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|Sowing's Week 6 Picks|
Last week: 9-5. Season: 53-23. List is recent digs!
Patriots 24, Broncos 21 - I think it will be a grind-it-out matchup between two teams that lean heavy on the run. Philip Lindsay returns for Denver, adding a complementary gut punch to Melvin Gordon's finesse running style. The Patriots, who may or may not have Newton back on the field, will probably rush the ball a ton of times regardless because that's their new post-Brady mantra. I trust Belichick to find a way against a banged up Denver team.
Titans 30, Texans 16 - If you want to know just how "for real" the Titans are, look no further than their throttling of the previously unbeaten Bills last night, 42-16. I will be the first person to admit that I thought their deep playoff run last season was a fluke, naught but a Cinderella story. Well, sitting at 4-0, they have an easy road to keep the streak alive against a 1-4 Texans squad that just notched its first win last week under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. I like the Texans to play improved ball, but there's something magical happening in Tennessee that won't be derailed by a team that fields wet toilet paper as its official defense.
Browns 31, Steelers 28 - Wait, what? Yes, you saw that correctly. I'm picking the 4-1 Browns to move into first place in the AFC North with a victory over the unbeaten Steelers - their longtime nemesis, oppressors of the division. The Steelers defense looked more vulnerable than it should have against a beat-up Eagles offense, surrendering an uncharacteristically high 29 points. They were of course bailed out by Roethlisberger's superb QB play and rookie Chase Claypool's 4 TD's - but a regression could happen and if it does, then a suddenly very good Browns football team will be ready to pounce on the opportunity. It's 2020, yo.
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Ravens 41, Eagles 20 - Err, umm, look away Eagles fans. It's about to get ugly. Sitting at 1-3-1, they now get to host MVP Lamar Jackson and the 4-1 Ravens, who have a penchant for steamrolling teams with their physical ground game. Unless Philly is able to pull off the hugest of upsets, they will sit at 1-4-1, which is the kind of hole that teams rarely if ever climb out of to earn a playoff birth. They better hope that 7-9 is good enough to win the NFC East.
Deep Dark South
Giants 21, Football Team 20 - Ah yes, the classic rivalry of the winless, offensively-challenged Giants versus the (almost) winless, offensively-challenged "Football Team". Neither of these squads has won in their last combined 9 games. The Giants showed signs of life against the Cowboys, nearly pulling off the upset, so I'm going to roll with them as the slight favorites here as they improve to 1-5 while dragging Washington down to the same record. Get your popcorn ready. #BeastsFromTheEast
House Of Sugar
Vikings 23, Falcons 17 - The 1-4 Vikings played a superb game against Seattle - almost a perfect game, really - and still found a way to lose. The Falcons just fired their head coach and GM after an 0-5 start. It's another thriller here in Week 6 of the NFL, folks. In the end, I favor the Vikings over an Atlanta franchise that is in fresh upheaval.
Lions 27, Jaguars 24 - The Lions are fresh off a bye week and, at 1-3, still have a chance to salvage their season; getting to 2-3 would go a long way in keeping their spirits alive. The Jags have been spunky and competitive at times, and undrafted rookie RB James Robinson has been a revelation, but the Lions are the more talented team and should be able to find a way to win this game. If not, then Matt Patricia might join Adam Gase on the short list of "next coaches to be fired midseason".
Colts 23, Bengals 20 - I spoke out in defense of the Bengals last week and claimed that they would be competitive against the Ravens, and they proved to be not quite where I thought they were, losing by 24 points. My gut wants to call for another upset here, but even with Burrow's excellent rookie performance, these guys simply have a ways to go yet. This could be close, but the Colts' surprisingly good defense should snuff out any hope for Cincy in the end.
Panthers 20, Bears 17 - I've resisted the urge to enter fanboy mode during the Panthers' unexpected 3 game winning streak, but I can't hold it back anymore. All aboard the hype train! Woot woot! OK, now that we got that out of the way, I do expect my favorite team, now 3-2, to contend with the 4-1 Bears. Both of these squads are far exceeding expectations early in the season, but the Panthers have a swagger that I just don't get from the Bears. There's a hunger there, and a blue-collar/workhorse mentality (RB Mike Davis, the entire defense). This will be within 3 points either way, but gimme the Panthers to extend their winning streak as they continue to shock the league with their accelerated turnaround.
Love in the Time of E-Mail
Dolphins 30, Jets 19 - Are the Dolphins good now? After obliterating the defending NFC champions 43-17, it certainly appears that way. This is the perfect trap game (playing a winless team coming off a huge, emotional victory), but the Jets - who just cut their best player Le'Veon Bell - seem incapable of rising to the challenge. I keep saying it every week: why does Adam Gase still have a job?
Sleep Well Beast
Packers 38, Buccaneers 26 - The Packers look every bit the part of a Superbowl contender. The Bucs do on paper, but what's happening on the field tells a different story. They've been inconsistent on offense and their defense continues to surrender too many points. I like this to be a high scoring fantasy owner's dream game, but no matter how it shakes out, I expect the Packers to improve to 5-0 while Tampa falls back to .500.
In the Attic of the Universe
Rams 26, 49ers 23 - The 49ers appear to be in trouble after getting trounced by the Dolphins, and they don't get much of a chance to rebound with the 4-1 Rams in town. These divisional foes will fight each other tooth and nail, so I don't foresee another blowout loss, but the banged up 49ers are experiencing the full effect of the famed "superbowl hangover". Rams roll here, and watch for a breakout game by rookie RB Cam Akers, who has yet to emerge from that committee backfield, but is finally healthy/poised enough to do so.
Chiefs 41, Bills 36 - I made the Bills my preseason Superbowl pick - partially to be different, but mostly because I viewed them as a team on the verge of breaking through to the next level. A huge part of that investment came from what I viewed as a championship caliber defense. I was even the first person in my fantasy league to draft a defense, because I was so confident in what Buffalo had going on that side of the ball. A big reason I felt like they could make it to the Superbowl was because I figured they might be capable of limiting KC's offense. Unfortunately, their defense has been below average and clearly their biggest weakness - which plays right into KC's favor here. Both of these offenses are elite - so expect a high scoring shootout - but Buffalo's offense isn't quite in the same realm as the Chiefs'. KC rolls in a game that could easily eclipse 70 total points.
22, A Million
Cowboys 31, Cardinals 27 - After the emotional loss of their star QB Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle injury, I expect Dallas to rally. If there was one thing the Cowboys seemed to lack early (besides a defense), it was an identity - now they all have something to play for that's bigger than football. Andy Dalton should be adequate running the offense, which may shift more to the running game which should in turn help the defense spend less time on the field. The Cardinals snapped a 2 game losing streak against the Jets, but the Cowboys offense is a different animal than anything currently happening football-wise in New York. Kyler Murray's breakout year continues to impress, and the Cardinals can hardly be written off here, but I view this as a redemption game for Dallas. It will be close, but they will get this win for Dak.
|Let me know what you think! Almost 70% predicting so far this year (69.7%) which is unreal, hoping I can keep the streak alive in Week 6.|
|A lot of see-saw games this week so should hopefully make for great viewing. Ain't it mad that one of the NFCE teams is gonna go to the postseason? |
|I could see a 6 win team taking that division. I do think Dallas will turn things around though, with or without Dak they're still the best team in the NFC East. |