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Week 7 can be considered a big week in the NFL. You’ve seen what the teams are made of, and what their capabilities are. That being said, this year is one of the more difficult ones to predict, as most of the team records show. Let’s have a look at some of the best bets this week…

New Orleans (-3.5) at Tampa Bay

One team that still shouldn’t be trusted is the New Orleans Saints. Sure they have weapons on offense, but what’s losing their games is their defense, particularly their pass defense. That’s not a good sign for them this week, as Josh Freeman just might be coming alive, he showed that last week. This will probably be a high scoring game, with Tampa Bay at least covering the spread.

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5

Arizona at Minnesota (-6)

Kevin Kolb is out for Arizona, and they’ll be relying on John Skelton to go into Minnesota and try to lead them past the Vikings. Arizona has dismal pass protection, allowing sacks until the cows come home. Will Skelton even be able to make it through the whole game with Jared Allen breathing down his neck on every play? Arizona does have decent defense, but Minnesota has proven to put points on the board, especially at home. The Vikings should take this one, Arizona is starting to show it’s true colours.

Pick: Minnesota Vikings -6

New York Jets at New England (-10.5)

Big divisional matchup here, with all 4 teams in the AFC East tied at 3-3. The Jets destroyed the Colts last week, and the Patriots lost at the end of the game to a tough Seahawks team in Seattle. Yes, the Patriots will be pissed. However, this spread is huge for a game of this importance. The Jets won’t win this game, but the Pats won’t blow them out. These teams know each other well, and it should be close in the fight for the division lead.

Pick: New York Jets (+10.5)

Survivor Pool Picks

If you haven’t already used New England or San Francisco, this could be the time to give both a look, as they are the heaviest favourites. Both teams lost last week, and both are at home. Both teams should have better records than they do, and they should both bounce back this week. San Francisco is playing a Seattle team that has to travel on a short week. As mentioned earlier, although the New England/Jets game should be close, they should still win. Another backup to consider would be Minnesota.

Teams to avoid this week would be the NY Giants (vs. Washington), Houston (vs. Baltimore), and Green Bay (vs. St. Louis), as they are all dangerous matchups.

Picks: San Francisco 49ers (backup would be the New England Patriots, or Minnesota Vikings)