Poupart's Picks: Week 7

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 7 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, October 21

San Francisco (2-3) at N.Y. Giants (4-2): It's looking like Trent Dilfer will be at quarterback for the 49er, whose offense has been really anemic pretty much all season. Dilfer actually might give Frisco a better chance to win than Alex Smith in this spot, but we'll still go with Eli Manning and Co. N.Y. Giants, 24-13.

New England (6-0) at Miami (0-6): There is no reason whatsoever to think this game will be close, other than the Dolphins are at home and they've given Tom Brady problems in the past. Still ... New England, 34-14.

Tennessee (3-2) at Houston (3-3): We won't know until game time whether it will be Vince Young or Kerry Collins at quarterback for the Titans, but we don't think it will make a difference regardless. The Texans win at home. Houston, 23-20.

Baltimore (4-2) at Buffalo (1-4): It's Kyle Boller at QB for the Ravens, whose offense has stalled in recent weeks. But the Bills haven't exactly been lighting it up, and that's not good news against the Ravens defense. This should be low-scoring. Baltimore, 13-10.

Tampa Bay (4-2) at Detroit (3-2): The Bucs continue to surprise, but they still have major issues at running back and now go against head coach Rod Marinelli, who should be very familiar with them from his days in Tampa. The Lions were awful two weeks ago at Washington, but they had their bye week to regroup. Detroit, 26-23.

Atlanta (1-5) at New Orleans (1-4): A lot of people seem to think Drew Brees and the Saints are ready to make a big move after their 0-4 start, but I'm not convinced. Still, they should beat the Falcons, even though it will be more difficult now that Byron Leftwich is at quarterback. New Orleans, 29-17.

Arizona (3-3) at Washington (3-2): It looks like Kurt Warner actually will be ready to go on Sunday, one week after he sustained what looked like a severe elbow injury. But it doesn't matter because Warner figures to get sacked often and it's probably a matter of time before he gets hurt again. The Skins have issues on offense, but they'll win this one with defense. Washington, 17-13.

Kansas City (3-3) at Oakland (2-3): Larry Johnson finally got going last Sunday against Cincy and he'll keep it going against an Oakland he usually abuses. Kansas City, 28-17.

N.Y. Jets (1-5) at Cincinnati (1-4): Two really bad teams face each other, but we have to go with Carson Palmer over Chad Pennington. Cincinnati, 24-21.

St. Louis (0-6) at Seattle (3-3): Marc Bulger will be back at QB for the Rams, which gives them a chance against a severely underachieving Seahawks team. Upset special. St. Louis, 27-24.

Chicago (2-4) at Philadelphia (2-3): Two of the most disappointing teams in the NFC face off, but we'll go with Donovan McNabb over Brian Griese. Philadelphia, 20-17.

Minnesota (2-3) at Dallas (5-1): The Cowboys need to worry about Adrian Peterson in this game, but they still should be able to rebound from their loss to New England. Dallas, 31-20.

Pittsburgh (4-1) at Denver (2-3): There's no logical reason to like the Broncos in this spot because what they do well is run the ball and nobody runs on Pittsburgh. But Denver has been good after the bye under Mike Shanahan, and we just have a sneaky suspicion they'll played an inspired game. Another upset special. Denver, 21-20.

Indianapolis (5-0) at Jacksonville (4-1): The Jaguars really are on a roll, thanks to their defense the running of Maurice Jones-Drew, and that combination will help them tie the Colts atop the AFC South with a big victory in this game. Jacksonville, 24-23.

Last week's record: 7-6

Season record: 52-36


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