Week 6 of the NFL season is upon us and the playoffs are starting to take shape. The NFL is losing viewership because of the National Anthem protests and it was just announced that Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension has been upheld by the court.
The Cowboys will be without the NFL’s 2016 leading rusher for six games.
In the fantasy world, the season is just about halfway through and fantasy players will have to learn to improvise if they lost players like Odell Beckham and Dalvin Cook for the season. Here is the first of a weekly installment of NFL picks.
The Week 6 locks of the week:
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs (-4)
Coming off of the worst performance of his career, Ben Roethlisberger is going to have a tough task going up against the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Steelers haven’t been able to use their offensive weapons to the their fullest potential. When someone does have a good game on the offensive end, the other players don’t help out.
Given the circumstances, the Steelers are still 3-2 and atop the AFC North. The Chiefs are coming off of a big win against Houston in Week 5. The Chiefs come into the game wth a potent rushing attack which ranks 2nd in the league with 156.2 YPG.
This is not a good combination at all for the Steelers defense which ranks 28th in the league in rush defense. Both of these teams are trending in opposite directions which is why I’m taking the Chiefs and the points in this one.
New York Giants vs Denver Broncos (-12)
Yes you are seeing this right. The Giants are 12 point underdogs and with good reason. The Giants come into this matchup with 0 wins on the season and without the presence of Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall to help in the passing game.
The Broncos on the other hand are 3-1 and playing at home which gives them a significant advantage. The Giants haven’t been able to get wins against teams like the Chargers and the Lions. This week only gets harder as they will take on a Bronco team that ranks first in the NFL in total defense allowed.
But 12 is a very significant number and this game will come down the wire. The Giants have lost games in the final possession in each of the last three weeks. The Giants need to figure it out and make this primetime game worth watching on Sunday night. I will take the Giants as 12 point underdogs.
Los Angeles Chargers vs Oakland Raiders (-3.5)
The final lock of the week will go to the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers are riding high after coming off a week 5 win against the afore mentioned Giants but the Raiders are also riding high after getting their star quarterback, Derek Carr back.
The Raiders have had a subpar season to date, given the expectations that they had coming into the year–especially for the offense. Both teams have not been good, but the deciding factor is Derek Carr. The Raiders desperately need to get the offense going which ranks 30th in the NFL.
This will be a good week to do it against a defense that ranks 26th in total defense allowed. Raiders will win this one in a game that will maybe shift the Raiders season to the upswing.