Week 7 NFL Review

Posted: 10/23/2012 by levcohen in Football

Time to review week 7.

*= upset pick
LOTW= Lock of the week

Bye week teams: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

Note: I got the pick and spread right on TNF, but the over/under wrong.

Tennessee Titans (2-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-3):
Line: Bills favored by 3
Over/under: 46.5
My prediction: Bills- 27, Titans- 17
Bills cover
Under

Results: Titans- 35, Bills- 34… Really, Chris Johnson? Now you break out?.. 0-3

Cleveland Browns (1-5) at Indianapolis Colts (2-3):
Line: Colts favored by 3
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Colts- 24, Browns- 23
Browns cover
Over

Results: Colts- 17, Browns- 13.. This is infuriating. I really should have gotten at least 2-3 on this one, but I’ll end up with a 1/3.

Green Bay Packers (3-3) at St. Louis Rams (3-3):
Line: Packers favored by 5.5
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Packers- 27, Rams- 23
Rams cover
Over

Results.. Packers- 30, Rams- 20.. I went 2/3 on this one.. Packers are back.

Arizona Cardinals (4-2) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2):
Line: Vikings favored by 6.5
Over/under: 40.5
My prediction: Vikings- 23, Cardinals- 13
Vikings cover
Under

Results: Vikings- 21, Cardinals- 14.. Finally, a good pick. The Cardinals offense looked horrible, and I get a 3/3.

Washington Redskins (3-3) at New York Giants (4-2)*:
Line: Giants favored by 6
Over/under: 51.5
My prediction: Redskins- 27, Giants- 23
Redskins cover
Under

Results: Giants- 27, Redskins- 23.. Well… I got the reverse of the correct score.. still a 2/3 though, as the Redskins covered the spread.

New Orleans Saints (1-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3):
Line: Saints favored by 1.5
Over/under: 49
My prediction: Saints- 30, Buccaneers- 17
Saints cover
Under

Results: Saints- 35, Buccaneers- 28.. Drew Brees is back and better than ever, and the Bucs blew a chance to tie it at the end of the game. I went 2/3, with just the over/under incorrect.

Dallas Cowboys (2-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-4):
Line: Cowboys favored by 2.5
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Cowboys- 27, Panthers- 24
Cowboys cover
Over

Results: Cowboys- 19, Panthers- 14.. This was an ugly game. Neither team’s offense preformed, which is probably why it was under. I got the other two right, though.

Baltimore Ravens (5-1) at Houston Texans (5-1):
Line: Texans favored by 7
Over/under: 48.5
My prediction: Texans- 25, Ravens- 20
Ravens cover
Under

Results: Texans- 43, Ravens- 13.. The Ravens got blown out, and as a result I only correctly picked the winner.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) at Oakland Raiders (1-4)*:
Line: Raiders favored by 6.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Jaguars- 20, Raiders- 14
Jaguars cover
Under

Results: Raiders- 26, Jaguars- 23.. Going into the fourth, it was 20-13 Jaguars, and I was looking golden. And then the Raiders came back, and won in overtime. And I got a 1/3.

New York Jets (3-3) at New England Patriots (3-3):- LOTW
Line: Patriots favored by 11
Over/under: 47.5
My prediction: Patriots- 30, Jets- 20
Jets cover
Over

Results: Patriots- 29, Jets- 26.. I got 3/3 on this one, but it was a lot closer than I thought it would be. In fact, it went into overtime.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)*:
Line: Steelers favored by 1
Over/under: 46
My prediction: Bengals- 27, Steelers- 17
Bengals cover
Under

Results: Steelers- 24, Bengals- 17.. This was a close game that could have gone either way, but it turns out that I only picked the over/under correctly.

Detroit Lions (2-3) at Chicago Bears (41): (Monday night)
Line: Bears favored by 6
Over/under: 47.5
My prediction: Bears- 30, Lions- 17
Bears cover
Under

Results: Bears- 13, Lions- 7.. What a bad game. It really should have been 13-0, but luckily the Bears still covered the 6 point spread so I got 3/3.

9-4 on pick.. 57-47 total
8-5 on spread… 55-49 total
6-7 on over/under… 53-51 total

Upset picks:
Steelers over Bengals- INCORRECT
Redskins over Giants- INCORRECT
Jaguars over Raiders- INCORRECT

9-15 total.

Lock of the week: Patriots over Jets- CORRECT
6-1 total.

QB of the week: Drew Brees, Saints- Brees is still Brees. He completed 27 passes, threw for 377 yards, threw 4 touchdowns and had 1 interception. Look for him to be a top 2 QB for the rest of the season.
Surprising QB of the week: Josh Freeman, Buccaneers- What??? Josh Freeman, the definition of a mediocre quarterback, threw for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns with NO interceptions.
Disappointing QB of the week: Andy Dalton- After looking like a top 10 quarterback through 6 weeks, Dalton had just 105 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

RB of the week: Chris Johnson, Titans- Talent doesn’t just disappear. Not for a player in his prime, at least. Johnson showed the talent is still there, by returning to his 2,000 yard season self by rushing 18 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Surprising RB of the week: LaRod Stephens Howling, Cardinals- Let me get this straight. Going into this game, LSH had 23 carries for an astounding… 23 yards. This season. Of course, he had to go and rush for 100 yards and a touchdown, plus 45 yards receiving.
Disappointing RB of the week: Ray Rice, Ravens- It wasn’t really Rice’s fault. The stupid offensive coordinator only gave one of the best RB’s in the NFL 9 carries!! Rice ended with 45 yards and had 12 yards receiving.

WR of the week: Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers- Jackson is great. He caught 7 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. In fact, he could have had 8 catches for 230 yards with 3 touchdowns. He was caught from behind on a 95 yard reception, at the one yard line. Then, late in the game, he was one foot in bounds away from a game tying touchdown. Still, a great week.
Surprising WR of the week: Santana Moss, Redskins- 3 catches for 67 yards doesn’t look too good. Until you see the 2 touchdowns.
Disappointing WR of the week: Dez Bryant, Cowboys- After two games in which he had a combined 20 catches for 200 yards for 2 touchdowns, Dez had a tremendous… 2 catches for 14 yards.

TE of the week: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots- What a suprise! Sarcasm. Gronk is the top TE in the NFL, and he had 6 catches for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Surprising TE of the week: Dallas Clark, Buccaneers- That’s the third Bucs player on this list. And they lost. Clark came out of nowhere. With fewer than 100 yards and zero touchdowns coming into this game, he caught 5 passes for 51 yards and a score.
Disappointing TE of the week: Vernon Davis, 49ers- Davis is a bona-fide top 5 TE. Or he was. And then he was held without a catch.

Key Injuries:
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew, a top 5 RB, will be out for at least a few weeks.
Trent Richardson: Richardson, a top 10 RB, barely played on Sunday. He will be questionable to doubtful this Sunday.
Frank Gore: Gore, another top 10 RB, got banged up on Thursday night, but he is probably for next Monday night’s game.

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