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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 7 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 16-19

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 16

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-10, 46) 8:25 pm - At one time, this might have been seen as a pivotal game, but, with the Jets at 1-5 (five straight losses) and the Pats leading the division after two consecutive wins, this is nothing more than a showcase for Tom Brady's considerable talents.

The NFL has blundered greatly on their choices for Thursday night games and this one looks to be insufferably boring. Better luck next year, Jets fans.

Prediction: Patriots 34 Jets 14


Sunday, October 19

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (-7, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - While the Panthers have wrested control of the NFC South with a 3-2-1 record after their 37-37 tie at Cincinnati last week, the Packers have cruised to the top of the NFC North with Detroit at 4-2.

Battle of division winners pits unorthodox Cam Newton against pure thrower Arron Rodgers, and may produce a battle of attrition. Green Bay's defense is ranked 24th, Carolina's 28th. A shoot-out produces a close call and a Packer win.

Prediction: Packers 34 Panthers 31


New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions (-2 1/2, 50) 1:00 pm - Winless on the road, the 2-3 Saints are up against it at Detroit, as the Lions' defense has emerged as the best in the league, tops in total yards allowed (270.7 per game) and points (13.7 per game).

Though the game is indoors, where Drew Brees is most comfortable, the Lions should control the outcome with stiff play in the secondary that will put Brees under pressure from their imposing front line.

Saints leave Detroit in a shambles, 0-4 on the road.

Prediction: Lions 27 Saints 17


Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears (-3 1/2, 49) 1:00 pm - The Dolphins upset New England, 33-20, in week one, but have returned quickly to mediocre form, losing three of their last four, the only win a thumping of the Raiders in London, 38-14. Valiant against the packers last week at home, Miami's 27-24 loss sets them up for a road trip to Chicago, where a slight chill in the air may delight Bears' faithful.

A 3-3 model of inconsistency, the Bears seek a second straight win, after downing Atlanta, 27-13, last week, their fourth road game of the season. Bears are searching for their first win at home and should get it done if Jay Cutler can keep the turnovers down.

Prediction: Bears 23 Dolphins 16


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Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills (-4, 43) 1:00 pm - Buffalo's defense has been top-shelf most of this early part of the season and the QB change from E.J. Manuel to Kyle Orton has been a positive, but the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter of their home loss last week to New England (37-22) and the offense lacks a deep threat.

The teams are statistically nearly even, with Buffalo holding a slight edge on both sides of the ball, but rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater should prove to be a difference-maker. Scratch off last week's dismal performance in Minnesota's 17-3 loss to Detroit and the Vikings emerge with a crucial road win.

Prediction: Vikings 24 Bills 17


Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 49) 1:00 pm - Outstanding match-up of division leaders, has the Bengals on the road after their disappointing 37-all tie with Carolina in week six.

After an 0-2 start, the Colts look to make it five in a row, their previous fourt straight wins coming largely from the arm of Andrew Luck, who threw for over 300 yards in each of those victories.

No stopping the thundering Colts as they sprint away from the competition and pick up a key conference win.

Prediction: Colts 30 Bengals 23


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Cleveland Browns (-4 1/2, 45) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - Beware the Browns!

At 3-2, Cleveland is actually in a position to challenge the leadership in the AFC North, after disposing of Pittsburgh in a 31-10 rout. Jacksonville will be the first team to 0-7, and this is unlikely to be a pretty sight for the home crowd.

Prediction: Browns 34 Jaguars 6


Seattle Seahawks (-6 1/2, 43 1/2) at St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm - Seattle was disrupted by the Dallas defense last week, struggling through a 30-23 defeat, their first home loss of the season.

While the Rams showed some positives in their 31-17 Monday night loss to the 49ers, they can make amends with a win over the reigning champs. A possible upset looms, as Seattle just doesn't seem to have the same drive and motivation as last season.

Prediction: Rams 24 Seahawks 21


Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens (-7, 49 1/2) 1:00 pm - The AFC North - with the exception of Pittsburgh - could be the best division in the league, and the Ravens are looking at first place with a win here and a Cincinnati loss at Indy.

Atlanta has not won a road game this season (0-3) and are 2-4 overall. Baltimore's defense has allowed only 97 points through six games, averaging 16.2 per game allowed, third best in the league. The offense hasn't missed Ray Rice, clicking at 27.3 ppg.

While the Falcons can still score points in flurries, their defense is defenseless, allowing 419 yards per game, 31st in the league, along with 28.3 ppg.

Prediction: Ravens 31 Falcons 21


Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins (-4 1/2, 46) 1:00 pm - Both teams are without their opening starting QBs, but the Titans seem to be struggling with Charlie Whitehurst in place of Jake Locker. Tennessee snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a 16-14 win over Jacksonville, not exactly a vote of confidence.

At 1-5, the Redskins appear to be going nowhere fast, but should muster enough offense to whip the tottering Titans.

Prediction: Redskins 28 Titans 13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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