Hammering it Out: Week 6 Predictions

Here are the predictions for Week 6.

Note: Predictions from Travis Tango will be lacking analysis because of time crunch trying to get some last minute concert practices done. Feel free to ask him any questions concerning his picks in the comments or through his twitter handle @Travis_Tango.

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-4.5)

Frankly, if the Panthers can play the Saints within a field goal, I fully expect them to do the same with the struggling Falcons. Atlanta is likely without their number 2 wide receiver Julio Jones and Roddy White hasn’t quite lived up to his top-tier talent from recent memory. I am by no means saying Carolina will pull of the upset, but this should be a close game, all things considered. -Jared

Jared – Atlanta wins by 4 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Atlanta wins by 5+

Buffalo Bills at New York Giants (-3.5)

The Bills showed offensive balance last week in their victory over the Eagles while the Giants showed just how beatable they are by losing at Seattle. Again, I’m by no way saying Buffalo has what it takes to beat the Giants, but I expect this game to be pretty even.  -Jared

Jared – New York wins by 3 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Bills win by 4+

Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)

The Colts gave up a 17 point lead en route to a 28-24 loss at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, who, regardless of the fact that they’ve lost their most impressive running back and their best defensive player, are better than their record. Frankly, the Bengals are starting a rookie quarterback and wide receiver tandem that, while having shown great synergy, have not faced the caliber of pass rush the Colts bring to the table and are due for a down game. At some point, you have to expect the Colts will learn to shut down the running game and cover the opposing team’s best receiver for 60 minutes. Right? -Jared

Jared – Cincinnati wins by 6 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Cincinnati wins by 6 or less, ties, or loses

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions (-4.5)

Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers are being coached into wins with a defense that is bordering on elite and an offense that isn’t turning the ball over. Detroit is winning on the back of Jim Schwartz, who for all things considered, is vying only Jim Harbaugh for coach of the year. With an elite passing attack and defensive pass rush, maybe Detroit wins another thriller. Maybe not. -Jared

Jared – Detroit wins by 4 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Detroit wins by 5+

St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers (-14.5)

The Rams are an elite receiver and a few injuries away from being considered a rebuilding team. Green Bay has all of its playmakers, including what appears to be the NFL MVP in Aaron Rodgers, on top of playing at home. There isn’t a situation where I could see this as a 3 touchdown game. -Jared

Jared – Green Bay wins by 15 or more

Travis – Green Bay wins by 15 or more

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (-0.5)

The Eagles are fresh off of a gut-wrenching loss to the Buffalo Bills in which Michael Vick threw 4 interceptions. The Redskins are coming into this game with a top 10 defense and a decent, but not great, offensive attack. At some point, as I’ve been saying all year long, we are going to see this overpaid Philadelphia team put one together. I’m calling it. -Jared

Jared – Washington ties or loses

Travis – Washington Wins

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (-12.5)

The Jaguars have the worst-rated quarterback in the league, a decent rushing game on offense, and have managed to keep opposing offenses from running the ball all over them. Pittsburgh has an elite defense, an elite quarterback, and have abandoned the running game due to injury in favor of a borderline elite aerial attack. See where I’m going with this? -Jared

Jared – Pittsburgh wins by 13 or more

Travis – jags win, tie, or lose by less than 12.5

Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders (-5.5)

Oakland is coming off of an emotional win over the now decimated by injury Houston Texans. Cleveland is coming in off the bye with a bit of controversy surrounding running back Peyton Hillis. Who would have thought the Madden Curse would rear its ugly head in the form of a contract dispute masquerading as strep throat? Oakland has an elite level pass rush, a dynamic running game on offense featuring Darren McFadden, and multiple downfield threats in Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Is Cleveland great at anything? Didn’t think so. -Jared

Jared – Oakland wins by 6 or more

Travis – Oakland wins by 6 or more

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)

Frankly, the Texans are left without elite pass rusher Mario Williams and All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson. The Ravens are healthy and playing at home. Unless Arian Foster has an out of body experience, this game isn’t close. -Jared

Jared – Baltimore wins by 8 or more

Travis – Texans win, tie or lose by less than 8

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (-7.5)


Dallas is returning from a bye with a healthy pair of wide receivers. New England is coming in after handily beating the Jets and haven’t quite decided how they want to win games, but it appears the Patriot offense is going to score regardless. I can absolutely see the Patriots winning this by a touchdown. A point to consider is that while Dallas is 2-2 having sandwiched losses between wins, they also haven’t been beaten by more than 4 points so far this year and haven’t fielded quite a completely healthy team. If this were Thanksgiving or later in New England, the score would look a lot different. It’s mid-October. -Jared

Jared – New England wins by 7 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Pats win by  8+

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4.5)

The Saints are still the second best team in the NFC riding the MVP-caliber play of Drew Brees. Marques Colston is returing from injury to provide yet another offensive weapon to a New Orleans team that certainly isn’t short on playmakers. At this time, the Buccaneers leading rusher LeGarrette Blount has an injured knee and frankly, Earnest Graham and a poorly-playing Josh Freeman isn’t going to keep pace with this top flight attack from New Orleans. -Jared

Jared – New Orleans by 5 or more

Travis – Saints win by 5+

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-3.5)

I’ve said in weeks past that if the Vikings would just give the ball to Adrian Peterson and not rely on Donovan McNabb to do anything outside of manage the game, they would have a better chance to win. While Chicago’s offense is going to struggle with Minnesota’s pass rush and decent run defense, they’re still a bit better than the Vikings. -Jared

Jared – Chicago wins by 3 or less, ties, or loses

Travis – Vikings win by 4 or more

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-7.5)

I’m assuming oddsmakers have the idea that Miami is coming in off a bye with running back Daniel Thomas making his return with fresh legs and Matt Moore has the answers Chad Henne couldn’t provide.  Frankly, the Jets have been beaten by what appears to be a poor running game, bad offensive play calling, and 3 playoff teams (okay, 2 and a contender). I just don’t see this game being close. -Jared

Jared – New York by 8 or more

Travis – Jets win by less than 7.5 (or in other words spread wise this is Dolphins win, tie, or lose by less than 7.5)