Last week was a solid one for me, 10-4. I'm kicking myself still for picking against the Broncos for the 3rd time now this, bewildered at the stink-bomb the 49ers laid against the Falcons at home, and in awe of the wildcat running wild against the Jets.
I'm also stunned at the difference between the difference between the top teams in the league and the bottom. How many times would the Raiders had to have played the Giants in order to beat them? Same could be applied to the Buccaneers against the Eagles or the Rams against the Vikings. It's a bad time to be a fan of any of those teams. Now for my Week Six picks-
Texans (2-3) at Bengals (4-1)
One team (The Bengals) seem to time after time pull out close game while the other has come up small against the Cardinals and Jaguars. This should be a good game but I will go with a repeat of history.
Bengals win 27-24.
Panthers (1-3) at Buccaneers (0-5)
As the old saying goes 'He who trusts Josh Johnson against a division rival is the biggest fool of them all.', OK I made that up. Regardless I'm still taking Carolina to pick up their 2nd win in a row.
Panthers win 27-17.
Browns (1-4) at Pittsburgh (3-2)
How are Browns fans supposed to react to last week? They trade their big play-maker on offense to the Jets and watch Derek Anderson put up a QB rating of zero against the Bills of all teams...And they won! Well, they'll have plenty of time to think about it while their team is getting drummed by the Steelers.
Steelers win 31-10.
Giants (5-0) at Saints (4-0)
Great game, the Giants have been manhandling teams with ease since their Week Two match-up at Dallas went down to the wire while the Saints have been winning the last two games thanks to their defense and running games of all things! I'm going to with the Saints, at home and rested from a bye week to pull this one out.
Saints win 27-24.
Ravens (3-2) at Vikings (5-0)
My suspicions from before the season are starting to get confirmed, Baltimore's defense is not what it used to be...Particularly in their secondary. As much as I want to pick them because they are coming off of back-to-back losses, I have the Vikings moving to 6-0.
Rams (0-5) at Jaguars (2-3)
Which Jaguars team will team will show up against the hapless Rams? Does it matter? I say no.
Jaguars win 31-21.
Lions (1-4) at Packers (2-2)
The Lions are starting prove they can put up points consistently. I'm still taking the Packers to rebound from the bye week and win, but it will be a good game.
Packers win 34-31.
Chiefs (0-5) at Redskins (2-3)
As bad as the Chiefs look, the more Cassel plays and the more they work together with head coach Todd Haley calling the plays on offense they will improve. The Redskins meanwhile are nosediving.
Chiefs win 20-17.
Cardinals (2-2) at Seahawks (2-3)
What a difference a QB makes according to last week as Matt Hasselbeck absolutely torched the Jaguars. This one will be a lot closer but I have the Seahawks winning again...One of the few teams that seems to still have a really good home-field advantage.
Seahawks win 24-20.
Eagles (3-1) at Raiders (1-4)
Not only are the Raiders terrible, but they look uninterested. If the Eagles win by 17 or less in this one my head will explode, that's not a bluff either. My head really will explode, so don't let me down Philly.
Eagles win 38-7.
Bills (1-4) at Jets (3-2)
How do you cure a team that just suffered a tough Monday night loss on the road? Pencil them in against the Buffalo Bills at home. Expect a return to form for the Jets defense here.
Jets win 24-3.
Titans (0-5) at Patriots (3-2)
I'm tempted to pick the Titans because I think they are significantly better than their record indicates, but on the road against a Patriots team fresh off a loss? Nope, can't do it.
Patriots win 21-17.
Bears (3-1) at Falcons (3-1)
Michael Turner finally exploded last week with over 90 yards but more importantly three TDs and the passing game was just as effective. I honestly am not completely sure how good either of these teams are, I'll give the Falcons a nod coming off a great road victory to carry momentum over and win.
Falcons win 24-17.
Broncos (5-0) at Chargers (2-2)
Thanks to the Broncos hot start, it seems like now or never for the Chargers here if they want to win the AFC West. This team always seems to come through when things look bleak, and they are at home. But am I really going to pick against the Broncos for a 3rd straight week...
Broncos win 24-21.
Last week: 10-4