NFL Week 6 Quick Picks
Last week I had my best record this season nailing nine out of 13 games correctly. Hopefully, I can get 10 with the forthcoming slate of games. It begins on Thursday with two teams coming off their first loss.
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills: The Chiefs suffered their first loss last week to the Raiders while the Bills got lambasted by the Tennessee Titans just a few nights ago. The Bills are still licking their wounds and Josh Allen has fallen back to earth. Prediction: Chiefs 31 / Bills 17
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings: The Falcons have fired their head coach and the Vikings may not be far off from doing the same. But thanks to the winless Dirty Birds, there won’t be a coaching change in Minny, at least not this week. Prediction: Vikings 37 / Falcons 9
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles: One sports show on the radio said the other day that the AFC North is the best division in football right now. I agree. The Ravens are 3-1, Browns 3-1, and the Steelers 4-0. Despite being in last place the Bengals have not played too badly. In this one, the Eagles gave the Steelers a fight last weekend and are primed for an upset. Going out on a limb here and taking a chance... Prediction: Eagles 27 / Ravens 24
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have been a mild surprise while the Bears have opened a few eyes wider. At 4-1, Chicago is just behind the division-leading Packers. The defense will win the day here. Prediction: Bears 20 / Panthers 14.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts: While Philip Rivers is not having his normal outstanding season his new team has won three of four. It’s going to be a learning rookie season for Joe Burrow, but all signs point towards a solid NFL career. Prediction: Colts 35 / Bengals 21
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers: This is easily the AFC Game of the Week. A showdown in the ‘Burgh with a share of first place at stake. It’s the first meeting between these two teams since Myles Garrett slugged Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet in 2019. Revenge at stake? The players aren’t talking like that. With that said, the Browns are much better this season and are a legitimate threat. Ben Roethlisberger has a new toy in rookie Chase Claypool who scored four times last weekend against the Eagles. Prediction: Steelers 27 / Browns 17
Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags won their season opener and haven’t won since. At 1-4 the 1-3 Lions come to Florida for a game that could go either way. Something tells me the outcome favors Jacksonville. Prediction: Jaguars 23 / Lions 21
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans: The Titans put on the previously unbeaten Bills in their last game and now they get the one-win Texans. This could be ugly too. Prediction: Titans 34 / Texans 17
Washington Football Team at New York Giants: The "battle for the basement" in the NFC East. The Giants have yet to win the Washington Football Team comes in with just one victory. New York is in pretty bad shape and Washington does have more talent. Prediction: Washington Football Team 33 / Giants 23
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins: The Jets are not beating anyone. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the Dolphins offense playing well. Prediction: Dolphins 34 / Jets 9
Denver at New England: Cam Newton is back behind center and the Patriots are at home. Fans or no fans, this is a game New England should win. Prediction: Patriots 24 / Denver 13
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFC’s Game of the Week pits two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks against each other in what should be a fun game to watch. Tom Brady has lost a step while Aaron Rodgers seems much fresher. The last score wins. Prediction: Packers 35 / Bucs 31
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy Garafalo returned from injury last week and was awful. This is a key game in the NFC West and if the Niners have any hope of competing for the division, this is a win they need. Prediction: 49ers 20 / Rams 19
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys: It seems strange that the Cowboys leading the NFC East are just 2-3. But first place is theirs all to their own and now without Dak Prescott the rest of the way. Andy Dalton is not just your average backup now as the starting QB in Dallas. Arizona has been inconsistent but my gut says the ‘Boys rally around Dalton. Prediction: Cowboys 23 / Cardinals 17
Not playing this week because of the bye are Las Vegas, New England, New Orleans, and Seattle.