Week 6 of the NFL season and my picks really suck. Really Tennessee? You beat Pittsburgh? Really? So with that being said, let’s jump right in with the rest of the week’s picks.
Oakland at Atlanta
The Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFC and they should remain undefeated after this week. Matt Ryan is making a strong case for NFL MVP, while the defence has been improving every week. The Raiders have had fleeting moments of glory, but are horrific on the road. The Georgia Dome will be rocking. The Raiders will be reeling. Atlanta wins.
Dallas at Baltimore
The Ravens are 4-1, but haven’t really flexed their muscle this season. The Cowboys are the Cowboys. A soap opera with no end in sight. Which Tony Romo will show up this week? It better be the good Romo because if it isn’t, the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will have a field day with the interception prone Dallas quarterback. Baltimore wins.
Cincinnati at Cleveland
The battle of Ohio. The Bengals are coming off a bad home loss to Miami in which they struggled to move the football. The Browns are still searching for their first win of the season. For some strange reason, I think they might get their first win here. Call it a hunch. Cleveland wins.
St. Louis at Miami
The Rams are coming off a very impressive win over Arizona, in which their defence recorded 9 sacks against the Cardinals. The Dolphins are also coming off an impressive win over Cincinnati. Both teams are on the rise and have something to prove. My gut feeling tells me the Rams are further ahead than the Dolphins at this point. St. Louis wins.
Detroit at Philadelphia
The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to Pittsburgh to last week, with turnovers continuing to plague the Eagles offence. My beloved Lions are one of the disappointments so far this season and they are desperate for a win. Some history here. The last time the Lions won in Philadelphia was 1986 when Joe Ferguson was starting at quarterback for Detroit while Randall Cunningham was just in his second year for the Eagles. I don’t expect a repeat of 1986. Philadelphia wins.
Indianapolis at New York Jets
The Colts showed tremendous character in their win over Green Bay last week, dedicating the game to head coach Chuck Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia. Andrew Luck is already looking like a star while Reggie Wayne had a career day against the Packers. The Jets continue to be the hottest drama on ESPN, but drama isn’t translating to wins. Many Jets fans want Tim Tebow to start but Mark Sanchez will be under centre once again for Rex Ryan’s crew. I smell an implosion in New Jersey. Indianapolis wins.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay
This one won’t be pretty. The Chiefs have been dreadful so far this season, losing 4 of their first 5 games. The Bucs are 1-3 but have been competitive in every game. The Chiefs are starting Brady Quinn at quarterback in place of the injured Matt Cassel. This does not bode well for Kansas City. Plus Tampa Bay is due. Tampa Bay wins.
Buffalo at Arizona
The Cardinals lost their first game of the year last week, as quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked 9 times by the Rams defence. The Bills were destroyed by San Francisco as the defence surrendered 621 yards and 45 points against the 49ers. While the Cards O-Line has issues, the Bills defence has more issues than Lindsay Lohan. Enough said. Arizona wins.
New England at Seattle
The Patriots are in first place in the AFC East, but haven’t been the dominant team many have been used too. Last week’s win over Denver was fine, but the Patriots are flawed. The Seahawks are 3-2 and have a defence that is tough as nails. This will be a battle between the Patriots offence versus the Seahawks defence. One thing to remember. CenturyLink field is a very intimidating place to play for visiting teams. It will be a wild crowd and the Seahawks feed off of that. Calling a hunch here. Seattle wins.
New York Giants at San Francisco
The game of the week. And a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. The Giants have one of the most explosive offences in the NFL, thanks to quarterback Eli Manning who is a strong MVP candidate. The 49ers have one of the nastiest defences in the NFL, led by linebacker Patrick Willis who is a beast in the middle. The 49ers want revenge. The Giants want to maintain the psychological edge. This one should be a beauty. Tough call. San Francisco wins.
Minnesota at Washington
The Vikings are one of the biggest surprises so far this season, starting the season with an impressive 4-1 record. Christian Ponder is developing into a solid quarterback, while running back Adrian Peterson is showing very little ill-effects from his offseason knee surgery. The Redskins are in a bit of a quandary. Star rookie Robert Griffin III is uncertain due to a concussion suffered last week and if he can’t go, Kirk Cousins will be under centre for the Redskins. Too much uncertainty in the Nation’s Capital. Minnesota wins.
Green Bay at Houston
The Texans are the only undefeated team remaining in the AFC, and arguably the most impressive team in the NFL. The Packers have been an early season disappointment, going 2-3 in their first five games. Houston will be primed to host a primetime National TV game, and they don’t want to disappoint their rabid fans. Reliant Stadium will be crazy. Expect Houston to stay undefeated. Houston wins.
Denver at San Diego
Both teams are coming off tough losses last week and are looking to rebound in a key AFC West showdown. One interesting tidbit. Peyton Manning has struggled against the Chargers over the years, going 1-5 against San Diego in their last 6 meetings. The Broncos have struggled on the road as well, losing both games away from Invesco Field at Mile High. The Chargers haven’t been overly impressive, but have found ways to win games. I think they will find a way to win this one. Close, but San Diego wins.
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