Week 6 NFL Picks
Pittsburgh -6.5 At Tennessee
The Steelers don’t play well without Troy Polamalu, but the Titans don’t play well period. Sure Woodley is out too, and the Steelers haven’t exactly been lights out against the run, but don’t be fooled. The Titans are a bad team and the Steelers have the weapons to get the W on the road.
Pick: Steelers -6.5
Cincinnati -1.5 At Cleveland
I think the Browns will show up ready to take the second round of the Battle of Ohio. They lost first matchup by a touchdown in Week 2. Now they get to play at home. The Browns aren’t as crappy as their 0-5 record, and the Bengals are a vulnerable 3-2.
Pick: Browns +1.5
At NY Jets -3.5 Indianapolis
This game feels like a textbook letdown game for the emotionally charged Colts, but I think they can sustain their emotion and build on it.
Pick: Colts +3.5
At Tampa Bay -4.5 Kansas City
Brady Quinn finally gets his shot. I think he’ll blow it.
Pick: Bucs -4.5
At Atlanta -9 Oakland
The Raiders will try to pound the rock and keep Atlanta’s offensive stars on the sidelines. It won’t work.
Pick: Falcons -9
At Baltimore -3.5 Dallas
The Ravens always have these weird road games where they take weaker opponents too lightly. That’s what happened in KC. Back at home, the Ravens will be a different team.
Pick: Ravens -3.5
At Philadelphia -4 Detroit
Both these teams feel like they’ve underachieved, but the Eagles are 3-2 and the Lions are stuck at 1-3. The Eagles are averaging only 16 points per game. That’s for 31st in the league. Yikes. But the Lions can’t stop anything. Remember, Detroit gave up 44 points to the Titans, a team that hasn’t put up more than 14 points in any other contest. As much as ball security is an issue for the Eagles, they should be able to get going at home against the Lions.
Pick: Detroit +4
At Miami -4 St. Louis
Reggie Bush has got some knee issues, but dude loves putting up big yardage at home. This gritty Dolphins team has got something good going and they’ll be honoring former greats Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas. S-Jax won’t run big and the Amendola-less passing game will falter.
Pick: Dolphins -4
New England -3.5 At Seattle
How legit is Seattle? Well I picked them to win last week, but against the Pats, I’m not so sure. Yea that defense is great, but the Pats are back in a big way. Wes is in play. Hernandez could return. They’re not going to drop 52 points, but the Pats will earn the W.
Pick: Pats -3.5
At Arizona -4.5 Buffalo
The Bills have allowed a ridiculous 97 points over the last two games. Buffalo’s not exactly facing an offensive juggernaut in Arizona, but this Bills team has just been demoralized and demolished the past two weeks.
Pick: Cardinals -4.5
At Washington -2 Minnesota
I just like the Vikings. I like AP to run angry and show the Skins that they can tear his knee, but they’ll never break his all-dayness.
Pick: Vikings +2
At San Francisco -6.5 NY Giants
Both of these teams want to pretend that they’re disrespected underdogs, but it’s just not true. They’re both solid, but the Niners have been too dominant lately to not be favored by a TD at home.
Pick: Niners -6.5
At Houston -3.5 Green Bay
What’s up the Packers? They start slow on offense and blow leads on defense. There just seems to be a strange malaise about this team. Now they have to go on the road and play the undefeated Texans. In Houston. In primetime. The loss of Brian Cushing is pretty sever for this hot Texans team, but I think they can edge out the Packers in a high scoring affair.
Pick: Texans -3.5
At San Diego -1.5 Denver
Don’t hand the division crown to the Chargers just yet. Broncos will roll into San Diego and make some serious noise. Gates and Mathews go off, but Peyton turns in a gem.
Pick: Broncos +1.5
Last Week: 7-7
Last Season: 140-120-12
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At Green Bay -14.5 St. Louis
Blowout city. The Rams are hurting. The spread is huge and so is the skill differential. Green Bay wins easy.
Pick: Packers -14.5
At Pittsburgh -12 Jacksonville
The Steelers are hurt, but they get Mendenhall back and they’re playing at home. The Jags perform well against Pittsburgh historically, but with a so-so defense