NFL Week 7 Preview
The 1972 Dolphins can get together and have yet another toast. The last undefeated team fell last week when the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was also another week with at least one big name athlete going down to injury. Aaron Rodgers is probably out for the season with a broken collarbone. Not only does it affect the Packers but it also affects my fantasy football team, Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood. However, both teams will persevere and try to make the playoffs.
Here are 5 games to keep an eye on this week.
New York Jets (3-3) @ Miami Dolphins (3-2)
Both of these teams are trying to keep pace with the Patriots in the AFC East picture. Both haven’t looked great up until this point in the season and have a lot to prove. The last half of the schedule for both teams is brutal with lots of road games against top competition. Both teams have some firepower, but will they be able to muster enough offense to win?
Prediction- Dolphins 21, Jets 17
New Orleans Saints (3-2) @ Green Bay Packers (4-2)
The Saints have been on a roll lately. They have been tearing it up on both sides of the ball. The Packers lost the heart and soul of their team, Aaron Rodgers, to a probable season-ending injury. If the Packers are still in the playoff hunt at the end of the season we may see Rodgers back but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Now it is Brett Hundley’s turn to guide this team the rest of the way. If he plays well, it could lead to a substantial payday for the young signal-caller. Matt Cassel and Brock Osweiler are just two examples of backups that have been able to cash in on a small sample size.
Prediction- Saints 38, Packers 24
Arizona Cardinals (3-3) @ Los Angeles Rams (4-2)
For all the Cardinals’ struggles this season, they find themselves in the division hunt. Their next three games are all against their division rivals, two of which are on the road. They have a new workhorse in Adrian Peterson. The Rams are leading the division but enter the toughest stretch of their season. 6 of their next 8 games are against teams currently .500 or better. They will prove themselves to be the class of the NFC West this season.
Prediction- Rams 31, Cardinals 21
Washington Redskins (3-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
The Eagles are 3-0 on the road this season. They get their next 3 games at home and against important conference foes. They look like the class of the NFC this season so far and will continue to dominate. They rocked Carolina with big plays on both sides of the ball. The defensive front is as nasty as there is in the NFL. The Redskins will need to play better than they did last week against the 49ers if they want to stay competitive.
Prediction- Eagles 34, Redskins 17
Atlanta Falcons (3-2) @ New England Patriots (4-2)
The last time these two teams played a game was in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons opened up a 25-point lead only to watch it all go down the drain and lose to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Matt Ryan is the reigning league MVP. Julio Jones is arguably the best Wide Receiver in the game. For some reason this season the offense just isn’t clicking like it was last season. They will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are going to compete with the Pats this week. The Patriots defense still doesn’t look right either but the offense is a well-oiled machine. They will continue to be the bane of this Buffalo Bills fan’s existence.