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NFL Week 7 picks

JP Starkey returns to make his Week 7 NFL picks.

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After another successful week of picking (9-4 straight up, and 9-4 against the spread), I'm back to pick each and every (remaining) Week 7 game in the NFL.

Thanks to baseball, we've got a lot of early games, and a few interesting matchups. On with the picks.

Tennessee Titans (+3) at Buffalo Bills -- Talk about two teams I can't really figure out. I'm not sure anybody can, really. Sometimes, the Bills are awful, and sometimes, the Bills are good. That's hard hitting analysis right there.

I generally believe both teams are bad, but with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and homefield on their side, I'll take the Bills to win at home, and cover.

Dallas Cowboys (-2) at Carolina Panthers -- Two severely disappointing teams so far, but I still believe one of these teams has a chance at redemption this year. It's not the Panthers.

I'll take the Cowboys on the road to beat the Panthers, and cover. I just don't trust Cam Newton or Carolina's secondary.

Baltimore Ravens (+7) at Houston Texans -- I get it. The Ravens are hurt. And really, they're not even very good, despite their record.

Problem is, the Texans aren't exactly very good either. I don't think either team is clearly the class of the AFC like many seem to think.

I'll take the Ravens to come in, play a really physical game, and upset the Texans.

Cleveland Browns (+1.5) at Indianapolis Colts -- Two underwhelming teams, but they're both sort of better than they seem. Or maybe that's just me really liking Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck. That's probably it.

Anyway, Richardson seems to be healthy, and the Browns are getting slightly healthier at receiver. I'll take Cleveland in the upset, but I'm hardly going to be shocked if Indy wins.

Arizona Cardinals (+7) at Minnesota Vikings -- Everybody is really buying into the Vikings, huh? Or maybe it's just Arizona's lousy quarterback situation that has the spread so high.

In any event, I'll take Arizona to cover, but Minnesota to win.

Washington Redskins (+7) at New York Giants -- Boy, the Giants looked pretty good last week against the 49ers. I'm not sure if that's an endorsement of the Giants or an indictment on the Niners, but I guess we'll figure that out in the coming months. Right? Something like that.

I'll take the Giants to win, but Robert Griffin III and the 'Skins cover.

Green Bay Packers (-5) at St. Louis Rams -- The Rams really aren't that good, and the Packers are still really, really good.

It'll be a special night in St. Louis on Sunday, but it won't be because of this game. Packers win, and cover.

New Orleans Saints (-1.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Drew Brees will be without Jimmy Graham for this game, which certainly dampens New Orleans' chances, as both teams try to claw back into the playoff picture.

Josh Freeman and the Bucs looked good last week, but come on, they were playing the Chiefs. New Orleans wins, and covers.

New York Jets (+12) at New England Patriots -- New England just doesn't lose back-to-back games, and they're not about to drop another home game so early in the season -- and not against an offense that features... who? Exactly.

Patriots win comfortably, and cover.

Jacksonville Jaguars (+6) at Oakland Raiders -- Two really, really, really bad teams. You would have to pay me to watch this game. If you're interested in paying me to watch this game, feel free to e-mail me.

I'll take the Raiders to win, but the Jags to cover.

Pittsburgh Steelers (even) at Cincinnati Bengals -- Ah, a pick 'em game. Neither team is awful, but neither team impresses me here.

I'll take the ginger Andy Dalton to come away with a home win, and a huge AFC North win at that.

Detroit Lions (+7) at Chicago Bears -- Once again, neither team impresses me, and the Lions might just be the most disappointing team in the NFL this season.

I don't really think the Bears can pull off two Monday Night Football blowouts in a row, but the Bears will win. Detroit keeps it close, and covers.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.