National Football League Week 6 is here. Take a look at our betting picks:
Steelers Vs. Bengals (-2)
This game is going to be intense. These teams hate each other. I actually think this line is so close because this will be a grudge match. At the end of the day, I have to take the better overall team. The Bengals defense is so much better than the Steelers. Both of these teams are rather dynamic defensively. A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon are turning into one of the best offensive trios in the league in terms of producing on a consistent rate. The Steelers have plenty of options on offense, but they have had to score to win. At the end of the day, the Bengals will get more stop in this rivalry game.
Bears (-3.5) Vs. Dolphins
The Bears are the best team on the field in all three aspects of the game. The Dolphins offense has been very much orchestrated around rather flukey big plays. The Dolphins cannot move the ball down the field and now they face one of the best defenses in the league. The Dolphins defense has been solid so far, but they have struggled against better teams. Xavien Howard is really good, but this week he’s going to shut down Allen Robinson?
Go ahead, you can hold him to 1 catch for 8 yards and the Bears offense will be just fine. Trey Burton should begin to get more featured in this offense and once he does, they will be more consistent. Burton has seen a lot of looks at the beginning of games when the plays are scripted. Eventually, I think Trubisky will feel more comfortable looking to him off-script.
Panthers (+1) Vs. Redskins
The Panthers have been rather impressive this year and the Redskins have not. The Panthers offense is #good. Norv Turner has given the reigns to Cam Newton to implement what he wants into the offense and it shows. All of the reports out of Panthers camp say that Cam is probably in the best state he’s been in since his SB run. The Redskins offense hasn’t been the same since losing Kyle Shanahan. The WRs aren’t great and Alex Smith doesn’t make anyone great.
Smith is just a distributor, which isn’t good enough for this personnel. This Redskins defense just got gashed by the Saints off of a bye week on Monday Night Football. I think their defensive line gets crushed by a surprisingly good Panthers line. That will be the key difference-maker in this game and the Panthers should be able to impose their offensive will.
Cardinals (+10) Vs. Vikings
The Vikings are clearly the much more talented football team, but I think 10 is just too much. We haven’t seen this Vikings team look like last years team yet. They CANNOT run the ball at all and they aren’t even trying. This is great for their passing stats, but not great for the offense and game flow as a whole. A few quick stops and the defense could be out there longer than they want to be. The Cardinals offense is getting better, although it is not great yet.
The most concerning thing about Rosen is how aggressive he is with the ball. The really feels confident in his ability to make every throw. That’s a blessing and a curse. The talented Vikings defense could expose him there, but they really haven’t done that since week 1. I think the Cardinals keep this game rather close throughout.
Ravens (-2.5) Vs. Titans
The Ravens are significantly better than the Titans. The only scary part about the Titans is that they just make every single game close. They grind everything out. I’m not even laying a field goal though, which doesn’t make me hesitate too much. The Ravens offense isn’t bad. Flacco has played better this year with some additional pressure of the Ravens drafting a QB in the first round and their receivers are all capable of making plays.
The Titans defense is the only thing that keeps them in games, but I think this comes down to the fact that I cannot see this Titans offense moving the ball in this game. Mariota is still not healthy and it shows when they went without a TD. The Titans have 4 passing touchdowns all year. 2 by Mariota, 1 by Blaine Gabbert, and 1 by a safety. This offense is too bad to pick until further notice.