NFL Week 7 open thread

posted at 11:31 am on October 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Can the Pittsburgh Steelers rebound from a poor 2-3 start this season?  If so, they have to start tonight — and they finally have to win a game on the road.  They play their division rival Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati for the Sunday night game today.  The line has Pittsburgh up by one, and it should be a great game.  I’ll pick the Steelers to win 27-24, but that will require some better running by Pittsburgh, who is dead last in the rushing game.

Last week I picked a couple of big upsets — the Packers, Giants, and Broncos all won on the road — giving me a 5-1 outing, and a 22-14 record for the season.  Can I keep up the momentum?

  • Cardinal at Vikings - The Vikes bit me last week after I gave them the edge against the Washington Redskins.  They’re at home this week, though, and they’ve been tough in the Big Marshmallow.  The Cards have been iffy lately, and not particularly good on the road.  Minnesota in a squeaker, 24-21.
  • Packers at Rams – The Pack played like the Pack last week, and I’m betting they can keep it up against a slowly improving St. Louis team.  Aaron Rodgers will have the clinic open again, with the Pack cruising to a 35-20 win.
  • Redskins at Giants – Washington looks pretty good this year, but the Giants are turning it back up now.  Playing at home against their division rivals, don’t expect a letdown after their big win in San Francisco.  NYG 31, Washington 23.
  • Ravens at Texans – This looked like a tougher game before Ray Lewis went on injured reserve with a torn tricep. (That sounds incredibly painful, too, and how often does that happen, anyway?) Texas just lost their first game at home, so don’t expect them to let it happen two weeks in a row.  Texans win 27-23.
  • Lions at Bears – I’m making this pick so I don’t have to choose the Jets/Pats game.  Chicago has won both of its home games, but Detroit’s not looking too bad this year.  I’m going to take a flyer on Megatron and the Lions in an upset, 27-21.

 

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Steelers 49 – Enemy 3

Bishop on October 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Go Stillers!

Philly on October 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

What is this NFL of which you speak?

Mr. Arrogant on October 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The warranty is up on the Steelers and Ravens. I expect a statement game from Houston and that is bad for the purple.

Notice that the Colts, who were an early rival in ancient post seasons against the Steelers and the other teams from their Super Bowl runs, are either rebuilt or rebuilding?

The only hope for either Balt or Pitt is that the black and gold has some nice running developing and they are not playing the Texans.

IlikedAUH2O on October 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Eagles can’t lose this week YEAAAHHHHHHHH……..

Because they’re not playing.

thebrokenrattle on October 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

My Texans (and I) were totally humbled and humiliated by the cheese heads last week on national TV. But that ain’t enough to keep us humble long. Look out Ravens, the Texans have something to prove!

cartooner on October 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

after poor showing last week 6-8 need a good week

+1 SF
got vikings at home in tough game
panthers, don’t think they will win but just cant pick the cowgirls
Saints
GB
Hail Skins!!
Texans only because at home, should be the game to watch
bills
colts
Pats at home
raiders at home/rested, who knows in this gag fest
Pitt should get Ed a win today
Bears

good luck all

smitty41 on October 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Since my Gophers have reverted to the Gophers of old :( – the Vikings are my last football hope.

Go Vikings!

gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I’m actually looking forward to Jets/Pats. There’s a Boston ex-pat I’ve gotten to know recently and so he’s been agonizing over his guys. Both teams have the same record…. the drama of maybe Tebow at running back, etc., and the fact that this is a big rivalry.. I may actually sit down and watch the whole game :-)

cane_loader on October 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Redskins at Giants – Washington looks pretty good this year, but the Giants are turning it back up now. Playing at home against their division rivals, don’t expect a letdown after their big win in San Francisco. NYG 31, Washington 23.

Oh, you haven’t been following the Giants enough during the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning era — I’d be way more confident about this game if they were playing in Washington instead of at the Meadowlands, where they’ve routinely turn in their worst performances over the past decade (Eli’s home town of New Orleans seems to be the only place he doesn’t play well on the road, maybe because it is where he grew up and his dad used to play).

jon1979 on October 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

52-39 on the season for 57% need improvement

smitty41 on October 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Geea Ed, did you have to curse the Giants and pick them? Are you now trying to transfer the notorious Morrissey Curse from the Jets to the Giants?

GO GIANTS!

simkeith on October 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’ll take the 49ers over the Seahawks 15-6. Oh, wait! The Niners declined the safety….book-makers hardest hit.

Can I keep up the momentum?

Is this Morrissey or Romney talkin’?

Rovin on October 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

GO GIANTS!

simkeith on October 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Yes! Go Giants!

Rovin on October 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Go Steelers!!!!!!

CW on October 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

My Pats are killing me but they should beat the Jets, maybe?

tim c on October 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Since my Gophers have reverted to the Gophers of old :( – the Vikings are my last football hope.
Go Vikings!
gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

It’s seven years now that Wisconsin has win Paul bunyon’s axe – and the Vikings are still 0-4 in Super Bowls

I’m in St. Louis – half the stadium is packer fans :-)

Green_Bay_Packers on October 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Worst Division in football? The AFC Least.

“Fit to be tied.”

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Worst Division in football? The AFC Least.

“Fit to be tied.”

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Hey now! My Dolphins WILL NOT lose this week!
*same reason as thebrokenrattle stated.

VegasRick on October 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Big game for the Steelers- Conference and Division game. A loss today means they have to fight for a wildcard spot. No Troy, no Mendenhall (sp?). Did Ben roll his ankle in practice this week? On the road where they’re winless. Cincy wins late.

My Ravens may hang on for the AFC North crown, but they won’t go far in the playoffs unless DC Dan Pees can find some coaching ability. Our defense is being gashed by what is obviously awful game-planning, and an inability to coach up the young linebackers during the week. I expect a big loss in Houston today. Game will probably be out of reach by halftime.

BKeyser on October 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The 1-4 Who Dats face a critical game today against the 2-3 Bucs; this is a game that psychologically they have to win, due to the Bucs’ all-around mediocrity, to begin to dig out of their 1-4 hole.

Lose this game, and it’ll be the Ain’ts, and kiss the 2012 season goodbye before the half-way mark.

cane_loader on October 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Go Jets!! Tom Brady? He sucks, BAAD!!

abobo on October 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Green_Bay_Packers on October 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Your point is what exactly?

gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

For the Saints, a 5-1 run gets them a game above .500.
A 4-2 run, and they’re still a game below.

Check this interesting link to 25 teams that made the playoffs with mediocre records.

Saints made the playoffs in ’90 with an 8-8 record.

Don’t count Brees and Co. out yet.

WHO DAT!

cane_loader on October 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Your point is what exactly?

gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The point is that now it’s your turn to talk smack back.

It’s a man’s game – be one!! lolol

cane_loader on October 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

OT: The Boston Red Sox are trading utility man Mike Aviles to the Toronto Blue Jays.

For Manager John Farrell.

That’s the first time since 2002 that a team manager’s been trade bait. That year Lou Piniella was traded to Tampa Bay from Seattle.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The 2010 Seahawks made the playoffs at 7-9.

That’s not a typo.

7-9!

Then they beat our Who Dats while I was freezing in the deer stand :-(

cane_loader on October 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

GEAUX, SAINTS! Welcome back, Vilma.

Christien on October 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

What Ed and Bkeyser, both fail to realize is the Texans have NEVER BEATEN the Ravens. That trend will continue today. Just like Ed’s trend to never pick the ravens and always pick the Stealers.

Go Ravens

WV. Paul on October 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Correction, Bkeyser’s analysis is looking to be correct. #$%^#$ Ravens rrrrrr!

WV. Paul on October 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

WV. Paul on October 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Sadly. #FireDeanPees

BKeyser on October 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Steelers 49 – Enemy 3

Bishop on October 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Go Stillers!

Philly on October 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Bring back Arians already. Ben Roth running for his life under Haley as well, but at least they were winning under Arians.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Listening to the Saints radio broadcast with the great Jim Henderson. Drew Brees seems to be on fire today, and after trailing 21-7 the Saints have now tied it.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

No offense or defense for the Ravens. The entire AFC, except for the Texans aren’t looking to good.

WV. Paul on October 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Listening to the Saints radio broadcast with the great Jim Henderson. Drew Brees seems to be on fire today, and after trailing 21-7 the Saints have now tied it.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Ahhh Eeeee. I garannteeeee.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Giants/Redskins tied and halftime.

My nine-year-old has switched sides 3 times already.

Been a good game.

Tim_CA on October 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Ahhh Eeeee. I garannteeeee.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

28-21 New Orleans.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

28-21 New Orleans.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

313 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. And that’s just the first half. WOW!

Christien on October 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

28-21 New Orleans.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I remember living in Biloxi back in the late 70′s, early 80′s. Watching Archie Manning scramble like a maniac for his life every Sunday on the game of the week. Wasn’t pretty. Go Saint’s!

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

At one time I might have felt sorry for Archie Manning because he never had a chance to showoff his talent on a decent team. But now that he has two sons who are Super Bowl MVPs I think he’s doing alright.

NotCoach on October 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

WOO HOO!

gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

NotCoach on October 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Maybe on one or the other’s next super bowl run, they can trot Archie out there for one play so he can get his own ring.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Ouch! Saints blow a huge lead.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Wow. Saints hang on to win.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Wow. Saints hang on to win.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

By a terrible set of rules imo. Hang on indeed.

Rovin on October 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Ouch! Saints blow a huge lead.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Neaux, but almost. 2 TDs a huge lead for our D? LOL.

Christien on October 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

AFC, who’s yo’ daddy now?!!

cartooner on October 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Now, GO CARDINALS! Finish ‘em, Carp!

Christien on October 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Your point is what exactly?
gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Minnesota football teams suck hind tit. That’s my point. The Vikings are headed into the meat of their schedule and will implode – just like every other year they’re supposed to be “good”

They should rename the team the Minnesota Epic failures.

Go 6-0 don’t make the playoffs
Lose the last 5 NFC championship games
Lose all 4 Super Bowls
Star caps
Sexting
The love boat
Trouble selling out a home playoff game
Sign randy moss and then cut him a few weeks later and pay him a TON

Green_Bay_Packers on October 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Tebow in at QB for NYJ

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Earthquake!….just a trimmer. Maybe a 3-pointer

Rovin on October 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

14-7 Pats!! Take heart Tim C…

unaffiliated on October 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

My Pats are killing me but they should beat the Jets, maybe?

tim c on October 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Pats have been having a weird season so far…Still a great offense, but they should have at least one less L. Jets have lost to some powerhouses like the Texans. A loss is a loss tho…

And as a Jetties fan my whole life, I wish your team nothing but ill will and lots of injuries. :P But not Brady…he has such nice hair :P

JetBoy on October 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Green_Bay_Packers on October 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Again your point is?

I know the Vikings’ past record. I know the Gophers haven’t been good for decades. You know what – I don’t care. I’m going to cheer for them anyway.

gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The first half was almost over by the time I realized Tampa Bay were wearing their old orange uniforms.

Seemed so natural, I didn’t even pick up on it right away!

Pretty exciting ending to that game, though I can’t help to wonder what a team’s been doing for the previous 59 minutes and 55 seconds to get themselves in that position.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The first half was almost over by the time I realized Tampa Bay were wearing their old orange uniforms.

Seemed so natural, I didn’t even pick up on it right away!

Pretty exciting ending to that game, though I can’t help to wonder what a team’s been doing for the previous 59 minutes and 55 seconds to get themselves in that position.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Always loved those old TB orange uniforms.

The Patriots are wearing their mid 1980s “Raymond Berry Red” unis today. I assume the Jets are also wearing throwbacks but I will have to defer to JetBoy on that.

As for that game, hey, it’s the Saints! Those two teams have always had epic battles, and many on the wacky side. It’s just that division. Same thing happens whenever the Saints play the Falcons.

But the Saints should not have let today almost get away the way they did.

As Bum would say they need to “tighten up on their defense.”

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Should I even waste the space on my dvr to record my steelers at 700. Guess I could read a “poll” thread later and have someone O/T an update on the game totally fluking it up for me.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The first half was almost over by the time I realized Tampa Bay were wearing their old orange uniforms.

Seemed so natural, I didn’t even pick up on it right away!

Pretty exciting ending to that game, though I can’t help to wonder what a team’s been doing for the previous 59 minutes and 55 seconds to get themselves in that position.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

If memory serves, their first pick as a franchise was one of the Selmon’s from Sooner land, baby. Leroy, I think.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Tom Brady will never make it big in the NFL.

SparkPlug on October 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Jets/Cheatriots looking at some OT action

JetBoy on October 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

53 yd field goal…this would be a sweeeeeet win

JetBoy on October 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Now, GO CARDINALS! Finish ‘em, Carp!

Christien on October 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

My post above looks good. I knew the Ravens were in for a whipping. And Pitt has yet to go wrong today.

However, with my friends, I picked Ariz over Minn.

I forgot about the Cardinal capacity to mess up.

Fool.

IlikedAUH2O on October 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Tom Brady will never make it big in the NFL.

SparkPlug on October 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Agreed. Not in this lifetime.

msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Again your point is?
I know the Vikings’ past record. I know the Gophers haven’t been good for decades. You know what – I don’t care. I’m going to cheer for them anyway.
gophergirl on October 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome

Green_Bay_Packers on October 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

No offense or defense for the Ravens. The entire AFC, except for the Texans aren’t looking to good.

WV. Paul on October 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Let me guess. The Texans look good since they cleaned the field with Raisins.

The rest of the AFC is awful. You also believed that Balt was going right over Houst.

Based only on your earlier pick, I think the AFC is fine. Steelers may now get number seven.

IlikedAUH2O on October 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM
msupertas on October 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

As far as the Buccaneers go, I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. I did enjoy watching Doug Williams back in the day-he was a great quarterback.

Unfortunately, there were many, many, many seasons where the Bucs would be well below .500 in December and the networks would still show their games down here rather than other games that meant something.

I complained to a friend and he explained to me that’s what they called “regional action”…LOL

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Ed: NICE picks!!

Khun Joe on October 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I’ll pick the Steelers to win 27-24

Steelers 24-17

Minnesota in a squeaker, 24-21.

Minnesota 21-14

Pack cruising to a 35-20 win

Pack 30-20

NYG 31, Washington 23.

NYG 27- Washington 23

Texans win 27-23.

Texans 43-13

Lions in an upset, 27-21

We will know tonight but regardless, congratulations Ed 5-0, very impressive!!

Dollayo on October 22, 2012 at 3:23 AM