NFL Week 6: Picks Against The Spread For Every Game


3News’ Ben Axelrod makes his picks against the spread for every game in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season.

CLEVELAND — I wasn’t able to run this column last week, but went 3-0 with my NFL picks on Chalk Talk, which we’ll count toward my season total. After a 7-9 Week 4, my season total now sits at 36-30-1. Let’s improve my winning record with my Week 6 picks.

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Philadelphia Eagles (+7) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’ve been skeptical of the Eagles all season and I see no reason to stop now. Tampa Bay rolls as Tom Brady catapults to the top of the MVP discussion.

Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) vs. Miami Dolphins

Urban Meyer’s NFL struggles have been well documented and now he has to prepare his team for a trip overseas? Miami’s been disappointing but has enough talent to beat up on arguably the most dysfunctional team in the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts (-10) vs. Houston Texans

I’m not sure the Colts should be favored by double-digits against anyone — even the lowly Colts.

Chicago Bears (+5) vs. Green Bay Packers

It’s one thing for Justin Fields to improve over the course of his rookie season. It’s another to ask him to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers.

Washington Football Team (+6.5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

As shaky as the Chiefs have been, Patrick Mahomes is always capable of covering a less-than-a-touchdown spread. Especially in a spot where Kansas City needs to start stringing together some wins.

Carolina Panthers (+1.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings

I’m so confused by this line that I almost feel inclined to go against my own instincts. Nevertheless, I’ll take the Panthers — who I think are better than the Vikings — and the 1.5 points.

Baltimore Ravens (-3) vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Ravens are the luckiest 4-1 team I can remember in a while. Lucky will be harder to come by against Justin Herbert and a Chargers passing attack that’s almost impossible to contain.

Detroit Lions (+3.5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Lions have played harder than anyone could have imagined, but that loss to the Vikings might have broken them. After last week’s loss to the Packers, this seems like a good bounce-back spot for Joe Burrow and the Bengals.

New York Giants (+9.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are coming off a long week and Daniel Jones is coming off a concussion and won’t have Saquon Barkley in his backfield. I’d like to take the points at home, but I can’t find a good reason to do so.

Cleveland Browns (-3) vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are banged up while the formerly banged-up Browns are getting healthier. With Cleveland needing a win to keep pace in the division, this seems like as good of a spot as any for Arizona to lose its first game.

Denver Broncos (-3.5) vs. Las Vegas Raiders

I’m not reading too much into Jon Gruden’s resignation having an impact on the Raiders this week. Meanwhile, I think the Broncos have been exposed as one of this season’s fake good teams.

New England Patriots (+3.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys

I don’t know what to make of the Patriots at this point in the season. But one thing I do know is that they don’t have the offensive firepower to keep pace with the Cowboys on a consistent basis.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) vs. Seattle Seahawks

The drop from Russell Wilson to Geno Smith is significant, but the Seahawks have had 10 days off to prepare for it. I can’t, in good faith, take the Steelers to cover by more than a field goal against a quality team.

Tennessee Titans (+5.5) vs. Buffalo Bills

The Bills can’t keep blowing everyone out, can they? I expect Buffalo to win, but for Derrick Henry to do his part to keep Tennessee close.


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