Originally written on Pro Football Spot  |  Last updated 11/19/14
New York Giants (+8) at Chicago Bears – Thursday NightEli’s coming, and so are the rest of the New York football Giants, to Soldier Field for a Thursday night clash against the Old Man’s Bears. When these two teams met in Chicago in 2010, Jay Cutler played the part of the Pinata at the “Victor Cruz Salsa Extravaganza.” Not this time, at least it better not be this time. The Giants are a shell of the team that won it all a few years ago. They have given up 31 or more points in every game this season. If the Bears don’t win this one, they may as well pack it up. Bears keep the G-Men winless.Oakland Raiders (+9.5) at Kansas City Chiefs The Raiders are on a winning streak. I know, it’s only one game for the Raiders, but for them, that’s a big streak! Terrell Pryor is giving teams fits and I do think he may be their QB answer, but not this week. The win streak ends in Kansas City. I’m not sure if the Chiefs are the best in the AFC or not, but I do know they are playing some pretty decent ball. Andy Reid continues his coaching renaissance and the Chiefs stay unbeaten for another week.Philadelphia Eagles (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Eagles looked like the team from week one in their last victory, but again it was against the Giants. This week they will play a Bucs team that has a very good defense and, in all honesty, is less than two minutes away from being a 3-1 team rather than a winless team. My only question is can the Bucs can generate enough points to beat the Eagles. Call me crazy, but I think the Bucs will pull it off. At this writing Mike Vick is questionable with the hamstring. If he can play at 100%, they will probably win. But I am going with the Bucs.Green Bay Packers (-3) at Baltimore RavensYears ago, there was a movie called “Sybil” which was about a woman with multiple personalities. Baltimore reminds me a lot of Sybil; you never know which team will show. I think this game comes down to the Ravens D versus the Packers O line, and I think the D will win it. Add to this the absence of Clay Matthews and you get a Ravens win.Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Cleveland BrownsThe Browns are following the tried and true method of winning championships. Trade the third overall pick away, replace your struggling starting QB with a journeyman QB, bring back the struggling starter when the journeyman QB is lost for the season, and start shopping your best wide receiver and voila! You’re on a three game win streak and leading your division! Works every time…except for this week, and maybe the next. The Lions D will get to Weeden early and often. Take the Lions on the road.Carolina Panthers (+2.5) at Minnesota Vikings Currently, the Vikings are the only undefeated franchise outside the United States. The bad news is the rest of their games are within the US border. I think the difference between this year’s Vikings team and last is the loss of Percy Harvin. He was a threat at wide receiver, set them up with field position as a return man, and he took some of the pressure off Ardian Peterson. As for the Panthers, they don’t do well offensively against solid D’s, and the Vikings have a solid D. Close game but the Vikings win.St. Louis Rams (+7) at Houston Texans What a difference a few weeks make. Early in the season Houston was considered one of the top teams in the AFC, now they are a team on the ropes. It’s a good thing the Rams are coming to Houston because if this was in St. Louis, I think the Rams would win…but it’s not. Texans get a much-needed win and Schaub gets some of his confidence back.Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) at New York Jets If you had said at the beginning of the year that this was a match up of a winless team against one who was only a game out of first, you’d probably have the roles reversed. The Jets have been playing solid on the defensive side of the ball and Geno Smith is doing enough to win ball games. This will be an ugly game but I think the Steelers will break into the win column. Coach Tomlin has had additional time to get his team ready and I think they win by a field goal. Steelers win on the road.Cincinnati Bengals (-8) at Buffalo Bills The Bengals are coming off a big home win against Patriots and now travel to face a sub .500 and banged up Bills team. You know what that means…trap game. The Bengals need to win this one to quiet the critics and prove to the rest of the league they are a legitimate contender in the AFC. I think they’ll pull it off. The Bills are too beat up. Look for AJ Green to have his best game of the season.Tennessee Titans (+13.5) at Seattle SeahawksPete Carroll had the audacity to criticize the officiating after losing on the road to the Indianapolis Colts. Pete? Hello! Do you not remember last year’s game against the Packers with the replacement refs? These two teams kind of mirror each other. Each plays great at home and not so great on the road. It’s in Seattle and the Seahawks are a bit testy. Seahawks win big.Jacksonville Jaguars (+28) at Denver BroncosLast week the Broncos scored 51 points. The Jaguars have scored 51 points too…but it took them FIVE games to do it! This is the lock of the week, maybe the lock of the season, Broncos win big. I pity those fantasy football players who will be playing against Peyton Manning this weekend.Arizona Cardinals (+11) at San Francisco 49ersIn the off-season, the Old Man was rooting for Bruce Arians to take control of the Chicago Bears. Don’t get me wrong, I like Marc Trestman, but you can see why I was so high on Arians. He has the Cardinals battling for second place in the NFC West this week. However, for this game, I have to go against the Cards and take the 49ers as, like Stella, they are getting their groove back.New Orleans Saints (+2.5) at New England PatriotsThe undefeated Saints come into New England as the underdog and will face a Patriots team that went without a touchdown against the Bengals. When is the last time you remember the Patriots not getting into the end zone? I think FDR might have been penning the new deal. This is a tough one to call because the Saints offense is so explosive. I think the Pats will get it together and get the job done. Look for the return of Gronk in this one. Pats win a squeaker.Washington Redskins (+5.5) at Dallas Cowboys – Sunday NightLast week the Cowboys sent notice to the rest of the NFL. When they are on their game, they are a very good tough team. This week they host the Redskins. The Cowboys may be a bit deflated after losing such a close game to the Broncos, but one thing they love to do is beat the Redskins. If it was another team, they might fold, but not this time. RG3 and company take their lumps in prime time as the Cowboys roll.Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) at San Diego Chargers – Monday NightThe Colts are the real deal. In two of the past three weeks they’ve gone to San Francisco and manhandled the 49ers and they took care of the Seahawks at home. This week they travel to San Diego where the Chargers, coming off a huge loss to the Raiders, await. Over the years, the Chargers have always seemed to have the Colts number, but not tonight. I really like the Colts on both sides of the ball. Look for them to try and get Richardson on track as they run over the Chargers and improve to 5-1 for the season. Look out for this Colts team as the year goes on.That’s it for week six. Take it to the bank!
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