Poupart's Picks: Week 7

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 7 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Pittsburgh (2-3) at Atlanta (3-2) — Because of the way they played against Kansas City last week and because they defend the run very well, the Steelers seem like the logical pick here. But we're getting the feeling that Ben Roethlisberger won't have as easy a time on the road against the Falcons as he did in Atlanta. Prediction: Atlanta, 22-20.

New England (4-1) at Buffalo (2-4) — The Bills should have beaten the Pats in Week 1, but the result was the same as it has been of late in this series. New England is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings, so it's very difficult to go against the Patriots, especially with them coming off a bye. Prediction: New England, 24-14.

Carolina (4-2) at Cincinnat (3-2) — The Panthers are 4-0 since Steve Smith returned to the lineup, while the Bengals are banged up on the offensive line and struggling to score a lot of points. The Panthers continue to roll. Prediction: Carolina, 20-16.

Jacksonville (3-2) at Houston (1-4) — Houston has been pretty awful all year outside of the Miami game, but the Jaguars are banged up, with the latest injury being one to Byron Leftwich, who's now a question mark for the game. This game will be a lot closer than expected, although Jacksonville still should prevail. Prediction: Jacksonville, 20-17.

San Diego (4-1) at Kansas City (2-3) — The Chargers clearly have a better team than the Chiefs this season, particularly with Trent Green sidelined, but they have won only once in their last eight trips to Arrowhead Stadium. So it won't be easy. But Philip Rivers is playing very well at quarterback, and the Chargers run defense is better than K.C.'s, which means a bigger day for LaDainian Tomlinson than Larry Johnson. Prediction: San Diego, 24-21.

Green Bay (1-4) at Miami (1-5) — Can the Dolphins finally win another game? They should, but nothing has come easy this season and this won't, either. Brett Favre could have a big day against a mediocre secondary that again will be without Travis Daniels. Prediction: Miami, 20-17.

Detroit (1-5) at N.Y. Jets (3-3) — The Lions finally recorded their first victory of the season last week thanks to a big day from WR Roy Williams. The Lions have been pretty good on offense all year, and that should be enough to carry them on this day. Prediction: Detroit, 27-17.

Philadelphia (4-2) at Tampa Bay (1-4) — The Eagles suffered a tough loss at New Orleans last week, but should get back on track this week. The Eagles just have too big an edge at quarterback in this one for the Bucs to pull off their second consecutive upset. Prediction: Philadelphia, 31-16.

Denver (4-1) at Cleveland (1-4) — The Browns have played decent defense this season, so we're looking at a very low-scoring game here. There could be an upset here, but we're thinking the Broncos pull it out with a last-second field goal. Prediction: Denver, 13-10.

Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis (5-0) — The Redskins are reeling, which is not good news heading into a game against a Colts team that should fortified its run defense with the addition of Booger McFarland. This one could get ugly. Prediction: Indianapolis, 38-14.

Arizona (1-5) at Oakland (0-5) — The only question here is, how do the Cardinals react to their brutal loss to Chicago on Monday night? We say that because the Raiders are just a bad, bad team and won't win unless there's a hangover effect for Arizona. We're thinking there won't be, Matt Leinart will have a big day and the Cardinals will rebound. Prediction: Arizona, 27-18.

Minnesota (3-2) at Seattle (4-1) — The Vikings are not a great 3-2 team, and will be exposed in this game -- even with Shaun Alexander still out of action. Matt Hasselbeck started off slowly this season, but he came up big last Sunday at St. Louis and will continue his surge. Prediction: Seattle, 26-13.

Monday, Oct. 23

N.Y. Giants (3-2) at Dallas (3-2) — The Giants have been very impressive the last two weeks, but they'll be going up against a defense that just shuts down running games. The Cowboys also have the receivers that could exploit a shaky Giants secondary. Prediction: Dallas, 17-13.

Last week's record: 9-4

Season record: 58-29

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