Colts Authority NFL Picks Challenge Week 7

 

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Okay, here we go again.  It's Saturday.  It's time for the Colts Authority NFL Picks Challenge, and we want to see your week 7 predictions – straight up, no point spread.  So, between the yard work, college football, and just having a great weekend, please take a moment to tell us who you think will win this week's games.  You can leave post picks in the comments, email them to marcus@coltsauthority.com, or let us know on our newly re-done Facebook page (How 'bout a "like" while you're at it?).

How did everyone do last week?  I'm glad you asked. 

 

Week 6 proved to be harder to predict…Much harder, especially for the guy writing this.  Our top reader entry went 8-6 (GizzardFanny again) with a nice guy named Bryce coming in a distant but respectable second via email.  As for the staff, we also took a step backward after week 5.  Josh Boeke held onto his lead, with Kyle, Laura, and Brent close behind, and yours truly going 5-9. 

 

Here are this week's staff picks:

 

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Josh Boeke

@Colt_Following

30-11

SF BUF DAL HOU NYG NO GB MIN IND OAK NE PIT CHI
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Marcus Dugan

@MarcusDugan

26-15

SF BUF DAL BAL NYG NO GB MIN IND OAK NE CIN CHI
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Brent Fatig

@GoHorse88

17-11

                         
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Greg Cowan

@CA_Radio

26-15

SF BUF DAL HOU WAS TB GB MIN IND OAK NE PIT CHI
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Kyle Rodriguez

@ColtsAuth_Kyle

27-14

SF TEN DAL HOU NYG NO GB AZ IND JAX NE CIN CHI
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Lou Pin

@Jorgelfman

25-16

SF BUF DAL HOU NYG TB STL MIN IND OAK NE CIN CHI
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Scott Kacsmar

@CaptainComeback

26-15

SF BUF DAL HOU NYG NO GB MIN IND OAK NE PIT CHI
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Laura Caloway

@LovinBlue

26-14

SEA BUF DAL HOU NYG NO GB ARI IND OAK NE CIN CHI
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Rohan Bhasin

@NYKings

25-15

SF BUF DAL BAL NYG NO GB MIN IND OAK NE PIT CHI
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Todd Smith

@todd_e_smith

22-19

SF BUF DAL HOU NYG NO GB MIN IND JAX NE CIN CHI
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Nate Dunlevy

@NateDunlevy

16-10

SF TEN CAR HOU NYG NO GB MIN IND OAK NE CIN CHI

 

 

 

As for week 7, there aren't many games that look like a sure thing, but that didn't stop our entire staff from picking New England and Chicago.  After their frustrating loss, it's hard to imagine the Patriots losing at home to their old buddy Rex Ryan.  Chicago is a home team allowing half as many points as they score, which is usually a formula for success. 

Overall, this is a week full of fun and intriguing NFL games.  There is a matchup of teams that barely play defense but don't have elite quarterbacks (Tennessee and Buffalo), and a something’s-got-to-give game between a maligned defense and an overall anemic offense in Tampa Bay.  Also in a battle for rookie quarterback bragging rights, our own Andrew Luck and the Colts will take on the photogenic Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns.  Weeden actually leads all rookies with 1,519 yards. 

Here's a full run-down of this week's games:

 

SEA @  SF  

This was a 13-6 fantasy football wasteland, but a good old-fashioned defensive struggle.

TEN @ BUF This weekend, if Hasselbeck and Fitzpatrick play well, we could see a re-enactment of Baylor versus West Virginia. 
DAL @ CAR Carolina is trying to remember how to score touchdowns.  Dallas barely lost to the Ravens last week.  Then again, this is the any given Sunday league, and Carolina is at home. 
BAL @ HOU Houston will be looking to rebound from the shellacking they took against Green Bay.  Baltimore is riding the arm of Joe Flacco, especially after the devastating injuries on defense. 
WAS @ NYG RGIII is completing an astounding 70% of his passes.  Eli has thrown 11 touchdowns.  This one could be a scorcher, but if it comes down to needing a stop, I'd go with the Giants. 
NO  @  TB   The Saints are allowing points and yardage at an alarming rate, but the Bucs are struggling to move the ball.  Somebody is going to make an improvement this week.  But who?
GB  @  STL  The Packers wasted Houston in Week 6, but don't discount the home team.  The Rams reminded us that they CAN move the ball with 462 yards last week.  Now if they can just put it in the end zone.
ARI @ MIN  Raise your hand if you thought this would be a meeting between 4-2 teams.  Arizona gains less than 300 yards per game and will be starting their backup QB, John Skelton. 
CLE @ IND  Many people are concerned about Richardson, though he averages 3.6 ypc.  That doesn't mean much going against the Colts' defense, but this is still a home game against a 1-5 team.  Go Colts.
JAX @ OAK  High value on special teams?  A team that took a punter in the 3rd round takes on a team that once drafted a kicker in the 1st.  Oh, and they're each 1-4. 
NYJ @  NE   I wonder if there will be any trash talking in this one…
PIT @ CIN   Cincinnati has home field advantage, but allows a ton of points per game.  Pittsburgh will be playing to keep their playoff hopes alive and to get their first road win. 
DET @ CHI  One team is holding opponents to 14 ppg.  The other is the Detroit Lions.  The Lions will be hoping Cutler revives his old habit of throwing passes to the defense. 

 

 

 

Alright, now you know who's playing whom.  It's time for you to tell us who will win.  Bragging rights are at stake.  Pick your winners in the comments, email them to marcus@coltsauthority.com, or send them to us on Facebook.  Then, go have an awesome weekend, and watch some football.  Go Colts! 

 

Update – Notable Readers, in no particular order (Way to go, Daniel Graham, aka @ColtsInsider).  A couple readers may not have been charted on here.  I focused on the ones who did particularly well:

Gizzardfanny SF BUF DAL HOU IND ARI NYG GB TB NE OAK CIN CHI
dstorm22 SF BUF CAR HOU IND MIN NYG GB NO NE OAK CIN CHI
Dan Graham SF BUF DAL HOU IND MIN NYG GB NO NE OAK PIT CHI
BShugars   BUF DAL HOU IND MIN NYG GB NO NYJ JAX PIT DET
                           
Marcus Dugan

About Marcus Dugan

Marcus is a husband, dad, twitter geek, and all around average guy who covers news, game recaps, and additional material for The Colts Authority, while working even harder as an Indy area real estate broker. He's been known to overuse parentheses while editorializing (but who doesn't?)

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