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NFL Week 7 Preview + Picks

Week 6 of the NFL season kicks off tonight with a battle between two NFC North teams who are looking to get back on track.  The Green Bay Packers are 3-2 and coming off of a loss at home to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys while the Chicago Bears are looking to get their season back on track after a dismal 1-5 start.  Despite what the records suggest, the Bears are not far off from where the Packers are.  Offensively, the Bears lead the Packers in both passing yards per game and total yards per game and on defense they give up less passing yards per game.  Brian Hoyer has more passing yards this season than Aaron Rodgers does, which is ludicrous considering how well Rodgers has been throughout his career.  With the Chicago Cubs playing in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night, the NFL will more than likely lose a significant amount of Bears fans watching the game, but it is one that Chicago may have a chance at winning.

Sunday night features a huge divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks going to Phoenix to play the Arizona Cardinals.  The Seahawks are coming off of a huge win over the red hot Atlanta Falcons last week and are looking to take control of the NFC West.  The Cardinals are the only team that has a legitimate shot at challenging them for the title and this Sunday on their home turf will be a great opportunity to do so.  The Cardinals are 3-3 and have the talent to get the win, but it will be extremely difficult.  The Seahawks have the top ranked defense in football and only allow 74 yards per game on the ground.  If the Cardinals are going to have a shot at winning this game, they have to establish a running game with David Johnson and Chris Johnson to give Carson Palmer some time to get it to his top target Larry Fitzgerald.

Monday night features a defensive battle that is a homecoming of sorts.  The Houston Texans head to Denver to take on the Broncos in Brock Osweiler’s first start against his former team.  Both offenses have been bad all season long, but both defenses are ranked in the top 10.  Both teams sit at 4-2, but the Broncos have lost their last two games.  Denver had the luxury of an extra-long week to prepare as they played the San Diego Chargers last Thursday night, so Gary Kubiak and the rest of the coaching staff will have Trevor Siemian and the offense ready to go.  Denver is in the middle of a battle for the AFC West with the Oakland Raiders (also 4-2) and this game will be a big step to get them back on the winning track should they shut down Houston and the Brocketship.

Pat’s Picks                        Last Week: 10-5

CHI @ GB                             Green Bay Packers

NYG @ LA                            New York Giants

NO @ KC                              Kansas City Chiefs

IND @ TEN                          Indianapolis Colts

MIN @ PHI                          Minnesota Vikings

CLE @ CIN                           Cincinnati Bengals

WSH @ DET                        Washington Redskins

OAK @ JAX                         Oakland Raiders

BUF @ MIA                         Miami Dolphins

BAL @ NYJ                           Baltimore Ravens

TB @ SF                                Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SD @ ATL                             Atlanta Falcons

NE @ PIT                              New England Patriots

SEA @ ARI                           Seattle Seahawks

HOU @ DEN                       Denver Broncos

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