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AP staff Thursday Night Football predictions and discussion for Week 7

The Chiefs play the 49ers on Sunday — but the action opens with the Saints and the Cardinals on TNF.

Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

We’ll be waiting for Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers — but Week 7 of the NFL season kicks off with the New Orleans Saints (2-4) on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (2-4) on Thursday Night Football.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cardinals are favored by two points.

At quarterback, the Saints’ Jameis Winston could return from injury — but if not, Andy Dalton will be in for his fourth straight start. Whoever gets the start will once again be without receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry — but rookie Chris Olave is expected to be back from his concussion.

Meanwhile, the big news for the Cardinals is that DeAndre Hopkins will be back from his six-game suspension. Across from him, however, Marquise Brown will be absent after being injured in last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. So this week, Arizona traded to acquire wide receiver Robbie Anderson from the Carolina Panthers.

Here are our picks for Thursday night’s game. Be sure to cast your vote, too — and discuss the game in the comments!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 48-43-2

Poll

Which team wins Saints (2-4) at Cardinals (2-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Saints
    (31 votes)
  • 70%
    Cardinals
    (74 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 7-7-2
Week 2 picks 8-8-0
Week 3 picks 7-9-0
Week 4 picks 11-4-0
Week 5 picks 10-6-0
Week 6 picks 5-9-0
Total 48-43-2

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 2 Dakota Watson 39 23 0 0.6290
2 6 Conner Helm 29 19 0 0.6042
3 1 Stan Nelson 37 25 0 0.5968
4 4 John Dixon 54 39 1 0.5798
5 7 Nate Christensen 35 27 0 0.5645
6 5 Bryan Stewart 52 41 1 0.5585
6 8 Talon Graff 52 41 1 0.5585
6 8 Jared Sapp 52 41 1 0.5585
6 8 Stephen Serda 52 41 1 0.5585
6 8 Kramer Sansone 52 41 1 0.5585
6 14 Pete Sweeney 52 41 1 0.5585
12 2 Ricko Mendoza 33 29 0 0.5323
12 12 Zach Gunter 33 29 0 0.5323
14 13 Ron Kopp Jr. 48 45 1 0.5160
15 16 Rocky Magaña 39 38 1 0.5064
16 15 Maurice Elston 31 31 0 0.5000
17 18 Price Carter 29 32 0 0.4754
18 17 Matt Stagner 42 50 1 0.4570

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