Daniel Hartmann’s NFL Week 7 Picks


BEARS (1-5) AT PACKERS (3-2)
Yes, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have looked just a bit off lately. But they’re still better than the Bears. Brian Hoyer has looked good, but he can’t do it by himself. If Jordan Howard gets shut down, the Bears have no chance in this one, even with Eddie Lacy out for the Packers. The score will look better for the Bears than the game actually goes.
FINAL: Packers 24- Bears 17

GIANTS (3-3) At RAMS (3-3) in London
Eli manning and OBJ should decimate a bad Rams secondary. Janoris Jenkins would be helpful for the Rams in this one. Too bad he plays for the Giants. Jenkins will draw Kenny Britt in this one, while Trumaine Johnson draws Beckham. Jenkins wins his matchup, Johnson doesn’t. That’s the difference in this one.
FINAL: Giants 31- Rams 27


COLTS (2-4) AT TITANS (3-3)

The Titans won last week by airing it out. They don’t have to this week. Demarco Murray should further his Comeback Player of the Year candidacy with a dominate game against a bad Colts defense. Andrew Luck will be playing from behind early.
FINAL: Titans 34- Colts 24

SAINTS (2-3) AT CHIEFS (3-2)
Defensive score alert! Tight end sweep alert! Two of the most creative coaches in the NFL face off, with plenty of momentum on both sides. I just think the Chiefs ball control offense gives them a good chance of keeping Brees and co. off the field. Plus Marcus Peters is pretty good at this whole cornerback thing. No big plays for Brandin Cooks in this one.
FINAL: Chiefs 21- Saints 17

REDSKINS (4-2) AT LIONS (3-3)
No quarterback in the NFL is playing better than Matthew Stafford right now. Jim Bob Cooter has the best name in NFL, and he’s good at his job too. But Kirk Cousins has turned back the clock to last year. With a decent ground game finally showing up for the Redskins, Cousins can throw over the top to Desean Jackson, or underneath to Jamison Crowder. The Lions just don’t have enough defensive weapons to keep the Redskins from running up the score.
FINAL: Redskins 30- Lions 21

RAIDERS (4-2) AT JAGUARS (2-3)
This is sad. Huge game for two young teams. I love the Jaguars game, but the Raiders are just better on offense. This could be the highest scoring game of the week if Blake Bortles can avoid his normal mistakes. The Raiders defense is just terrible, but Khalil Mack puts himself back on the map with a huge game. He is the difference in this one.
FINAL: Raiders 45- Jaguars 41

BROWNS (0-6) AT BENGALS (2-4)
I’m on the Browns bandwagon. It won’t manifest itself in a win this week, but the Browns look better each week. Did you see what Danny Shelton did to Demarco Murray last week? And Cody Kessler looks good too. The Bengals are just better. They’re not the Super Bowl contender of years past, but still. The Browns put up a fight, but AJ Green is unstoppable here.
FINAL: Bengals 24- Browns 14

VIKINGS (5-0) AT EAGLES (3-2)
Carson Wentz finally looked like a rookie last week against the Redskins. Unfortunately for him, he now faces the best defense in the NFL. The Vikings look better and better each week, and Sam Bradford has the offense humming. The Eagles don’t have the firepower to make the Vikings sweat.
FINAL: Vikings 27- Eagles 18


RAVENS (3-3) AT JETS (1-5)

Geno Smith is the starting quarterback for the Jets. That’s all the analysis you need.
FINAL: Ravens 20- Jets 13

BILLS (4-2) AT DOLPHINS (2-4)
The Bills are one of the two or three hottest teams in the NFL right now. The Dolphins are coming off a major upset of the Steelers and found their running back of the future in Jay Ajayi. Shady should have running room no matter where he looks. Bills run over the Dolphins.
FINAL: Bills 28- Dolphins 17

CHARGERS (2-4) AT FALCONS (4-2)
The Falcons were cheated out of a win last week in Seattle, and their offense is one of the league’s best. Jatavis Brown looks good in the middle of the Chargers defense, but without their top corner, no one is going to slow down Julio Jones. Hunter Henry and Phillip Rivers make this a game, but the Falcons are out for blood.
FINAL: Falcons 38- Chargers 31

BUCCANEERS (2-3) AT 49ERS (1-5)
Kaepernick wasn’t enough last week, and he’s not going to be enough this week. The Bucs come off the bye week missing Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, and Charles Sims. Luckily for Jameis Winston he still has Mike Evans and his massive frame. The 49ers don’t have someone to slow down Evans over the top, Brate in the middle, and Humphries underneath. Poor 49ers.
FINAL: Buccaneers 31- 49ERS 14

PATRIOTS (5-1) AT STEELERS (4-2)
No Big Ben means no chance for the Steelers, even with their plethora of weapons. Brady is back, Gronk is healthy, Bennett is a monster, and James White is the new Kevin Faulk. Patriots win big.
FINAL: Patriots 45- Steelers 24


SEAHAWKS (4-1) AT CARDINALS (3-3)

The Cardinals are looking dangerous again. They have weapons all over the field, and David Johnson is one of the top two or three running backs in the NFL. The Seahawks have Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and the big bad ‘backers to chase down Johnson and shut down Fitzgerald. Seahawks pull one out on the road.
FINAL: Seahawks 21- Cardinals 20

TEXANS (4-2) AT BRONCOS (4-2)
Denver showed a couple cracks against the Falcons two weeks ago, and looked bad last week too. Meanwhile, the Texans finally got some return on their investment in Brock Osweiler. It helped that Lamar Miller flashed greatness, and opened some holes, but still. I just don’t see Denver losing at home with Trevor Semien back to almost healthy.
FINAL- Broncos 24- Texans 20