The ATS Checkdown: Week 7

Sascha’s palate got lucky that Matt was in New York City for the week with the host of our Out-Pick A Pro Contest, Antonio Pierce. His 3-5 record was worthy of punishment, but we’ll give him a week to sort himself out.

In a week where I brought my dog on to make some picks, we should have expected the underdogs to perform so well. I managed to go .500 on the week, but like the Cleveland Indians, Sascha (11-5 in Weeks 4 and 5, combined) learned the hard way that momentum can easily be halted.

Let’s see if his new role as Week 7 host helps get his picks back on track.

Before we offer our ATS plays for all the games on the Week 7 slate (except Tampa/Buffalo, which is off the board), Sascha and I take a minute (or ten) to discuss which struggling team we have more faith in right now: the Oakland Raiders or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For one more week, you can get our ATS Locks of the Week in a separate article. Come Week 8, you’ll have to start listening to the sweet sound of the ATS Checkdown for all our picks.

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There are many things Matt credits to sports: knowing his multiples of seven, his endless love for chicken wings, and his unceasing will to win. Well before Matt was even cognizant, he was taking in NFL Sundays on the couch. It did not take long for the passion to grow and competitiveness to blossom. The sports-crazed youngster began playing organized football when he was nine-years-old, and just recently finished his playing days in a semi-pro league. However, he always targeted a future in sports media. To further that dream, Matt received a degree in communications with a minor in law. After graduating, he began writing for his own blog as well as undertaking a sports broadcasting career on local television. On the side, Matt also began coaching football and basketball at the high-school level. These opportunities led the communications grad to, where he serves as our brand and content manager, senior NFL writer, and in-house sports expert.