Week Six NFL Predictions

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 7-7
Overall: 32-40-5

New York Giants (0-5) AT Chicago Bears (3-2)

The Spread: Chicago by 8
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 23-13
The Rationale: The Giants’ offense is completely one-dimensional. If that wasn’t enough to overcome the worst defense in the league last week; they’re probably toast against Chicago.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) AT Buffalo Bills (2-3)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 9
The Pick: Cincinnati
The Score: Cincinnati, 34-13
The Rationale: Thaddeus Lewis makes his NFL debut against the Bengals on Sunday. Something tells me that it will be a rude beginning for the former Duke star. AJ Green should have a big day against a mediocre Buffalo secondary.

Detroit Lions (3-2) AT Cleveland Browns (3-2)

The Spread: Detroit by 3
The Pick: Detroit
The Score: Detroit, 26-20
The Rationale: The Browns have (shockingly) won three in a row after the trade of Trent Richardson. They will look to make it four straight against the Lions, who lost to Green Bay last week. The Lions aren’t as ferocious away from Ford Field. But, the Browns will have Brandon Weeden under center on Sunday. Advantage: Detroit

Carolina Panthers (1-3) AT Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

The Spread: Minnesota by 1
The Pick: Minnesota
The Score: Minnesota, 20-17
The Rationale: This is a tough game to pick. Carolina has the better QB. But, the Vikings’ running game should keep the ball out of Cam Newton’s hands. If the Vikes limit the turnovers, they should hold fort at home.

Oakland Raiders (2-3) AT Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) 

The Spread: Kansas City by 10
The Pick: Oakland
The Score: Kansas City, 27-19
The Rationale: The Raiders looked quite capable at home last Sunday. Terrelle Pryor just might be developing into an NFL QB after all. But, the Raiders will run into a buzz saw in Arrowhead this week. They should cover ten points. But, don’t count on them to be the first to knock off the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) AT New York Jets (3-2)

The Spread: New York by 3
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 24-13
The Rationale: Yes, the Steelers are coming off of a bye-week. But, what exactly did they do to deserve being only a 3-point underdog against the Jets? New York is coming off of an impressive road victory over the Falcons. The Steelers are coming off a loss in London at the hands of a previously winless Minnesota team. I’ll take the Jets’ defense to shut down the Steelers’ woeful O’.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 2
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 31-17
The Rationale: This is nearly as bad as the Jets’ spread. But, at least the Eagles are on the road. Tampa Bay is winless, revolting against their coach, and has a rookie QB at the helm. If the Eagles had a poor run defense, there might be some hope for the Buccaneers. But, alas, it’s the pass defense that is weak. Mike Glennon will need to really come to play if Tampa Bay has any hope of keeping up with the Nick Foles-led Eagles’ offense.

Green Bay Packers (2-2) AT Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

The Spread: Green Bay by 3
The Pick: Baltimore
The Score: Baltimore, 28-24
The Rationale: Upset of the week? Maybe. The Ravens are 2-0 at home this year. Meanwhile, Green Bay is winless (0-2) away from Lambeau. When Baltimore gives Ray Rice at least 20 touches, they’re 23-3. Hand him the damn ball!

St. Louis Rams (2-3) AT Houston Texans (2-3)

The Spread: Houston by 9
The Pick: St. Louis
The Score: Houston, 26-23
The Rationale: The Texans are really struggling and much of the blame rests on QB Matt Schaub’s shoulders. His four consecutive games with a pick-six has set a new NFL record for futility. Still, the Texans are more talented on both sides of the ball than the Rams. I think St. Louis keeps it close. But, the Texans gallop to victory.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) AT Denver Broncos (5-0)

The Spread: Denver by 27
The Pick: Jacksonville
The Score: Denver, 41-17
The Rationale: The largest spread in NFL history is upon us as the winless Jaguars look to shock the world this Sunday. More than likely, this game will never be close. But, 27-points is an absurd spread for an NFL game. After all, look at my predicted score. 41-17 is an absolute blow out; and yet, the Jaguars still cover in that scenario. Bet on Jacksonville.

Tennessee Titans (3-2) AT Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

The Spread: Seattle by 15
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Seattle, 27-14
The Rationale: Another large spread that I will take the underdog to cover. The Titans lost a close game last week to Kansas City. Now, they’ll have to head to the Pacific Northwest for a game against the difficult Seahawks in the hardest place to play. I think Seattle will take control of this game. But, Tennessee should keep it relatively close enough to cover.

New Orleans Saints (5-0) AT New England Patriots (4-1)

The Spread: New England by 3
The Pick: New Orleans
The Score: New Orleans, 23-13
The Rationale: Another spread built off reputation and not reality. Are you kidding me? New England is favored? I don’t care if they’re playing at Foxboro or on the face of the moon; the Saints should be favored over the Patriots at this point. New England’s offense looked absolutely pathetic last week and Tom Brady threw more worm-burners than Donovan McNabb. Unless Brady and his receivers get on the same page and fast; the Saints will go marching in to New England and march out with a win.

Arizona Cardinals (3-2) AT San Francisco 49ers (3-2)

The Spread: San Francisco by 13
The Pick: Arizona
The Score: San Francisco, 16-13
The Rationale: This will be a low scoring, defensive affair between two of the better D’s in the league. The Cardinals welcomed Daryl Washington back last week and the LB keyed a dominant defense showing with an interception. Meanwhile, the 49ers induced Matt Schaub’s nightmares with a shutdown victory at home vs. Houston. I like the 49ers to win thanks to a couple of Carson Palmer turnovers. But, it will be close.

Washington Redskins (1-3) AT Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

The Spread: Dallas by 6
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Dallas, 30-27
The Rationale: The Cowboys had their hands full last year with RGIII. But, this is a new season. The sophomore QB is still recovering from knee surgery and despite an extra week of preparation, has struggled against attacking defenses like Dallas’.

Indianapolis Colts (4-1) AT San Diego Chargers (2-3) 

The Spread: San Diego by 2
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: Indianapolis, 33-30
The Rationale: In what should be a high flying affair, the Chargers welcome the Colts on Monday night. Andrew Luck has emerged as the finest young QB in football. He will have the Colts on their toes even out west as they’ll look to avoid an upset at the hands of Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

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