Anytime Vinnie’s bright spot from the week before centers around his one-star pick panning out because the Browns lost by 13 instead of 14, things can stand to improve. This is why Vinnie is posting five picks for Week 7. That’s right, five. Read ’em and enjoy.
New Orleans Saints @ Miami Dolphins (-6.5): On the surface this seems a daring pick, considering New Orleans has been probably the best team in the NFL through six weeks. As well as Drew Brees, the Saints running game, and Gregg Williams’ defense are playing, though, don’t make the mistake of underestimating the home team coming off its bye. The only home game Miami lost came in Week 2, when Peyton Manning stole one from the Dolphins late in the fourth quarter. New Orleans, meanwhile, has won road games at Philly (no McNabb in that one) and Buffalo. Vinnie likes this one to be a lot closer than people think.
Gimme the Dolphins plus the points.
Indianapolis Colts @ St. Louis Rams (+13.5): Vinnie is again leaning in the direction of the team coming off a bye, the Colts in this case. Peyton Manning is obviously having a dynamic year, Bob Sanders is reportedly going to be back in the lineup this week, and playing in a familiar environment (albeit an away game, it’s still a dome) doesn’t hurt. The Rams have Steven Jackson and … not much else.
Gimme the Colts minus the points.
Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns (+7): While Vinnie isn’t counting on this game to be a cakewalk for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Grant should do quite well for themselves. Cleveland’s defense, having issues before the news of D’Qwell Jackson‘s season-ending injury, is now more vulnerable defending against the run. Falling behind early and playing catch up ball, it’s hard to imagine Jamal Lewis nor waiver wire darling Mohamed Massaquoi contributing enough to prevent the Browns from getting blown out of the water.
Gimme the Packers minus the points.
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants (-7): Arizona has yet to lose an away game this season, and while that makes the Giants no less formidable, this game has the potential for a plethora of points and maybe even a fantastic finish. Between Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and their supporting cast, there’s no shortage of weapons with which to exploit New York’s dilapidated pass defense. This is evident now that the football watching world has seen what a difference it makes with Kenny Phillips not in the lineup for the Giants. Just ask the Saints about that.
Gimme the Cardinals plus the points.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins (+7): Vinnie is bravely taking the Eagles in the role of matchup favorite once again, despite getting burned last week by Oakland’s defense and Philly’s sieve of an offensive line. It’s a divisional rivalry, so anything is possible, but come on now. You’ve got Donovan McNabb surrounded by dangerous receivers, Brian Westbrook, and that always aggressive defense. For Washington, you’ve got Jason Campbell barely hanging onto his starting gig and someone new taking over the playcalling duties from a coaching standpoint. As far as Vinnie is concerned, though, the biggest reason we can count on the Eagles to win by plenty has to do with the embarrassment of last week and the motivation on primetime television to take care of business.
Gimme the Eagles minus the points.