Week Seven early-week PFW staff selections

Posted Oct. 16, 2012 @ 4:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff


BUFFALO -3 vs. Tennessee

Green Bay -5½ vs. ST. LOUIS

CHICAGO -5½ vs. Detroit

Jacksonville vs. OAKLAND (43) UNDER

LAST WEEK: 0-4 / SEASON: 8-16



"PFW" refers to the staff consensus pick. HOME TEAM IN CAPS. Asterisk (*) denotes team will cover pointspread but lose game. Boldface (#) selections indicate best bets.

Thursday night
SAN FRANCISCO -7 vs. Seattle (37½)
San Francisco: Hub, Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW
Seattle: Keith*, Eric*, Mike W*, Dan P*

BUFFALO -3 vs. Tennessee (46½)
Bufffalo: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Tennessee: Dan A

MINNESOTA -6 vs. Arizona (40½)
Minnesota: Keith, Mike H, Eric(#), Kevin(#)
Arizona: Hub*, Dan A, Mike W*, Dan P*, Arthur*, PFW*

INDIANAPOLIS -3 vs. Cleveland (45)
Indianapolis: Kevin
Cleveland: Hub*, Keith, Mike H, Dan A(#), Eric, Mike W, Dan P, Arthur, PFW

HOUSTON -6½ vs. Baltimore (47½)
Houston: Hub(#), Keith(#), Mike H, Eric(#), Kevin, PFW
Baltimore: Dan A*, Mike W*(#), Dan P*, Arthur*

Green Bay -5½  vs. ST. LOUIS (44½)
Green Bay: Hub(#), Keith(#), Mike H(#), Eric, Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
St. Louis: Dan A*, Mike W*

Dallas -2½ vs. CAROLINA (45½)
Dallas: Keith, Mike H, Dan P
Carolina: Hub, Dan A, Eric, Mike W, Kevin, Arthur, PFW

N.Y. GIANTS -6½ vs. Washington (50)
N.Y. Giants: Hub, Arthur
Washington: Keith*, Mike H*, Dan A*, Eric*, Mike W*, Dan P*, Kevin*, PFW*

New Orleans -3 vs. TAMPA BAY (49½)
New Orleans: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Tampa Bay: Dan A, Mike W(#)

NEW ENGLAND -10½ vs. N.Y. Jets (47)
New England: Mike H, Dan A, Mike W, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
N.Y. Jets: Hub*, Keith*, Eric*, Dan P*

OAKLAND -4 vs. Jacksonville (43)
Oakland: Hub, Keith, Mike H(#), Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW
Jacksonville: Mike W

Sunday night
Pittsburgh -2½ vs. CINCINNATI (46)
Pittsburgh: Hub, Mike H, Mike W, Dan P(#), Kevin, PFW
Cincinnati: Keith, Dan A(#), Eric, Arthur

Monday night
CHICAGO -5½ vs. Detroit (47½)
Chicago: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H, Eric(#), Dan P, Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW(#)
Detroit: Dan A*, Mike W*


Last week vs. spread
Hub(6-8), Keith(4-10), Mike H(6-8), Dan A(11-3), Eric(5-9), Mike W(7-7), Dan P(8-6), Kevin(6-8), Arthur(4-10), PFW(6-8)

Season to date vs. spread
Hub(47-42-2), Keith(36-53-2), Mike H(37-52-2), Dan A(48-41-2), Eric(39-50-2), Mike W(53-36-2), Dan P(41-48-2), Kevin(45-44-2), Arthur(40-49-2), PFW(44-45-2)

Last week best bets
Hub(0-3), Keith(0-3), Mike H(0-3), Dan A(2-1), Eric(0-3), Mike W(0-3), Dan P(0-3), Kevin(0-3), Arthur(0-3), PFW(0-4)

Season to date best bets
Hub(7-11), Keith(6-12), Mike H(7-11), Dan A(5-13), Eric(6-12), Mike W(10-6-2), Dan P(6-11-1), Kevin(5-13), Arthur(5-13), PFW(8-16)

Last week straight-up
Hub(7-7), Keith(4-10), Mike H(6-8), Dan A(9-5), Eric(6-8), Mike W(5-9), Dan P(6-8), Kevin(7-7), Arthur(4-10), PFW(6-8)

Season to date straight-up
Hub(58-33), Keith(46-45), Mike H(54-37), Dan A(59-32), Eric(50-41), Mike W(59-32), Dan P(51-40), Kevin(54-37), Arthur(47-44), PFW(53-38)



Which of your picks do you feel strongest about and why?

Hub Arkush: I hope I’m not jumping back on the bandwagon too soon, but the Packers’ rout of Houston felt like the start of something big, much bigger than the Rams.

Keith Schleiden: A well-rested Bears team has been pushing all the right buttons in recent weeks and should easily handle a Lions team that was way overrated entering 2012.

Mike Holbrook: The Rams have been extremely competitive, but they haven’t faced an offense like the Packers. I can see them playing well and still losing by a TD.

Dan Arkush: Something tells me the Niners will bounce back with a flourish like they did after losing to the Vikes in Week Three and totally kick the Seahawks’ butts.

Eric Edholm: The Texans are emotionally bruised after the loss to the Packers, but those wounds will heal. The Ravens’ injuries will not — and they’ll be housed at Houston.

Mike Wilkening: I’ll take the Ravens, banged-up defense and all. This is a lot of points for the Texans to cover, and they may be a little off form. Baltimore is not going to fold.

Dan Parr: I think the Packers are a team that’s determined to get on a roll after a rocky start. Aaron Rodgers and Co. will win by at least a touchdown at St. Louis.

Kevin Fishbain: Predicting a hangover loss for Seattle and a bounce-back win for San Francisco. The 49ers should bottle up Seattle’s offense and get their run game back on track.

Arthur Arkush: I don’t see the Jaguars having as much success coming out of the bye as the Raiders did, when they almost upset Atlanta in their best performance to date.