NFL Picks Week 6: 10 Shockers You'll Never See Coming

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2010

NFL Picks Week 6: 10 Shockers You'll Never See Coming

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    Week six of the NFL is the week that the Pittsburgh Steelers have their star quarterback return to the field. Yes, it's Ben Roethlisberger that will make his 2010 debut and should be under center when they host the Browns on Sunday.

    That will be just one of the games that we'll cover but we're going to do things a little differently. While we'll pick all 14 games, we're going to use Las Vegas' lines on the game to determine the favorites, that way, we do all the work for you.

    We'll rank each game by the likelihood of an upset by what is called a "Gussy," named after excitable CBS announcer Gus Johnson.

    While I could go long winded, I know you're not here to listen to me talk, so let's get to the picks.

No. 14: Clevaland at Pittsburgh

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    Yes, Ben Roethlisberger finally makes his 2010 debut and it comes at home against the Cleveland Browns.

    He's going to be aching to get on the field and prove he hasn't lost a step.

    Gussies: One

    Final score: Pittsburgh 34 Cleveland 14

No. 13: San Diego at St. Louis

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    The San Diego Chargers aren't really this bad. Are they?

    They can't win on the road, at least not yet. They've proved they can win at home but then that's why they are called home games right?

    Facing the St. Louis Rams and a rookie quarterback will be a first this season, but the Chargers are out to prove they can actually win away from home.

    Gussies: One - The Chargers are a lot better than the 2-3 team that stands before us.

    Final score: Chargers 34 Rams 17

No. 12: Detroit at New York Giants

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    Detroit beat St. Louis, congratulations.

    They will travel to The Meadowlands to take on the New York Giants who are coming off a lopsided win of their own.

    Gussies: Two - It might be a little interesting at first but not for long.

    Final score: Giants 28 Lions 17

No. 11: Seattle at Chicago

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    The 2-2 Seattle Seahawks will head to the windy city to take on the 4-1 Chicago Bears who had a big game from running back Matt Forte this past Sunday.

    Forte should be big in this one as well, especially at home.

    Gussies: Two - the Bears defense will dominate this one early and let their offense put points on the board.

    Final score: Bears 24 Seahawks 10

No. 10: Miami at Green Bay

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    Playing at Lambeaugh Field is one thing, winning there as a visiting team is quite another.

    The Miami Dolphins will be that visiting team to face the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. However, with Rodgers suffering a concussion this past Sunday, it's questionable if he'll be able to start against Miami.

    If Rodgers can't go, Matt Flynn will go in his place. But I'm believing that Rodgers will be able to make the start.

    Gussies: Three - If Rodgers can't go, it might make this game a little more interesting.

    Final score: Packers 27 Dolphins 21

No. 9: New Orleans at Tampa Bay

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    Tampa Bay isn't coming off the biggest three wins of the year, but facing a New Orleans team that just lost to Arizona, I'm willing to ride Tampa Bay at home to a win with this one.

    The Saints just aren't the same team that won the Super Bowl this past January.

    Gussies: Three - Josh Freeman is just getting the hang of things so far and only gets better.

    Final score: Tampa Bay 24 New Orleans 18

No. 8: Baltimore at New England

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    With Randy Moss out of the picture, the New England Patriots can concentrate on winning games which starts at home on Sunday against Baltimore and their stingy defense.

    Tom Brady will have a weight lifted off his shoulder and will be able to play with ease.

    Gussies: Four

    Final score: Patriots 28 Ravens 16

No. 7: Kansas City at Houston

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    The Houston Texans had a more than tough time with the New York Giants, not to mention the game was at their home stadium.

    Now they'll welcome in the Kansas City Chiefs who dropped their first game of the year to the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans aren't as bad as they looked last week and they'll prove it on Sunday.

    Gussies: Four - Kansas City dropped their first and will be handed their second.

    Final score: Texans 31 Chiefs 21

No. 6: Atlanta at Philadelphia

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    Sure Kevin Kolb is no Michael Vick, but he got the job done against the 49ers on Sunday. Kolb will lead the Eagles back home to face Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and the 4-1 Atlanta Falcons.

    The Falcons have a good thing going, but playing in Philadelphia is not always the easiest thing to do. The Redskins got an unforeseen win there, but the Falcons however, will not.

    Gussies: Three - Kevin Kolb continues to look sharp in this one

    Final score: Eagles 27 Falcons 22

No. 5: Cowboys at Vikings

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    The Dallas Cowboys need to be fixed and they need to find a way to pull out of the tailspin they're in. They know they're a better team than what's been shown over the last four games.

    They'll do just that on the road against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

    Gussies: Four

    Final score: Cowboys 21 Vikings 19

No. 4: Jets at Broncos

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    The Jets are known to have one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL, but Kyle Orton and the Broncos will find a way to push through that defense and get the win at their own house.

    Mark Sanchez hasn't found a way to be great yet this season but Kyle Orton has the arm that can stretch the Jets' secondary.

    Gussies: Four

    Final score: Broncos 24 Jets 21

No. 3: Indianapolis at Washington

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    Donovan McNabb against Peyton Manning.

    This is usually a battle that most people would pick Manning to win but not this guy. McNabb has been everything the Redskins had hoped he would become when they traded for him from the Eagles who were all too eager to part ways with him.

    Gussies: Five

    Final score: Redskins 17 Colts 13

No. 2: Tennessee at Jacksonville

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    After a win over the Dallas Cowboys, in somewhat convincing fashion, the Titans will head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Monday Night Football.

    With Vince Young and a solid running back in Chris Johnson, most would pick the Titans to keep rolling along. But the Jags will be up for the challenge and will pick up a big win at home.

    Gussies: Four

    Final score: Jacksonville 28 Tennessee 23

No. 1: Oakland at San Francisco

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    The 49ers are 0-5 and hoping something gets them out of this slide. Even the head coach, Mike Singletary, and quarterback Alex Smith, were at odds during their game against Philadelphia, the cameras catching the two in a heated argument.

    For whatever reason, Singletary is going to stay with Smith as his quarterback as the Oakland Raiders cross the bay for their "battle by the bay."

    The 49ers will get their first win of the season and finally get that monkey off their back.

    Gussies: Five

    Final score: 49ers 29 Raiders 17