Week 6 Game Picks


            Dallas has been impressive during their 4 game win streak especially Dak Prescott who has yet to turn the ball over. Prescott faces an early career challenge on Sunday during his first trip to Lambeau Field.  Zeke Elliot looked like Tony Dorsett against the Bengals last week, and has vaulted into the top rushing yards spot for the whole league.  Dez Bryant is expected to miss his third straight game and be ready for the Eagles game after the bye, go figure.  Green Bay has looked sluggish at times on offense, but a strong performance from the maligned defense has led them to 3-1 thus far.  I like Green Bay to hold serve at home with the absence of Dez.


            No one could have predicted how well the Cowboys have played with out Tony Romo.  All the talk now circles around who will be under center when he gets and if he gets healthy.  I’m not sure why it’s being talked about now.  For one, he’s not healthy so it simply doesn’t matter.  I’ll guarantee, if Dallas goes into GB and wins Romo will never play for the Cowboys again.  Dez Bryant was back on the practice field this week recovering from his fractured knee.  A 1-3 week injury based on pain threshold, Bryant is at the 3 week mark.  If he plays and contributes I like Dallas’s chances against the Packers secondary.  This packers defense isn’t what it once was and they could potentially be starting 3 rookies.  The Dallas offense has done a great job taking pressure of it’s defense.  I think their defense will be exposed somewhat by Rodgers this week.  I really want to take the Cowboys here.  I think they can beat this team.  If it was in Dallas I would.  It’s in Green Bay and I’ll take the Packers 20-17 in a close one.


            The Falcons head into Seattle coming off arguably the most impressive Week 5 victory at Mile High. Atlanta dominated Denver in the trenches especially with their defensive line getting after rookie Paxton Lynch.  Matt Ryan and company face another daunting task this week traveling to Seattle facing one of the league’s better defenses.  Seattle is coming off a bye prior to that they handled the Jets on the road.  The Seahawks offensive line still ranks near the bottom of the league, but the offense as a whole appears to be improving.  Russell Wilson had a week off to rest his knee injury which always helps.  Dan Quinn returns home to face his old team, but I like Seattle to take care of business at home in a close game throughout.


            When the schedule came out this wasn’t a game we all looked at and said wow.  This is easily a top game of the weekend.  The high flying Falcons travel to the pacific north west to take on a Seahawks team coming off the Bye.  Seattle clearly isn’t what they once were and their OL has struggled to keep Wilson healthy.  He’s had an extra week to heal and should be ready to go.  If the Seahawks can find any sort of running game they should be able to keep the Falcons defense off guard.  If Seattle can limit Julio Jones they will get the W.  Again this is more about where the game is played than the teams themselves.  I’ll lean towards the home again.

Brian: CHIEFS 27, RAIDERS 17

            It’s nice to see the rivalry matter again between the Chiefs and Raiders. The AFC West is underrated in terms of rivalries outside of the Chargers because they don’t matter.  Andy Reid is coming off the bye week after they were annihilated in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.  Big Red is 15-2 career coaching after the bye.  Oakland is coming off a comeback divisional win at home against the Chargers.  The Raiders are off to a fast 4-1 start with a chance to improve to 2-0 within the division by beating Kansas City.  Jamaal Charles is working his way back to full health which certainly helps the Chiefs offense.  I’ll side with Big Red coming off the bye to get a big road win at Oakland.

Ryan:  CHIEFS 30, RAIDERS 20

            Andy Reid got embarrassed on National TV last time we saw his Chiefs in action.  This week one of the NFL’s best rivalries gets re-kindled as the Raaaiiiiiiiiiiders go to Arrowhead and take on Big Red.  Andy Reid is phenomenal out of the Bye.  I expect the Chiefs to be ready to play and bounce back after getting boat raced by the Steelers.  Chiefs are getting healthier by the week and I expect them to make a nice push for the rest of the season.  Raiders are hitting on all cylinders offensively and will be tough to stop.  At the same token the Raiders defense can’t seem to stop anyone.  Start Alex Smith in fantasy because I think he’ll have a field day and end up with the W.


            The NFC East has a storied history of rivalries between the four opponents including the Eagles and Redskins. This will be Carson Wentz’s introduction to the NFC East on the road.  Everyone knows these games are typically played right to the wire as it was the past two trips to Landover resulting in Eagles losses.  The Eagles defense looks to rebound from a lackluster first half performance against Detroit facing a dangerous Redskins offense.  The potential absence of tight end Jordan Reed will certainly make things easier for the defense.  The offense will face a similar loss with Lane Johnson beginning his ten game suspension.  Only time will tell if Big V can hold his own filling in at the right tackle position.  I give the edge to the Eagles in this game because of Reed being banged up.  I also believe Philly has the edge in the quarterback department as Kirk Cousins is obviously impacted by his contract status.  His play is reflecting that thus far.


            I had a very weird feeling about last weeks game.  My gut was saying the Lions but I ended up picking the Eagles.  My feelings were right as the Eagles struggled during the first half leading to a 1 point loss.  With the way the Eagles season sets up this is a very pivotal game.  They face some real heavy hitters in the next 2 months.  This is the first division game and a game they must have in my opinion.  All Eyes will be on Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Big V) as he fills in for Lane Johnson at RT.  He will have his hands full with Redskins backer Ryan Kerrigan.  We’ll elaborate more on this in our Match-Up Focus blog Friday.  The Redskins are also viewing this is a must win.  At 3-2 after an 0-2 start they could potentially match the Cowboys with 4 wins if they beat GB as well.  Eagles are favored by 3 which is an Eagles line.  I expect that to come down a bit by Sunday.  The Skins have beaten the Eagles 3 straight games.  Fed – Ex field is a dump.  It sucks, but it’s been house of hours similar to how Ford Field has treated the Eagles.  I think this is another sloppy game.


Brian’s Record:          10-10

Ryan’s Record:           8-12


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