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RJ’s NFL Picks, Week Seven

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I went 10-3 last week. That puts me at 56-33 for the season. For a comparison, check out the “experts” over at ESPN.

Here are my picks for the NFL’s Week Seven:

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Arizona (3-3) at Washington (3-2) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Redskins by 8½)

Arizona lost at home to Carolina last week. They also lost QB Kurt Warner to an elbow injury. If Warner is unable to play this Sunday (which seems likely), the Cardinals will start either Tim Rattay or the newly-signed Tim Hasselbeck. And neither of those options looks terribly promising. Washington lost a close one at Green Bay last week. They’ve given up the fewest points in the NFC. I expect a rather boring, low-scoring game.


Atlanta (1-5) at New Orleans (1-4) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Saints by 9)

Last week, Atlanta got whipped at home by the Giants on MNF. QB Joey Harrington has now officially been benched in favor of Byron Leftwich, so we can safely place him on suicide watch. (The over/under is 14½ Xanax.) The Saints beat the Seahawks in Seattle on SNF last week to earn their first victory of the season. QB Drew Brees had his best game of the year by far, so it’s possible he’s back to his 2006 form. New Orleans should pull it off, but I wouldn’t be surprised by a close one.

RJ’s Pick – SAINTS BY 4

Baltimore (4-2) at Buffalo (1-4) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Ravens by 3)

Baltimore crushed the Rams last week, 22-3. The Ravens defense looked sub-par earlier in the season, but they’ve given up just 10 points in the last two games. And it’s a good thing, because their offense has only scored a single touchdown in those two contests (both wins). QB Steve McNair is still injured, so Kyle Boller will start again this week. The Bills had a bye last week. They have scored the second-fewest points in the league. Trent Edwards will start at QB again this week. I would be surprised to see more than 30 total points scored in this one.

RJ’s Pick – RAVENS BY 6

New England (6-0) at Miami (0-6) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Patriots by 16½)

New England beat the previously-undefeated Cowboys in Dallas last week. QB Tom Brady continues to amaze. He threw five TDs against the Cowboys, which puts him at 21 through six games. He has just 2 INTs all season, and his quarterback rating is a staggering 128.9. If Brady stays healthy, this team, quite simply, looks unbeatable. The Miami Dolphins lost to the Browns last week, and remain winless in 2007. Their defense continues to look horrible, giving up 41 points last week, for a total of 182 on the season, the second-most in the NFL. You aren’t going to win many games when your defense allows over thirty points per game. And it doesn’t help matters any when your starting quarterback recently had about 15 IQ points kicked out of his left ear by a defensive tackle … and your backup quarterback is named Cleo Lemon. This one is gonna be a slaughter.

RJ’s Pick – PATRIOTS BY 28

San Francisco (2-3) at New York Giants (4-2) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Giants by 9)

San Francisco had a bye last week. They haven’t won a game since Week Two, and they’ve scored the fewest points in the league. QB Alex Smith is still injured, so Trent Dilfer will start again this week. The Giants beat up on the Falcons last week on MNF. They haven’t lost a game since Week Two. WR Plaxico Burress has 8 TDs on the season, with at least one in each game. This one shouldn’t be particularly close.

RJ’s Pick – GIANTS BY 15

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Detroit (3-2) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Lions by 2)

Tampa Bay slipped past Tennessee last week, 13-10. Of all the teams that have played six games so far, the Buccaneers have given up the fewest points. And QB Jeff Garcia hasn’t thrown a pick all season. If Tampa Bay had any kind of running game, they’d be truly dangerous. But with RB Cadillac Williams out for the year, and RB Michael Pittman out for at least several more weeks, the Buccaneers will be forced to rely on Earnest Graham and the newly-acquired Michael Bennett at that position. Detroit had a bye last week. They’ve been blown out in two of their last three games. The Lions are pretty healthy coming off their bye week, and rookie WR Calvin Johnson is said to be almost fully recovered from the back injury he suffered in Week Three. This is a difficult game to pick, but Detroit is 2-0 at home and the Buccaneers are 1-2 on the road, so I’ll go with the home team (but barely).

RJ’s Pick – LIONS BY 1

Tennessee (3-2) at Houston (3-3) – 1:00 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Titans by 1½)

Tennessee lost last week at Tampa Bay. QB Vince Young left that game with a leg injury, but he could be healthy enough to start this week. If not, Kerry Collins will be the starter at quarterback. RB Chris Brown is also injured, and might miss Sunday’s game. The Houston Texans lost badly last week in Jacksonville. At 3-3, they are in last place in the AFC South; with that record, they’d be tied for first place in either the AFC West or the NFC West. QB Matt Schaub hasn’t thrown a TD since Week Four. This isn’t an easy game to pick; Tennessee has a superior defense, but Houston has the better offense. Both teams have some key injuries. I’ll have to go with the home team.

RJ’s Pick – TEXANS BY 3

Kansas City (3-3) at Oakland (2-3) – 4:05 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Raiders by 3)

Kansas City beat the Bengals last week. Of teams that have played six games, they’ve scored the third-fewest points. RB Priest Holmes looks likely to play in his first game of the season this week. The Raiders lost to San Diego last week, 28-14. RB LaMont Jordan is banged up a bit, and hasn’t had a big game since Week Three. QB Daunte Culpepper looked pretty bad last week against the Chargers. I’m going with the upset here.

RJ’s Pick – CHIEFS BY 2

New York Jets (1-5) at Cincinnati (1-4) – 4:05 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Bengals by 6)

The Jets lost at home to the Eagles last week. They’ve now lost three games in a row. Unless QB Chad Pennington can put up some huge numbers and get a win this week against the Bengals, his starting job is likely gone. Cincinnati lost last week at Kansas City. They haven’t won a game since Week One. Neither of these teams have a good defense, but the Bengals have a superior offense. Also, the Jets are winless on the road, while Cincinnati is .500 at home. Therefore, I’ll go with the Bengals in what I expect will be a high-scoring game.

RJ’s Pick – BENGALS BY 8

Chicago (2-4) at Philadelphia (2-3) – 4:15 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Eagles by 5½)

Chicago lost at home to Minnesota last week. The Bears have allowed 149 points so far this season, third-most in the NFC. Chicago’s best offensive weapon is their return specialist, Devin Hester. QB Brian Griese is throwing too many INTs. How long will it be before Bears fans start chanting “We Want Rex!!!”? Philadelphia won on the road against the Jets last week. They’ve given up the second-fewest points in the NFC. As long as they remember to punt the ball out of bounds, Philadelphia should be able to improve to .500 with a win here.

RJ’s Pick – EAGLES BY 7

Minnesota (2-3) at Dallas (5-1) – 4:15 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Dallas by 9½)

The Vikings won in Chicago last week. Rookie RB Adrian Peterson broke all kinds of records with his incredible performance in that game. He’s averaging 6.3 yards per carry and over 120 yards per game. The Vikings are lucky they have such a strong running game, because their Tarvaris Jackson-led passing attack is a joke. And not just any kind of joke, mind you, but a particularly cruel one, utterly bereft of even a modicum of humor, like telling your best friend that you just saw his mom by the side of the road, dead from a horrible accident involving a cement-mixer and a gasoline tanker truck, consoling him for a few moments, and then telling him that you were just kidding, actually it was his dad. (I’ll pause while you re-read all that.) The Cowboys lost at home to the Patriots last week. They’ve scored the most points in the NFC. Unfortunately, they tend to give up a lot of points as well. This game should be a high-scoring affair, and I expect Dallas to come away with the win.

RJ’s Pick – COWBOYS BY 7

Saint Louis (0-6) at Seattle (3-3) – 4:15 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Seahawks by 9)

The Rams lost last week, like they do every week. QB Gus Frerotte lost a fumble, threw five picks, and had zero TDs in the embarrassing 22-3 loss at Baltimore. Suddenly, Marc Bulger is “healthy” again, and will start under center this week. Seattle got beat at home by the Saints on SNF last week. They’ve now lost two in a row and have dropped to .500, yet still find themselves in a tie for first-place in the pathetic NFC West. RB Shaun Alexander is averaging under three yards per carry over his last two games. I don’t expect an upset, but it could be relatively close.


Pittsburgh (4-1) at Denver (2-3) – 8:15 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Steelers by 3½)

The Steelers had a bye last week. They have given up the fewest points in the NFL, by far. RB Willie Parker is having a fine season, and QB Ben Roethlisberger has played well in every game except the Week Four loss to Arizona. They may not earn a first-round playoff bye, but they certainly do look postseason-bound. Denver, on the other hand, does not. The Broncos had a bye last week, but lost three games in a row before that. They haven’t won since Week Two, and their two wins this year have come against Oakland (by three points, at home) and Buffalo (by one point, on a last-second field goal). RB Travis Henry is a bright spot, however, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and just shy of 100 yards per game. Pittsburgh should pick up the road win here.


Monday, October 22nd, 2007

RJ’S GAME OF THE WEEK: Indianapolis (5-0) at Jacksonville (4-1) – 8:30 pm (Sheridan’s Line: Colts by 3)

The Colts had a bye last week. WR Marvin Harrison may not be ready to play in this MNF matchup, as he is still hobbled by a knee injury. The running back duo of Joseph Addai and Kenton Keith are going to need a big game against the solid run defense of Jacksonville. The Jaguars beat up on Houston last week, 37-17. They have given up the second-fewest points in the NFL. QB David Garrard has not thrown a single INT this season. The Colts are still undefeated, but they have looked quite beatable a couple times this year, and both near-losses were on the road. I’m picking the upset.

RJ’s Pick – JAGUARS BY 3

[Bye Week Teams: Carolina (4-2), Cleveland (3-3), Green Bay (5-1), San Diego (3-3)]



– I picked TEN Home teams and FOUR Away teams

– I picked ELEVEN Favorites and THREE Underdogs

(If you’re interested, you can check out the full list of Danny Sheridan’s Odds and ESPN’s NFL “Expert” Picks.)

2007 Weekly Results
Week One – 11-5
Week Two – 9-7
Week Three – 10-6
Week Four – 7-7
Week Five – 9-5
Week Six – 10-3

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  • RJ

    Thanks for the quick publish!

  • DOM @ HSU

    wow love the picks… 🙂

    i went 11-2 last week which means you should probably get me by one this week considering the pattern…

    **well you’re picks are pretty close to perfect this week.. but thats not fun to pick the same games right?!?!**

    WASHINGTON – yea they’re lookin good

    NO – called it last week baby!! u should of seen that one RJ…

    BALTIMORE – bal coming home off b2b road games
    NE – Cleo Lemon… lol

    SF – THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS….((and Im going to ace my chemistry exam!!!))

    DET – tough game who will come out the victor?

    HOUSTON – solid team at home

    KC – owns the raiders

    NYJ – Yikes this is what happened’s when i do my
    picks late at night….

    CHI – im going to regret this on sunday..

    DALLAS – CLOSE game

    SEATTLE – rams wnt win till AFTER there bye..

    DENVER – I’m really losing it…

    JAGS – might as well put the nail in the coffin…

  • alessandro

    Redskins, Saints, Ravens, Patriots, Giants, Bucs, Texans, Chiefs, Jets, Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks, Steelers, Jaguars

  • RJ

    Final Scores:

    Detroit 23, Tampa Bay 16 – RJ 1-0 (Key stats: Jeff Garcia lost two fumbles, which the Lions turned into 14 points…Kevin Jones ran for 76 yards and a TD, and caught 6 passes…Dewayne White had 8 tackles and 3 sacks…)

    Titans 38, Houston 36 – RJ 1-1 (Key stats: Rob Bironas kicked 8 field goals, an NFL record…Matt Schaub left the game with an ankle injury in the 1st quarter…his replacement, Sage Rosenfels, threw 4 TD passes, but also 3 INTs…)

  • RJ

    Final Scores:

    New England 49(!), Miami 28 – RJ 2-1 (Key stats: Tom Brady threw for 354 yards, 6 TDs, and no INTs…Randy Moss and Wes Welker each had 2 TD receptions and over 100 yards receiving…)

    Giants 33, SF 15 – RJ 3-1 (Key stats: Brandon Jacobs ran for 107 yards and a TD on 18 carries…Trent Dilfer was sacked 6 times…)

  • RJ

    Final Scores:

    Redskins 21, Arizona 19 – RJ 4-1 (Key stats: Clinton Portis was held to just 43 yards rushing on 18 attempts, but managed to get into the endzone twice…London Fletcher had 13 tackles, and ran an INT back for a TD…)

    Saints 22, Atlanta 16 – RJ 5-1 (Key stats: New starter Byron Leftwich left the game in the second half with an ankle injury, so former starter Joey Harrington had to come into the game as his backup…Roddy White caught 8 passes for 110 yards and a TD in a losing effort…)

  • RJ

    Final Score:

    Bills 19, Ravens 14 – RJ 5-2 (Key stats: Willis McGahee rushed for 114 yards and a TD…the Ravens blew it on fourth down twice in the 4th quarter…)

  • RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” through seven games:

    Wickersham 5-2
    Salisbury 5-2
    Hoge 5-2
    Jaworski 4-3
    Schlereth 5-2
    Allen 4-3
    Mortensen 6-1
    Golic 4-3
    Accuscore 5-2

  • RJ

    Final Scores:

    Dallas 24, Vikings 14 – RJ 6-2 (Key stats: Tarvaris Jackson goes 6-for-19 passing, with zero TDs…Tony Romo goes 31-for-39 passing, with 1 TD and zero INTs…Terrell Owens catches 7 passes for 103 yards and a TD…)

    Bengals 38, Jets 31 – RJ 7-2 (Key stats: Chad Pennington had a good game, completing 20 of 31 passes for 272 yards and 3 TDs in the loss…Kenny Watson rushed for 130 yards and 3 TDs…)

    Bears 19, Eagles 16 – RJ 7-3 (Key stats: Brian Griese threw for 322 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INTs…there were zero turnovers in this game…)

  • RJ

    Final Scores:

    Seattle 33, Rams 6 – RJ 8-3 (Key stats: Marc Bulger was sacked 7 times, threw 3 INTs, and 0 TDs…Seahawks TE Will Heller caught three passes, two of which were TDs…)

    KC 12, Raiders 10 – RJ 9-3 [and I nailed the spread!] (Key stats: Larry Johnson rushed for 112 yards and a TD…the Raiders rushed for a total of just 55 yards…Chiefs DE Jared Allen had 9 tackles and 2 sacks…he now has 8 sacks on the season, in just five games played…)

  • DOM @ HSU

    i thought baltimore was plying at home lol i would of picked buff… nice.

  • DOM @ HSU

    go bears

  • RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” through 12 games:

    Wickersham 8-4
    Salisbury 9-3
    Hoge 9-3
    Jaworski 8-4
    Schlereth 9-3
    Allen 7-5
    Mortensen 9-3
    Golic 7-5
    Accuscore 8-4

  • RJ

    How are you doing so far, DOM?

  • DOM @ HSU

    hmmm 8-4

  • DOM @ HSU

    i got Denver tonight though so things are going to get interesting…

  • RJ

    I’m 6-6 ATS right now…so I need a big win by the Steelers tonight, and an upset victory by the Jaguars tomorrow night in order to close out Week Seven strong…

  • RJ

    Final Score:

    Denver 31, Steelers 28 – RJ 9-4 (Key stats: Jason Elam kicks yet another last-second, game-winning field goal…Willie Parker held under 100 yards rushing…)

  • DOM @ HSU

    ya tough week for spreads… how bout Chicago? next week is going to be a GREAT game Lions @ Bears….

    NFC EAST AND AFC WEST…wow tough divisions we’ll see what happens.. also some great games next week!!

    as for tomorrow look for some BIG plays by both teams.

  • RJ

    Final Score:

    Colts 29, Jaguars 7 – RJ 9-5 (Key stats: David Garrard left the game with an ankle injury…his replacement, Quinn Gray, completed just 9 of 24 passes, with two INTs…Reggie Wayne caught 9 passes for 131 yards…)

  • RJ

    I finished 6-8 ATS…not so good…this week was my first losing week ATS since Week Two…

  • RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” –

    Wickersham 9-5
    Salisbury 10-4
    Hoge 10-4
    Jaworski 9-5
    Schlereth 10-4
    Allen 7-7
    Mortensen 10-4
    Golic 8-6
    Accuscore 8-6

  • DOM @ HSU

    ya but screw the spread, ur just picking the winners… if ur main emphasis was the spread some of ur picks would prob be different.. mine would be..

    well lets see 9-5 overall… looking forward to next weeks match-ups…

  • alessandro

    The Eagles did me in…again.

  • RJ

    How did you do this week, Alessandro?

  • alessandro

    7-7. Man these .500 days have to stop. One way is to stop sticking by the Eagles.

    Not getting the “swing” games.

    It’s three times this year I can’t bring myself to take the Bills even though my gut said to do it.

    Teams like the Bills and Broncos, no matter how bad they are said to be, play very well at home.

    Weakling I am.

  • eastcoastlb

    RJ – Any chance you’re posting your picks for Week 8 tonight?

  • RJ


    I’ve actually already written my Week Eight article. It just hasn’t been published yet. But it should be up sometime tonight.

  • RJ

    Week Eight is up!