NFL Week 6 Picks: Top Matchups, Spreads and Predictions

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 14, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Last week's NFL schedule provided us with plenty of entertainment and surprises.

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) fell short to the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) by a score of 30-20; the Tennessee Titans looked sharp against the crumbling Dallas Cowboys; and the Philadelphia Eagles (Vick-less) prevented the San Francisco 49ers from capturing their first win of the NFL betting season. 


NFL Week 6: Top Matchups, Spreads and Predictions


Miami Dolphins vs. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers entered the season as one of the most likely teams to make it to the Super Bowl.

Standing with a record of 3-2, the Packers will face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. 

Green Bay's TE Jermichael Finley and LB Nick Barnett have been ruled out for the remainder of the season, and QB Aaron Rodgers could miss the upcoming battle due to a concussion.

Miami has lost their last two games after starting the season off with a 2-0 record against the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings.

The Dolphins have now won three straight games against NFC opponents and look poised to take down an injury-filled Packers squad after having plenty of time to strategize during their bye week. 

The Packers are giving up 3.5 points during this matchup, and if QB Aaron Rodgers is on the field, it will be difficult for the Dolphins to cover the spread. 


Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots

The Ravens enter this game as the leaders of the AFC North with a sportsbook record of 4-1. 

RB Ray Rice is coming off of a huge game in which he ran for 133 yards on 27 carries, including two touchdowns.

The Patriots lost WR Randy Moss and acquired former Patriots WR Deion Branch this past week and have now won seven consecutive games after a bye.

Although the Ravens have the better record, the spread gives Baltimore 2.5 points in this matchup.

Expect the Patriots to pull through with their eighth consecutive win after a bye, winning by more than three points.


Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles QB Michael Vick has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against his former Atlanta Falcons team.

The Eagles are coming off a tight victory against the San Francisco 49ers, led by QB Kevin Kolb who went 21-for-31 for 253 yards and one touchdown. 

RB LeSean McCoy is enjoying a terrific season thus far, being the only running back in the NFL this year with 350 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards.

Atlanta holds a 4-1 record, which places them at the top of the NFC South. QB Matt Ryan has played very well so far for the Falcons and will look to capture his team's fifth win of the season on Sunday.

The spread for this game gives the Falcons 2.5 points and unless Vick is out on the field, this game is Atlanta's to lose.