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NFL Week 7: Picks, previews

By Ryan McSheffrey, For The Miami Student

Lions vs. Chiefs

Detroit has cast aside a litany of offensive coaching, including its offensive coordinator, after its record fell to 1-6 last week. The team is in one of the worst situations in the league. Record-wise, KC isn't much better, but they're a better team. The Chiefs should be able to play it safe on offense and hope their star pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston can tee off on the Lions' subpar O-line. >>Chiefs 23, Lions 20

Giants at Saints

The G-Men roll into the Big Easy off a win against a bandaged-up Cowboys team. The Giants seem to be an outfit that is highly two-faced, but so does their adversary here. That makes this game particularly difficult to forecast. I'll go with NYG because their defense has showed better, but boy... >>Giants 30, Saints 27

Bengals at Steelers

This is one of the best two games of the weekend. I can't wait to see how the Steelers offense, with the return of Ben Roethlisberger, matches up with Andy Dalton and friends. Neither defense is truly great, but I'll give the edge to the undefeated team Cinci team. Its defense is a step above. >>Bengals 34, Steelers 31

Vikings at Bears

The Vikings look to pick apart the Bears' crummy D with heavy mallet blows of Adrian Peterson and sprinkles of Teddy Bridgewater slinging the ball to emerging rookie receiver Stefon Diggs. The Vikings have a far superior defense, so this point spread feels slightly preposterous to me. >>Vikings 27, Bears 16

Chargers at Ravens

If you look at Philip Rivers' Week 7 numbers, you'd imagine he played near decent. But those numbers are lying because they're mercenaries with absolutely no values. The Ravens have an extremely exploitable secondary though. Rivers could always tear it up. >>Chargers 25, Ravens 17