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NFL Week 7 viewer's guide

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The New York Jets and New England Patriots renew their not-exactly friendly rivalry. The Jets and Patriots join the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins at 3-3 and tied in the AFC East. The Houston Texans host the Baltimore Ravens in the only matchup of AFC teams that are over .500. This is historic, as this is the first time in NFL history that a conference has had two or fewer teams above .500 at any point following Week 2. Adding more intrigue to Week 7 is Robert Griffin III's first crack at the defending Super Bowl champions and two key divisional games being playing in prime time.

    • Tennessee at Buffalo

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The talent seems to be there for both teams. It's the inconsistency that's confusing. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bills victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Is it finally time to trust Chris Johnson? A matchup against the Bills could help build the running back's fantasy credentials. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Is glass half empty or half full for 3-3 Bills?
      » Fitzpatrick seeks consistency
      » 'A Football Life: Steve McNair': The good with the bad
      » 'A Football Life: Steve McNair': Becoming Air McNair
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Titans-Bills
    • On Twitter:

      #TENvsBUF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Dallas at Carolina

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Things can go from zero to crazy in Dallas faster than anywhere else. The Panthers, meanwhile, certainly have had their issues during a 1-4 start, from Cam Newton's sophomore slump to tackling struggles to poor late-game execution. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Jason Witten has had a dreadful start to the season, but that could all change in Carolina. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brandt: What's holding Newton back?
      » More concerns over Romo
      » Clock management befuddles 'Boys
      » What do Cowboys need to do with Bryant?
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Cowboys-Panthers
    • On Twitter:

      #DALvsCAR
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Baltimore at Houston

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      There are only two teams in the AFC that are over .500, and these are them. One team is coming off a win in which it suffered monumental injuries. The other is coming off its first loss. Fans will learn much about the resiliency of whichever team comes out ahead. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Texans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Just because the Ravens defense is chock full of injuries doesn't mean Matt Schaub is a smart play for Week 7. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Texans
      » Bemoaning Texans' first loss
      » 'Sound FX': Flacco flaps his wings
      » The NFL Season: Ayanbadejo speaks out
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Ravens-Texans
    • On Twitter:

      #BALvsHOU
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Cleveland at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Records aside, two major players in a stellar rookie quarterback class face off Sunday. Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden have each had promising seasons so far. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Colts victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Andrew Luck was a disappointment last week, but a return to the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium means the star rookie needs to be in your fantasy lineup. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rookie QB bucket list
      » Cribbs discusses Browns' bold changes
      » Blueprint to fix the Browns
      » VP hopeful mistakes Browns QBs
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Browns-Colts
    • On Twitter:

      #CLEvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Arizona at Minnesota

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Featuring two unsuspectingly good teams with surprisingly effective defenses and run-based offenses, this matchup is a big test to gauge each team's fortitude to overcome adversity. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Vikings victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      This week's matchup against the Cardinals is anything but favorable for Kyle Rudolph. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Bigger mirage: Cardinals or Vikings?
      » Playoff picture: Cards, Vikes figure prominently
      » Peterson: Ankle 'hurting consistently'
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Vikings
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Cardinals-Vikings
    • On Twitter:

      #AZvsMIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Washington at New York

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If Jets-Patriots is off-the-field rivalry No. 1, Redskins-Giants is in the top five of on-field rivalries. And the fact that Robert Griffin III has joined the Redskins only makes it more enjoyable. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Giants victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Expect the established Eli Manning to have a bigger day for fantasy owners than the exciting rookie, RG3. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » MVP forecast: RG3 a contender
      » Faceoff: RG3 vs. Russell Wilson
      » Buy or sell: RG3 will outplay Manning
      » Are there Giant injury concerns?
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Redskins-Giants
    • On Twitter:

      #WASvsNYG
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Green Bay at St. Louis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The fact that these two teams are both 3-3 underscores how much competitive balance has affected the league. Yet it's safe to say they are not in the same place. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      A tough Rams cornerback tandem of Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins could make things difficult for Jordy Nelson and James Jones to post big numbers. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Optimism or pessimism for Packers and Rams?
      » Fisher's mission in St. Louis
      » Rodgers: Shannon Sharpe's criticism 'stupid'
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Packers
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Packers-Rams
    • On Twitter:

      #GBvsSTL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New Orleans at Tampa Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Does anyone really think the Saints are out of it just because of their record? Meanwhile, if the Buccaneers want a wild-card spot, they'll be fighting against the Saints, making this one big. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Saints victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Saints have allowed the third-most fantasy points to receivers, which means it could be a big day for Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 'Sound FX': 'Real Saints got swag'
      » ATL picks: Majority for Saints
      » Playoff picture: If the season ended today
      » Photos: Cheerleaders from Week 6
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Saints-Buccaneers
    • On Twitter:

      #NOvsTB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at New England

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If there is one thing that's evident, it's how damning this matchup can be. The emotion should be palpable on Sunday. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Aaron Hernandez is back from his ankle ailment and gets a favorable matchup against the visiting Jets. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Who is biggest threat to Patriots?
      » Is Belichick the NFL's best coach?
      » Drive of the Week: Jets start their engines
      » Did Jets fix their run game?
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Jets-Patriots
    • On Twitter:

      #NYJvsNE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Jacksonville at Oakland

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The hope of a quick turnaround for these transitioning teams has dissipated. The actual winner of this one receives a boost in the standings, but how much will it mean in the long run? More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Raiders victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Denarius Moore is a fantasy sleeper in this week's matchup against the Jaguars. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Palmer: 'Must-win' vs. Jaguars
      » Was Palmer trade an epic fail for Raiders?
      » Mularkey asking Gabbert to run more
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Raiders
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Jaguars-Raiders
    • On Twitter:

      #JACvsOAK
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The dust is completely unsettled in the always-fiery AFC North, with so much we don't know. And the way the Ravens have been hit by injuries on defense, a victory here would thrust the winner right back into the divisional mix. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Steelers defense hasn't been a fantasy football factor yet this season, but that could all change on Sunday night in Cincinnati. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Which team needs a win more?
      » Marvin Lewis: 'Maximize opportunity'
      » Is curtain closing on Steelers?
      » Kinkhabwala: Panic in Pittsburgh?
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Steelers-Bengals
    • On Twitter:

      #PITvsCIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Detroit at Chicago

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      In one of the NFL's most surprising divisions, the Bears have emerged as the best of the bunch thus far. At Soldier Field, with the country watching, this is a solid chance for the Bears to put away an NFC North foe. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Matthew Stafford hasn't exactly had his way at Soldier Field. So, if you have a reliable alternative at quarterback, it might be wise to sit the Lions' signal-caller. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Jeremiah: Stafford's confidence saved Lions
      » Divisional power rankings: NFC North is No. 1
      » Burleson: Maturity part of Lions' slow start
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Bears
      » Forecast Center: Projections for Lions-Bears
    • On Twitter:

      #DETvsCHI
    • Watch: Game Preview

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