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Picking winners for Week 7 NFL games

  • By Lyle, the Around The League intern
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Each week, the Around The League writer with the worst record in picks has to write our introduction. This week, that man is Marc Sessler.

What I've learned this week is that going against the grain is for fools.

In engineering last week's picks, I dialed in four -- frankly, gutsy -- hero picks, and paid a dear price for being a voice in the wilderness.

In case you're new around here, a hero pick is when one of us selects a team to win when everyone else chooses the opponent. I wound up as the only soul who picked the Browns, Ravens, Raiders and Bucs. All four lost, leaving me to write this introduction for the first time all season. Totally disgraceful.

My takeaway is that, in life, it's better to follow the crowd. Be a sheep. Close your mouth and don't buck the system. While you're at it, embrace big corporations and believe all that the government tells you. Walk the straight and narrow, and don't ask questions, because The Man rules all.

Listen to me, children: Don't try to be a hero. I tried. It doesn't work.

- Marc Sessler


SEAHAWKS AT CARDINALS (Thurs., 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


We're sure team ATL took into consideration when making this game pick that the Cardinals have won six of their last seven home games against the Seahawks.



BUCCANEERS AT FALCONS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

The Buccaneers are 0-5 for the eighth time in franchise history. That seems like a lot.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



RAMS AT PANTHERS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Lost in the euphoria of another St. Louis Cardinals run at October glory is the Rams' epic run toward a .500 season.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



BENGALS AT LIONS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Intergalactic assassin droid IG-88 also was unimpressed by the Bengals working overtime to beat the Bills in Week 6.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



CHARGERS AT JAGUARS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Kevin Patra



BILLS AT DOLPHINS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Longing for the days when this matchup meant Jim Kelly dueling Dan Marino. Those days are long gone, though.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



PATRIOTS AT JETS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler


Dan Hanzus, Chris Wesseling



COWBOYS AT EAGLES (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal



BEARS AT REDSKINS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Dan Hanzus



49ERS AT TITANS (Sun., 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling


Marc Sessler



BROWNS AT PACKERS (Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Eddie Lacy will remind Browns fans of Trent Richardson.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



TEXANS AT CHIEFS (Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Texans going for a sixth consecutive game throwing an interception that is returned for a touchdown.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



RAVENS AT STEELERS (Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dan Hanzus


Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



BRONCOS AT COLTS (Sun., 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Gregg Rosenthal



VIKINGS AT GIANTS (Mon., 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler


Dan Hanzus, Chris Wesseling



Week 6 record

Gregg Rosenthal: 14-1
Kevin Patra: 12-3
Chris Wesseling: 11-4
Dan Hanzus: 9-6
Marc Sessler: 8-7

Season record

Gregg Rosenthal: 64-28
Kevin Patra: 60-32
Chris Wesseling: 57-35
Marc Sessler: 56-36
Dan Hanzus: 54-38

First-place finishes

Kevin Patra: 2
Gregg Rosenthal: 3
Dan Hanzus: 1
Marc Sessler: 1
Chris Wesseling: 1

Last-place finishes

Dan Hanzus: 2
Kevin Patra: 1
Gregg Rosenthal: 1
Marc Sessler: 2
Chris Wesseling: 1

Hero picks*

Dan Hanzus: 3
Gregg Rosenthal: 4
Marc Sessler: 3
Kevin Patra: 1
Chris Wesseling: 1

* Only person to pick a game right.

Around The League experts made their picks for the Week 7 games. You can make your own picks with the NFL Weekly Pick'Em fantasy game.

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