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Another week in the NFL, and another different package put together for The Intermission‘s NFL Picks. This time, Andy went video (smart man), while I myself went with some quick rationale (below) using my typing skills. Neither of us revealed our picks to the other beforehand, which is always more interesting. We’ll be back together on the podcast version next week. For now, enjoy this “two-parter.”

Previous Picks:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

Overall, only 3 games separate us for the season to date, and we’re both claiming small (large) victories in both being over .500. Spreads are hard, man. This week, I personally couldn’t squeeze the video part in, so my quick rationale is below. All picks are listed at the bottom.

* Home team in CAPS

PACKERS (-8) over Washington: The Packers are rolling and despite most of the attention planted with the offense, this defense has been very effective. And this past week, they brought in linebacker Whitney Mercilus, who will contribute and also had this ridiculously cool photo with Rodgers from 2016. Pack should roll.

GIANTS (+3) over Panthers: The Giants are slowly getting healthier. While no Saquon just yet, or Sterling Shepard, both Darius Slayton and Evan Engram should play. And still no Christian McCaffery on the Carolina side. G-Men are desperate for a win at home.

DOLPHINS (+2.5) over Falcons: Do we really know who the better team is here? The Dolphins have lost 5 in a row and are in that desperation mode as well. And there is some quarterback stuff behind the scenes with Tua and the rumors of Deshaun Watson floating around. Miami opted not to take their bye week after their trip to London, which coach Brian Flores claims the team is actually happy to be back playing so quickly. I’ll believe him. I think Miami gets the win at home.

RAVENS (-6.5) over Bengals: The Bengals are playing extremely well, and they’re certainly young and fun. But until someone puts the clamps on Lamar Jackson, I’m going to continue to ride the Ravens (despite my preseason thumbs down on them). I think they can get this game by a touchdown.

PATRIOTS (-7) over Jets: I have to think Bill Belichick is going to come out firing, especially with the defensive scheme. There’s absolutely no way this team falls to 2-5 and drops another game at home, especially to the J-E-T-S. I think a touchdown is generous enough.

TITANS (+4.5) over Chiefs: Easily the game of the week here, with huge implications down the stretch. If the Titans can secure tie-breaking wins over both the Bills and the Chiefs, that would be gigantic. Derrick Henry is playing out of his mind right now, and Kansas City is definitely not. Titans may lose a close one, but they’ll keep it to within 3 points.

Lions (+16) over RAMS: The Rams could win this game by 35 points. But I’m willing to take a shot and say that the Lions hang around to cover that big spread. The game itself may not be close, but Jared Goff is going to do everything in his power to perform against his old team.

RAIDERS (-3) over Eagles: This one is pretty straightforward for me. Raiders impressed post-Gruden last week and though they’ll be missing Darren Waller, I think they handle business at home with a cozy spread.

Texans (+18) over CARDINALS: The Cardinals are amazing and undefeated, the Texans are hot garbage. But weird things happen in the NFL and I can’t avoid taking that many points in this game. Cards win easily, but I’m smelling a backdoor cover.

BUCCANEERS (-11.5) over Bears: The Bucs are missing some guys (Brown, Gronkowski, Sherman) but will it even matter? The Bears get Damien Williams back, but I just don’t think they have the firepower to hang in this game. That Tampa D is going to be all over Justin Fields. Tom Brady and company roll at home.

Colts (+4) over 49ERS: This Sunday night game could go either way. It looks like Jimmy G is going to play for the Niners, but they still have some lingering injuries. I’m also pretty sure they’re on their 48th string running back by now. I think the Colts will keep this game close and won’t surprise me if they win outright to keep afloat in the AFC South.

SEAHAWKS (+4.5) over Saints: Honestly, even without Russell Wilson and Chris Carson, this line agains the Seahawks and the 12th Man is straight disrespectful. I’m hitting Seattle all day on this line. And the city will still be buzzing from the Kraken debut.

Picks for Week 7

Spreads were pulled from TheScore on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Game / Point SpreadMikeAndy
Broncos @ Browns (-1.5)CLECLE
Washington @ Packers (-8)GBGB
Panthers (-3) @ GiantsNYGCAR
Falcons (-2.5) @ DolphinsMIAATL
Bengals @ Ravens (-6.5)BALBAL
Jets @ Patriots (-7)NENYJ
Chiefs (-4.5) @ TitansTENTEN
Lions @ Rams (-16)DETDET
Eagles @ Raiders (-3)LVLV
Texans @ Cardinals (-18)HOUARZ
Bears @ Buccaneers (-11.5)TBCHI
Colts @ 49ers (-4)INDIND
Saints (-4.5) @ SeahawksSEASEA
Week 711-28-5
Overall Season Record62-4556-51
Byes: Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers, Vikings

Overall Standings

NFL WeekMikeAndy
Week 711-28-5
Week 68-68-6
Week 510-69-7
Week 48-85-11
Week 39-78-8
Week 210-69-7
Week 16-109-7

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