NFL bold predictions, Week 7: Khalil Mack, James Conner show out

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, NFL Network analysts will provide one bold prediction heading into each week’s slate of games (see the full Week 7 schedule).

Marc Ross: Derrick Henry leads the NFL with 117.6 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers’ defense ranks second against the run, giving up only 66.2 rushing yards per game. In a battle between potential AFC Super Bowl representatives, the Steelers’ D limits Henry to under 70 yards. James Conner adds insult to injury by taking the crown from King Henry and gaining over 100 yards against the Titans’ 26th-ranked run defense.

James Jones: Monday night’s Bears-Rams game features two of the league’s top pass rushers in Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald´╗┐, the latter of whom leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. Mack, who has started to get on a roll with three sacks over the last two games, finally gets back to his dominating ways by recording four sacks — his most since he logged five vs. Denver in December of 2015.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Cam Newton´╗┐’s 56.3 rushing yards per game would be a single-season best if he could keep it up through Week 17. He continues to be a running machine this week and out-rushes the entire San Francisco 49ers backfield, which is averaging 127.8 rushing yards per game this season.

Joe Thomas: The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals in a low-scoring, drama-filled affair in the desert to improve to 6-0. Russell Wilson orchestrates a game-winning drive with a last-second touchdown pass to DK Metcalf as time expires.

Brian Baldinger: Folks, Week 7 presents a Teddy Bridgewater revenge game! Carolina heads to New Orleans for a huge divisional matchup, one that could make a big difference down the road. While Drew Brees and the Saints enter the contest feeling refreshed off the bye week, Bridgewater and the Panthers stop them in their tracks to win on the road and ultimately jump the Saints in the NFC South race.

Who’s playing who in Week 7?

Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Philadelphia Eagles 22, New York Giants 21

Sunday, Oct. 25

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders (4:05 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday, Oct. 26

  • Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)

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