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NFL Picks, Week 7: Ravens-Texans highlight an uninspiring slate of games

The Chiefs are off this week, but there's plenty of NFL action for football fans in Week 7, including some intriguing AFC games.

Kevin C. Cox

With tonight's game featuring the Seahawks and 49ers facing off in an NFC West battle, Week 7 in the NFL is underway and that means another full slate of games. While the Chiefs are off this week with a bye, there's plenty of action to watch.

The AFC West is light this week with the Chargers and Broncos also off after their Monday Night Football match-up. However, here are some predictions on a few games of note that should be of interest in Week 7:

Seahawks @ 49ers, Thursday night
The NFC West is the surprise division in the NFL this year with every single team at .500 or better. While the Cardinalsare falling and the Rams are a work in progress, the Seahawks and 49ers are likely the two powers in the division. This meeting could tell a lot about the NFC power structure.
Seahawks 21, 49ers 20

Ravens @ Texans, Sunday
Two of the AFC's greatest teams collide on Sunday, and it will be interesting to watch the response of the Ravens after losing both Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis to injury. Terrell Suggs could return, and the Texans offensive line is hurting. Then again, Houston's defense features the NFL's new star in J.J. Watt, and Flacco will need Ray Rice to create space. Given the home field advantage, we're rolling with Houston.
Texans 28, Ravens 17

Jets @ Patriots, Sunday
This game will feature more media coverage and hype than any other game involving mediocrity this year. The Patriots look like a solid team that can beat the lower-tier opponents just fine. The Jets are a mess and will endure the Tebow-Sanchez circus even more as time goes on. Still it's hard to not be interested in Rex Ryan and the charisma he brings to the table. Since the Jets are a lower-tier team, New England will have no problems.
Patriots 31, Jets 10

Jaguars @ Raiders, Sunday
The only AFC West team in action this week is the Oakland Raiders, and they enjoy the easiest game on their schedule in Week 7 against the Jaguars (unless you believe the Chiefs are the easiest). Both teams are stale, but at least one is willing to admit it. Jags coach Mike Mularkey is still staying positive while Oakland has no issue jettisoning recent high draft picks in their willingness to call a spade a spade. My gut tells me honesty is good for something.
Raiders 10, Jaguars 3

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