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NFL Week 7 Picks

Mario Mergola battles the spread as he breaks down his pick for every Week 7 game in the NFL.

Tom Brady

Minnesota Vikings (+5)* at Buffalo Bills

Teddy Bridgewater beating the Falcons in Week 4 was one of the worst things that could have happened for those trying to correctly assess the Minnesota Vikings. When Bridgewater went down towards the end of the game, the thought was that the Vikings had a realistic chance to beat the Packers the following Thursday night if the rookie could play. Now that we watched a second complete game by Bridgewater, it seems clear his ascension in everyone’s mind was a bit premature. However, so is the precipitous drop.

Looking at Bridgewater’s two games, it could be argued that the Falcons are simply not a great team and that the Lions might actually have the best defense in the league – at least, their stats would argue that. The real Teddy Bridgewater should fall somewhere in between the two men we watched play these teams, but the bigger question isn’t the talent of the Vikings, but the Bills.

Losers of three of their last four games, the perennial ‘Don’t Buy into Them’ Buffalo Bills look like they have arrived at Ralph Wilson Stadium. No one should be surprised if the Bills finish another season 6-10, and the bigger shock would occur if they went the opposite way and put together a winning season on the arm of Kyle Orton. Orton is 36-36 lifetime, and is now playing for his fifth team. There’s a reason why he was backing up EJ Manuel to start the season.

Teddy Bridgewater, fresh off a poor performance against a stout defense, reverts back to the quarterback we saw knock off the Falcons, and the Vikings win in Buffalo by a touchdown, beating the spread.

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