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NFL WEEK 6 GAME PICKS

Last week: 10-4
Season Record: 49-28

TOP GAMES

BENGALS AT BILLS: THE BENGALS HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE HOTTEST TEAM’S IN THE LEAGUE THANKS TO THE IMPROVED PLAY OF THEIR DEFENSE AND A HOT START FOR ANDY DALTON. THE BILLS HAVE BEEN UP-AND-DOWN THANKS IN PART TO SOME KEY INJURIES BUT COULD GET SOME OF THOSE PLAYERS BACK THIS WEEK. LOOK FOR THIS TO BE A DEFENSIVE BATTLE WITH VERY FEW BIG PLAYS FROM EITHER SIDE. THE BILLS MUST FIND SOMEONE TO COVER BENGALS TE TYLER EIFERT IN THE RED ZONE. BUFFALO COULD HAVE TO GO WITH E.J. MANUEL AT QB SO LOOK FOR CINCY TO PUT PRESSURE ON HIM AND FORCE QUICK DECISIONS.
PICK: BENGALS 20-17

CARDINALS AT STEELERS: THIS IS A BATTLE OF TWO HIGH-POWERED OFFENSES, THOUGH PITTSBURGH HAS CERTAINLY COME DOWN A BIT WITHOUT BEN ROETHLISBERGER. EXPECT BOTH TEAMS TO RUN THE BALL BUT THE CARDINALS TO FIND MORE ROOM IN THE PASSING GAME. TURNOVERS COULD BE KEY FOR THE STEELERS WHO HAVE HAD TROUBLE FORCING THEM OVER THE PAST FEW SEASONS.
PICK: CARDINALS 31-26

PANTHERS AT SEAHAWKS: CAROLINA IS UNDEFEATED BUT COMES TO A PLACE WHERE TEAMS SEEMINGLY NEVER FIND A WAY TO BEAT THE SEAHAWKS. SEATTLE MUST GET SOMETHING MORE OUT OF THE PASSING GAME, POSSIBLY BY TARGETING TE JIMMY GRAHAM MORE OFTEN. CAROLINA IS STOUT ON DEFENSE AND GETS TEAM LEADER LB LUKE KUECHLY BACK TO HELP. THE PANTHERS WILL LIKELY HAVE A HARD TIME PUTTING UP POINTS UNLESS THEIR DEFENSE SETS THEM UP SO LOOK FOR A LOW-SCORING AND PHYSICAL FIGHT HERE.
PICK: SEAHAWKS 19-17

PATRIOTS AT COLTS: ASIDE FROM THIS BEING TWO DIVISION LEADERS WITH A RICH RECENT HISTORY AGAINST EACH OTHER, THIS GAME ALSO REPRESENTS THE TWO TEAMS INVOLVED MOST HEAVILY IN DEFLATEGATE. THE COLTS SHOULD GET ANDREW LUCK BACK AND CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A WEAK PATRIOTS SECONDARY. THE PATRIOTS HOWEVER, SEEM TO THRIVE IN SITUATIONS WHERE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE AND WILL BE OUT TO GET REVENGE ON THE TEAM THAT MADE THEIR OFFSEASON MISERABLE. BRADY AND GRONK WILL LIKELY HAVE MONSTER GAMES AND THE RUN GAME SHOULD BE A FACTOR AS WELL.
PICK: PATRIOTS 38-28

GIANTS AT EAGLES: THOUGH NEITHER TEAM HAS LOOKED SUPER ALL SEASON, THIS IS A MATCHUP THAT COULD DETERMINE THIS SEASON’S NFC EAST CHAMPION. THE EAGLES HAVE CHANGED THEIR OFFENSIVE APPROACH TO A MORE CONVENTIONAL TEMPO WITH MORE COMMON FORMATIONS IN AN ATTEMPT TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT. THE GIANTS HAVE STARTED TO PUT THEIR OWN OFFENSE TOGETHER AND HAVE BEEN HITTING BIG PLAYS WEEK AFTER WEEK. WITH THAT SAID, THIS GAME WILL LIKELY COME DOWN TO TURNOVERS AND BIG DEFENSIVE PLAYS AND RIGHT NOW IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO TRUST THE EAGLES WITH THAT.
PICK: GIANTS 30-24

UNDER THE RADAR

REDSKINS AT JETS: WITH A WIN, EACH TEAM HAS A REAL CHANCE AT STAYING IN THEIR DIVISION RACE MUCH LONGER THAN MOST WOULD HAVE THOUGHT. BOTH TEAMS COULD — USE MORE STABLE PLAY FROM THEIR QB TO MATCH THEIR TOUGH DEFENSE AND SOLID RUNNING GAME. THE QB WHO MAKES THE LEAST MISTAKES SHOULD HELP GUIDE HIS TEAM TO VICTORY.
PICK: JETS 27-23

THE REST

FALCONS AT SAINTS PICK: FALCONS 34-24
BEARS AT LIONS PICK: LIONS 28-24
BRONCOS AT BROWNS PICK: BRONCOS 27-20
DOLPHINS AT TITANS PICK: DOLPHINS 26-23
CHIEFS AT VIKINGS PICK: VIKINGS 22-19
TEXANS AT JAGUARS PICK: TEXANS 30-20
CHARGERS AT PACKERS PICK: PACKERS 34-27
RAVENS AT 49ERS PICK: RAVENS 24-21

INJURY REPORT

• CHIEFS RB JAMAAL CHARLES OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN RIGHT ACL
• RAVENS CB WILL DAVIS OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN ACL
• BILLS QB TYROD TAYLOR DOUBTFUL FOR WEEK 6 AND COULD MISS MULTIPLE GAMES WITH SPRAINED MCL
• JAGUARS QB BLAKE BORTLES DIAGNOSED WITH GRADE 1 AC JOINT SPRAIN IN THROWING SHOULDER, STILL EXPECTED TO PLAY THIS WEEK
• JAGUARS RB T.Y. YELDON (GROIN) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• SAINTS WR MARQUES COLSTON OUT INDEFINITELY WITH SEPARATED SHOULDER
• REDSKINS TE JORDAN REED (CONCUSSION) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• REDSKINS CB BASHAUD BREELAND QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6 WITH BRUISED ROTATOR CUFF
• BROWNS CB JOE HADEN (CONCUSSION) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• BRONCOS LB DEMARCUS WARE EXPECTED TO MISS MULTIPLE WEEKS WITH BACK STRAIN
• BRONCOS WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (NECK) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• REDSKINS LT TRENT WILLIAMS (SPINE) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• SEAHAWKS DT JORDAN HILL EXPECTED TO MISS A FEW WEEKS WITH STRAINED QUAD
• SEAHAWKS LB BOBBY WAGNER QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6 WITH SPRAINED PECTORAL
• BEARS LB SHEA MCCLELLIN (KNEE) WEEK-TO-WEEK
• GIANTS WR’S ODELL BECKHAM JR. AND REUBEN RANDLE BOTH QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6 WITH HAMSTRING INJURIES
• GIANTS CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA OUT AT LEAST THREE WEEKS WITH A PARTIAL TEAR IN PECTORAL
• PATRIOTS LT NATE SOLDER OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN BICEPS
• LIONS LB DEANDRE LEVY TO HAVE SURGERY ON AILING HIP, COULD MISS REST OF SEASON
• CHIEFS NT DONTARI POE WEEK-TO-WEEK WITH HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN
• STEELERS C MAURKICE POUNCEY (LEG/ANKLE) SUFFERS SETBACK DURING REHAB AND COULD MISS REST OF SEASON
• TEXANS WR CECIL SHORTS (SHOULDER) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• TEXANS LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY (ANKLE) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• RAVENS RB JUSTIN FORSETT (ANKLE) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 6
• RAVENS RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO OUT FOR SEASON WITH FOOT INJURY
• RAMS RG ROGER SAFFOLD OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN LABRUM IN SHOULDER
• SAINTS LT TERRON ARMSTEAD (KNEE) DOUBTFUL FOR WEEK 6
• RAIDERS LE JUSTIN TUCK DONE FOR SEASON WITH TORN PECTORAL
• PANTHERS DE JARED ALLEN (PINCHED NERVE) DOUBTFUL FOR WEEK 6
• CHARGERS WR STEVIE JOHNSON (HAMSTRING) DOUBTFUL FOR WEEK 6

POSSIBLE WEEK 6 RETURNS

• BILLS WR SAMMY WATKINS (CALF)
• BILLS RB LESEAN MCCOY
• JETS DE SHELDON RICHARDSON (SUSPENSION)
• SEAHAWKS RB MARSHAWN LYNCH (HAMSTRING)
• COLTS QB ANDREW LUCK (SHOULDER)
• PANTHERS LB LUKE KUECHLY (CONCUSSION)
• SAINTS RG JAHRI EVANS (KNEE SCOPE)
• RAVENS TE CROCKETT GILMORE (CALF)
• RAVENS WR STEVE SMITH SR.
• BEARS WR ALSHON JEFFERY (HAMSTRING)
• LIONS TE ERIC EBRON (KNEE)
• LIONS RB JOIQUE BELL (ACHILLES’)
• REDSKINS WR DESEAN JACKSON
• 49ERS TE VERNON DAVIS
• DOLPHINS LT BRANDEN ALBERT
• JAGUARS DT SEN’DERRICK MARKS

IN THE NEWS

• GIANTS TE DANIEL FELLS FOOT TO BE SAVED BUT CAREER LIKELY OVER AFTER MULTIPLE SURGERIES TO CLEAR MRSA STAPH INFECTION
• TEXANS RETURN TO BRIAN HOYER AS STARTING QB FOR WEEK 6
• COWBOYS BENCH QB BRANDON WEEDEN, NAME QB MATT CASSEL NEW STARTER
• 49ERS RELEASE DB SHAREECE WRIGHT; SIGNED BY RAVENS
• PATRIOTS RELEASE CB BRADLEY FLETCHER
• ESPN’S ADAM SCHEFTER REPORTS THE DOLPHINS AMONG SEVERAL OTHER TEAMS WILL COURT SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON AFTER THIS SEASON
• CARDINALS SIGN LB/DE DWIGHT FREENEY TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
• RAVENS RELEASE LB JASON BABIN
• COLTS SIGN RB AHMAD BRADSHAW TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

John Brockway can be heard talking NFL on the Spadora on Sports Radio program. His blog can be accessed at SpadoraOnSports.com

 

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