Jim Poore is back with his Week 7 picks column against the spread...

  It is hard to come up with a word for my performance last week. I guess I can just use the word bad. That Will Pretty much cover it. Once again the NFL shows how great of a league it is by showing the amazing amount of parity week after week. As it goes, the saying is any team can win on any given week. Right now, the Atlanta Falcons head into their bye week as the league's only undefeated team. The Houston Texans lost last week, but they should still be considered the favorites in the AFC.
  Like a team with a losing record that uses injuries as an excuse, I need to stop using the parity in the NFL as the reason for my shortcomings. I need to step up my game, and there is no better time then the present.

As always, home team in CAPS.

SAN FRANCISCO  7 1/2  Seattle
The 49ers got embarrassed at home last week, and the Seahawks pulled out a nice come from behind victory over the Patriots. I am not sold on Seattle, and I must say San Francisco has been a little on the disappointing side. They were expected to run away with the NFC West. They need to bounce back, and I think Seattle might still be a little high after last week's win. I'll take the 49ers here.
49ers 27-13

Pittsburgh  2  Cincinnati
Both teams suffered bad losses last week, but that's because neither team is all that great. I am not sure either of these teams makes it to the post season, but the Steelers have the better chance of doing so I think. I like Pittsburgh to bounce back here. I have never been a believer in the Bengals, at least not yet.
Steelers 23-20

NEW ENGLAND 10  New York Jets

The Patriots suffered a bad loss last week, while the Jets got their act together and had an easy win. The Patriots secondary was badly exploited last week, but I am not sure the Jets have the capability to take advantage. Both teams are 3-3. Something has to give. I'll take the Patriots to win, but I think the Jets can cover the points.
Patriots 24-17

New Orleans 2  TAMPA BAY
The Saints have finally won, and the Bucs need another win. Both teams have struggled, but it wasn't expected out of the Saints nearly as much. I think New Orleans might get on a hot streak. It will be too little too late however.
Saints 30-20

New York Giants  5 1/2  Washington
The Giants had a really big road win last week, and it looks like they will challenge in the NFC the rest of the way. The Redskins will be nothing more than spoilers, like they usually are. I don't see how Washington keeps this game that close. I don't see any problems for New York.
Giants 31-13

Dallas  2 1/2  CAROLINA
These two teams are not off to a good start, especially Carolina. May be some had their expectations too high, but they have not looked great. They are coming off of a bye week, and I think they will win this game. It's hard to tell which Dallas team is going to show up.
Panthers 20-17

Green Bay  5 1/2  St. Louis
The Packers exploded last week and looked like the team many thought they were going to be. The Rams have been decent, and they have kept pace in the suddenly competitive NFC West. I am not sure they can keep up with Green Bay though, who might start to go on a tear.
Packers 31-16

INDIANAPOLIS 2 1/2  Cleveland
This game was a Stinker candidate, and for good reason. The Browns new ownership started cleaning house by letting Mike Holmgren go. He really wasn't getting the job done. The Browns won't get the job done in this game either. I'll take the Colts here.
Colts 19-14
Minnesota  6  Arizona
Both teams have been big surprises, but are starting to falter a bit. The Cardinals just don't have the offense, and I think the Vikings were overrated from the beginning. Arizona doesn't have a good offense but their defense is still very good. It will likely keep them in the game here. I'll take Arizona to at least cover the points, and possibly win outright.
Vikings 21-17
Buffalo  3 1/2  Tennessee
It is kind of hard to tell which Buffalo team will show up every week. I think we know which Titan team will show up, the one that isn't very good. With a win the Bills will somehow be tied for first in the AFC East. This is one of those games where I am pretty confident that Buffalo will win but of course they will lose. I'll take Buffalo anyway.
Bills 26-20
CHICAGO  7  Detroit
The Bears have quietly put together a very nice season so far, but I am not sure if their offense is good enough. I am pretty sure Detroit's offense is good enough, but I really can't figure out what is going on with them. May be they will go on a run. I expect a pretty high scoring game, and I have a feeling the Lions are going to keep it close. I like them here.
Bears  31-27
Game of the Week

Houston  7  Baltimore
This game could determine home field throughout the playoffs. The Texans got waxed last week, but may be that was a good thing. I still think they are the best team in the AFC. The Ravens are very good, but their injuries are starting to pile up. I think Houston should be able to bounce back after last week's loss and get the job done at home.
Texans  26-17
Stinker of the Week

OAKLAND   4  Jacksonville
Seeing the two teams playing pretty much explains why it is the Stinker.
Raiders 23-13
Record For Week Six: 5-9 ( 6-8 without the spread )
Record Through Week Six: 36-52-3 ( 46-45 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 3-3
Stinker of Week Record: 2-4

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