The NFL Week 7 late-Sunday schedule only features one multi-score underdog, which ideally translates into some compelling television to play us out of the weekend. You can also check out my previews and predictions against the spread for the 1 p.m. ET games.
Now let’s peruse my picks against the spread for the 4 p.m. ET and Sunday night football slate.
(Disclaimer: Don’t do anything illegal with this advice.)
Last week I tweeted about how I liked Tennessee getting 14 points going into Seattle, given the bruising nature of the Titans’ defense line agianst the ‘Hawks injury-hampered front. Well it’s big old strength on strength when Niners and Titans clash. Two deep passes to Vernon Davis in Week 6 does not get me back on the Colin Kaepernick bandwagon, as he still he needs to show a lot more for this Niners passing game to scare people. That said, Ryan Fitzpatrick only scares his own team. (Update: Jake Locker has since been deemed ready to return from injury and start for the Titans. Feel less good about it, but would still take the favorite.)
Pittsburgh showed some life in suffocating the Jets last week, but that’s giving Dick LeBeau two weeks to prepare for a rookie quarterback. I don’t trust this offense to score more than 19 points against a legit defense and Torrey Smith could rip the top off an old secondary. Also look for Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to high-five over Ben Roethlisberger in the backfield. Sacks aplenty for the league’s best bookend pass rush. Grab the road dog and, sure, the point.
Depth guys can protect the edge for Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb can hit temporary IR, yet nothing stops this train. The Packers will smartly go a little more run-heavy with the Eddie Lacy-Johnathan Franklin combo while Rodgers utilizes Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and (when healthy) James Jones. It seems crippling when the defense gets hit by Clay Matthews and Nick Perry injuries, but Dom Capers displays more next-man-up mastery. Cleveland’s next man up is Brandon Weeden so….Take the favorite.
Poor Texans. The TJ Yates era lasted about three seconds before exploding to bits. This Sunday they move on to Case Keenum, before eventually moving on to 2014. Meanwhile, KC can enjoy just-competent-enough quarterback play more than anyone. We saw this defense’s killer instinct against Oakland last week, making the Chiefs trusted guardians against the backdoor cover. Take the favorite.
Indy’s become a sneaky good home team since Andrew Luck took over, going 9-3 and slaying goliaths like Green Bay. Both teams come off their weakest performance of the season and (one would assume) both held back a little bit schematically in Week 6 to throw at each other in this Sunday night showdown. If Pep Hamilton cuts Luck loose and Trent Richardson progresses enough in this offense to consume more of Donald Brown‘s snaps, Indy has the guns to keep up with Peyton Manning. Against a guy they just might be familiar with, this has down-to-the-wire written all over it. Grab the underdog and the points.