Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week 7 2021
Broncos vs. Browns
It has been apparent in recent weeks that the Denver Broncos simply aren’t legit contenders right now despite their hot start. Their offense has little explosiveness outside of a few strong runs and it has held them back completely. While their defense is in the conversation for best unit in the league, the Browns have one of the best offenses in the league and will have a far easier time putting up points in this contest than their counterparts. I would roll with Cleveland all the way in this game.
Chiefs vs. Titans
I have never seen two teams with as much offensive firepower as the Chiefs and Titans have with such a horrible defense. Seriously, neither team can defend anybody in this league and it has entirely held them back from reaching their potential. They were so hyped up to start the year and yet here we are with each team struggling to take first place in their own division. Whoever has the better offense wins this game and in my opinion that goes to the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes is just too good to end up with a losing record this season even with a horrific defense. They are going to outshine Derrick Henry and the Titans in this one.
Jets vs. Patriots
The first matchup between these two teams didn’t really end up so well for the Jets. They were stomped by their division rivals while their rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson, threw four interceptions. The Jets have gotten better in recent weeks while the Patriots have seemingly gotten worse but I don’t expect an upset here. Everybody knows that the Jets will win maybe two games this season, and the Patriots have long been dominant against rookie quarterbacks. Despite Davis Mills having success against them a couple of weeks ago, New England should be ready to dominate another game.
Bengals vs. Ravens
I am super excited for this divisional clash. The Bengals have been surprisingly good all season and should have knocked off the Packers a couple of weeks ago had it not been for a missed field goal in overtime. With Joe Burrow healthy, this team can compete with anybody. However, his health has been in question the majority of the season. Meanwhile, the Ravens have had some insane wins throughout the season, games that they honestly should have lost. Lamar Jackson continues to prove his excellence out on the field and Mark Andrews has grown into his favorite target in the pass game. It’s a toss-up, but I’m going to roll with the Ravens.
Football Team vs. Packers
It’s been a disappointing ride for the Washington Football Team this season. They had expectations to be the best defense in the league with an improved offense but neither has come into fruition. Their defense is one of the worst in the league right now while their offense has shown no commitment to Antonio Gibson in the run game. They now have to string themselves together against a Packers team with Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones on offense. Not to mention the new addition of Jaylon Smith to their linebacking group. Roll with the Packers all the way.
Falcons vs. Dolphins
I wasn’t expecting it but I truly believe that the Falcons are a better team right now compared to the Dolphins. Miami had much higher expectations admittedly but they haven’t even been close. Their run defense is absolutely atrocious, they have zero pass game and barely even attempt to run the football consistently anymore. The Falcons at least have a strong passing game with little help defensively. If this game is going to come down to the more polished offense, then the Falcons are the easy choice here. I would much rather have Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley than an injured Tua Tagovailoa and DeVante Parker any day of the week.
Panthers vs. Giants
Could it seriously get any worse for the New York Giants this season? Here are just a couple of names that popped up on the injury report in the last two weeks, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay. Those are just offense players as well! They are going to be wildly shorthanded once again in this game while the Panthers are probably going to have Christian McCaffrey back from his injury. Sam Darnold hasn’t been phenomenal this season but he has surely played well enough to win games. If he continues to be a great game manager and feeds McCaffrey, they should have zero problem picking up a win to add onto their total.
Eagles vs. Raiders
Who knows how the Raiders are going to be for the remainder of the season after that Jon Gruden news. They have already proven to be inconsistent and that likely isn’t going to be changing anytime soon. The same goes for the Eagles though they at least still have their head coach employed. Philadelphia has been a mixed bag of offense and defense, with the Raiders being exactly like that themselves. In my opinion, the only way to determine a winner of this game will be to look at these two quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Derek Carr. Carr has played better all season and I believe that he is going to want to get back onto the streak that they had towards the beginning of the season. It’s a close choice either way, but I like the Raiders in this one.
Lions vs. Rams
This is one of those games that isn’t going to take much explanation. The Lions have been arguably the unluckiest team in the league, losing countless games that have come down to the wire. You have to think that their luck will change eventually but it won’t in this game. Matthew Stafford will be facing his former team with almost triple the firepower that Detroit has. There is a strong reason as to why the Rams are considered Super Bowl contenders and why the Lions are favored to receive a top ten pick in the upcoming draft. Los Angeles will take this one easily unless Stafford allows emotions to get the best of him.
Texans vs. Cardinals
Luckily, we get another game that shouldn’t take long to pick. The Texans looked really good a couple of weeks ago with Davis Mills under center against the Patriots, although they are still way too inconsistent to be able to say they are a good offense now. Their defense is certainly not good enough ot make them a playoff team either. Now they get a Cardinals squad with the potential MVP of the league in Kyler Murray. The Cards started the year off incredibly hot for a reason, they are flush with talent. I like what the Texans have been doing this year, which is still the first full season of their rebuild. However, Arizona is the better team in quite literally every position on the football field.
Bears vs. Buccaneers
The Chicago Bears have been a difficult team to gauge throughout the season, due to the inconsistent play calling and the fact that Matt Nagy can’t settle in on a quarterback. They have a tall task in this one against the reigning Super Bowl champions. I always say that it’s unwise to bet against Tom Brady, especially at home with a load of weapons at his disposal. If Chicago starts Andy Dalton, this game isn’t even going to be close. If Justin Fields starts, the Bears may be able to catch Tampa Bay a little off guard and keep it close. Regardless, Chicago won’t have enough in them offensively to keep up with the Buccaneers high scoring.
Colts vs. 49ers
I have been shocked by the play of each of these teams. The Colts have taken a massive step backwards and not all of that is placed on the shoulders of Carson Wentz. The offensive line is completely banged up from injuries and their defense has struggled to get off the field in third down situations. Jonathan Taylor has been one of the bright spots of this group. On the other hand, San Francisco won their first two games before falling in the next three. Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance have each started a few games and have both suffered injuries along with George Kittle and countless running backs. The 49ers are going to be the favorite in this game but I want to take the underdog here. Indianapolis should finally get another win.
Saints vs. Seahawks
We have a good one in store on Monday Night Football. Sadly, Russell Wilson won’t be active in this game as he still recovers from the surgery he received on his finger. Geno Smith will start his second straight game after a somewhat uneventful performance last week. Seattle has one of the worst defenses in the league right now but thankfully has the offensive weapons needed to cancel it out. They will have their hands full against a very talented Saints defense that has had a number of strong performances this year. Jameis Winston will likely be the x-factor in this game. If he performs well I can’t see the Saints dropping this contest on the road. I am going to take the road team here and opt with New Orleans.