Week Seven Predictions

Patriots Falcons Super Bowl FootballAfter an impressive week five, my predictions took a huge step back in week six. On a week-to-week basis, I can’t think of a season that has been tougher to predict. So far a few teams have impressed, but things get muddied in the middle where you find the teams who are 3-3, 3-2, 2-3 or 2-4. Entering week seven, a whopping 21 teams fit that criteria so the playoff spots across the league are pretty much all wide open at this point. Despite nearing the midway mark, only two teams are on bye this Sunday, so hopefully this full slate of games can clear up what’s currently a foggy picture.

Last week: 5-9, Season: 47-44

Last week against the spread: 5-9, Season: 45-46

Game of the weak: Jets vs Dolphins: Having gone to college in South Florida, I know plenty of Dolphin fans and middle ground is usually lacking when they discuss the team. If they start the year off 3 or 4-1? This is the year they take the division from the Pats. Go down early last week against the Falcons? I’m being sent messages saying this is the worst team in the league. Well, the Dolphins pulled the game out Sunday and now if the Patriots lose, the winner of this Josh McCown/Jay Cutler showdown could be tied for first in the AFC East. Jets 17 Dolphins (-3.5) 23

Game of the week: Falcons vs Patriots: In a rematch of the past Super Bowl, both of these teams have issues they need to address. The Patriots have shown some improvement on defense, but it still hasn’t been the unit we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Meanwhile, the last issue many thought the Falcons would face this year is regarding their passing game, but here we are. Steve Sarkisian is using his running backs far less frequently in the passing game compared to Kyle Shanahan, and appears to be the only guy in the league who can slow down Julio Jones.

Through five games (one he left early due to injury), Jones has 25 catches for 367 yards and zero touchdowns while being targeted just over seven times a game. Last year, Jones was targeted over nine times per game, and in 2015 saw a ridiculous 12.7 a contest. This is arguably the best receiver in the league, and a player who can win at all levels of the field. It doesn’t take a genius to know that even in a 50/50 jump ball situation chances are giving Jones a shot will benefit the team. Falcons 24 Patriots (-3.5) 31

Saints 26 Packers (+6.5) 20

Ravens 14 Vikings (-5.5) 21

Panthers 24 Bears (+3.5) 20

Jaguars 24 Colts (+3.5) 17

Cardinals 23 Rams (-3.5) 27

Buccaneers 17 Bills (-3.5) 24

Titans 27 Browns (+5.5) 21

Cowboys 26 49ers (+6.5) 23

Seahawks 24 Giants (+5.5) 21

Bengals 21 Steelers (-5.5) 30

Broncos 23 Chargers (-1.5) 21

Redskins 20 Eagles (-4.5) 28

 

 

 

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