Thursday, October 20, 2016
NFL - Week Seven Preview
That would be the game between the San Diego Chargers (2-4) and the Atlanta Falcons (4-2) this Sunday in Atlanta.
The Falcons have scored 199 points in six games (33.2 average per game) while the Chargers have amassed 173 points in their first six games for a 28.9 points per game average.
Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers have two of the highest ratings in the league and each has thrown just three interceptions through the first six games. Ryan has 15 TD passes and Rivers has tossed twelve touchdowns.
Figure for this game to be a high scoring affair that could be decided by which team has the ball last.
Another game that (on paper) looks to be a good one is the New England Patriots at the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for this one and so it stands to reason that New England, with Tom Brady rolling right along in his first two games back after a four-game suspension, figures to beat the Steelers this Sunday.
Brady has been his usual brilliant self for the two games, compiling a 135.5 QB rating with 782 passing yards while completing 76 percent of his passes. He has thrown for six touchdowns with no interceptions.
Roethlisberger left last week's game with a knee injury and was leading the NFL with 16 touchdown passes at the time.
In his place will be Landry Jones to lead the offense that still has running back Le'Veon Bell (5.5 ypc average) and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who already has 41 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns.
Two other big match ups in Week Seven include the Arizona Cardinals (3-3) taking on the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) in the Sunday night game. This key NFC West battle could go a long way to determining the eventual division winner this season.
The Monday night game will see the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos (both 4-2) going at it in the Mile High City. Former Broncos QB Brock Osweiler returns to try and lead his new team to victory in Denver.
The season is nearing the halfway point already and this week's action should become more intense as the teams continue to jockey for playoff positions.
The following offers a look at the games along with the Heftyinfo picks for this weekend.
Chicago (1-5) at Green Bay (3-2) - The oldest rivalry in the NFL . . . take the Packers.
NY Giants (3-3) vs. Los Angeles (3-3) game in London, England - The two biggest cities in the United States playing a football game in England. Go figure.
New Orleans (2-3) at Kansas City (3-2) - Did you know that Hall-of-Fame Coach Hank Stram once coached both of these teams?
Indianapolis (2-4) at Tennessee (3-3) - Colts coming off a crushing defeat while the Titans are starting to believe they can contend in the AFC South.
Minnesota (5-0) at Philadelphia (3-2) - Former Eagles QB Sam Bradford returns to Philly . . . Can the Eagles knock off the NFL's only unbeaten team?
Cleveland (0-6) at Cincinnati (2-4) - With the Indians going to the World Series, nobody notices the Browns are winless. Bengals are struggling as well.
Washington (4-2) at Detroit (3-3) - This should be a very entertaining game with both teams playing well right now.
Oakland (4-2) at Jacksonville (2-3) - This game used to determine which team would get the number one NFL draft pick.
Buffalo (4-2) at Miami (2-4) - The Bills have won four in a row, but usually struggle in Miami.
Baltimore (3-3) at NY Jets (1-5) - Ravens have lost three straight games and the Jets have dropped four in a row. Something has to give.
Tampa Bay (2-3) at San Francisco (1-5) - Who cares?
San Diego (2-4) at Atlanta (4-2) - The Chargers are NFL's best team with a losing record. Falcons are the highest scoring team in the NFL. This should be a high scoring game.
New England (5-1) at Pittsburgh (4-2) - No Big Ben for Pittsburgh means a long day vs. Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Seattle (4-1) at Arizona (3-3) - The Cardinals are tough at home and these two teams don't like each other.
Houston (4-2) at Denver (4-2) - Texans QB Brock Osweiler returns to Denver, where he helped the team to last year's Super Bowl run while playing for the Broncos.
The Heftyinfo picks for Week Seven . . . . . . . (Home teams are listed in bold; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)
Green Bay over Chicago
NY Giants over Los Angeles (game played in London, England)
Kansas City over New Orleans
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Philadelphia over Minnesota
CINCINNATI over Cleveland
Detroit over Washington
Oakland over Jacksonville
Miami over Buffalo
NY Jets over Baltimore
Tampa Bay over San Francisco
Atlanta over San Diego
New England over Pittsburgh
Arizona over Seattle
Denver over Houston
Last Week's Record: 10-5
SEASON RECORD: 55-37
Lock of the Week Record: 6-0