A victory was afoot for Miss Ali in Week 7 of the Gridiron Green.
Alison Foote of Aztec, aka MissAli23, snapped an eight-player tie for first place with a well-guessed 45-21 tiebreaker in the Sunday-night football game in Denver. The Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 42-17.
Foote’s 12, as a result, won the Green.
The Gridiron Guru rebounded as expected with an 11, joining fellow weekly champions Aaron Archuleta, Shauna Dooley-Wallace and Marcia Kuzma in a majority of Greenies with 11-of-15 correct.
The Guru, which correctly picked the Chiefs over the Chargers to nicely segue into the Chargers’ upset over the Broncos, is 67-41 on the season. Only ...
Bye: New York Giants and San Francisco.
Thursday, Oct. 23
San Diego at Denver (KCNC, KREZ; NFL Network; KRSJ 100.5 FM): After seeing the Broncos’ Orange Crush a good 49ers team, coupled with the Chargers’ dinged-up secondary, short week or not, last year’s Thursday-night history be damned, I’ve changed my mind on this originally perceived trap game. Pick: Broncos, 30-20. Line: Broncos by 7½.
Sunday, Oct. 26
Detroit vs. Atlanta, at London (KASA): London’s Calling hard for a team. Jacksonville? St. Louis? It’s not the Falcons or the Lions, but, hey, Brits, enjoy the show; this is the best game, best quarterbacks, they’ve seen since Stan Gelbaugh QB’ed the London Monarchs to the 1991 World Bowl championship. Pick: Lions, 23-10. Line: Lions by 4.
St. Louis at Kansas City: Well, it’s not the I-70 series St. Louis fans were hoping for, but the Rams are building something through a Mason, building off their win against the defending Super Bowl champions, and it’s tricky. Pick: Rams, 23-16. Line: Chiefs by 6½.
Houston at Tennessee: Texans remember the Oilers, then lay an oil slick on the Titans’ home field. Pick: Texans, 22-20. Line: Texans by 1.
Minnesota at Tampa Bay: The Bucs hoist Leslie Frazier on their shoulders in the a la Buffalo Bills’ Jim Schwartz treatment. (See: Week 5.) Pick: Buccaneers, 19-17. Line: Buccaneers by 3.
Seattle at Carolina (KREZ): My prediction is the quarterbacks will outgain the running backs. Pick: Panthers, 27-20. Line: Seahawks by 4½.
Baltimore at Cincinnati (KCNC): Each teams’ arrows are pointing in different directions. Pick: Ravens, 23-16. Line: Bengals by 1½.
Miami at Jacksonville: There’s been a Michigan Man sighting in Jacksonville, but this game will come down to the new-and-improved play of the Dolphins’ hybrid quarterback. Pick: Dolphins, 21-20. Line: Dolphins by 5½.
Chicago at New England: The Bears are soldiers away from home, but Foxborough is no place for an enemies’ tea party. Pick: Patriots, 24-20. Line: Patriots by 6.
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets: Next man up for the Bills’ backfield is the third-string running back. Pick: Jets, 17-16. Line: Jets by 3.
Philadelphia at Arizona: Off the bye, take The Real McCoys. Pick: Eagles, 23-21. Line: Cardinals by 2½.
Oakland at Cleveland: People believed in the Browns, then they lost to the Jaguars. Now, they’ll lose to the Raiders. Pick: Raiders, 30-20. Line: Browns by 7.
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh (KCNC, KREZ): The quick-strike Steelers hit the Texans fast Monday night, but Luck and the Horseshoe have a number of Colts in their own artillery. Pick: Colts, 26-19. Line: Colts by 3.
Green Bay at New Orleans (KOBF, KUSA): Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers. A Sunday night in New Orleans. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun in The Big Easy. Pick: Saints, 33-30. Line: Saints by 1½.
Monday, Oct. 27
Washington at Dallas (ESPN): Kirk Cousins. Robert Griffin III. Colt McCoy. These aren’t The Real McCoys. Pick: Cowboys, 34-17. Line: Cowboys by 9.