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Rine's Week 7 NFL Picks

October 17, 2012
By SHAWN RINE - Sports Editor (rine@theintelligencer.net) , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Thursday

San Francisco 30, Seattle 20

This really is probably the best Thursday nighter that we've had. It is also a chance for the Seahawks to make a serious statement. The 49ers have too much fire power, however.

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Sunday

Minnesota 26, Arizona 23

Two of the more surprising teams in the league this year. That's what makes the NFL so popular, is you never know who will do what from one season to the next. But the Vikings are a bit more balanced and playing at home.

Green Bay 27, St. Louis 14

This is a must-win for the Packers, who have already lost one more game than they did all of last regular season. There's something missing in Green Bay and I have a suspicion it's a lack of a running game. But when Aaron Rodgers is throwing like he did last week ...

Houston 33, Baltimore 6

We're about to see the Ravens defense, without Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, get horribly exposed for what it is - overrated. No team in the NFL is as balanced as the Texans, but the defense is hurting with the loss of Brian Cushing.

N.Y. Giants 22, Washington 16

The favorite in this longtime rivalry rarely comes out on the good end of this one. But the Giants, although not as fierce, still offer a little bit more on the defensive side of the football.

Dallas 21, Carolina 10

Two underachieving teams here, to be sure. It's safe to say the Panthers are pretty much out of it at this point, so this game definitely means more to the Cowboys. Dallas is 7-0 when DeMarco Murray carries 12 times or more. Why not do that every week?

Tampa Bay 16, New Orleans 13

It says right here that Drew Brees should have a field day against Tampa's young secondary. But a little bit further over here, it says nothing has gone according to plan this season for the Saints.

Indianapolis 28

Cleveland 9

Andrew Luck is thanking the stars he didn't end up in Cleveland because that's where quarterbacks - and franchises - go to die. Brandon Weeden is going to get a close-up look at how a real QB goes about his business.

Buffalo 24, Tennessee 20

The Titans have shown more life recently but it doesn't really count since the Steelers make everyone look like Super Bowl contenders. The Bills need to get back to do what they do best, which is running the ball with Fred Jackson.

Oakland 3, Jacksonville 0

Oh, boy. This one has thriller written on it. More like Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' because it's going to be scary and difficult to watch. Sebastien Janikowski wins it.

New England 34, N.Y. Jets 7

It's all over but the crying in New York. Sticking with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month theme, Rex Ryan is about to be handed a pink slip after getting blown out by Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 17

I wasn't going to pick the Steelers to win another game, but I just can't do that. I'm not going to lie, the team has been a huge embarrassment this season, but the Bengals generally cure all ailments.

Monday

Chicago 28, Detroit 13

Nobody is more disappointed in the Lions than I am. There's too much talent on that team for it to be mediocre. They fall back even farther in the NFC Central race.

Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at Rine@theintelligencer.net

 
 

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