NFL Free Picks 04-05 Week 7

Ouch! Lucky Lester recorded his first losing week going 6-7 on the week. There were numerous heartbreakers but Lucky still is a winner on the season going 46-37-4. You know, it was all going very well up until I bet Grandma’s house on my Super Picks. I swear my run of bad luck has to do with her moving in and wanting to take over the living room on Sundays. Can you imagine, Sunday, of all the days to be getting up in my face!Cash money is what I expect from my Week Seven Picks but I’d settle for a little uninterrupted TV time on Sundays:
Lucky Lester’s Picks For Week Seven
Bills @ Ravens(-5.5) – Now, taking the Ravens to win by 5.5 points is always a difficult thing. Their defense is the heart and soul of the squad, and the offense just holds on tight to Ray Lewis’s backside, trying to get wins. On that note, the Bills have yet to beat a team besides the lowly Dolphins, who are the only team worst offensively then the Buffalo. Chester Taylor will turn some heads during the two games he sits in, or sprints in for the suspended star running back, Jamal Lewis. Look for Baltimore to come out with a more balanced game plan without Lewis. This will only help them beat the Bills this Sunday. Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Lions @ Giants(-6.5) – Wow! I never could’ve imagined I’d be taking the Giants favored by nearly 7 points… against anyone. I also would have never bet Mr. Warner would shake off his two year rust and still be starting in week 7. But, this is a game, and this is the NFL. Translation; anything can happen anytime. The Giants are too good giving the ball to the masterful Tiki Barbar, who has looked brilliant thus far. He will tromp all over a defense that has yet to put the breaks on an opponent this year. Giants to win. That still sounds weird! Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Eagles(-7) @ Browns – The Browns have looked surprisingly decent behind the ugliest man in the NFL, Jeff Garcia. He has led his team to a few victories, and last week he threw 5 touchdowns. But these are the Eagles for God’s sake. And last week Lucky learned not to bet against the Eagles, no matter what kind of method of madness you’re thinking. A touchdown, that should be no problem for who I think is the best team in football. They’re too confident to bet against!
Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Jaguars(+9) @ Colts – The Jaguars offense has been winning games of late, a change from earlier in the season. Leftwhich has looked real good; giving football fans a preview of one of the leagues brightest stars of the future. 9 points is quite a hill to climb for the Colts, and although I would favor them to win this game, the Jaguars have too much fight to lie down against a questionable defense. Take the fighting Jaguars at +9.Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Titans (+6.5)@ Vikings – Taking the Titans here shows some balls or some craziness, either way they’re my pick. The Vikings could be without their ringleader Mr. Randy Moss, and that could hurt their chances. But, with or without him, they’ve barely won the last two weeks, and their defense is so bad, I imagine the struggling Steve McNair will be happy to see them in week 7. McNair is better then he’s shown lately, and will prove it this week against Culpeppers amazing stats. Look for some scoring and a down to the wire finish. I’m betting on Steve to be Steve this week. Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Chargers @ Panthers(-3) – Okay, so the Panthers let me down last week, but its not their fault. They had to play the Eagles and I should have known better. Anyway, I’m taking them again this week, but this time they’re favored. I’m hoping the tides have changed and now that they are favored they might start winning some games. Okay, so that’s a long shot. What I’m really betting on is the reality that the Chargers aren’t as good as they have been. Seriously they are the Chargers, luck is bad to strike them down with lightening this week!
Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Rams(-6) @ Dolphins – Marc Bulger proved last week that he could throw against a tough defense, but that was on the nice fast turf in St. Louis. Still I have to take the Rams here, because they are good or at least mediocre. The Fins on the other hand are pretty poor, and their record actually shows how good or bad they are. The Rams have a much better chance to win here. They’ve got something going for them… an offense that can actually consistently produce touchdowns. Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Bears(+7) @ Buccaneers – The Bucs at 7 point favorites is too much for me to swallow, or bet on anyway. When I think about taking the Bears to win anything I question what I’m thinking, but the Buc’s aren’t a +7 team and that’s that. I don’t know if they’ve won a game by more than 7 yet this year, something makes me doubt it. The Bears will always fight, regardless of how bad they are. Take the Bears with -7 here; it’s the only way to look at this game.
Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Falcons @ Chiefs(-3.5) – So, part of me still sees the Chiefs as the team that was 13-3 last season. What can I say, I believe in The Priest. The Falcons got lucky against the Chargers, and they’ll show it this week by getting shellacked by the Chiefs. Vick will do some damage in this one, as anybody would against the Chiefs sieve of a defense. The Falcons D has been stout against the run, but has yet to face a back like Holmes. But then again, there isn’t a back like Holmes, as Ray Lewis has attested. The Chiefs will follow their Priest in to the end zone on more than one occasion this Sunday. Take Kansas City. Game Date: 10/24/04 13:00 ET

Jets(+6) @ Patriots – Maybe I just want the Jets to win, and maybe i just want the Patriots to lose, but I really believe the Jets can make both happen on Sunday. They have a running attack that can damage a defense that has been susceptible to it this year. They also have as accurate a passer the NFL has in Chad Pennington. In fact, he’s kind of like Tom Brady in that way. The Jets will do what the Seahawks couldn’t last week, ending New England’s amazing run. Pennington won’t give Patriot defenders the gift interceptions Matt Hasselbeck gave them last week. This will be a great one, but I’ll take the Jets at +6 to be the surprise-undefeated team at the end of this game. Game Date: 10/24/04 16:05 ET

Cowboys @ Packers(-3.5) – I’d like to start by apologizing to Brett Favre. He deserves more respect than I gave him last week. He is a winner, and he will always give his team a chance. Plus, the Packers look like they are back on track, and look to win for the first time in a long time in Green Bay. I see Brett coming to play in this one, and his partner in the backfield, Ahman Green will show that he is as good as he was last year. The Cowboys, a Lucky favorite to lose every game, will make me happy once again. The only downside is, they get better draft picks the more they lose. Game Date: 10/24/04 16:15 ET

Seahawks(-6.5) @ Cardinals – I have to look on the bright side and say the Seahawks loss last week only makes them better. Now they know what they have to do to be Super Bowl contenders, and that starts with thumping the Cardinals. The Hawks gave the game away last week with turnover after turnover. Hasselbeck had three interceptions. That killed the Hawks against a team like the Patriots. He’ll be on his game early in this one, and not even the fight of Dennis Green’s bunch can stop the Hawks from surging to victory in this one.
Game Date: 10/24/04 16:15 ET

Saints(+3) @ Raiders – These are two bad teams that do something good once in a blue moon. Unfortunately for the Saints the moon was blue last week. I don’t expect them to be as good as they were against the Vikes, but I do expect them to at least be as good as the Raiders. And since Oakland is favored, I have to take Aaron Brooks and his New Orleans squad that has managed to play young and inconsistent for three years straight. Hopefully they play better then a bad Oakland team that just gave away Jerry Rice. I don’t care how old he is, he’s the Michael Jordan of the wide receiver position, and like Mike, he can always help a team win.
Game Date: 10/24/04 16:15 ET

Broncos(-6) @ Bengals – The Broncos once again have a new great running back in Droughns. They will ride him against a poor Cincinatti defense. The Bengals will have to stack the line to make up for their young and penetrable defense and Jake Plummer will take advantage of that with easy and open passes all over the field. Will we see Jon Kitna if Carson Palmer struggles again this week? Probably not, but if he throws an early pick he’ll be looking toward the sideline, and that isn’t healthy for any quarterback. The Broncos, a team I don’t like to bet on, should win easily in Cincinatti.
Game Date: 10/25/04 21:05 ET

Good Luck with your NFL Football Wagering!
Lucky Lester

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