We’re back with the Week 6 Old Timey Spotlight Games!
Chiefs at Texans (-4.5)
Matt Cassell will look to rain pitchforks on a Houston pass defense that has been an off-time jive. With Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson, the Texans have the torpedoes to paint the town red but we expect the Chiefs defense to keep this one close. The Texans may get the win, but not by the four and a half that Vegas is giving them.
Our pick: Kansas City Chiefs
Lions at Giants (-10)
The Giants slow start had fans calling to put the skids under Tom Coughlin. But over the past fortnight, the Giants defense has been sum’ berries and the ground game has improved. The Lions put up 44 on the Rams last week but expect them to get balled up in Tin Pan Alley. I’d put an Abe’s Cabe on the G-Men.
Our pick: New York Giants
Ravens at Patriots (-3)
Joe Flacco has been a real butter and egg man thus far as Baltimore’s offense has been eggs in coffee through the first quarter of the season. New England’s defense has been left holding the bag. Tom Brady may be the cat’s pajamas, but this is not a great week to debut the Moss-less air attack. We’re taking the Raven in this affair.
Our pick: Baltimore Ravens
Dolphins at Packers (-3.5)
Green Bay is more banged up than Greta Garbo at a juice joint. There’s a chance that Aaron Rodgers will play but the physical Miami defense will look to fit him a Chicago overcoat. Those Packers Super Bowl predictions aren’t looking like anything to blow your wig about now. We’ll take Miami in this one.
Our pick: Miami Dolphins
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Saints (-5) at Buccaneers
Breesus won’t turn the ball over twice at the end of a close game like Carson Palmer did last week.
Our pick: New Orleans Saints
Seahawks at Bears (-7)
Jay Cutler has been cleared to return to the field. Pete Carroll has been cleared to return to losing. The Bears defense is playing like its 2006.
Our pick: Chicago Bears
Falcons at Eagles (-3)
Somehow, Atlanta is four and one. Kevin Kolb should get at least one more start before Mike Vick re-enters the conversation. I see him playing well enough to make Andy Reid look like an idiot with whoever he chooses to start.
Our pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Browns at Steelers (-13.5)
As a rule, I always bet against spreads of 14 or more. However, with their first and second string quarterbacks hobbled with high ankle sprains, it’s looking like the Browns will be sending rookie Colt McCoy to the wolves in Pittsburgh. The Browns defense has kept them in games. With Big Ben returning, I can’t see them keeping this one close.
Our pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Chargers (-8.5) at Rams
I can’t honestly give a Norv Turner team coming off a loss to the Raiders and eight and a half point cushion.
Our pick: St. Louis Rams
Jets (-3) at Broncos
This will be the Kyle Orton litmus test. If he can put up 300 yards against this defense, he is the real deal. Don’t see it happening.
Our pick: New York Jets
Raiders at 49ers (-6.5)
San Francisco fans are calling for David Carr. That really says it all.
Our pick: Oakland Raiders
Cowboys at Vikings (-1.5)
Both teams are a disappointing one and three coming in. Brett Favre is battling an injured elbow, foot, and ego. Randy Moss is going to love missing the playoffs.
Our pick: Dallas Cowboys
Colts (-3) at Redskins
Peyton will find the endzone and find it often against the Redskins defense. McNabb will find that five dollar bill he’d misplaced in an old pair of pants.
Our pick: Indianapolis Colts
Monday, Oct. 18
Titans (-3) at Jaguars
Jacksonville let Buffalo get a lead last week and had to rally for the win. Tennessee won’t let them off the hook like that.
Our pick: Tennessee Titans
“That’s all for this week folks. We’ll see you in Week 7. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go see a man about a dog.”
Week 5: 6-8-0