Poupart's picks: Week 7

The NFL gets an early start this weekend, with the Dolphins' game against Kansas City moved to Friday night because of the threat of Hurricane Wilma. Pittsburgh-Cincinnati and San Diego-Philadelphia are the two marquee matchups this weekend. Here are the predictions for Week 7.

Friday, October 21

Kansas City (3-2) at Miami (2-3): The Dolphins have beaten two good teams at home in Denver and Carolina, so why can't they do the same against the Chiefs, whose defense still is questionable? Miami, 24-21

Sunday, October 23

Indianapolis (6-0) at Houston (0-5): The only undefeated team against the only winless team. Even if the Colts have to play on the road after a Monday night game, it won't make a difference. Houston is awful. Indianapolis, 34-13.

New Orleans (2-4) at St. Louis (2-4): The Saints outplayed Atlanta last week, but caught some bad breaks. The Rams, meanwhile, will have Jamie Martin at quarterback instead of Marc Bulger. Two teams going nowhere. St. Louis, 28-26.

Detroit (2-3) at Cleveland (2-3): We didn't know as of Friday whether Joey Harrington or Jeff Garcia would be at quarterback for the Lions. They'll win either way because Kevin Jones will have a big day. Detroit, 24-16.

San Francisco (1-4) at Washington (3-2): The Redskins appear for real, while the 49ers will continue to take their lumps with Alex Smith at quarterback. This one shouldn't be close. Washington, 24-6.

Pittsburgh (3-2) at Cincinnati (5-1): The Bengals have a golden opportunity to take full control of the AFC North here and to prove they're totally legit at the same time. Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play for the Steelers, who more than anything can't afford to have Tommy Maddox on the field. Cincy seems like the logical choice, but we get the feeling the Steelers defense will rise up. Pittsburgh, 23-21.

San Diego (3-3) at Philadelphia (3-2): The Chargers are playing offense as well as any team in the league right now, while there are questions about Philly's defense. Still, the Eagles have never lost after a bye under Coach Andy Reid. Philadelphia, 31-28.

Green Bay (1-4) at Minnesota (1-4): Woof! Woof! Two underachieving teams meet. At this point, it looks like the Vikings are just a little bit more messed up than the Packers. Green Bay, 27-24.

Dallas (4-2) at Seattle (4-2): The teams might have the same record, but the Seahawks have looked a lot more impressive, thanks in large part to RB Shaun Alexander. Seattle actually has the look of a Super Bowl contender. Seattle, 27-17.

Baltimore (2-3) at Chicago (2-3): If you like offense, this ain't the game for you. We'll go with the home field in this game, which very well could be decided by a defensive touchdown. Chicago, 13-10.

Denver (5-1) at N.Y. Giants (3-2): The Broncos have been on a roll since losing at Miami, but the joyride hits a speed bump here. The Giants put up big offensive numbers in their first two home games, and we're thinking they're going to make it three in a row. N.Y. Giants, 33-24.

Tennessee (2-4) at Arizona (1-4): Dennis Green has said he might not announce his starting quarterback until game time, but we're thinking it'll be Josh McCown and we're thinking he'll have a big day. Arizona, 26-16.

Buffalo (3-3) at Oakland (1-4): The Bills have been rejuvenated with Kelly Holcomb at quarterback, but they now go on the road against an Oakland team near the desperation point. Even without Randy Moss, the Raiders offense finally gets going. Oakland, 27-20.

Monday, October 24

N.Y. Jets (2-4) at Atlanta (4-2): The Falcons were lucky to beat New Orleans last week and haven't looked all that great lately. Still, the Jets have major issues on offense, starting with the line trying to protect Vinny Testaverde. This won't be a great Monday night matchup. Atlanta, 26-13.

Last week's record: 11-3

Season record: 54-34


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