It was a crazy week of football. So much in such a short amount of time. For this football picks column it was meh. We tread water and finished .500. But that just means we lived to fight another week! I have carefully crafted these four picks this week, to get us back on the winning side of things. Let’s do this.
2017 Week 7 NFL Picks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills (-2.5)
There are some injury concerns here to consider. Jameis Winston is not 100%. And Ryan Fitzpatrick is the backup, a former Bills QB. But the bottom line is that Buffalo is a good team coming off a bye week. We have to go with the home team here. There’s no evidence to suggest that Tampa is a better team, even on a neutral site. Take the Bills.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5)
Everyone and their mom is on the Steelers now as the resurgent team to ascend in the AFC. Not so fast. This is the same Pittsburgh team that threw five interceptions the week before. The Bengals are coming off a couple of wins and a bye week – and they should have won that game in Green Bay earlier in the season, too! They are desperately digging out of a hole and HAVE to win this game. That’s enough for me to take the points and Cincy in what should be a close divisional game.
New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at Green Bay Packers
No way. I refuse to believe that a team that is over .500 for the first time in four years should be favored by this much in Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers is gone. But his young backup is competent. The Pack have too much pride and veteran leaders to fall apart. Give me the home dogs in this one. Green Bay.
Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots (-3.5)
A Super Bowl rematch in which both teams are not playing championship caliber football right now. Atlanta was embarrassed at home last week, blowing a 17-0 lead to the Jay Cutlers. There’s NO WAY they come in and lay an egg in Foxboro, where New England has been beatable this season. In fact, its possible that Atlanta was looking ahead to this matchup. All this to say that they are getting points in a game that they could win. Give me Atlanta.
Last week: 2-2
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.