Where has the time gone? Mid October of 2018, football’s already in full swing, I am loving this. We have Saints and Lions on the bye this week, congratulations to Drew Brees for breaking another historic record and being the awesome dude and dad he’s always been. I have copious amounts of respect for that man, and it’s a perfect time for him to get a well deserved weekend off. Week 6 should solidify some thoughts we all have about the league this year but even this far in the season results most likely won’t be concrete, as nothing in the NFL is ever set in stone. My running record for predictions as it stands is 43-32-2, but I have to keep it up on this +.500 journey. Alright enough forward for this week, here we go…
Eagles @ Giants – Eagles
Giants looked decent in Charlotte despite the OBJ drama, but not good enough. Saquon is really shaping up to be an all star in this league, and is carrying the G-Men on his back. I love the way OBJ plays, and I’m not calling him a diva, but they really have to find some chemistry if they don’t want to tank this season. The Giants do need to draft a quarterback, Eli is not looking like he used to, but Odell has to remember Eli has lead his team to 2 rings, and pretty much dominated the playoffs and Super Bowls in both of those runs. You cannot talk down to that man, especially not to the media. Giants just look out of sync completely. Eagles just had a close loss to the Vikings they could have won, Wentz is going to come out firing. Birds bounce back at the Meadowlands.
Buccaneers @ Falcons – Falcons
Matt Ryan has had his work cut out for him this season as the Falcons have been scored on more than any team in the NFL with 163 through 5 weeks. The defense is really giving up anything and everything, which is the main reason they’re at the bottom of the division at 1-4. Matty Ice is much better at home as is the entire team, and there is no way they lose to the Buccaneers there this Sunday. It will be fun watching Jameis, but I think he runs into an extremely angry Atlanta team that’s very hungry for a much needed win. Falcons win at home, and bring the Bucs a little closer to the bottom of the South.
Panthers @ Redskins – Redskins
Yes the Redskins were absolutely dominated in New Orleans, but did we expect anything less on Drew’s big night? (By the way, AP looked like it’s 2012). Cam is phenomenal, but he seems to rise to the occasion or play down to his opponent’s strength, and I think Josh Norman has a big day against his former team after being embarrassed by Mike Thomas on primetime and on social media afterwards. Panthers have a really great roster, and have big playoff potential, but for some reason I see Alex Smith taking out his anger from the Monday night blowout in this game. If the Redskins offense can have a big day, and the defense can keep McCaffrey from a stellar McCaffrey performance, the Skins can win at Fedex.
Seahawks @ Raiders – Seahawks
It seems Seattle’s finally finding their step and an answer for their struggling defense. Yes they let up 33 points to the Rams, but they really could have won that game, and you gotta remember they were playing the Rams. I wanted to pick the Raiders here because I think Derek Carr is a solid football player and I think Gruden will succeed there, but for now it’s looking like Oakland’s woes are here to stay. The Khalil Mack void is massive, and this team looks sloppy to say the least. I don’t know if they’ll be able to put themselves together on defense with Red Hot Russell coming into town.
Colts @ Jets – Jets
Jets dominated my Broncos and it was very hard to watch. Crowell and Powell created a two handed monster and it attacked us where the sun don’t shine. That Jets D-Line looks great too, and they shouldn’t have any trouble getting to Andrew Luck. Colts are in a rebuilding process, but Ebron was a huge pickup for them in that process, Luck has found a big time red zone security blanket in him, and I always loved watching him play in Detroit, really solid player. Darnold seems more and more comfortable in his position and spotlight each week, and when Robby Anderson has the burners on, he can BURN. That man has wheels. Jets look nice, defense is really coming together. Jets at the Meadowlands.
Cardinals @ Vikings – Vikings
Cardinals finally got their first dub, and I’m happy for them, but that celebration will be cut short when they get to Minneapolis. The Vikings won a tight battle in Philly that could have big playoff implications, and the defense looked awesome. Not to mention, Kirk Cousins is out there earning his record paycheck, he is playing like a top NFL quarterback. Looks very confident with his new team and great weapons, and he doesn’t have to play catch-up all game as he did his whole career in Washington. Kirk has earned the trust and love of his team, and it’s starting to translate big time on the field. Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph are just too much for Patrick Peterson to cover all by himself. Vikings win at home.
Steelers @ Bengals – Steelers
Pittsburgh was firing on all cylinders against the Falcons and really showed the world what they can do when they’re clicking. The AFC North is a dog eat dog division, and the rivals know each other all too well. Bengals are much better than I thought they would be this year, but the Steelers are on fire and Big Ben understands that this is a huge game. If the Steelers want to put themselves back on the map as a legitimate contender in the AFC, they will go into Cincy and get a hard fought victory… key words hard fought. Two of the most physical teams in the league, and visceral enemies, you’re going to want to watch this game. The steel curtain needs to do a great job in getting to Dalton and trying to shut down A.J. Green, but if they can do that the Steelers offense should be able to do the rest. Steelers get the divisional win.
Chargers @ Browns – Browns
This is such a hard game for me to decide. I don’t have much to say about it because all signs point to Phillip and crew, but the Browns have a good history in the last couple matchups with the Bolts. I want to see the Baker magic continue, Browns surprise the Chargers at home.
Bills @ Texans – Texans
Texans have won two straight! I was so high on them all offseason and I knew it was for a reason, that Sunday night nail biter against Dallas in the battle of the Lone Star State was so fun to watch. Deshaun Watson is the definition of fun to watch, and Hopkins actually looked like a Madden player in overtime. When both sides of the ball are clicking, this team has so much potential it’s scary. Josh Allen snuck a win against Tennessee, but I truly believe the Titans just had an off day and Buffalo got lucky. Allen completed only 10 of 19 total throws for 82 yards, no TD’s and a pick. If he puts up stats like that again, there’s no way he wins at Reliant against a rolling and inspired Texans team.
Bears @ Dolphins – Bears
Truthbisky! 3-1! Top of the NFC North! Are the monsters of the midway back? The bears have put together a defense that’s playing lights out and an offense that compliments it perfectly. They really have looked great all year, even in the close call week one loss in Green Bay in primetime. This could be a trap game for the Bears coming off of the bye, but if they play their brand of football they should have no problem. The Bears are a much better team this year than the Dolphins. I feel this year the Bears are a bend don’t break squad, with the incredible leadership from Khalil Mack being implemented the second he landed in Chi-town, and I’m very intrigued/excited to see what they do the rest of the season. On the other hand, even though the Dolphins had a hot start, I don’t see them finishing above .500 this season. I feel Gase’s leadership is still extremely questionable.
Rams @ Broncos – Broncos
Broncos hand the Rams their first loss as the L.A. boys don’t know what to do in the snow. Phillip Lindsay and Rolls Royce Freeman have a big bounceback day and make some snow angels while they’re at it. MILE HIGH MAGIC EVERY WEEK.
Editor’s note: Pete has picked the Broncos every week. Proceed with caution on this one.
Ravens @ Titans – Ravens
This game is so hard to pick. Both of these teams are so confusing, are they good or not? Both teams are coming off of very close losses, and both teams are fighting to win their division this season… I am literally trying to decide as I type this. Advantage Baltimore because I like their run game better than what has been an extremely dissapointing Derrick Henry this season. I also don’t think the Titans have a very good home field advantage. Ravens win a close game on the road, Flacco looks hungry and lost against a Browns team who I believe is actually good. Mariota just lost to a Bills team who I believe is not, so by random default I’m going with Baltimore. Should be a great game though.
Jaguars @ Cowboys – Jaguars
Everyone is very down on the Cowboys right now in Dallas, starting petitions to bring back Tony Romo, but level with me here, let’s be real; Is it Dak Prescott’s fault that your greed ridden joke of an owner coaxed your easily convincible coach to ship out your number one receiver? With the most touchdown catches in Dallas history? The SAME season your best tight end ever and the most consistent 3rd down security blanket ever retires? HINT: NO IT IS NOT. Dak is a great football player, I don’t want to hear the hate. Zeke and Dak is one of the most successful drafts in NFL history, and the Cowboys are still a good football team, they just played an inspired Texans on SNF. With that being said (clearly needed to get it off my chest), the Jags got embarrassed in KC and if it was in Jacksonville the game would’ve been closer. Jaguars are elite, and should bounce back this week with a big week from Bortles and Yeldon. The secondary should shut down the options that Dak has that have nowhere near the talent of Dez Bryant.
Chiefs @ Patriots – Chiefs
This is tough, I don’t want to see either of these teams win. Ever. Patty Mahomes is a man on a mission though, and I’m sure he’s seen all of this talk about how no QB his age has gone into Foxborough and won a game like this during the Brady-Belichick empiric federation. Patty Mahomes will do it though, with the help of his elite weapons. Tyreek is due for a touchdown, and he is going to scorch the Patriots secondary for a big one. Travis vs. Gronk the two best tight ends in football, plus a handful of great receivers, this game will be a shootout. If Kareem can have a good night, Chiefs could really go 6-0 on the road in Rob Kraft’s lair. Defense just can’t let brady have a big night, and the very shaky Chiefs D looked much better against the Jags. The best coach in football against Bill Belichick, can’t wait 😉
49ers @ Packers – Packers
Packers got beat in Detroit last weekend as I predicted, but they will bounce back in a big way on ESPN. Aaron is going to torch this defense, I’m predicting back to back Monday Night Football blowouts. The defense should eat up Beathard, who had big turnover problems against the Cardinals. Aaron Rodgers just really doesn’t lose night games at Lambeau. It’s who he is, and ESPECIALLY not against the 9ers in their current state. Packers gotta get back into the playoff race and they know it.