NFL Picks Week 6: Where Do the ESPN Experts Differ or Agree?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Members of the Buffalo Bills meet at the center of the field after a win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)
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As we head into Week 6 of the NFL season, let's take a look at how ESPN's list of experts picked this weekend's games:

Unanimous picks (9/9)

Green Bay Packers over St. Louis Rams: No surprise here. The undefeated Packers are two touchdown favorites over the winless Rams.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Jacksonville Jaguars: A rookie quarterback heading to Pittsburgh is almost never a recipe for success, even with the Steelers defense on the injured side. Blaine Gabbert has his work cut out for him on Sunday.  

Oakland Raiders over Cleveland Browns: It's somewhat surprising that there wasn't one expert who thought the Browns could go to the west coast and beat the emotionally charged Raiders. 

New York Jets over Miami Dolphins: Matt Moore makes his first start in New York, which is a scary thought for a Dolphins offense that can't run the ball.  

Baltimore Ravens over Houston Texans: Without their top player on each side of the ball, the Texans weren't picked by one analyst to go to Baltimore and leave with a win. I'd tend to agree considering how big of losses both Andre Johnson and Mario Williams are to Houston.  

Heavy favorites (6/9 or more)

Cincinnati Bengals over Indianapolis Colts (8/9): Andy Dalton has the opportunity to get the Bengals to 4-2, which would match their win total from 2010. Everyone but Seth Wickersham thinks he'll do it on Sunday.

New England Patriots over Dallas Cowboys (8/9): Following a bye week can't help the Cowboys in Foxborough, where everyone but Chris Mortensen picked the Patriots to take down Big D. 

New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8/9): Tampa Bay's 45-point loss did the Bucs no favor this week. Only Wickersham picked the Bucs to beat the Saints at home. 

Chicago Bears over Minnesota Vikings (8/9): After the way the Bears' offensive line played on Monday night, it's a surprise that only Accuscore—ESPN's computer simulation—picked the Vikes to win. They have the defensive line to keep Jay Cutler on the run.  

Detroit Lions over San Francisco 49ers (7/9): The 49ers are a good story, too, but the Lions are a tough team to beat at home. Wickersham and Mike Golic were the only 49ers faithfuls this week.

Atlanta Falcons over Carolina Panthers (6/9): The Cam Newton effect applies here, as three ESPN experts think the Panthers can upset the Falcons. With the way the Falcons have played this season, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Merril Hoge might be right. 

Toss ups (5/9 or under)

New York Giants over Buffalo Bills (5/9): Quietly, Giants vs. Bills is one of the better games of the weekend. One vote decides this game.  

Washington Redskins over Philadelphia Eagles (5/9): The Eagles have finally lost the hearts of the ESPN pickers, who have been burned by Mike Vick and the 1-4 Eagles several times this season.