NFL Week 6 Picks & Predictions 2014
We split our picks in week 5 as the Bills and Lions both played solid defence that lead to a low scoring affair while the Saints and Buccaneers did the complete opposite in a back and forth scoring thriller.
Lead by recently inserted starting Quarterback Kyle Orton, the Bills went into Detroit and stole a victory from the hometown Lions on Dan Carpenter's game winning 58 yard field goal. Detroit's defence held up nicely as I expected, however what I did not expect was the Bills holding Mathew Stafford and the rest of the Lions offense in check and only giving up 14 points. Looking back it is not that surprising the Bills were able to do this as they are regarded as an above-average defence and combined with Calvin Johnson playing injured (and eventually leaving the game after an ankle injury aggravation) it turned into a low-scoring tilt.
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We did grab an easy winner in the New Orleans and Tampa Bay game as the high powered Saints offense was able to score enough to pick up their porous defence to edge the Bucs 37-31 in overtime. Mike Glennon has done a real nice job for Tampa Bay ever since taking over for Josh McCown behind centre. The Sophomore Quarterback looks like he is the real deal and can be counted on as the franchise QB in training, however he was in real tough trying to outduel Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.
Week 6 in the NFL should be a good one as there are plenty of games on the schedule that appear to be great matchups that could produce some tight scores. However we will find a way to grab a couple winners after a two-game split in week 5.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings will butt heads in Minnesota this Sunday as Detroit looks to rebound from a poor ofensive showing against the Bills while the Vikings will gladly welcome Teddy Bridgewater back into the fold after the rookie sat out last week's throttling at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. Mathew Stafford could be without Calvin Johnson this week as Megatron is hampered by a high ankle sprain, but Golden Tate was able to step up into the top receiver role for Detroit and caught 134 yards worth of passes and grabbed a touchdown as well. Although the Lions can still be a decent offensive team without their superstar receiver, this pick is all about that Lions defence. Detroit ranks at the top of the league in several defensive categories including yards allowed (282.4) and first downs allowed (17.2). This is an intimidating defensive line which should be able to handle the likes off Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in the run game while perhaps making this a very tough second career start for Teddy Bridgewater, who likes to use his legs to make plays.
Odds - Pick'em (-110) OVER 45 (-110)
My Pick - LIONS TO WIN (-110)
Chad Greenway (ribs) and safety Harrison Smith (ankle) are a little banged up for the Vikings defence this week and although both could play Sunday, it would be a surprise if both were in the game at 100% health. If Detroit is able to get their tight ends more involved in the pass game and Reggie Bush can slash through a Vikings defence that surrenders 122 yards on the ground per game (and a season-worst 156 yards against last week vs. Green Bay), then the Detroit offense will be able to compliment their rock solid defence and turn this game into a victory for the road team. The lone big threat for the Vikings is Cordarrelle Patterson who ran for one touchdown and caught another in the Viking's 14-13 victory over the Lions last season. If Patterson becomes a non issue due to this Detroit defence, then the Vikings are in for an extremely tough day. Take the Lions to rebound off their disappointing loss last week and handle the depleted Vikings.
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
The high-flying San Diego Chargers will march into Oakland for a divisional tilt against the lowly Raiders this Sunday afternoon. This will be Oakland's first game under new Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano and the new coach will be hoping to put some inspiration into a team that is winless on the season and has a fan base that is growing increasingly impatient with a perennial losing team. San Diego is once again having a great season and once again looks like a playoff contender despite a rash of injuries. With Darren Sproles leaving in the offseason and Ryan Mathews going down with injury, the Chargers looked prime for a down year however this team continues to win and the main reason is Philip Rivers.
Odds - San Diego -8 (+115) OVER 43.5 (-110)
My Pick - CHARGERS -8 (+115)
The veteran Quarterback has taken this team and put them on his shoulders and that point was exclamated this past week with a 31-0 beatdown of the visiting New York Jets. Although popular belief is the Chargers could be looking past this game and are essentially writing this Oakland team off, my belief is Philip Rivers has control of this locker room and the leadership he displays won't allow this team to take Oakland for granted. Rivers has 12 touchdowns already this season compared to just just two interceptions and will take his shot at leading the Chargers to their eighth regular season victory in their last nine games. Oakland is trying to see what they have in Derek Carr as the rookie Quarterback has a tough gig with not much to work with on offense other than wideout James Jones. Oakland has lost ten straight games overall and six in a row at home going back to last season. Time are tough in Oakland and my money is on Philip Rivers to march into town and dominate the lowly Raiders. Feel free to buy a point here to get to -7 at a slightly lower price, but bottom line here is take the Chargers to rough up the Raiders minus the points Sunday afternoon.