Jacked Up Picks: Week 7

Posted by Jack Tumen

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Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Bad week last week, going 6-7 with one push with the tie. I’m at 42-32 on the year.

Bye weeks: Eagles (5-1), Buccaneers (1-5)

Jets (1-5) @ Patriots (4-2): The Jets managed to keep pace with Peyton Manning last week, leading after the first quarter and only trailing by seven in the fourth. The potential is there but this team just can’t seem to put four quarters of football together. Going into a short week at New England, it’s a low-upside situation. NE 27, NYJ 14

Vikings (2-4) @ Bills (3-3): Buffalo played the Patriots tough at home last week; now they get a lesser opponent in Minnesota. The Vikings were stifled by Detroit’s defense. Buffalo’s no slouch on that side of the ball and there’s nothing that leads me to believe that Teddy Bridgewater can put together multiple touchdown drives on the road. Home sweet home for Buffalo. BUF 24, MIN 13

Falcons (2-4) @ Ravens (4-2): Two teams going in opposite directions. Atlanta couldn’t get its offense going at home against a weak Chicago secondary. Baltimore ended their game in Tampa in the first 10 minutes of play. Joe Flacco’s been hot and Steve Smith should continue his tear against the NFL’s worst defense. BAL 30, ATL 20

Browns (3-2) @ Jaguars (0-6): Jacksonville had its best shot at win number one last week but Josh Scobee had his game-winning field goal attempt blocked in the waning seconds. The Browns have developed a physical, tempo-setting style of play that opponents are struggling to adjust to. It could be a closer game than anticipated but Cleveland is simply the better team. CLE 20, JAX 13

Panthers (3-2-1) @ Packers (4-2): Carolina’s offense exploded last week as Cam Newton finally had a big game. Aaron Rodgers orchestrated a masterful game-winning drive, pulling a fake spike to keep the drive alive late. Going back home, I just don’t see how Rodgers can lose right now. GB 34, CAR 24

Dolphins (2-3) @ Bears (3-3): The Bears at this point are exactly where they should be; .500 with some good days and some bad days. Miami gave it all they had but not even Superman could stop Aaron Rodgers from winning that game. I think the Dolphins bounce back with a surprise win in Soldier Field sunday, further exploiting Chicago’s defensive lapses. It won’t be easy, though. MIA 31, CHI 28

Bengals (3-1-1) @ Colts (4-2): Cinci’s defense has been gashed for nearly 1,000 yards of offense over the last two weeks. Andrew Luck is ascending to greatness as quickly as anyone in football. Playing at home, I think he continues that tear against a defense that’s still trying to find its bearings from the New England game. IND 37, CIN 31

Saints (2-3) @ Lions (4-2): Detroit is one of the surprise teams in the league this year, playing stout defense and allowing a league-low 13.7 PPG. Calvin Johnson is expected back this week which would be a huge boost for Matthew Stafford. Drew Brees is coming off a bye week as New Orleans tries to right the ship. A win here for Detroit would prove they’re for real – let’s see it happen. DET 33, NO 27

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Seahawks (3-2) @ Rams (1-4): All of a sudden, the Seahawks aren’t so high and mighty anymore. Sherman and co. have allowed far too many big plays over their heads and have some major soul searching to do to earn back elite status. Don’t get me wrong, Seattle is still an upper-echelon team; but this is where we find out if they can overcome the Super Bowl hangover. Even against the 1-4 Rams, getting a divisional win is a start. But will it happen? I think the Rams surprise; Robert Quinn gets his first sack of the season. STL 24, SEA 23

Titans (2-4) @ Redskins (1-5): Washington has put up some fights this season. They didn’t go down easily against the NFC West and return home to play the lowly Titans. Jordan Reed is now healthy and this offense should find success at home. NFC East > AFC South. WAS 31, TEN 16

Chiefs (2-3) @ Chargers (5-1): The Chargers are firing on all cylinders and have another divisional opponent in their sights this weekend. Oakland exposed a weak spot in San Diego’s defense, stretching the field with a vertical passing attack as Derek Carr tossed four touchdowns. The Chiefs, however, simply don’t have the vertical personnel to replicate that performance; they like to keep the game closer to the line of scrimmage and win short-yardage situations. For that reason, I like San Diego to keep it true at home. SD 29, KC 21

Giants (3-3) @ Cowboys (5-1): Just when the Giants have it all figured out, they don’t. Dallas is peaking right now after winning in Seattle. Victor Cruz is done for the year and the Giants have some more regrouping to do before they go on their next three game winning streak. Dallas returns home to a ruckus crowd and gets it done. DAL 28, NYG 24

Cardinals (4-1) @ Raiders (0-5): Here we are nearly half-way through with the season and Arizona sits atop the NFC West. You could make the argument that Bruce Arians is the best head coach in football right now. Tony Sporano is the new Tom Cable in Oakland as the Raiders have a little more fight in them. Carson Palmer returns to Oakland to put the stamp on the Black Hole. The Raiders won’t make it easy, though. AZ 28, OAK 27

49ers (4-2) @ Broncos (4-1): Death, taxes and Peyton Manning breaking records; History will be made Sunday night as Peyton only needs three more touchdown passes to pass Brett Favre for the all-time record. San Fran can fight but there’s no stopping the inevitable here. DEN 27, SF 23

Houston (3-3) @ Pittsburgh (3-3): No one wants to fall below .500. The Texans played quite well last Thursday and have basically a mini-bye to prepare for a Steelers team that’s in a downward spiral after getting clobbered by the Browns. Arian Foster vs Le’Veon Bell will be a fun battle to watch. Based on morale and time off, I like Houston. J.J. Watt’s on fire. HOU 26, PIT 21

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