Week 7 Matchup Predictions
Seahawks @ 49ers: I would have picked the Seahawks if they were at home, having just beaten the Patriots and the 49ers coming off of an embarrassing loss. However, I can't see the 49ers losing two games in a row at home, with the crowd fired up against a division rival who's tied for the division lead. The Seahawks are 1-2 on the road with losses to the Cardinals and Rams, so I have to go with the 49ers here, but barely.
49ers win 19-17.
Titans @ Bills: The Titans just hosted Pittsburgh and sent them home disappointed, pulling off an upset victory in which they finally gave up less than 30 points. However, they'll now have to head to Buffalo and deal with Bills, who have handled business against every non-elite team they've faced since Week 2. Chris Johnson will have a rare good game against the Bills' weak run defense, but the Spiller/Jackson combo will rip Tennessee to shreds.
Bills win 24-20.
Browns @ Colts: Andrew Luck showed me last week that he isn't quite as special when he doesn't have a Hall of Fame wide receiver to throw to. Reggie Wayne was shut down by Antonio Cromartie until garbage time, and Luck struggled to get the job done with his other receiving options. Wayne will now be dealing with shutdown corner Joe Haden, so Luck will once again be forced to find other ways to put points on the board. The Colts' defense also just let Shonn Greene have a career day, so Trent Richardson - who is self-reportedly pain-free - should pound this defense to a pulp.
Browns win 27-21.
Packers @ Rams: It looked like the Packers might finally be clicking on Sunday night, putting up 42 points on the Texans 6th ranked defense. The Rams have definitely shown signs of improvement this season, especially of late on the defensive end, but if the Packers offense is running on all cylinders, how could the Rams possibly keep up?
Packers win 35-17.
Cardinals @ Vikings: This is an interesting matchup, as both of these teams weren't expected to be any good this season, but sit at 4-2. Both defenses are top-10 in the league. However, the Cardinals have John Skelton getting his first start since Week 1, and they have their third-string running back, William Powell, starting due to injury. With both teams having great defenses, I'll have to go with Christian Ponder - who seems to impress me every week - and Adrian Peterson at home over Skelton and Powell.
Vikings win 23-14.