NFL picks and predictions Week 7: Browns vs. Colts

Scott Boehm

Most people are betting on the Indianapolis Colts beating the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

The Cleveland Browns visit the 2-3 Indianapolis Colts Sunday coming off their first win of the season, and as the records might indicate, the battle between two rebuilding teams can't be compared.

The Colts can't run the ball, averaging 86 rush yards per game. They also tend to get run over as the 29th best rush defense in the NFL. So it'll be their top-10 pass offense led by Andrew Luck and commendable pass defense that gives them the edge against the Browns in most Week 7 predictions.

But the momentum for the Browns, however small, might give them a chance.

Of 12 NFL experts at ESPN, seven predict that the Colts will come away with a victory in the battle between two rookie quarterbacks. The split was close to even because the Browns offense led by Brandon Weeden finally found itself opportunity. Cleveland put up 34 points on the Bengals last week.

But can they put up that many points again? Peter King of Sports Illustrated predicts a 24-16 Indianapolis victory, and believes the fun matchup to watch is Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne against Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden.

At SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, Nick Ragsdale thinks that a number of things could doom Indy, but in the end the Colts will be able to pull off a 20-17 victory.

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