COVID-19 and injuries continue to plague the NFL. Coaches are already getting fired, including Dan Quinn whose seat was hot for longer than we expected. Everyone is praying for Dak Prescott, but will the Dallas Cowboys get even worse without him? Washington’s Alex Smith suits up for the first time after 17 surgeries. And we learned that 49ers QB Jimmy G. is not that good. However, the show must go on. Let’s dive into Week 6.
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Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 18 – 1:00 PM EDT at Bank of America
The 4-1 Chicago Bears travel to Charlotte to square off against the Carolina Panthers 3-2 short winning streak on Sunday. Both are coming off big wins.
Opening in sportsbooks as a 3.5 underdog, the Bears are coming off a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during prime-time Thursday Night Football. Cairo Santos kicked a game-winning field goal with just a few minutes remaining on the clock. Backup quarterback Nick Foles is showing why he’s a starter and threw for 243 yards with one touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham. This was his second start since replacing Mitchell Trubisky.
The Panthers also won as an underdog at +2.5 pounding the Atlanta Falcons 23-16 on the road for their third straight win of the season. QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdown passes to receivers DJ Moore and running back Mike Davis put Carolina at a 20-7 halftime lead. Safety Juston Burris also made a huge play intercepting QB Matt Ryan in the end zone. The Falcons are coach-less after firing Dan Quinn due to their atrocious 0-5 start to the season.
Carolina and Matt Rhule are onto something and have proven that Christian McCaffrey wasn’t their only weapon. However, touchdowns will be tough for Bridgewater as the Chicago defense has yet to allow an opposing QB to toss for more than one TD this year through all five games.
Most of the playbooks right now have the under set at 43 or 44, but BookMaker is giving a little more wiggle room. Always go with the higher number.
Free NFL Pick: Under 45 (-110) at BookMaker
Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, October 18 –1:00 PM EDT at U.S. Bank Stadium
The 0-5 Atlanta Falcons schedule doesn’t get any easier from here as fans thought it would by now. They’ll face the Minnesota Vikings who are 1-4 but lost to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Sunday by just one point.
This will be a weird game since Atlanta is now without a head coach after owner Arthur Blank relieved Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff of their duties on Monday, following their 23-16 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons aren’t what the offense people saw on paper heading into the season. They are averaging just 24.4 points per game on offense with their 32.2 PPG allowed ranking 30th in the NFL and have covered the spread just once in their five losses.
The Vikings also suffered another tough loss in Week 5, losing 27-26 to the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota almost had the game in their hands until Seahawks QB1 Russell Wilson and wideout DK Metcalf connected for a 6-yard touchdown with just a few seconds left on the clock. Still, the Vikings covered the spread as a 6.5-point road underdog and improved to 3-2 against the spread.
Atlanta isn’t only head coach-less, their best defender Grady Jarrett is injured and All-Pro receiver Julio Jones is dealing with a hamstring injury. The Vikings get their way with the struggling Falcons.
Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, October 18 1:00 PM EDT at TIAA Bank Field
The 1-3 Detroit Lions travel to the 1-4 Jacksonville Jaguars. In this game, the Lions are the road favorites by 3 points. The last time these two faced off was in 2016 where the Lions won 26-19 at Ford Field.
Detroit is coming off of some extra rest as they had their bye week in Week 5. Though, they may not have been able to rest much coming into a bye off of a 35-29 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. This season hasn’t been the bounce-back that the Lions were hoping for. It all starts at QB. QB1 Matt Stafford is ranked 22nd in QB1, 29th in completion percentage and 18th in yards per attempt. Even worse, their defense is ranked 28th in opponent yards per play, last in rushing yards allowed per game and 29th in points allowed with 31.8.
The Jaguars do not look much better. They lost 30-14 as a 6.5-point underdogs in Week 5 against the Houston Texans. Jacksonville’s defense had leakes in it and PK Stephen Hauschka missed two field goals in the first half, ultimately leading to his release. Though, running back James Robinson has been a nice surprise for them this season as he went undrafted but yet, has 333 yards through five games. And quarterback Gardner Minshew II is averaging 4.8 yards a run when he rushes himself.
After seeing no mercy of head coaches getting fired, Lions coach Matt Patricia might be feeling some pressure. They’ll have to rely on Stafford’s arm and their offensive line keep him up to win this one. Lions win and save Patricia’s seat.
Free NFL Pick: Lions -3 (-125) at Bookmaker
Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants
Sunday, October 18 1:00 PM EDT at MetLife Stadium
After 17 surgeries and nearly two years not suiting up, Washington’s QB Alex Smith returned to his spot in their loss to the LA Rams. Kyle Allen went down with and injury and Smith took over. Once Allen was cleared to return, they let Smith do his things which cost them the loss but I don’t think any of that mattered.
Before Smith took over, Allen completed 9 of 13 passes for 74 yards and a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Washington managed to put up just 10 points in the end, and has scored 20 or fewer points in each of its past four games since its 27-17 upset over Philadelphia in Week 1.
They’ll catch a break this week as they take on a New York team that has struggled with consistency and has continued to get throttled by below average QBs this season. The Giants even let Dallas backup Andy Dalton score a game-winning drive after Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury.
Washington is one of the worst scoring teams in the NFL with just 17.8 points per game to rank 30th. Though, while Washington offense is a mess, the defense has made this quite team competitive against top-ranked offenses. The have managed to hold the Ravens, Rams, Ravens, Browns and Cardinals to an average of 28.45 points. The Giants offense showed what they can do to what? A struggling Dallas Cowboys team? Two terrible offenses square, but the Giants don’t oppose a threat to Washington’s defense.
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, October 18 8:20 PM EDT at Levi’s Stadium
This game is a must win for the 49ers who have a roster plagued with injuries. They’re out of the playoff picture sitting at 2-3 and last place in the NFC West. Of course we can’t forget to mention the humiliating Week 5 performance from Jimmy Garoppolo against the Miami Dolphins. The Niners lost 43-17 and Jimmy G was benched. The Niner’s leaky defense also got a reality check as they were destroyed.
The Rams are favored by the odds-makers over the 49ers by three points, and it’s understandable as to why. The team is 4-1 and just came off a beautiful blowout holding Washington to just 108 yards and 10 points on the road.
San Francisco is busy dealing with a number of injuries to players such as Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Ahkello Witherspoon, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman and Solomon Thomas. Thomas and Bosa are both out for the year with torn ACLs. The Rams on the other hand are mostly healthy.
The Rams offense and defense is well balanced...as for the 49ers, well I’m not sure they’re going to find a silver lining in Week 6 after last Sunday’s performance.
Take the Rams here.
Free NFL Pick: LA Rams -3.5 (-105) at Bovada
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Monday , October 19 –8:15 PM EDT at AT&T Stadium
The 3-2 Arizona Cardinals head over and down to Arlington for a showdown against the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys in primetime Monday Night Football.
After coming off of two-game losing streak, the Cardinals got themselves back in the winning column with a 30-10 victory at the winless New York Jets.
We saw QB Kyler Murray heat up again throwing for 380 yards and a 37-yard touchdown to his No.1 target DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with six catches for 131 yards. Murray. Arizona had 500 total yards before taking a knee at the end of the game.
The Cowboys had an emotional Sunday after QB Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury.
Backup Andy Dalton, who completed 9 of 11 passing attempts and threw for 111 yards, took over. After trailing behind in the fourth quarter, the ex-Bengals QB had an 11-play drive, which concluded with a game-tying field goal at the 1:56 mark. Dallas would then run the clock down to 3 seconds before kicking the game-winner. RB Ezekiel Elliott finished with 91 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. It was a good win to honor Dak , but they have a defense that’s allowing an average of 36 points per game.
The Cardinals offense has been great, though their defense not so much. It’s hard to say about the Cowboys and their offense without their lead, but we do know their defense will continue to struggle to stop Arizona.
I would either take the over or the Cardinals since the point spread is sto low here, the Cards just need to win.