Originally written on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 11/3/14
Seattle 34 Arizona 22 - Well, yesterday I told you I liked the Arizona Cardinals to cover the 6.5-point spread and the under of 40 against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.  I went full Brittany Spears on that one because oops, I did it again.  Seattle smashed Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and the Cardinals, 34-22.  Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with his three touchdown passes and the defense led the way to their victory. On to the Week 7 NFL fun time preview. The Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints are enjoying their bye weeks.  That’s a good thing after both suffered road losses last week.  The Saints loss was their first of the season. St. Louis @ Carolina(-6.5)- The Rams hit Charlotte on a mini-roll after back-to-back wins. This is also the Rams second game on the road after winning in Houston last week.  Even the very best teams in the NFL struggle to win two weeks in-a-row on the road. Carolina features a tough defense and Superman wannabe quarterback Cam Newton. Carolina nearly beat the class of the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks, in week one and destroyed the hapless NY Giants 38-0 at home this season.  The Panthers will find their way to .500 on the season as they trounce the Rams. Tampa Bay @ Atlanta(-7) – The winless Buccaneers travel to Atlanta for a divisional showdown with the Falcons. Who would have thought that after ten games combined between them that they would have just one win. Scary. What’s even scarier is that Atlanta is without wide receiver Julio Jones and possibly Roddy White as well. Tampa is again led by rookie quarterback Mike Glennon who still seeks his first NFL win.  Tampa head coach Greg Schiano is a dead man walking.  At this point it’s not if but when the Glazer’s decide to drop the axe on Schiano’s ill-fated career as an NFL head coach. It’s a shame the hard working fans of the Atlanta Flacons have to pay full price to watch this game. Gate attendants at the Georgia Dome should ask fans entering the game “Trick or Treat” because this game is no treat.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank had tricked them out of their money. Chicago @ Washington(-1) - The Redskins are 9-1 when running back Alfred Morris rushes for over one hundred yards.  The Redskins are 1-4 this season. Seems like an easy path to victory for the Redskins. Run the darn ball with Morris and let that open things up for quarterback Robert Griffin III. Chicago’s only losses are to Detroit and New Orleans.  The Bears are beating the teams they should and they should handle the Redskins.  It will be a close one but if the Bears control Morris they can control the game. Dallas @ Philadelphia(-2.5) - Nick Foles will once again start at quarterback for the Eagles. By my eye he gets more people involved and makes the passing game work more efficiently than Mike Vick. Combine this with the Eagles incredible running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy and the Eagles look like a good bet to beat the Cowboys in this showdown for first place in the NFC Least, oops, I mean NFC East. New England @ New York Jets(+3.5) - The, 5-1, first place Patriots will welcome back Rob Gronkowski to the lineup this week. Finally quarterback Tom Brady will have one of his favorite targets back to throw the ball to.  The bad news for the Pats is that linebacker Jarod Mayo is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.  He joins nose tackle Vince Wilfork on the injured reserve. While the Jets do have three wins to go with their three losses reality is knocking at the door.  Their next three games are the Pats at home then at Cincinnati and they return home to face New Orleans.  Can you say, “Hello 3-6″? Buffalo @ Miami(-9.5) – The Thad Lewis era continues for the Buffalo Bills as he makes just his third NFL start.  Buffalo nearly knocked off Cincinnati in OT last week losing 27-24.  They travel to Miami to take on their long-time division rival Miami Dolphins. Miami, coming off of their bye, needs to beat the Bills.  After starting 3-0 the Dolphins have dropped their last two games. They’re getting a boatload of points hosting the Bills.  I like them to win but the Bills to cover the number in this heated rivalry. Cincinnati @ Detroit(-1) - Cincy finds themselves in the same boat as the Rams this week. Can they go on the road again and win for the second week in-a-row? Sure they can but they won’t. The Lions are playing good football and their not that dirty defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leads an improved defense. This is my call for game of the week. The Bengals may again find themselves in overtime this week on the road but they won’t be as lucky this time around against the Lions. San Diego @ Jacksonville(+9.5) - San Diego beat the Colts on Monday Night Football, 19-9.  Now on a short week they have to travel across the country to play the totally defeated Jacksonville Jaguars.  After hanging tough with the preordained Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos last week only losing 35-19 after being a 26 point underdog the Jags could be lying in wait to pull the upset. If they’re going to win a game this might be their best chance or not. The Chargers are playing some good football and if they want to be in the playoff hunt in the AFC they must win this game.  Plus, the Jags still have two against Houston and games against Buffalo and Cleveland on their schedule.  Take the points but I still like the Super Chargers to win. Baltimore @ Pittsburgh(-1) - Division rivalries don’t get anymore intense that this one.  Sometimes, I’m even sore after watching these two exchange blows for four quarters.  The Steelers finally got their first win of the season last week against the NY Jets.  I wonder if “Big” Ben Roethlisberger still thinks that they are the worst team in the NFL? Baltimore has scuffled along so far this season with a 3-3 record. With their next three games within their division the Ravens could right the ship and get back into the AFC playoff picture.  That all starts with a win in Pittsburgh. Cleveland @ Green Bay(-10) - The Packers lost two receivers to injuries last week in their win at Baltimore.  It shouldn’t matter against the Browns and quarterback Brandon Weeden.  Weeden just doesn’t have what it takes to be a winning quarterback in the NFL. While the tundra isn’t yet frozen in Green Bay it’s starting to get chilly. Lay the points and take the Pack to keep it going against the Browns.  Green Bay is in a dog fight this year in the NFC North division as Chicago and Detroit are for real.  This division will challenge to get three teams into the playoffs. Houston @ Kansas City(-6.5) - Houston has named Case Keenum as their starting quarterback for this game.  Yikes!  A rookie quarterback making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium where they just set a record for the loudest stadium last week against the Raiders is a recipe for disaster.  How did it all go so wrong so fast for the Texans? Keenum also has this little fact hanging over his head, Texans quarterbacks have thrown a pick six five games in-a-row. Now this rookie is going to make his first start in the loudest stadium against the best defense in the NFL which by the way has already returned three passes for touchdowns this season. Houston, we’ve got a big problem! San Francisco @ Tennessee(+3.5) - Injured Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker hasn’t been cleared to return to action yet. If he can’t play Ryan Fitzpatrick will make another start for the Titans.  The Titans play everybody tough regardless of who is under center for them. The 49ers are on a three game roll after dropping game to Seattle and Indy.  They should get the win in Tennessee but it won’t be easy for them. This home dog could bite but more than likely it will growl and bark for awhile then lay down for a nap in the fourth quarter. Denver @ Indianapolis(+6) – Peyton Manning returns to the city to play the team with he once won a Super Bowl. The media had already made these two teams their darlings.  Macarthur didn’t get this much publicity when he returned to the Philippines. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck likes to rise to the challenge.  I still don’t like the Colts chances much in this game. Manning was essentially fired from the Colts.  Sunday night he gets his chance to show them the error of their ways.  Lay the points as nothing has the wrath of a Manning scorned. Minnesota @ New York Giants(-3.5) – You know how I know you’re a terrible football team? When you’re an underdog to a winless team, that’s how.  The New York Giants have a great chance to get their first win of the season against the Vikings.  Josh Freeman gets the start for Minnesota.  He’s their third different starter this season. They gave Freeman $3 million to sign with them after getting cut by the Buccaneers.  Imagine, if we could watch the Manning brothers get blasted on national television two nights in-a-row.  We couldn’t get that lucky.             The post NFL Week 7: Manning Returns to Indy appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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