Check out our NFL analysts’ bold predictions for week seven of the NFL.
Giants Continue Win Streak
Nobody expected the New York Giants to be in a position to be 6-1. Being the underdog has not stopped the New York Giants from winning on the road, and I don’t think it stops now. The New York Giants face a young Jacksonville Jaguars team that has only allowed on average 89.3 rushing yards. For the Jaguars, facing a Giants team that on average rushes for 163 yards will be the ultimate test. I believe the biggest factor in this game will be Saquon Barkley and the Jaguars run defense. Saquon Barkley has yet to show he is slowing down, which is why I think the Giants win this game. ESPN has Jacksonville as 72.7% favorites, which definitely brings the question of if the Giants have been extremely underrated this season. Brian Daboll vs. Doug Pederson will be an exciting coaching matchup, but I think Daboll’s brilliant mindset will be able to prove that the Giants can win what some might say is a “trap game.”
Austin Ekeler Goes For 100+
The Los Angeles Chargers have been mainly a pass first team, but facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that on average allows 165 rushing yards per game might change that. Austin Ekeler has only had one 100+ rushing game, and with Joshua Kelley on injured reserve, we most likely will see more running plays with Ekeler. A team plagued with injuries will need to use their superstars, and Ekeler has been off to a slow start, but against a rush defense that is ranked around 31st, I think Ekeler will find his groove and run all over the Seahawks defense.
Washington Commanders will upset the Green Bay Packers
This matchup has upset written all over it in a divisional clash. Washington’s running game has been a vital part of the success their offense has had to this point. Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson will need to both have a big day to pull off the upset. Each running back will have ample opportunities to make an impact on Sunday against a bad rushing defense. Green Bay is ranked 27th in rushing defense as opposing teams continue to have success in the running department. If the Commanders can successfully run the football, it will open up the play action game for Taylor Heinicke. Washington will grind out the clock with long possessions and win in a nail bitter against the Packers.
Josh Jacobs will rush for at least 150 yards in back to back games
Josh Jacobs has had an outstanding season thus far for the Las Vegas Raiders. While there were rumors regarding Jacobs’ future in Las Vegas during the off-season, the Raiders ball carrier has exceeded 140 yards in the past two games and is currently ranked third in rushing yards. The Houston Texans have the 29th rushing defense in the NFL, so Jacobs should have success running the football. Las Vegas is fourth in their division and has a 1-4 record this year. Their lack of success makes this a must win game for the Raiders. Jacobs will have a big fantasy football day on Sunday.
Geno Smith Throws 350+ Yards, Leads Seahawks to Win Over Chargers
The Chargers defense has been grossly underwhelming this season after spending loads of resources on J.C. Jackson and Khalil Mack. While Jackson is on the verge of being benched due to poor play, Geno Smith has lit up teams and currently leads the league in completion percentage with 73.4%. I expect both Seahawk rookie tackles to bounce back from a rough game last week in which the offensive line let up a total of five sacks, and for Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf to each have big games. Kenneth Walker should also be a name to watch in the passing game, as he’s already flashed his ability to turn any given play into a highlight reel.
49ers Defense Holds Chiefs to 14 or Less Points
In my eyes, the 49ers have the best defense in the league. Ranking top three in almost every major statistical category, the 49ers defense has caused major issues for opposing offenses this season. While their secondary has performed at an extremely high level, I believe their ability to generate pressure on Patrick Mahomes with only four rushers will be the key to this game. Talanoa Hufanga and Charvarius Ward are questionable, however if they’re able to suit up this could get ugly very fast for Kansas City and company.