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NFL Picks Week 7: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s NFL games.
Teddy Bridgewater (5) will look to stay unbeaten as Drew Brees' fill-in when the Saints play the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. [PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP]
Published Oct. 17
Updated Oct. 19

The picks:

Visitor Home Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer Martin Fennelly, columnist John Romano, columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter Ernest Hooper, assistant sports editor
Kansas City (-3.5) Denver DEN 27-24 KC 28-21 KC 30-23 KC 27-23 KC 30-24 KC 28-14 KC 33-13
Baltimore Seattle (-3.5) SEA 28-23 SEA 27-24 BAL 28-27 SEA 27-24 SEA 23-21 BAL 34-26 SEA 28-27
L.A. Rams (-3.5) Atlanta LAR 34-31 LA 35-24 LAR 31-30 LAR 36-35 LAR 31-27 ATL 30-27 LAR 36-35
Miami Buffalo (-17.5) BUF 34-14 BUF 31-10 BUF 27-10 BUF 26-10 BUF 34-17 BUF 31-17 BUF 12-3
Jacksonville (-3.5) Cincinnati CIN 24-21 JAX 17-14 JAX 20-17 CIN 17-16 JAX 21-17 CIN 37-34 CIN 28-23
Minnesota (-1.5) Detroit DET 20-17 MIN 23-21 DET 27-23 MIN 23-20 MIN 27-24 DET 34-28 MIN 30-24
Oakland Green Bay (-6.5) GB 28-24 GB 27-20 GB 24-23 GB 27-21 GB 30-26 GB 24-17 GB 35-30
Houston Indianapolis (-1.5) IND 21-20 IND 22-20 IND 30-27 IND 24-23 HOU 23-20 IND 24-21 HOU 29-22
Arizona N.Y. Giants (-3.5) ARI 27-24 AZ 28-27 NYG 27-24 NYG 24-21 NYG 27-21 NYG 28-16 ARI 33-32
San Francisco (-10.5) Washington SF 27-17 SF 24-13 SF 24-20 SF 23-16 SF 21-17 SF 21-16 SF 21-20
L.A. Chargers Tennessee (-1.5) LAC 27-24 LAC 24-17 TEN 27-20 LAC 24-17 TEN 27-24 LAC 15-13 LAC 35-30
New Orleans Chicago (-3.5) NO 24-21 NO 24-21 CHI 23-13 CHI 20-17 NO 24-20 CHI 24-20 CHI 24-20
Philadelphia Dallas (-3.5) DAL 28-27 DAL 27-20 DAL 23-20 DAL 24-20 PHI 27-24 DAL 36-30 DAL 33-25
New England (-10.5) N.Y. Jets NE 34-21 NE 30-13 NE 23-20 NE 27-10 NE 30-24 NE 24-14 NE 30-10
Lock of the week NE SF CHI NE BUF NE DAL
Upset of the week CIN AZ CIN ATL HOU
Picking Bucs games 0-6 3-3 2-4 1-4 0-5 2-4 3-2
Picking Bucs games vs spread 1-5 5-1 3-3 3-2 2-3 3-3 2-3
Against the spread last week 8-6 8-6 6-8 9-5 7-7 8-6 5-9
Against the spread overall 51-41 49-43 47-45 47-45 46-46 44-48 41-51
Straight up last week 8-6 10-4 7-7 6-8 9-5 6-8 5-9
Straight up overall 51-41 56-36 52-40 47-45 52-40 51-41 49-43
Locks 3-3 3-3 1-5 4-2 5-1 2-4 2-4
Upsets 3-3 1-5 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4



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