NFL picks, predictions in opposition to unfold Week 6: Buccaneers take down Packers; Cowboys, Bears win once more

Selecting video games within the NFL in a given season is hard, however it’s positively tougher in 2020. Between no home-field benefits created by sparse-to-no crowds and the rampant rescheduling of video games as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a neutral-site really feel to your complete season.

Due to that, no favourite appears invulnerable and each underdog has some hope. Contemplating that, our picks and predictions straight up and in opposition to the unfold have been good via Week 5.

However how properly we’re doing means nothing if we will not again it up with one other robust displaying in Week 6. Right here is our newest fearless forecast ATS, with odds coming straight out of Las Vegas:

MORE: Week 6 NFL energy rankings

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NFL picks in opposition to the unfold for Week 6

  • NFC Recreation of the Week: Packers (-2.5, 53.5 o/u) at Buccaneers

Sunday, Four:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Packers have a bye to organize for this massive NFC check whereas the Bucs are coming off an extended week, having misplaced on the Bears final Thursday night time. Inexperienced Bay has been doing no matter it desires offensively with Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones, however this can be a highway problem in opposition to run protection and cross rush. Tampa Bay’s offense ought to get Chris Godwin again to assist Tom Brady and Mike Evans within the passing recreation, and it already is operating the ball properly. Rodgers fill face extra resistance than Brady along with his restricted weapons, whereas the Bucs have an explosive breakthrough to upend an undefeated contender.

Choose: Buccaneers win 34-27.

  • AFC Recreation of the Week: Chiefs (-Three, TBD o/u) at Payments

Monday, 5 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Community and Amazon Prime Video

The Chiefs needn’t play on a brief week after dropping to the Raiders at house, however the Payments nonetheless face a quite fast road-to-home turnaround for his or her hardest opponent of the younger season. Patrick Mahomes is not used to dropping, interval, and wont let his workforce fall in consecutive weeks. Josh Allen and the Payments’ offense will carry it, attempting to match Mahomes’ massive performs, however ultimately their younger gunslinger is not on the similar degree but as Mahomes.

Choose: Chiefs win 31-27 and canopy the unfold.

  • Lock of the Week: Steelers ( -Three.5, 51 o/u ) over Browns 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET,  CBS

The Steelers (Four-Zero) are off to their finest begin ever within the Mike Tomlin-Ben Roethlisberger period. The Browns have lastly discovered their very best coach in Kevin Stefanski. Cleveland’s run-heavy offense has successfully taken the strain off Baker Mayfield. Roehtlisberger is being supported properly by James Conner and has an countless quiver of receivers in his return from his elbow damage. The Steelers, nevertheless, nonetheless have the higher general protection and at house, they willl wish to make a press release that they’re the true menace to dethrone the Ravens within the division.

Choose: Steelers win 34-20 and canopy the unfold. 

Monday, Eight:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins will trigger a variety of issues for the Cowboys’ reeling protection, little doubt. So will Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds out of the backfield, and this can be a week the place tight finish and veteran slot man Larry Fitzgerald could make extra of a distinction. However the Cardinals’ protection is not stopping a lot, both, and will not have Chandler Jones to go after Andy Dalton. They do not actually have solutions to decelerate Ezekiel Elliott and canopy Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Dallas performs impressed once more with out Dak Prescott as Dalton digs deep for one more profitable play on the finish.

Choose: Cowboys win 34-31.

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  • Broncos at Patriots ( TBD )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

This recreation will lastly be performed in Week 6 and nonetheless does not sound all that attention-grabbing. Denver’s protection is depleted, and its offense, even when Drew Lock can return, does not have a lot with Noah Fant and Ok.J. Hamler seemingly becoming a member of Courtland Sutton on the shelf. The Patriots will deal with taking away Melvin Gordon and the operating recreation first, and put the Broncos’ younger QB of alternative in unhealthy conditions. Whether or not or not Cam Newton can play for New England, search for Invoice Belichick’s workforce to go run-heavy to slam the door on Denver.

Choose: Patriots win 30-14.

  • Texans at Titans ( -2, TBD  )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

There was a liberated feeling to the Texans once they ripped the Jaguars of their first recreation with out Invoice O’Brien. Deshaun Watson appeared looser in making performs along with his massive arm and legs all around the discipline. They used all their weapons properly for the primary time all season. The protection additionally appeared to wish to overachieve for interim coach Romeo Crennel. The Titans have had early begin derailed by cancellations and might want to recuperate on a very brief week after dealing with the mighty Payments. Search for Houston to steal this one in Nashville due to Watson and slowly creep again into the AFC South race.

Choose: Texans win 30-27.

  • Ravens at Eagles ( -7.5, 46.5 ou )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens aren’t operating as freely with Lamar Jackson and their committee of Mark Ingram, J.Ok. Dobbins and Gus Edwards as anticipated. In addition they have not actually expanded their passing recreation past Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. It is a powerful spot for a struggling Jackson, in opposition to a powerful defensive entrance that excels at stopping the run and making use of strain. On the opposite aspect, Carson Wentz faces an lively Baltimore entrance seven who can compress Philadelphia’s offense, too. Jackson and Wentz play to a tricky draw, with an enormous late kick by Justin Tucker making the distinction.

Choose: Ravens win 23-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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  • Washington Soccer Group at Giants ( -Three, 43 o/u )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Who will Washington begin at quarterback? Who realize it will not be Dwayne Haskins, and we do not be ok with both Kyle Allen or Alex Smith with limitations round them. Terry McClaurin steps into one other powerful matchup with James Bradberry, and Washington will not exploit the Giants’ run protection points sufficient. Daniel Jones is throwing extra geese than dimes and nonetheless cannot defend the ball properly. However the receiving corps is waking up massive time and Devonta Freeman has sparked the operating recreation of late. The Giants get out of final place and get their first win.

Choose: Giants win 20-16 and canopy the unfold.

  • Falcons at Vikings ( -Three.5, 56.5 o/u )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons shall be taking part in below interim coach Raheem Morris following the firing of Dan Quinn, in search of a Texans-like spark on the highway. Sadly, Morris will see the identical defensive points floor in opposition to an elite dashing assault, even when Alexander Mattison needs to be featured over an injured Dalvin Cook dinner. The Falcons additionally can not cowl both Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson. Minnesota will dominate time of possession for one more week, however this time will simply thwart Matt Ryan, seemingly with out Julio Jones once more.

Choose: Vikings win 33-24 and canopy the unfold.

  • Lions ( -Three.5, 54.5 o/u) at Jaguars 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Lions are taking part in for extra than simply pleasure as Matt Patricia’s job hangs within the stability based mostly on how they carry out after the bye. Search for the Lions to function extra of D’Andre Swift within the operating recreation and Matthew Stafford can decide aside a shaky Jaguars protection that’s additional breaking due to accidents. Gardner Minshew will provide you with some gritty solutions, even when he is with out D.J. Chark. You possibly can flip a coin between Honolulu Blue and Teal 100 occasions and each groups would lose 50 occasions. Let’s roll with the Leos as the larger cats.

Choose:  Lions win 27-24 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Bengals at Colts ( -Eight, 46.5 o/u )

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Think about if Joe Burrow was a Colt. Think about if Philip Rivers was a Bengal. Issues would really feel loads completely different, would not they? Burrow is the higher QB no doubt and Rivers’ poor play ought to make Indianapolis assume extra about Jacoby Brissett or rookie Jacob Eason to avoid wasting what could possibly be a playoff season. The Colts confirmed some defensive cracks in opposition to the run and the slot final week, which must be massive for Joe Mixon and Tyler Boyd. Fortunately, Indy can merely go run-heavy with Jonathan Taylor to guard Rivers and tis protection for a slim house escape vs. Cincy.

Choose: Colts win 24-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Bears at Panthers ( -2.5, 44 o/u)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

It is arduous to consider the Bears are Four-1 and the Panthers are Three-2 going into this matchup, making it crucial for the NFC wild-card race. Nick Foles hasn’t performed all that properly, however he is obtained Allen Robinson, David Montgomery and Jimmy Graham to assist him transfer the ball and the Panthers aren’t outfitted to cease that trio. Teddy Bridgewater has been letting it rip to Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore with former Bear Mike Davis taking part in backfield supersub. However he does battle with blitzes and Chuck Pagano will get inventive with Khalil Mack and others after containing the run. 

Choose: Bears win 20-17.

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Sunday Four:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jets had been purported to play the Chargers, however does it actually matter? They proceed to indicate restricted life with Adam Gase and Gregg Williams, whereas the Dolphins have extra bounce of their step because of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Flores and Chan Gailey. The Jets don’t have any solutions for DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki and will not have the ability to cease Myles Gaskin, both. Le’Veon Bell loves himself some South Seaside, however he needs to be hating an offense with Jamison Crowder as the one playmaker.

Choose: Dolphins win 23-13.

  • Rams ( -Three.5, 51 o/u ) at 49ers

Sunday, Eight:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The 49ers are an injury-riddled mess, nothing resembling their Tremendous Bowl 54 workforce. The Rams are well-organized buzzing offense with a dominant protection once more, very a lot resembling their Tremendous Bowl 53 workforce. This isn’t a frightening highway journey down the coast and the groups performed a pair of classics final season. The 49ers have thriller at QB and their D is not outfitted to cease L.A.’s balanced assault.

Choose: Rams win 27-20 and canopy the unfold.

Stats of the Week

Week 5 straight up: Eight-Four

Week 5 in opposition to the unfold: Eight-Four

Season straight up: 49-25

Season in opposition to the unfold: 51-24

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