FOOTBALL PICKS: WEEK 7

New Orleans at CarolinaReggie Bush is coming into form and leads the team in rushing and receiving through week five. But he only averages around three yards-per-carry, which is sub-par for a player of his caliber. Drew Brees has been the best passer in the NFL this year but the Saint’s pass D has been poor. Jake Delhomme is very dangerous, but the New Orleans defense will make enough of a showing to take this in a high scoring game.Saints 34, Panthers 28Minnesota at ChicagoMinnesota travels to the windy city to face a mean Bears rush D. Both the Vikings and Bears have solid rush defenses, ranking third and fourth, respectively. The Vikings have a more proven back in Adrian Peterson, but Bears rook Matt Forte plays with more moxy than your average rookie. Whoever takes this game wins it through the air.Chicago 26, Minnesota 21San Francisco at N.Y. GiantsThe Giants rank first in scoring offense and in scoring defense. Eli is no longer the ‘other’ Manning; he has established himself as one of the best QBs in the league. The Giants are good enough to play to the other teams’ weaknesses, so look for Eli and Plaxico to hook up for a few TDs against the Niners’ weak defense,Giants 41, SF 28Cleveland at WashingtonThe Browns need to start putting it together. Derek Anderson seems like he is looking through a straw when he plays and Braylon Edwards has less then 100 total yards receiving through FIVE weeks! Unbelievable. This has to be the week they put it together and turn their season around. The Skins are very beatable; the offense just needs to come together.Cleveland 24, Washington 17Seattle at Tampa Bay If Hasselbeck can find some rhythm we may be in for an upset Sunday night. Both starting QBs have been banged up in recent weeks. If Griese is the starter for the Bucs at QB then I’d go with Tampa. Seattle will have enough juice on offense to take this one. Seattle 27, Tampa Bay 17Denver at New England Monday night. This is a tough one to pick because I’m not high on the Pats at all this year. But I believe they still have enough fire power to do some damage. Denver also has a high octane offense but the Pats are at home and I have to go with the Foxboro advantage. New England 31, Denver 27