Another week, another clean slate for these NFL teams. In Week 5, we watched the Atlanta Falcons crush it in London against the Jets, with No. 4 overall pick Kyle Pitts finally popping out of his shell. Meanwhile, the Raiders fell to the Bears and lost their head coach Jon Gruden who resigned following the leaks of horrendous emails.
And as if the NFL drama couldn’t get any worse, Urban Meyer’s wife is sticking up for her husband but deleted her Twitter account. Oh, and the Jaguars lost, which was no surprise considering the Titans just couldn’t fall to two very bad teams back-to-back. As for the Detroit Lions? Well, they’re still winless and head coach Dan Campbell cried on TV. It was actually heartwarming and we’re calling him the NFL’s Ted Lasso.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 08:20 PM EDT at Lincoln Financial Field
After taking down the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the road again, this time to the “City of Brotherly Love” for a Thursday Night Football showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As an 11-point road favorite Tampa Bay crushed the Dolphins’ hopes and dreams 45-17. Future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady had his best game yet this season as he completed 30-of-41 passes for 411 yards and 5 touchdowns. He threw zero interceptions and ended the day with a 144.4 QB rating.
The Eagles were able to rally their way back from a 12-point deficit to upset the Carolina Panthers 21-18. Philly’s defense absolutely dominated as it held Carolina’s QB Sam Darnold to just 177 passing yards, picked him off three times and sacked him three times.
So far this season, Brady is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,767 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. And defensively, Tampa is allowing 24.4 points and 360.2 yards per game. The Eagles’ dual-threat quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Philly’s defense is allowing 24.8 points and 336.8 yards per game.
The Bucs’ secondary will definitely be tested for the first time this season since taking on the Rams and losing in Week 2. But the Eagles are far from being the Rams. We watched the Chiefs and Cowboys win by more than a touchdown. The Bucs look like they are continuing to improve, especially after a close one to the Patriots.
NFL Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -7 (-110)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 01:00 PM EDT at Bank of America Stadium
The Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 and made their head coach cry last week. Minnesota blew a 16-6 lead and fell behind 17-16, with PK Greg Joseph saving the day in the finals seconds with a 54-yard field goal. And Carolina fell 21-18 to the Eagles and QB Sam Darnold had a terrible game where he tossed three interceptions and the offensive line also allowed him to get sacked three times.
So far, Kirk Cousins is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 1,396 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Defensively, the Vikings are allowing 21.8 points and 368.8 yards per game. Darnold is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,366 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. Carolina’s defense has looked a little better than Minnesota's, allowing 17.4 points and 255.8 yards per game.
The Panthers should have a Christian McCaffrey back in the lineup which will help their offense immensely. While the Vikings could be without Dalvin Cook once again. If Carolina doesn’t win this one, there are going to be a lot of angry fans and big question marks around Matt Rhule.
NFL Pick: Carolina Panthers -1 (108)
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Football Team
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 01:00 PM EDT at FedExField
The Chiefs, who were the favorites heading into Week 5, were crushed at home 38-20 by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. It’s easy to blame the defense which allowed 30 or more points for a fourth straight game and yielded 436 total yards (315 passing, 121 rushing). KC got off to a promising start and led 10-7, but was outscored 17-3 before halftime. The Chiefs looked rough the rest of the game and star running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down with a knee injury.
To no surprise, Washington also lost at home, 33-22, to the Saints in Week 5. They led 13-7 early in the second quarter, but the defense gave up two scores just before the half, including a 49-yard Hail Mary and fell behind 20-13. Second-string QB Taylor Heinicke finished the day with 248 passing yards with 0 TDs and two interceptions.
There was some good to come out of the loss as Washington slightly outgained the Saints 373 to 369 yards and had more first downs (26 to 18) in the loss.
Nobody, including the Chiefs themselves, would have imagined that after Week 5 they would be sitting at the bottom of the division. But now they face a Washington team that has one of the worst defenses in the league. If they lose this one, Patrick Mahomes loses all credibility.
NFL Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 (115)
Arizona Cardinals vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 04:05 PM EDT at FirstEnergy Stadium
The Cardinals managed a 17-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Arizona and covered a 6-point spread in Week 5. Meanwhile, the Browns lost in an exciting 47-42 shootout to the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.
Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray is completing 75.2 percent of his passes for 1,512 yards, 10 touchdowns to four interceptions this season. And the defense is allowing 19 points and 353.4 yards per game. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,240 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Cleveland’s defense isn’t too far from Arizona’s and is allowing 22.8 points and 298.8 yards per game.
Kyler Murray may have looked questionable in last week’s victory, but this Arizona team is for real. They rank in the top-10 in every major offensive category and have already won three road games this season. Cleveland has flashed some promise but they really don’t have any impressive wins. But being home surrounded by their crazy fans will benefit them. I expect another shootout between two feisty QBs.
NFL Pick: Over 50 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 04:25 PM EDT at Gillette Stadium
Dallas was able to pick up their fourth straight win with a dazzling 44-20 victory over the New York Giants in Week 5. Quarterback Dak Prescott connected on 22 of his 32 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. His partner in crime, Ezekiel Elliott, eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the second-straight week and he finished with 110 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Wideout CeeDee Lamb came back to life and recorded 84 yards and a score on four receptions from six targets.
Meanwhile, the Patriots snapped a two-game losing skid with a 25-22 road win over the Houston Texans. Even without four of its starting offensive linemen, New England managed to protect QB Mac Jones. Jones finished the day with 23-for-30 passing for 231 yards with one touchdown to one interception. Tight end Hunter Henry led the team in the air with 75 receiving yards and one score, while running back Damien Harris paced the ground game with 58 yards and a score on 14 carries.
The Patriots escaped with a win against Houston but it was ugly. Not to mention the fact that their defense was completely embarrassed by Davis Mills. Good luck facing Prescott and Trevon Diggs.
NFL Pick: Dallas Cowboys -4 (-108)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 08:20 PM EDT at Heinz Field
The Seahawks lost 26-17 to the Los Angeles Rams during a Thursday Night Football showdown at home. But they didn’t just lose the game, they lost QB Russell Wilson. Wilson to a finger injury. The star QB suffered a fracture, dislocation and torn tendon and underwent surgery which will have him sidelined for a few weeks.
Seattle will turn to backup and West Virginia product, quarterback Geno Smith for now. Smith saw some action in last week’s game and went 10-for-17 passing for 131 yards and one touchdown against one interception. The team was also missing star running back Chris Carson, who was replaced by Alex Collins. Collins rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries.
The Steelers were able to snap a three-game skid with a 27-19 home victory over the Denver Broncos. Rookie running back Najee Harris had the best game of his career thus far with 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He also added 20 receiving yards on 2 receptions. Meanwhile, Chase Claypool led all receivers with 130 yards on five receptions from six targets.
Similar to Seattle, Pittsburgh also lost one of their top key players in WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, who suffered a shoulder injury and is expected to be put on the injured reserve list.
Everyone will be on the Steelers this week and rightfully so. But we have seen backups come to the rescue in Taylor Heinicke and almost in David Mills. If Seattle gets Chris Carson back the line could move. Pittsburgh has kept it close all season. Their defense shines but the offense is shaky. This game could be fun and I think I like Seattle here even if they don’t win.
NFL Pick: Seattle Seahawks +5 (108)
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