Friday Five, Week 7


Week 7 is here, beginning with the Eagles taking the lead in the NFC East with a comeback win over the New York Giants on Thursday night. Now we have a full slate of interesting games on Sunday. Below are five that I’m looking forward to this week.

Sunday Early Games:

Carolina Panthers (3-3) vs New Orleans Saints (3-2)
The Saints are coming off their bye week, but as they went into the bye they were in a three-way tie with the Panthers and Buccaneers atop the NFC South. Now, a week later, the Panthers lost, the Buccaneers won and the Saints are in the middle. The Panthers have been a surprisingly frisky 3-3, and now they travel to battle the Saints. The big question for the Saints is, will Michael Thomas finally be back on the field? It’s looking dicey today, but for those who drafted him, hope springs eternal. Either way, this one should be fun, and will have big implications for the NFC South.

Steelers vs Titans Fantasy Football Worksheet, Week 7 | Sharp Football

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) vs Tennessee Titans (5-0)
There are only three undefeated teams left in the NFL, and two of them are meeting on Sunday in Tennessee. This game was supposed to be played in Week 4, but it was postponed due to COVID issues. Now, three weeks later, the two teams are on track to clash and both still unbeaten. This one should be a good battle that has big implications for the AFC playoff picture. The Titans are getting healthier, including having star receiver A.J. Brown humming and star running back Derrick Henry going strong. The Steelers have provided explosive offense and strong defense to best all comers so far and have a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens next week. This figures to be a big battle for both.

Sunday Late Games:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) vs Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)
The Buccaneers are coming off a big win over the Green Bay Packers and sit in first place in the NFC South. The Raiders, meanwhile, earned a big win over the Chiefs in Week 5 then had a bye week. There are some COVID issues in play here, which saw this game bumped from Sunday Night Football to Sunday afternoon, but is still tracking to play. The question is how many offensive lineman the Raiders will have available. Still, this should be an interesting and meaningful battle.

49ers vs Patriots Fantasy Football Worksheet, Week 7 | Sharp Football

San Francisco 49ers (3-3) vs New England Patriots (2-3)
This is a battle of two teams that are fighting to get into the playoff battle. The 49ers had some struggles on the field and have battled injuries, but looked strong in Week 6 with a home win over the Rams. The Patriots, meanwhile, got Cam Newton back in Week 6, but still lost at home to the Broncos. Now they sit at 2-3, third place in the AFC East, and really need a win at home to get back on track. This should be a fascinating battle between two teams in desperate need of a win.

Sunday Night Game:

Seattle Seahawks (5-0) vs Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
The Seahawks are the lone undefeated team in the NFC thanks to an MVP-level performance from Russell Wilson. Coming off a bye week, they head to Arizona to battle the Cardinals, who are 4-2 and hot on the Seahawks’ heels in the NFC West thanks to Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. This figures to be a key battle as the Seahawks try to remain perfect and the Cardinals seek to defend home field against their division rival. This should be a heck of a battle to wrap up Sunday on Week 7.

Weekly Picks:

As has been the tradition, the even Week 6 was better for me and I took a two pick lead. Will it last. I highly doubt it. Here’s our weekly picks.

Matt’s Week 7 Picks:
Eagles Over Giants
Lions Over Falcons
Bills Over Jets
Browns Over Bengals
Cowboys Over Redskins
Packers Over Texans
Saints Over Panthers
Titans Over Steelers
Raiders Over Buccaneers
Chiefs Over Broncos
Patriots Over 49ers
Chargers Over Jaguars
Seahawks Over Cardinals
Rams Over Bears

Last Week: 8-6
Season: 55-36

Lindsay’s Week 7 Picks:
Eagles Over Giants
Lions Over Falcons
Bills Over Jets
Browns Over Bengals
Cowboys Over Washington
Packers Over Texans
Saints Over Panthers
Steelers Over Panthers
Buccaneers Over Raiders
Chiefs Over Broncos
49ers Over Patriots
Chargers Over Jaguars
Seahawks Over Cardinals
Rams Over Bears

Last Week: 6-8
Season: 53-38

Matt’s Week 7 Picks Against the Spread:
Eagles -3.5 Over Giants
Lions +2.5 Over Falcons
Bills -12.5 Over Jets
Browns -3.5 Over Bengals
Cowboys -3.5 Over Washington
Packers -3.5 Over Texans
Saints -7.5 Over Panthers
Titans +2.5 Over Steelers
Raiders +2.5 Over Buccaneers
Broncos +8.5 Over Chiefs
Patriots -2.5 Over 49ers
Jaguars +8.5 Over Chargers
Seahawks -3.5 Over Cardinals
Rams -5.5 Over Bears

Last Week: 7-7
Season: 43-48

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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