Wow, aside from maybe two games on the schedule, Week 6 brutalizes us with some horrible football games. The only thing that could make it palatable for 90% of NFL fans is playing fantasy or having money on the game. Which is where we come in...
With that slow start behind me, I managed to take the lead this week. That means I'm due for an 0-5 week.
CINCINNATI (-4.5) over Houston - The Bengals are actually looking pretty good this year, even though I don't think they'll manage to win the division.
Carolina (-3.5) over TAMPA BAY - This is a battle of some awful teams, but I have to believe the Panthers are better than the Bucs.
Denver (+4) over SAN DIEGO - The Broncos are undefeated, both straight up and against the spread, and they're getting points? Yes, please.
ATLANTA (-3.5) over Chicago - The Falcons' win over the 49ers really impressed me.
Arizona (+2.5) over SEATTLE - The only wins the Seahawks have are over really, really bad teams.
Finally the type of week that ECB readers have come to expect from Jeremy. 4-1. Marching back towards respectability.
Kansas City (+6.5) over WASHINGTON - Your WTF line of the week. Or maybe the line that Vegas hopes catches people who base their bets purely on the team's won-loss record and not actual strength of team.
SEATTLE (-2.5) over Arizona - Seattle is not an easy road game and the Seahawks looked like a completely different team with Hasselbeck under center last week.
CINCINNATI (-4.5) over Houston - I would have expected a much larger line on this game with the Bengals being home and playing as well as they have been.
MINNESOTA (-2.5) over Baltimore - I was very tempted to pick the Ravens to win outright until I remembered just how bad Brett Favre will likely pick apart the Ravens' secondary (25th in the league in pass defense).
Philadelphia (-14) over OAKLAND - This is a huge line for an East Coast team to cover that has to travel 3,000 miles and play in the Black Hole. However, expect the Eagles multi-faceted offense to feast on the Raiders nonexistent defense.
Magic 8 Ball (8-17-0)
Finally a week above .500 for the Magic 8 Ball.
WASHINGTON (-6.5) over Kansas City - "My sources say yes." (Redskins will beat the spread)
SEATTLE (-2.5) over Arizona - "My sources say yes." (Seahawks will beat the spread)
Houston (+4.5) over CINCINNATI - "Don't count on it." (Bengals won't beat the spread)
MINNESOTA (-2.5) over Baltimore - "Yes." (Vikings will beat the spread)
Philadelphia (-14) over OAKLAND - "Don't count on it." (Raiders won't beat the spread)
And that's the type of week our readers know to expect from me in NFL picks. 1-4. Sliding back toward the basement.
Kansas City (+6.5) over WASHINGTON - After a 9-7 victory over the Rams and a loss to Carolina, the Skins shouldn't be favored over anyone.
Denver (+4) over SAN DIEGO - Either the Broncos lose or this pick is right. Either way, I win.
NY JETS (-9.5) over Buffalo - What does a 6-3 loss to the Browns mean to you? Obviously, the no-huddle offense was not the answer, with or without TO.
MINNESOTA (-2.5) over Baltimore - If everyone knows how bad the Ravens' nickel and dime corners are, don't you think Brett will take advantage of that?
SEATTLE (-2.5) over Arizona - The Seahawks may turn out to be the best-kept secret in the league. And the Cards haven't impressed lately.
Brien: CIN, CAR, DEN, ATL, ARI
Jason: PIT, DEN, NYG, NE, PHI
Jeremy: CIN, MIN, PHI, SEA, KC
Russell: NYJ, MIN, DEN, SEA, KC