2019 Week 7 NFL Picks
Well….another dreadful week of picks is behind us and the guys vow to be better. It’s hard not to–Dan actually had the best week with an ugly 6-8 performance, one game better than the regular season leader Brandon Reid. Week 7 will be different–it has to, right?
Standings after Week 6
Brandon Reid: 51-40-1
Dan Schalk: 46-45-1
Chiefs at Broncos (TNF)
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. I know it’s a challenging divisional game on the road, but I just can’t envision a scenario that has the Chiefs losing this game.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have ran into a rough patch against some pretty good defenses. Tyreke Hill has been out and they’re just now working him back in to shape. This is a good thing for K.C., as I would rather hit the rough patch now, and gear up for an AFC title game with New England. It could be the opposite with New England. They are rolling and have yet to hit turmoil. But yeah, Denver isn’t that good.
Raiders at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. I like what I’ve seen out of the Raiders so far this season but on the road, in a different time zone, with the weather in Lambeau, I don’t see them making this a game.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. The Packers are legit. They wear you down on both sides of the ball. The defense is holding teams to 19 ppg, while the offenses features Aaron Rodgers. They may have been trailing the whole night against the Lions, but Rodgers was also without his biggest weapon Davante Adams. I’m not sure the Packers are even rolling yet with new head coach Matt LaFleur.
Rams at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. It is quite possible that the Falcons have the worst defense in the NFL (outside of Miami) and Dan Quinn is fighting for his coaching job–but are his players fighting for it? I don’t think so–Rams roll.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. The thing I like about the Rams organization is they know when they need to pep it up, and they go out and get studs, particularly on defense. Acquiring Jalen Ramsey should add energy and make them more dynamic on defense, which they desperately needed. And playing the Falcons is just what a struggling offense needs.
49ers at Redskins
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are legit on defense and do just enough on offense to look like a contender. Talk to me in the second half of the season and see if I’m a believer.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. No Contest. Good luck to Bill Callahan trying to prepare for this game.
Texans at Colts
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. This will be a very close game and it’s possible the Texans lay a dud after shocking the Chiefs last weekend–but I think the offense is just too hot to be stopped weather it be with Hopkins and Fuller or Watson’s legs, the Texans pull out the victory.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The battle for the AFC South starts now. I believe Houston is ultimately the better team, with the better defense, better QB, and better offensive supporting cast. The Colts defense is a little dinged up right now and that might be enough. The Colts cannot fall behind, or it will be a struggle to outscore Houston.
Vikings at Lions
Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. The Lions are a few terrible calls (or non-calls) away from being in first-place in the NFC North (instead they’re last). Taking a divisional game at home will continue to have them right in the thick of things.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. Don’t look now but the NFC North is the best division in football. There are no weak links. The Lions are not a bad football team, although I have no confidence in their head coach. They need to improve on defense, but I’m not convinced that the Vikings have all of their offensive issues solved yet. The Vikings are favored on the road by 2.
Jaguars at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. This does have upset written all over it, but I think the Jags will be prepared and able to run the football while controlling the clock to win in ugly fashion.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. This is the week. I think the Jags are the better team, but beatable. AJ Green MIGHT play. But this team is too talented offensively to be held down like they are. I suspect a breakout is due.
Cardinals at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. Daniel Jones is better than Kyler Murray and Saquon Barkley will be suiting up. Simple.
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. I’m still not buying the Cardinals this year. They’ll win 5 games at the most. The likely hood of Saquon playing is enough for me to choose the Giants. I feel like the Giants are a little better on defense, they’re at home, and let’s not forget that the Cardinals wins have come against 2 of the 3 worst teams in the league.
Dolphins at Bills
Dan Schalk: Buffalo Bills. It pains me to pick the Bills, but the Dolphins are that bad.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. It’s crazy that this is an absolute no brainer. The Dolphins will not be able to handle the Bills pressure. The line is 17. What???
Chargers at Titans
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are a mess but I’m making this pick solely because Brandon is choosing the Titans. He is yet to correctly pick them this season, so I’m just rolling with the odds at this point.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. This will end up being my proudest moment of the entire year. I have been calling for a change at QB in Nashville since they acquired Ryan Tannehill. Ironically, I’ve gone 0-6 picking the Titans so far this year. But it’s now a new day, new QB, and you’ll see a different looking offense under Tannehill. I don’t have the Titans going to the playoffs or really salvaging much of a season at all because there are too many things wrong with the coaching staff, and the offense. The pieces are not in place to fix that. But I do know Ryan Tannehill is a better QB than Marcus Mariota, and the offense will look better. They will move the chains better, and hit the scoreboard better. Passes will be sharper, and the offensive line will look better. The receivers will be energized like they were in the few minutes they got to spend with Tannehill in Denver. I’m just glad the organization FINALLY realized they have to move in a different direction. Tannehill starting his Titans career 1-0 will be very vindicating for myself, and should be a happy moment for all Titans fans as we see not only can we survive the post-Mariota era, we can actually thrive in it. Believe it or not, this is the first step to much better days. #TannehillTime #TitanUp
Ravens at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. I’m going with my heart rather than my head with this pick. I own Lamar Jackson in multiple fantasy leagues and just want him to light up the scoreboard.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. The Ravens offense is a dynamic beast. They are average over 200 rushing yards per game. But then I look at who they’ve played and realize this test in Seattle may be their stiffest yet. Seattle is a Top 10 team in pretty much every major statistical category. They are a major player in the NFC. They have an elite franchise QB that is worth every penny they paid him. I think this is a slow your roll statement game from the Seahawks, to the younger Jackson and crew.
Saints at Bears
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. I’m still a believer in the Bears, I don’t care who lines up at quarterback–that defense is legit and will shut Teddy Bridgewater down.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. Everything points to New Orleans being the better team. They move the ball a lot better, and have a lot more offensive weapons than Chicago. This pick is all about a gut feeling. My gut tells me Chicago is a tough place to play, especially against that defense. My gut also tells me the Saints have been rolling a little too fast and they’re due for a stumble.
Eagles at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys always play the Eagles tough and despite my lack of faith in Dak Prescott, the Eagles have looked just as bad. Add in Doug Pederson’s motivation gift to Dallas by guaranteeing victory, I have the Cowboys winning by double-digits.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. I want to pick the Cowboys because I know they are a much better team than this 3 game skid indicates. But I also think Philly is about to hit their stride. They have been wildly inconsistent so far this year. But I have a feeling they are going to carve Dallas up this week. Like a turkey that is 6 weeks early. If we just go by the Jets results…Philly beat the Jets 31-6, Dallas lost to the Jets 24-22. Something is up in Big D, and at a horrible time because a division rival is on their way.
Patriots at Jets
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Sam Darnold won’t be as lucky this week.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. And that concludes my week of picks.
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