DUBLIN, IRELAND – So here we go again with another week of wild NFL picks ahead of me. As I sip a delightfully fruity Chardonnay, we can only live in hope that my NFL picks are a bit more manly than my choice of drink in Week 7.
Week 6 was relatively successful for me, as my picks tend to go, with a respectful 71% win percentage or ten right predictions and four extremely dodgy ones for those who suffer from percentile dysfunction! It brings my season record to 49-41 which should indicate to you that you might as well flip a coin as to listen to my ‘crystal ball’ readings for inspiration!
You got to love NFL season though. That ‘Any Given Sunday’ shout is still as strong ever with some crazy outcomes each weekend. So without further delay, here’s my meandering thoughts on Week 7 in the National Football League.
Thursday 16th October 2014
New York Jets at New England Patriots – At the time of writing, it’s bucketing down with rain in New England a few hours before kick-off. Those of you who think that’s good news for the Jets are wrong. They are still going to get pasted tonight. Why? Because I traded Tom Brady in my Fantasy League two weeks ago and now he’s firing on all cylinders. You are welcome Pats fans! Verdict: Patriots
Sunday 19th October 2014
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts – The Andrew Luck Fantasy Show continues to look more and more impressive each week. The Bengals will likely have to do without their best threat in A.J. Green through injury while T.Y. Hilton could follow up last week’s monster game with another in this one for Indy. I’m taking the Colts at home Verdict: Colts
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams - Seattle were the surprise victims of the week last Sunday as they fell at home to the Cowboys. It’s inconceivable that it happens two weeks in a row, right? Yes. Seahawks win in style. Verdict: Seahawks
Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins - The consensus on NFl.com is that the Redskins take this one. I’m not overly convinced by them and having talked up back-up QB Kirk Cousins on this very blog a few weeks back, I’m jumping ship on him already. I think the Titans take this one in a close game Verdict: Titans
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a stunning last second victory in Miami last Sunday and it’s difficult looking past the Packers at home at Lambeau Field. Panthers QB Cam Newton looked more like himself last week but I’m not sure he goes into Green Bay and pulls off the win. Verdict: Packers
Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags are 0-6 coming into this game and I’m afraid to say it’s looking like they’ll be 0-7 come Sunday night. I’ve a soft spot for the Browns and the fact that hardly anyone is talking about Johnny Manziel means QB Brian Hoyer is doing a great job. Browns take this one easy and improve to 4-2 Verdict: Browns
Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens - Sometimes you just can’t tell which Falcons team will actually turn up. There’s no doubt Matt Ryan seems to struggle on the road and with Baltimore looking much better than I expected without Ray Rice, I’m running with the Ravens in this one Verdict: Ravens
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills - The Bills couldn’t get the win last weekend in front of their new owners at home but this week should be different as the 2-4 Vikings come to town. If I’m selfish and I think we’ve already established that I am, I’m hoping for some big numbers from Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a blow-out victory Verdict: Bills
Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears - If Miami hadn’t grasped defeat from the hands of victory at home against the Packers last weekend I might have loved them more in this one. They didn’t and so I pretty much hate them this week. Expecting big things from Cutler and Marshall of the Bears at home. This isn’t a gimme though and could be another close one to call but I still think Chicago just edge it Verdict: Bears
New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions - It just feels wrong picking against Drew Brees and the Saints each week. It really does. In a dome and on the road this might be the big win New Orleans need to kick start their season. They’ll likely have to do it without tight end Jimmy Graham though and against one of the NFL’s best defence. I’m still a Brees believer! Verdict: Saints
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers - It’s a big game in the AFC West as the Chiefs head to San Diego to face an in-form Chargers team. I just don’t see the Chargers losing at home and expect to see them sit top of the AFC West for another week at least as they move to 6-1. Verdict: Chargers
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys - I’ll be the first to hold my hands up to say I jumped on the Tony Romo hate bandwagon early this season buy he’s been great in recent weeks and led the Cowboys to victory over the Super Bowl Champions last weekend in Seattle. I think they’ll have too much for the Giants this week. Verdict: Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders - It’s going to get worse before it gets better in Oakland I fear and with that in mind, there’s only one logical choice here. Carson Palmer leads the Cardinals to a 5-1 record on Sunday Verdict: Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos – When these two meet it always brings back great memories of Elway vs Montana in the late 80’s. The Manning v Kaepernick battle is not bad either in the modern era and this could be a cracker. Just can’t see past my Broncos at home though. Denver win and go 5-1 in the AFC West Verdict: Broncos
Monday 20th October 2014
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers - Each week seems to throw up at least one game that you could literally toss a coin on to decide the winner. I’m edging for the Steelers at home but I must say, the Texans J.J. Watt is probably the player I’ve enjoyed watching most this season. Pittsburgh take it in a close one at Heinz Field Verdict: 49ers
And that’s where my head is at for Week 7 of the National Football League. You too can get involved with The Waffle League right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810
As always, please do pick responsibly!