For some insane reason, the NFL thought these two teams would make for a compelling game to send overseas.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...it was NFL Week 7. For the first time that I can remember, I hit a game on the nose as I predicted the Panthers would beat the 49ers 23-20, and what do you know? That was the exact score! Of course, before you start anointing me Nostradamus 2, I also picked the Broncos to beat the Raiders 27-0...so I was only SLIGHTLY off of the the 59-14 Raiders win. Egads. Well, here is my latest attempt at pretending I know what is going to happen before it actually does....
Dolphins at Bengals - After getting screwed a week ago against the Steelers, the Dolphins take their revenge on a different AFC North team. If the Bengals were a game show contestant, they'd be about to learn that they were going to be getting a copy of the home game. Dolphins 31 Bengals 17
Jaguars at Cowboys - Who sucks more in this one? I don't want to pick the Jags on the road, considering they are a somewhat dreadful team, but then, do I really want to pin my hopes on...
I don't like doing it, but I'll go with the Cowboys since they are the home team and I'll just pretend like Jon Kitna ISN'T playing a major role in their chances. I won't be surprised if the Jags end up winning, but egads, is this a terrible game on paper. Cowboys 19 Jaguars 16
Redskins at Lions - It's weird, but despite the fact that the Lions are 1-5 and the Redskins are 4-3, I still feel like the Lions are the better team. Lions 33 Redskins 26
Bills at Chiefs - My Cleveland friend Adam has been touting the Chiefs as great all season. I don't share his opinion of their greatness, but I think they win the AFC West by default due to lack of interest by anyone that should be opposing them in harmony with one of the easier schedules in modern football history. The cupcake tour rolls on with the horrible Bills coming to town. Buffalo gave the Ravens a handful last weekend, I don't see them having two good games in a row like that. Chiefs 30 Bills 13
Panthers at Rams - Chances are very good that the Rams are legitimately a decent team these days. Less likely that Carolina is. I'll take my second Missouri team in a row, here. Rams 20 Panthers 14
Packers at Jets - The "Spurned by Brett" Bowl goes down in New Jersey this weekend. Both teams appear to be better as a result of no longer employing Favre, although the Jets seem to have their house in much greater order than the Pack. The Jets defensive strength gets to go up against the weak offensive line and terrible running game of Green Bay. All in all, I see bad things ahead for the boys from Wisconsin. Jets 34 Packers 21
Broncos vs 49ers (in London) - Apparently we are still upset with England to be giving them this game. 1-6 Niners vs. 2-5 Broncos (coming off a 45 point dismantling at home, by the way.) Either we think the Brits have no clue about what they are watching, or we are convinced they are so starved for NFL football that they will watch anything. (Yes, the Broncos are my team. No, I'm not delusional enough to think that they are anything remotely approaching a major draw.) If nothing else, I hope it goes better than the most famous matchup between these two franchises back in XXIV...
I'll be watching and hoping that my boys can bounce back from giving up 59 to the Oakland Raiders, if they're going to do it playing a crappy Niners team on a neutral site in Europe is as good a place as any, I guess. Broncos 19 49ers 10
Titans at Chargers - The Chargers have looked like stale crap thus far this season. I think they are in a hole too deep to pull their way back past Kansas City, but I think they are due. Plus, the Titans lost at home to my Broncos, so I have a hard time being completely sold on them. Chargers 31 Titans 27
Buccaneers at Cardinals - I find it hard to believe I live in a world where neither or these teams have a losing record. I don't believe in either of them, but I guess I'll go with the Bucs, as I believe in the Cards even less than Tampa on the road. Buccaneers 17 Cardinals 13
Vikings at Patriots - Would Brett Favre have to be actually missing a limb to decide not to play a game? Also, can we make that happen? I predict that the purple princess keeps his games started streak intact and also continues what has been a somewhat nightmarish season going on the same path by getting obliterated by a Patriot team that appears back to the smoke and mirrors style of play they won with so regularly before their insane 18-1 season. Patriots 41 Vikings 10
Seahawks at Raiders - Raiders are not that good, the Broncos were just that bad. I have a hard time believing they will bring it that strongly two weeks in a row. I'll take the Hawks in a squeaker. Seahawks 20 Raiders 19
Steelers at Saints - Not sure what is wrong with the World Champs, but I know for certain that playing a game against the Steelers is not the cure. Steelers 24 Saints 13
Texans at Colts - Prepare for the end of days...I'm predicting that the Texans run the table this season against the Colts, and I'm almost certain that is one of the signs of the impending apocalypse. Texans 30 Colts 27
Week 7: 8-6
Season to Date: 58-46