Jim Mancari, ContributorBack to respectability (at least for Week 6) after a few tough weeks.
I won with the Giants and Steelers. The Bengals won but did not cover against the Bills, and I admit I was a bit overzealous in thinking the Broncos would cover the 27-point spread.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 6 Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 8-16
Houston Texans (+7) at Kansas City Chiefs
Even before his gruesome injury last Sunday, Matt Schaub had not been playing all that well. And now it’s looking like either T.J. Yates or Case Keenum will get the nod for the Texans at quarterback. We saw a few years back what Yates can do, but the Chiefs’ defense will swallow up whoever is starting for Houston Sunday. I almost can’t believe that I’m banking on the Chiefs to start off a season 7-0, but that just goes to show the turnaround this team has had after a 2-14 season last year.
Chicago Bears (-1) at Washington Redskins
I’ve gotten burned this season by going with a few road favorites, but I like the Bears in this game – especially since the spread is only a point. The Redskins’ defense has so many holes, and we saw last week how the Bears offense can methodically move the ball down field to score. Even the Giants’ defense was able to stop the Bears in the second half last Thursday, but against a weak Washington secondary, Brandon Marshall can have a field day. Also as we saw, the Bears’ defense is notorious for creating turnovers. Robert Griffin III has been getting healthier, but he’ll also have to make smart decisions to keep the Skins in the game. I would not be surprised if this is a close one, but give me Chicago here.
Cleveland Browns (+10) at Green Bay Packers
Is it just me or does it seem like the Packers are flying under the radar this season? They’re 3-2 and have already had their bye, but they are coming off back-to-back wins. They didn’t play particularly well offensively in both those games based on their potential, but the defense gave up only a combined 26 points. At home against the Browns, the Packers should roll to an easy win and cover the 10-point spread. The Browns have been one of the surprise teams at 3-3, but they slipped backed to reality with a loss last week to the Lions. It’s a tall task to go into Lambeau Field as an underdog, so I’m going with the Packers.
Minnesota Vikings (+3.5) at New York Giants
This is finally the week the Giants get into the win column. I would feel a lot more confident if the spread was 2.5 rather than 3.5, but I’m still sticking with Big Blue here. The Giants have done an admirable job containing some of the league’s premier running backs, so that trend will have to continue against Adrian Peterson. As long as Eli Manning can limit the turnovers, the Giants should emerge victorious in this game, and it rally shouldn’t even be too close. But as we’ve seen though, hoping that Manning doesn’t throw interceptions is much easier said than done, but something eventually has to give and Monday night could be that time.
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