NFL picks Week 7: Steelers-Chiefs and all others

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Oct 18, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-2.5)

Minnesota (3-2) is not a good football team, and I actually believe Detroit (1-5) could be superior. The Vikings have been awful in almost every game. What makes us believe Minnesota is going to roll here?

Pick: Detroit 27, Minnesota 17

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts (-4.5)

New Orleans (2-4) won last week but is a rancid football team with a depleted secondary. Indianapolis (3-3) lost last week but might finally be figuring some stuff out. Look for this to be a “get right” game.

Pick: Indianapolis 37, New Orleans 17

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-4)

Miami (2-3) gave the keys to Dan Campbell last week, and all of a sudden, the Dolphins played with some intensity. Houston (2-4) is one of the worst teams in the NFL. Don’t expect much of a fight out of the Texans.

Pick: Miami 20, Houston 7

Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams (-7)

Cleveland (2-4) is not going to make the playoffs, but it is not the pitiful team we all expected. However, St. Louis (2-3) needs to win this game. If the Rams can pull out the victory, they are in the thick of the NFC playoff race.

Pick: St. Louis 21, Cleveland 19

Atlanta Falcons (-4) at Tennessee Titans

Atlanta (5-1) is going to probably finish with a ton of wins, but this is still a team with plenty of flaws. Still, Tennessee (1-4) is not a good group and could be without Marcus Mariota this week. Look for a massacre.

Pick: Atlanta 30, Tennessee 12

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins (-3)

Pick: Washington 23, Tampa Bay 13

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-10)

New England (5-0) is the best team in the AFC by a country mile, but New York (4-1) always gives it problems. Look for Tom Brady and the band to struggle, but they won’t lose this game with the AFC East lead on the line.

Pick: New England 24, New York 20

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