The Sports Editors’ Week 7 NFL Picks

Sports Editors

Martin: New York Jets (+1.5) at Denver Broncos

The New York Jets have taken flight to a 4-2 record after back-to-back blowout wins over the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers. Running back Breece Hall and corner Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner have primed themselves as star rookies in this league, and teams have to respect the Jets’ talent. Gang Green is impressively undefeated on the road this season and should look to continue their success in Denver this Sunday.

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas still have respect for Russell Wilson, but this Broncos offense has been undeniably disappointing through six weeks. Frankly, the Jets’ front seven pose a challenge for the Broncos’ offensive line, especially with the loss of tackle Garrett Bolles due to injury. Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams already has five sacks on the season and has opened up pressure for the entire defense. The Jets should be able to shut down Russell Wilson as they did to Aaron Rodgers last week. If Russell Wilson cannot play due to his hamstring injury, then this line looks even better.

Stuzin: Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at San Francisco 49ers

Despite suffering a disappointing loss in Week 6 to the Buffalo Bills, I still see a bright future for the Kansas City Chiefs. QB Patrick Mahomes has a shocking 1,736 passing yards on the season through six games, even without wide receiver Tyreek Hill (who is now with the Miami Dolphins). Mahomes also has posted a QB rating of 106.1 through these six games, and, as always, tight end Travis Kelce has had a monster performance so far, with 455 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The offense seems to have not skipped a step after an upsetting off-season.

The San Francisco 49ers are a tough team to figure out. On paper, their offense has the potential to be one of the best in the league. But the team continues to experience ups and downs with a record of 3-3 so far. Second-year QB Trey Lance showed a lot of hope for the team, but he was placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) with an ankle injury after Week 2. Without him, and with Jimmy Garoppolo replacing him, the team will struggle to thrive. I expect the Chiefs to cover this spread with ease.

Notis: New York Giants (+3) at Jacksonville Jaguars

This line makes no sense. The Giants are 5-1, they just beat the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens, and they’re now underdogs to the 2-4 Jaguars? Am I missing something? The Giants’ game plan has proved dominant. Head Coach Brian Daboll is the frontrunner for NFL Coach of the Year. Daniel Jones is playing his way into becoming a franchise quarterback without any star receivers. Running back Saquon Barkley is electrifying defenses. The defensive line of Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux feels like the 2012 Giants. The Giants have been unstoppable and should continue to be. The Jaguars, after starting the year with a dominant offense, have crumbled. Their defense is not able to keep up with a slowing offense. Daboll should be able to find a way to pick their defense apart and leave Duval with a win. Vegas is supposed to always be right, but this seems too odd to be true. Expect the Giants to stomp the Jaguars. 

Silverstein: Tennessee Titans (-2.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts

In football, they say it is really difficult to beat a good team twice. Well, I don’t think the Colts are that good of a football team, and I think the Titans will beat them this week just like they did a few weeks ago in Indianapolis. There isn’t a lot to separate these two teams: they’re in the same division with almost identical records, have solid but not great quarterbacks and feature superstars in the backfield. But with Jonathan Taylor’s status being uncertain after missing the past two games with an ankle injury, there’s a good chance Indy won’t have their best player on the field, or in any case, that he won’t be 100 percent. Meanwhile, there is nothing that necessarily wows me about this Titans team, but they are well-coached, know what they are and what they’re not and have only lost this season to the 5-1 Giants and the 5-1 Bills. And, oh yeah, King Henry shows no signs of slowing down and is fresh off a bye. Give me a win for the Titans over their rivals to maintain control of the AFC South. 

 

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