In making my week 5 picks, I said the Arizona Cardinals could be facing a "trap game" at the St. Louis Rams on Thursday Night Football and I was dead-on, except I still picked the Cards. Other than that, I had a second straight solid week picking the games. Perhaps I should bet on NFL football and earn a living making the picks. Perhaps not.
Here's my picks on week six of the regular season, starting with tonight's game. as always, I'll pick & pan the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Dallas Cowboys at a later time and make my prediction on the game, asking you to join me to predict the score and win yourself a nice prize.
Titans over Steelers: Yep, right off the bat it's my "Upset Special Pick of the Week," as I like the home team on a short week and Tennessee is primed to hand Pittsburgh a loss, as they will be without Troy Polamalu for this game.
Jets over Colts: This is New York's third game in a row at home and they say the third time's a charm, right? That means the J-E-T-S will finally get a home win, although this Indianapolis team has made huge strides under impressive rookie QB Andrew Luck and wouldn't most Ravens fans like to see that Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow soap opera drama continue?
Falcons over Raiders: It looks like Atlanta will remain undefeated for at least one more week as I just cannot see Oakland coming across country to beat one of the top teams in the league under their home dome.
Dolphins over Rams: Miami is looking like a decent team that would have a much better record if only they could make a few more field goals. Meanwhile St. Louis has been playing tough defense so this game could come down to the wire, which might not be good for the team I'm picking to win.
Eagles over Lions: Might Detroit be one of the more disappointing teams of 2012, while Philadelphia might be the opposite, coming closer to their expectations while all their games seem to come down to the final possession.
Buccaneers over Chiefs: Yeah, I know Kansas City played the Ravens real tough last week, but that was as much the Ravens as it was the Chiefs, so I like Tampa Bay protecting their turf although the change in QB for KC might be an improvement.
49ers over Giants: In what could be the game of the weekend, I do not see San Francisco losing at home this time to New York. The Giants need the win but the 49ers have outscored their past two opponents 79-3. Ouch.
Cardinals over Bills: As if getting destroyed on a west coast trip to SF was bad enough for Buffalo last week, they get to do it again in Arizona this week. Lucky them. Ain't happening.
Seahawks over Patriots: I'm definitely gong out on the limb with this one as another "Upset Special." I think Seattle is one of the toughest places to win on the road (other than Baltimore, of course), and New England had their problems here so perhaps the Seahawks will make Ravens fans happy by late Sunday afternoon.
Redskins over Vikings: I'm just not sold on Minnesota despite their solid record and play of their QB. Washington rookie QB RG3 had his bell rung and gets a nice facial scar but should play this week and believe it or not, with or without him, I still like the 'Skins to win.
Texans over Packers (Sunday Night Football): Actually this could be the game of the weekend, with two teams that some people thought (not me!) at the beginning of the season to possibly meet in the Super Bowl. Houston is undefeated and I expect them to remain that way until they host Baltimore next week. Green Bay has absolutely zero running game and that puts a ton of pressure on QB Aaron Rodgers, which might be too much even for him.
Chargers over Broncos (Monday Night Football): I'm picking the home team in this one and would have taken Denver if the game was there instead of San Diego. Philip Rivers vs. Peyton Manning should be interesting and fun to watch, with two quarterbacks with the best miserable scowls in the game sure to be on TV more than a few ties.
Last Week: 10-4
Season Record: 49-29