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

Week 5 within the NFL was tough. There have been plenty of video games that did not go as deliberate with some key accidents and late scoring to alter the staff with the suitable numbers. There’s just one factor to do to enhance Sporting Information’ picks and predictions towards 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.

This is attacking the early traces and looking out 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 large jumps for Week 6

NFL picks towards the unfold for Week 6

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

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

The Commanders’ protection is horrible towards the go, however the Bears aren’t a passing offense. The Bears’ protection is horrible towards the run, however the Commanders aren’t a speeding 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 go rush to cease Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Additionally they prefer to play zone to include large performs downfield. That will not be as efficient with their secondary accidents. Mahomes’ newfound persistence behind a robust offensive line shall be necessary as shall be Andy Reid’s willingness to stay with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and different backs operating extra. Buffalo is rocking with Josh Allen rolling, however will probably be extra one-dimensional with its normal 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 normal operating and downfield passing recreation in relation to Jalen Hurts. However Hurts extending performs and spreading the ball round will serve them properly right here. The Cowboys may have bother operating successfully, which can put both Cooper Rush or Dak Prescott in a tricky spot towards the Eagles’ go rush whereas Darius Slay comprises 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 shall be one other San Francisco blowout within the Southeast towards one other former NFC West rival in Atlanta. The 49ers have been hit tougher with accidents, this time on protection, however they’re nonetheless loaded offensively to create all-around issues for the Falcons protection as their velocity is best suited to the quick observe 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 operating recreation realizing the Browns have actual limitations with ex-Patriot Jacoby Brissett and the passing recreation. Whoever the Patriots begin at QB will get extra nice help from Rhamondre Stevenson and the operating 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 staff higher this week. The Jets jumped on the injury-riddled Dolphins in New Jersey however Aaron Rodgers in Inexperienced Bay is a a lot completely different story. Aaron Jones and the Packers will discover their speeding 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 exhausting to know which Jacksonville or Indianapolis staff 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. Count on 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 doubtless will not see their former first-rounder starter Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins will not be capable to win with a run-heavy offense with broad receivers Tyreek Hill (foot) and Jaylen Waddle (groin) banged up. Additionally, with Xavier Howard hampered ought to he play, there aren’t any true Dolphins solutions for Justin Jefferson. Dalvin Cook dinner additionally will keep sizzling operating 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 grow to be extra of the principle attraction with no wholesome Jameis Winston. Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry have been shelved, and Chris Olave is in line to hitch them. Dennis Allen shall be even handed with the blitz towards Burrow, however there are too many versatile weapons for him within the passing recreation to suppose New Orleans can catch up.

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

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  • Ravens (-4.5, 44 o/u) at Giants 

Sunday.1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens stay restricted with their conventional operating 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 staff to remain in one other recreation.

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

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

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Buccaneers went an excessive amount of in cruise management towards the Falcons and it virtually value them within the second half. Right here Tom Brady may have them maintain stepping on the pedal towards a protection that can’t cease a red-hot Leonard Fournette or cowl any of his proficient broad receivers, specifically Mike Evans downfield. Kenny Pickett as soon as once more will get little help towards 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 enhance 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 an excellent matchup for the Seahawks between whoever’s operating 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 outdoors for some large go performs with Geno Smith, however in the end he shall 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 droop or for the protection to maintain carrying the heavier profitable burden. The Chargers will be capable to maintain their operating recreation revved up with Austin Ekeler whereas Justin Herbert hangs in to select them aside away from Patrick Surtain II.

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

Week 5 document straight up: 9-7

Week 5 document towards the unfold: 5-10

Season document straight up: 47-31

Season document towards the unfold: 38-41