The best way to know who’s going to win an NFL game is to take multiple perspectives and pick out what makes the most sense to you, weigh the odds and go from there. That’s what we’ve got for you here in the Who’s Winning article.

Roll out, NFL Week 7 Sunday picks…

Tampa Bay Bucs @ Atlanta Falcons

Pigskin Pig – I might’ve gone with the Falcons here even if they weren’t coming off of a bye week. Sure, Atlanta is the biggest disappointment this season, but the Bucs are the worst team in the league (no matter what the GuysNation Power Rankings said). The Falcons shouldn’t need to have an extra week to prepare for a team that straight up released their former starting QB.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – I agree. The Falcons are in trouble right now, but Tampa is so awful they won’t be able to get out of their own way. This is the kind of game that helps you right the ship if your Atlanta, and I think they take it.

Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins

Pigskin Pig – The Redskins need Robert Griffin III to be back to his old form, and although there’s word that he’s almost there, I’ll believe it when I see it. The Bears are skilled all over the game, and their special teams alone might out-score Washington.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – A few weeks ago when they played the Lions, we said the season was on the line for the Redskins. After the Dallas loss, that ship has sailed. Now, quite frankly, the Shanahan staff is playing (coaching?) for their jobs right now. Vegas has this one as a straight-up pick ’em, which I find baffling. Chicago wins because they’re not terrible.

Pigskin Pig – If Vegas has this game as a straight-up pick ’em, they haven’t been paying attention to the Redskins this season. Or they expect Chicago to bench Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall.


Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pigskin Pig – Divisional match-ups are typically a toss-up either way, and in this case, these teams are playing about even. Because the game is in Philly, I’ll go with the Eagles in this NFC East match-up.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – A couple of weeks ago, I would’ve taken Dallas in this game without thinking about it. But the Eagles are slowly making adjustments to teams adjusting to THEM, and they’ve picked their game up a little bit. So let’s flip a coin. Like you, my blind dart throw landed on Philadelphia.

Pigskin Pig – As a Redskins fan, I imagine you just like the idea of throwing sharp objects at them.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

Pigskin Pig – The Patriots already beat the Jets once this season, and it was close despite being in New England. Now you give Belichick MORE tape on a rookie QB (who’s already shown declining play), and the Patriots are figuring out their offensive weapons? I don’t care if this is a divisional game on the road, I’ll give it to the Patriots.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) –  I don’t care if the Jets aren’t the disaster we expected. It’s still the friggin’ Patriots. I don’t care if Gronkowski is back and I don’t care how much he contributes. If #12 is on the field for the Patriots, which he will be, obviously, they win this game.


Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

Pigskin Pig – The Bills would’ve been much more competitive in this game if their rookie QB hadn’t gotten injured, but Manuel is out for a few more weeks. The Dolphins might be on a two-game losing streak, but I think the bye week will be enough to help them figure out what needs to be done to get the win in this match-up with Buffalo.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – Miami may not have what it takes to make the playoffs, but I’ll tell ya, they aren’t far away. Thad Lewis was pretty fun to watch last week, but the homecoming story is overplayed. There’s not fairy tale here. Miami defends their home turf successfully.

Pigskin Pig – That homecoming story’s almost non-existent outside of Buffalo and Miami. The guy left his home state to go play football for NCAA powerhouse DUKE (that’s right, sarcasm abounds), and even though he entered the league in 2010, this is his fourth team. FOURTH. Rams, Browns, Lions and now Bills. If he lights it up the rest of the season and then turns down contract offers and decides to sign with the Dolphins for personal reasons, THAT is a homecoming story.

St Louis Rams @ Carolina Panthers

Pigskin Pig – Last week, both of these teams did great in victory on the road. The Rams nearly hit 40 against the Texans, and the Panthers nearly did the same up in Minnesota. Two of the three losses the Panthers have so far were by less than a touchdown, so I’ll go with Carolina to hold firm at home.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – St. Louis looked really good against Houston last week. Then again, that’s not saying much right now. This one really comes down to which Rams team shows up. If it’s the one that beat Dallas and Houston, they’ll win. If not, the Panthers will. I’ll take the Panthers really for no other reason other than that they’re at home.


Cincinnati Bengals @ Detroit Lions

Pigskin Pig – Last week, both of these teams made it interesting in victory on the road starting after the third quarter. The Bengals needed over-time to beat the Bills, but the Lions stepped on the gas and came from behind to beat the Browns by 14. Detroit hasn’t lost at home yet this season, and I won’t predict that changes just yet.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – I really want to pick the Bengals here because I truly feel they’re the better team. The problem is their defense isn’t stopping anyone. If Thad Lewis can get Buffalo to catch up to them to, like you mentioned, force overtime, what are Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson going to do to them? Until the Bengals show me change on defense, I’m going to keep picking teams with high-octane offenses like the Lions to beat them.

Pigskin Pig – Let’s not sleep on the fact that Thad Lewis was on the Browns for two seasons and so he saw the Bengals four times as a pro… ‘Cause I feel like maybe we should keep mentioning Thad Lewis.

San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Pigskin Pig – The Jaguars are going to start being more competitive now that they’ve got their two good wide receivers back, but unfortunately neither Justin Blackmon nor Cecil Shorts is at 100% this week, and after a rough game against the Broncos, I don’t think the Jaguars are going to have enough to keep up with the Chargers this week.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) -Is Jacksonville still awful? Yes? Than what are we even talking about? Chargers, easily.

Pigskin Pig – I think Jacksonville needs to ease those woes by bringing in some Thad Lewis. He IS from Florida, you know…

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs

Pigskin Pig – The Chiefs consistently score over 20, which the Texans haven’t done since the second week of the season. Until Houston figures out their troubling QB situation, they’re not going to beat many teams, especially good ones like Kansas City.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) -Two teams going in opposite directions. I was losing faith in Matt Schaub before he got hurt, but I have no faith TO lose with Case Keenum. I think Kansas City runs them over.


San Francisco 49ers @ Tennessee Titans

Pigskin Pig – The 49ers aren’t nearly back to what they were last season, with struggles on both sides of the ball. The Tennessee Titans have lost two in a row, but playing it close with the undefeated Chiefs and losing by only a touchdown in Seattle aren’t huge disappointments. The only other loss the Titans have on the season was in over-time, and I think they’ll get back on their winning track when the 49ers come to Tennessee.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) -I saw Tennessee placed ahead of San Francisco in the GuysNation Power Rankings, and, quite frankly, I scratched my head a little bit. The 49ers are on a three game tear that started on the road and I think it’ll continue hear. They win and improve to 5-2.

Cleveland Browns @ Green Bay Packers

Pigskin Pig – I probably like the Browns more than I should this season, but they’ve showed a capability to really compete each and every week. That said, the Packers might be the strongest team in the NFC North, and that’s even without their biggest weapon, Randall Cobb. I think this will be closer than some expect it to be, but I’ll still go with Green Bay.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – You know what’s better than Cleveland’s surprising defense, Green Bay’s “as expected” offense. I don’t care if they could possibly be down not one but TWO key receivers, they still have more weapons than Cleveland can take away. Meanwhile, I still have no faith in Brandon Weeden, and AJ Hawk has stepped up brilliantly in Clay Mathews absence. Green Bay routs the Browns in this one.

Pigskin Pig – Too bad the Browns don’t still have that guy starting up in Buffalo right about now…


Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Pigskin Pig – Last week, the Steelers put one in the win column, but it’s still just “one”, and it followed a bye week. The only reason I’m thinking to pick against the Ravens is because it’s a divisional game on the road, but I’ll stick with Baltimore.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – I said Pittsburgh was going to have to show me something before I jumped on board. They did that last week, but the Ravens are hardly the team to get behind them on. Steelers lose to their arch nemesis Baltimore at home.

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts

Pigskin Pig – Easily the most anticipated game of the season thus far, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s even going to be competitive. The Colts only scored 9 against the Chargers last week, lost at home earlier in the season to Miami, just barely beat Oakland there, and they’ve only scored over 30 twice this season. The Broncos have never scored fewer than 35 this season, and Peyton Manning is probably more prepared for this game than any non-divisional contest all year. That doesn’t bode well for the Colts, because the Broncos are more likely to run up the score in Indy than they were in Jacksonville last week.

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – Jim Irsay is an asshat. Forget the fact that he insulted the one guy who MADE his franchise, why in the hell are you going to put something out there that is undoubtedly going to fire up Peyton Manning the week you play him? I liked the Broncos to win this one before but now I LOVE them to. Bonus points if Manning bounces a pass of Irsay’s face and hits Welker in the back of the endzone.

Pigskin Pig – If Manning launched one up into the owner’s box, would Goodell fine him for it at this point?

Bryan Lienesch (@bclienesch) – I think its like beanballs in baseball. You can’t officially charge Peyton with anything unless he admits it didn’t just “get away” from him!

The Follow Up

We’re keeping up our What We Learned article series, which Bryan let me hijack a couple weeks ago. Until then, you should follow Bryan on Twitter (@bclienesch), as you might’ve seen the links above… and if you want, you can follow me too (@PigskinPig), because I am remembering to get on there on Sundays, at least for now.