NFL Week 7 predictions: Our picks for each game

The Lions suffered four defeats with the opposite DNA: a high-level offense and a terrible defense. With the return of running back D’Andre Swift and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a worrisome bye week, the Lions may give the Cowboys more of a challenge than expected. But a confident Dallas team playing at home must travel. Pick: Cowboys -7

Houston Texans (1-3-1) at Las Vegas Raiders (1-4), 4:05 p.m., CBS

Line: Raiders -6.5 | Total: 45.5

These one-off teams are coming out in much-needed weeks. But all four of the Raiders’ losses have been by 6 points or less, and the Texans’ offense has been inconsistent all season, averaging 17.2 points per game and 5 yards per game, despite Damon Pierce leading all rookies in yards and touchdowns (3). Pierce is eighth in the league in rushing yards (412). Pick: Raiders -6.5

Jets (4-2) vs. Denver Broncos (2-4), 4:05 p.m., CBS

Line: Broncos -.5 | Total: 38

The Jets are 4-2 and playing with confidence, fueled by the play of rookie Brice Hall, who was responsible for most of the Jets’ yards, underscoring how much this team depends on him and the game. .

The Broncos’ impressive defense exceeded high preseason expectations, and in his first game without Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert, Los Angeles still managed to win. Denver will need a strong defense as quarterback Russell Wilson is dealing with shoulder and hamstring injuries. Despite those teams’ shaky records, the Broncos are a half-point to a point-and-a-half. Pick: Broncos -.5

Green Bay Packers (3-3) vs. Washington Commanders (2-4), 13 in the evening, Mela

Line: Washington +5.5 | Total: 42

Aaron Rodgers is only completing 29 percent of his 20-yard field goals this season. That’s a paltry figure for the long passes that have been his hallmark, as he’s completed 65.4 percent of them in his career. The thumb injury he suffered in Week 5 could affect him as much as the Packers middle receiving corps.

Washington quarterback Carson Wentz also injured a finger on his throwing hand and will be on the mend for Sunday’s game. Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, whose play over 15 games in Washington last season prompted the team to trade for Wentz, could be an upgrade. Wentz’s 62.1 completion percentage ranks 22nd in the league, while his six interceptions (third) and 23 sacks (tied for first) put him ahead of most starters. Green Bay is susceptible to the run, which bodes well for a Commanders team that needs to rely on its running backs. Choice: Commanders +5.5

Cleveland Browns (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-3), 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Ravens -6.5 | Total: 45.5

Last week, the Ravens finally got a good rushing game from someone other than Lamar Jackson when Kenyan Drake ran for 119 yards and a touchdown. It was supposed to be the missing ingredient in Baltimore’s offense, which pushed the team to early leads in each of its three losses before opponents pulled ahead in the final two minutes of games.

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