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    Sportsgirl's week 7 NFL picks column

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    NFL PICKS: Titans could remain sole unbeaten
    Last weekend, there were two unbeaten teams in the NFL, the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.

    The Giants suffered a shocking and demoralizing loss on the road at Cleveland, ending up on the short end of the 33-14 score. Such a loss probably has given the Titans pause for thought as they head to Kansas City.

    There are several things working against the Chiefs (1-4) in this contest. Coach Herm Edwards announced Thursday that running back Larry Johnson would be benched for this game for violating team rules; Brodie Croyle returns at QB, after being out four games with a separated shoulder, but how game-ready is Croyle?

    Also, Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez spent the bye week trying to get traded – an attempt that failed to yield a new team for Gonzalez and likely disgruntled his current team. This is being called the classic trap game for undefeated Tennessee, but, with their fourth-ranked defense, the Titans are unlikely to yield a win to KC. However, with their 24th-ranked offense, Tennessee might not be able to cover the nine-point spread.

    Minnesota (+3) at Chicago: The Vikings have won their last two games with last-minute heroics, while the Bears suffered another loss in the closing seconds in Atlanta last weekend. All three of the Bears losses have been by 3 points or less after blowing the lead. For Minnesota, Adrian Peterson ran for 224 yards on 20 carries the last time he visited Soldier Field and will hope to build on that success this trip. Chicago ranks fifth in the league in rush defense, allowing an average of only 74.3 yards per game, and will have a good chance of stopping Peterson. The Vikings haven’t scored more than two offensive touchdowns in a game this season, and the team is averaging 18.8 points per game, ranking them 24th in the NFL. Bears both win and cover here.

    Baltimore (+3) at Miami Dolphins, Dolphins -3

    Dallas (-7) at St. Louis, Cowboys, Rams +7

    Minnesota (+3) at Chicago Bears, Bears -3

    San Diego (PK) at Buffalo Chargers, Chargers

    Tennessee (-9) at Kansas City Titans Chiefs +9

    San Francisco (+10.5) at N.Y. Giants Giants 49ers *10.5

    Pittsburgh (-9.5) at Cincinnati Steelers Bengals +9.5

    New Orleans (+3) at Carolina Saints Saints+3

    Detroit (+9.5) at Houston Texans Texans -9.5

    N.Y. Jets (-3) at Oakland Jets Jets -3

    Cleveland (+7.5) at Washington Redskins Browns +7.5

    Indianapolis (-1) at Green Bay Packers Packers +1

    Seattle (+10.5) at Tampa Bay Bucs Bucs -10.5

    Denver (+3) at New England Patriots Patriots -3

    Last week: 8-6 straight up, 10-4 spread; overall, 49-36 straight up, 43-41-3 spread.
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