really tough game.
Buffalo at Indianapolis: Buffalo is seriously considering starting Nathan Peterman again. And that pretty much says it all. Indianapolis is eight different kinds of underwhelming, but I just can't pick against them at home against this mess of a team. Take the Colts.
Detroit at Miami: This is a weird game. Detroit is 2-3, but their two road losses have come by three and two points. They are better than their record. And Miami probably isn't as good as their 4-1 record and has uncertainty at QB. Total coin flip. Take the Lions.
Minnesota at New York Jets: The Jets seem to have things figured out the last couple of weeks after a rough stretch of games. But they are short of healthy receivers, which is a concern with a young QB. The Vikings also are playing better recently. This one could go either way, which is a recurring theme this week. Take the Jets.
Carolina at Philadelphia: The Panthers are frustrating me because they have yet to figure out that they are as good as they should be. They keep tripping over their own feet. But Philadelphia certainly hasn't figured out how to play as defending champions with any consistency yet. I'm taking the Panthers, but mostly out of stubbornness.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay: I've trusted the Browns the last three weeks, and it has only worked out once. And now they are so short on receivers they are signing guys off their practice roster. But I'm going to trust them again. The Bucs have lost three in a row and lack an identity. Take the Browns.
Houston at Jacksonville: Houston has won three in a row - albeit against weak competition. And Jacksonville's defense has lost some mojo over the last couple of weeks, with the offense not compensating sufficiently. Jacksonville at home is a challenge, but let's gamble and take the Texans.
New Orleans at Baltimore: New Orleans has played very well lately, and they come into this one off a bye week, which should help them tighten things up even more. Baltimore is solid but not as strong or as consistent. Take the Saints.
L.A. Rams at San Francisco: The Niners are playing tougher than their record lately, but they don't have enough talent to match this L.A. team. The Rams keep winning, and until that ends I am certainly not going to pick against them - especially against a 1-5 team. Take the Rams.
Dallas at Washington: Ugly game from an ugly conference. Washington has won their last two games at home, and both against better teams than this one. Take the Redskins.
Cincinnati at Kansas City: I haven't believed in the Bengals all year - all decade, really - so I am not going to start now when they are on the road against a ridiculous offense. There is a risk that Kansas City could pout a little coming off a tough loss against the Patriots, but we can't dwell on that. Take the Chiefs.
New York Giants at Atlanta: A bad team hosting a worse one. This is a Monday night nightmare. Atlanta is at home and they have significantly more talent - even if their coaching minimizes the effect of that talent - so they are the pick. Take the Falcons.
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