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The "D" in D-Town stands for defense

Tom Boyd

Denver at Minnesota: Ian Gold is out for the season and Jake Plummer’s injured foot will keep him out of action until Nov. 9. The only saving grace could be a golden performance from Denver’s defense, especially its secondary. There will be no better test for Lenny Walls, Deltha O’Neal and the Broncos’ pass defense than Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings. Steve Beuerlein can’t play any worse than he did against Pittsburgh in week 6, so if the Broncos can hold Minnessota to less than 24 points, then they’ll have a victory. Problem is, with a Randy Moss, who can run a 4.28 40-yard dash, the Broncos defense will be a bit too spread out to shut down the undefeated boys in purple, especially on their turf: Minnesota 28-24.Baltimore at Cincinnati: The numbers speak volumes. Baltimore is averaging 5.9 yards per carry with Jamal Lewis while the struggling Bengals are averaging 3.9 with an injured Cory Dillon. Dillon may play for the Bengals this Sunday, but to no avail: Baltimore 17-6.New England at Miami: A divisional match-up that could make the big difference come late December. Miami is steady and strong behind new addition Junior Seau, and Tom Brady’s inconsistency will ebb in week 7. Miami 27-21.Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants: The Giants are a good team waiting to prove they’re even better. Philly makes the perfect target after a weak performance against Dallas in week 6: Giants 28-23.Tennessee at Carolina: Carolina has done well against NFC passing leader Brad Johnson, former AFC leader Peyton Manning, and now they face the NFL’s highest-rated passer in Steve McNair. Something about Panthers’ safety Mike Minter says McNair’s top ranking won’t last long. And don’t forget one of the league’s best running backs Stephen Davis: Panthers 31-26.Dallas at Detroit: Just as Steve Mariucci is learning what it’s like to work for a losing organization, Quincy Carter is learning what it’s like to work under Bill Parcells in a winning organization. The Cowboys’ offense has had 26 plays of 20 yards or more this season. Add at least three more in week 7: Dallas 36-20.Green Bay at St. Louis: After a stinging loss against Kansas City at home, a guy like Brett Favre won’t put up with getting out-gunned by Marc Bulger, and neither will back-up pass rusher Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who’s got the coolest name in football and at least one sack coming in week 7. Another exciting finish, this time in Green Bay’s favor: Green Bay 34-31.New Orleans at Atlanta: Giving up points to the Rams is one thing, but getting shut out on Monday Night Football is entirely another. An angry Falcons team comes to play: Atlanta 27-24.San Diego at Cleveland: Is it time for Ladainian Tomlinson to show his true mettle and trounce the Browns? Absolutely not. Tim Couch is on a roll: Cleveland 26-23.Chicago at Seattle: Exactly how much pounding can one team take? With Kordell Stewart and Anthony Thomas out and Chris Chandler and Adrian Peterson in, the Bears will look even worse than usual: Seattle 38-13.Tampa Bay at San Francisco: From one bay to another, Tampa’s Warren Sapp can’t wait to shove a sock in Terrel Owens’ mouth: Tampa 28-20.Washington at Buffalo: Buffalo will look to improve special teams play against the Redskins, but Drew Blodsoe is proving (yet again) that he doesn’t have the right stuff to be a champion. It’s Buffalo’s D against Washington’s offense: Washington 17-12.N.Y. Jets at Houston: Chad Pennington is cleared to play, but he’s still the No. 3 QB behind Vinny Testaverde and Brooks Bollinger. Although they looked good against the Bills, Vinny won’t have enough to topple a determined David Carr and the Texans: 31-27 Texans.Kansas City at Oakland: One of the rare times a Broncos fan will pull for the black and silver. And with an embarrassment on Monday night against the Broncos, the star-studded Raiders could make it a game. Still, KC has too much power: Chiefs 31-28.

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