Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 7

Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 7

by October 20, 2019 0 comments

There is an exciting slate of 11 games on Sunday. Here are final score predictions for all of the Week 6 Sunday contests, with reasoning.

Keep track of my “Sunday Score” all season long. This weighted formula gives me five points for every correct outcome. For every team whose score I predict exactly correct, I get an additional three points. Here’s how I’ve fared so far:

Sunday Score: 272

Winner/Loser picked correctly: 46/77

Week 7

Miami Dolphins 6, Buffalo Bills 31

The talented and underrated offense of the Buffalo Bills, plus their defense which is one of the best in the league, should be able to post a four-possession win over the winless Miami Dolphins, who had a chance to win last week and didn’t even try to hide the fact that they are tanking.

Jacksonville Jaguars 14, Cincinnati Bengals 20

The Jaguars have been struggling lately, and the negative momentum will continue to hurt them. Of course, Cincinnati doesn’t have much positive momentum, but they have a stronger roster and their offense should pick apart a defense that suddenly lacks one Jalen Ramsey.

Minnesota Vikings 34, Detroit Lions 31

This is going to be a really close game. If it were last week, I would have given the edge to the Lions, but Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs suddenly came back to life last week. Of course, Detroit played great, too, against a red-hot Packers team before ultimately falling short, so this should be a close contest.

Oakland Raiders 17, Green Bay Packers 31

The Oakland Raiders have been playing some solid football, but the Green Bay Packers have been even better. This contest should see the Packers win by multiple scores against the Raiders.

Los Angeles Rams 24, Atlanta Falcons 13

I am no longer going to defend my Falcons-to-the-Super-Bowl pick. The reigning NFC champion Rams should be able to find themselves on the winning end of this matchup against the 1-5 Falcons.

Houston Texans 34, Indianapolis Colts 27

In a matchup between the two AFC South teams that have handed the Chiefs losses this season, the Texans travel to Indianapolis for what should be one of the day’s best matchups. While Jacoby Brissett is good, the Texans’ offense and their master, Deshaun Watson, are better.

San Francisco 49ers 38, Washington Redskins 6

The 49ers are 5-0 and the Redskins are the worst team in football (despite what their record says). I rest my case.

Arizona Cardinals 17, New York Giants 20

This is a really tough game to forecast. The emergence of Daniel Jones is promising for the Giants … plus, Saquon Barkley is back. However, the Cardinals have been playing some great football, too. I’ll give the slight advantage to the Giants in this one because they are playing at home.

Los Angeles Chargers 20, Tennessee Titans 10

The Chargers got beat up by Steelers third-stringer Devlin Hodges last week, and this week, they meet Tennessee’s backup, Ryan Tannehill. The Chargers’ powerful offense should be able to beat up on a Titans team that hasn’t seen many things go right for them lately.

New Orleans Saints 17, Chicago Bears 13

This should be a really great game. The Saints are led by Teddy Bridgewater, while the Bears get Mitchell Trubisky back. Normally, the Saints would be heavy favorites against a Bears team that could miss the playoffs, but with no Alvin Kamara, the game could be more even.

Baltimore Ravens 30, Seattle Seahawks 31

Here’s another impossible-to-predict game. The Ravens travel to Seattle for the most exciting game of the week. This battle of mobile quarterbacks should see Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson have great showings. I think home-field advantage will be the deciding factor in this one, only because this really is such an even matchup.

Philadelphia Eagles 27, Dallas Cowboys 23

In an unexpected outcome for me, I am realizing that the Dallas Cowboys’ start-of-season firepower may not be legit. I generally take a long time before changing my mind about a team, but the Cowboys have won zero of their last three games, and on a nationally-televised stage, they should come up short in this divisional matchup.

Andersen is a teenage sportswriter and reporter whose articles have appeared across the Prime Time Sports Talk, Sports Illustrated Kids, FantasyPros, and SB Nation platforms. He has also received credit from RotoWorld, CBS Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, The Athletic, SB Nation, NBC Sports, NY Post, and dozens of other sports sites for his reporting work.

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