The 2010 NFL season continues to truck along without a clear dominant team. Instead NFL fans are being treated to a rollercoaster season where a team’s dominance changes almost every week. This is resulting in competitive division races and even more disparity among NFL predictions.
Here are the predictions for Week 7 of the 2010 NFL season.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
This AFC matchup features a Chief team coming off a hard loss to the Houston Texans while the Jaguars continue to baffle the NFL experts on their roller coaster season. While the Chiefs are happy they found their offensive rhythm, they have to be concern by how porous their defense was. Things will change this week as they fluster the Jaguars offensive scheme and quarterback David Garrad. The Chiefs earn a hard fought win over the Jaguars.
Prediction – Chiefs 27 Jaguars 20
Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins
Teams in the AFC were placed on warning last week when Ben Roethlisberger returned to the field after serving his four-game suspension. He should no signs of the layoff as he decimated the Browns defense and tossed three touchdown passes. The Dolphins needed overtime to take care of the Green Bay Packers and remain in the hunt for the 2010 NFL playoffs. The Dolphins’ defense is capable of slowing down the Steelers’ offense but they need a big day from second-year quarterback Chad Henne if they want to earn a home win.
Prediction – Steelers 27 Dolphins 20
Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons
The Bengals will be fresh off a bye week and ready to take on a Falcon that will come in limping after a sound defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bengals will be looking to keep the momentum in their passing game with the re-emergence of wide receiver Terrell Owens. The Falcons hope to find more success running the ball in front of the home crowd. The Falcons defense will step up and show last week was a fluke.
Prediction – Falcons 21 Bengals 17
Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears
From one explosive offense to another, the Redskins will travel to play the Bears and their quarterback Jay Cutler. The Redskins are still working on finding a quarterback – receiver relationship that will help open up the running game. The problem with the Mike Martz system has reared it’s ugly head. While his quarterbacks are capable of putting up god-like number, they also take more hits than most. They will be lucky if Cutler is able to make it to the end of the game in one piece. Despite this, they should win a close one.
Prediction -Bears 24 Redskins 21
Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints
Even though the Browns never had a chance against the Steelers last week, they continued to fight and you saw glimmers of rookie quarterback Colt McCoy’s potential. NFL fans also saw a Saints team that was finally firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. The Saints will glad welcome a Browns team that has been having a hard time stopping anyone from having a career day passing. The Browns will learn why Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game.
Prediction – Saints 31 Browns 17
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
The Bills will have had a chance to rest up and prepare for a Ravens team that is going to be eager and move forward from their overtime loss to the New England Patriots. The Ravens had some troubles running the ball and will be ready to go against the Bills’ defense which is ranked dead last in the NFL with 182.4 yards per game. The Ravens should have no problem against this AFC East for and earn their fifth win of the season.
Prediction – Ravens 27 Bills 10
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Rams bounced back nicely and earned a win over the hapless San Diego Chargers. They will need their defense to step up again this week when they take on a Buccaneers team still smarting from the beat down the Saints gave them. The underrated Rams defense should do a decent job of containing the Buccaneers emerging offense. The Rams’ Steven Jackson should break 100 rushing yards for the third week in a row.
Prediction – Rams 17 Buccaneers 10
Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans
The Eagles offense appears to be just fine under quarterback Kevin Kolb as they exploded for 31 points against a solid Atlanta Falcons defense. The Titans will be working with a short work week and will need running back Chris Johnson to find holes in the stingy front seven of the Eagles defense. This game will feature some hard hits but NFL fans will be treated to a few explosive plays that will be the difference in the game.
Prediction – Eagles 27 Titans 20
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers
The 49ers are still searching for their offensive groove and will welcome the road trip to Carolina to take on the Panthers who are struggling on both sides of the ball. This snoozer of a game is going to feature two quarterbacks who are experiencing growing pains in the NFL. The team who establishes the running game first will find a way to come away with the low scoring win.
Prediction – 49ers 17 Panthers 7
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks earned a tough win over the Chicago Bears and will have the chance to take on a Cardinals team with an inconsistent offense. Seahawks wide receive Mike Williams will be eager to build upon the 10 reception for 123 yards he had against a decent Bears defense. If the Cardinals did not find their offensive personality over the bye week, it is going to be a long game against a deceptive Seahawks defense.
Prediction – Seahawks 31 Cardinals 21
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
The Raiders, who are still having a hard time finding their offensive identity, will travel to Denver and take on a Broncos who have no problem throwing the ball. Both teams have been playing adequate defense and should be primed and ready to go in this AFC West division rivalry. This will be a losing battle for the Raiders if they get into a scoring match with the Broncos. NFL fans should expect a hard fought game between these two with the Broncos coming out on top and a chance at taking the lead in the AFC West title hunt.
Prediction – Broncos 24 Raiders 10
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
Once positioned as the game of the week, the game between the Patriots and the Chargers appears to be a background noise at best. The Patriot needed overtime over the Baltimore Ravens to keep pace in the AFC East while the Chargers lost another one and are in danger of letting the season slip right out of their grasp. The Patriots should have an easy time with the Chargers’ defense that appears to have lost their punch and are average at best.
Prediction – Patriots 31 Chargers 21
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
A shot at the NFC North is on the line when the Packers play host to the Vikings. The Packers, beaten up and bruised, limp into this game after a devastating overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Vikings fresh off their battle with the Cowboys will be ready to push the Packers around by using running back Adrian Peterson as a battering ram. The Vikings will find a way to earn a win against their division rival and tighten up the race for the title.
Prediction – Vikings 28 Packers 20
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
The 2010 NFL Season will close out Week 7 with a Monday Night football game between two teams from the NFC East. The Giants will have the chance to put a nail in the coffin of the Cowboys and end their playoff hopes. The Cowboys’ offense appears to be finding the mark but it is still a mystery what has happened to the once top ten defensive unit. The Giants are on a roll and will be ready to knock the Cowboys down a rung with a hard fought win
Prediction – Giants 24 Cowboys 17