NFL picks, predictions in opposition to the unfold Week 6: Chiefs upend Payments; Eagles cease Cowboys; Patriots upset Browns

Week 5 within the NFL was tough. There have been numerous video games that did not go as deliberate with some key accidents and late scoring to alter the workforce with the appropriate numbers. There’s just one factor to do to enhance Sporting Information’ picks and predictions in opposition to the unfold: Get proper again into the saddle for Week 6.

The excellent news is there are two fewer video games to get unsuitable with 4 groups taking the week off on bye. The unhealthy information, that is additionally two fewer video games to get proper.

Here is attacking the early strains and searching the glass as half full with the newest fearless forecast {of professional} pigskin prognostications:

(Odds courtesy of Sports activities Interplay)

POWER RANKINGS: Cowboys, Jets, Giants all make huge jumps for Week 6

NFL picks in opposition to the unfold for Week 6

  • Sport of Midweek: Commanders at Bears (PK, 38.5 o/u)

Thursday 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video

The Commanders’ protection is horrible in opposition to the move, however the Bears aren’t a passing offense. The Bears’ protection is horrible in opposition to the run, however the Commanders aren’t a dashing offense. Washington is struggling to interrupt out of being too reliant on Carson Wentz behind shaky line play. Chicago is beginning to belief Justin Fields a little bit extra to throw downfield and that would be the distinction.

Choose: Bears win 20-17.

  • AFC Sport of the Week: Payments (-2, 53.5 o/u) at Chiefs

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Payments constructed their protection with a deep move rush to cease Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Additionally they prefer to play zone to include huge performs downfield. That will not be as efficient with their secondary accidents. Mahomes’ newfound endurance behind a robust offensive line can be essential as can be Andy Reid’s willingness to stay with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and different backs working extra. Buffalo is rocking with Josh Allen rolling, however it is going to be extra one-dimensional with its typical downfield pictures being contained.

Choose: Chiefs win 31-27.

  • NFC Sport of the Week: Cowboys at Eagles (-5, 42 o/u)

Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Eagles’ offense is a bit up-and-down with the standard working and downfield passing recreation in relation to Jalen Hurts. However Hurts extending performs and spreading the ball round will serve them nicely right here. The Cowboys may have hassle working successfully, which is able to put both Cooper Rush or Dak Prescott in a tricky spot in opposition to the Eagles’ move rush whereas Darius Slay incorporates CeeDee Lamb.

Choose: Eagles win 24-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Lock of the Week: 49ers (-5.5, 43 o/u) over Falcons 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

This Kyle Shanahan revenge recreation can be one other San Francisco blowout within the Southeast in opposition to one other former NFC West rival in Atlanta. The 49ers have been hit more durable with accidents, this time on protection, however they’re nonetheless loaded offensively to create all-around issues for the Falcons protection as their pace is best fitted to the quick monitor indoors.

Choose: 49ers win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Upset of the Week: Patriots (+3, 42.5 o/u) over Browns

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

This Invoice Belichick revenge recreation the place he began his NFL head-coaching profession in Cleveland will present up by the Patriots red-hot protection containing Nick Chubb within the working recreation figuring out the Browns have actual limitations with ex-Patriot Jacoby Brissett and the passing recreation. Whoever the Patriots begin at QB will get extra nice assist from Rhamondre Stevenson and the working recreation.

Choose: Patriots win 23-16.

  • Jets at Packers (-7, 46 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Packers return to having a real residence recreation at Lambeau Area seeking to deal with a special shock New York workforce higher this week. The Jets jumped on the injury-riddled Dolphins in New Jersey however Aaron Rodgers in Inexperienced Bay is a a lot totally different story. Aaron Jones and the Packers will discover their dashing success once more to take strain off Rodgers and the protection will talk higher to thwart Zach Wilson.

Choose: Packers 27, Jets 19

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  • Jaguars at Colts (-2, 42 o/u)

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

It is laborious to know which Jacksonville or Indianapolis workforce will present up both offensively or defensively. The Jaguars shut out the Colts 24-0 in Week 2 however are coming off two listless losses to the Eagles and Texans. The Colts have shocked the Chiefs and Broncos. Anticipate extra roller-coast offense from the Jaguars with Trevor Lawrence, whereas the anticipated return of Jonathan Taylor will stabilize the Colts’ offense round Matt Ryan.

Choose: Colts 23, Jaguars 20

  • Vikings (-3, 45.5 o.u) at Dolphins

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Vikings probably will not see their former first-rounder starter Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins will not have the ability to win with a run-heavy offense with huge receivers Tyreek Hill (foot) and Jaylen Waddle (groin) banged up. Additionally, with Xavier Howard hampered ought to he play, there are not any true Dolphins solutions for Justin Jefferson. Dalvin Cook dinner additionally will keep scorching working in his return to his residence state.

Choose: Vikings win 24-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Bengals (-2, 43.5 o/u) at Saints 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Bengals have loads of Bayou connections, beginning with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. Do not forget about this being a revenge recreation for Trey Hendrickson and Vonn Bell. As for Andy Dalton’s revenge recreation, the Taysom Hill sideshow has turn out to be extra of the principle attraction and not using a wholesome Jameis Winston. Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry have been shelved, and Chris Olave is in line to affix them. Dennis Allen can be considered with the blitz in opposition to Burrow, however there are too many versatile weapons for him within the passing recreation to assume New Orleans can catch up.

Choose: Bengals win 31-21 and canopy the unfold.

  • Ravens (-4.5, 44 o/u) at Giants 

Sunday.1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens stay restricted with their conventional working recreation, nonetheless led on the bottom by Lamar Jackson. Jackson’s passing recreation is again to Mark Andrews-heavy with Rashod Bateman hurting. The Giants’ protection can work with that to decelerate Baltimore’s big-play skill. The Ravens’ cornerbacks get a break with the Giants’ depleted receiving corps, however Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley grind their workforce to remain in one other recreation.

Choose: Ravens win 17-14 however fail to cowl the unfold.

NFL MOCK DRAFT: Panthers, Lions, Texans take QBs; Commanders, Eagles go protection in high 10

  • Buccaneers (-8, 43.5 o/u) at Steelers 

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Buccaneers went an excessive amount of in cruise management in opposition to the Falcons and it nearly price them within the second half. Right here Tom Brady may have them preserve stepping on the pedal in opposition to a protection that can’t cease a red-hot Leonard Fournette or cowl any of his proficient huge receivers, particularly Mike Evans downfield. Kenny Pickett as soon as once more will get little assist in opposition to a swarming run-stopping protection.

Choose: Buccaneers 27, Steelers 17

  • Panthers at Rams (-11, 41 o/u)

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The Panthers’ protection will really feel a little bit additional spark with Steve Wilks taking up as interim coach whereas the offense opens issues up with whoever’s taking part in QB to enrich Christian McCaffrey. The Rams cannot run the ball and conceal from Carolina so Matthew Stafford can anticipate extra warmth in a contained passing recreation away from Cooper Kupp.

Choose: Rams win 24-14 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Cardinals (-3, 51.5 o/u) at Seahawks

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The Cardinals are usually not a very good matchup for the Seahawks between whoever’s working the ball to complement Kyler Murray they usually don’t have any actual protection solutions for Marquise Brown, Zach Ertz and Rondale Moore. The Seahawks will assault exterior for some huge move performs with Geno Smith, however finally he can be out-dueled all-around by a assured Murray.

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

  • Broncos at Chargers (-5.5, 46.5 o/u)

Monday 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Broncos have been battered with accidents and never of that’s good for Russell Wilson to interrupt out of his hunch or for the protection to maintain carrying the heavier profitable burden. The Chargers will have the ability to preserve their working recreation revved up with Austin Ekeler whereas Justin Herbert hangs in to choose them aside away from Patrick Surtain II.

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

Week 5 report straight up: 9-7

Week 5 report in opposition to the unfold: 5-10

Season report straight up: 47-31

Season report in opposition to the unfold: 38-41