The New England Patriots might be playing their most interesting game of the season on Sunday night.
The Pats will be welcoming the undefeated, red hot Kansas City Chiefs to Gillette Stadium, and they will attempt to figure out a way to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the seemingly unstoppable Kansas City offense. As of right now, the 5-0 Chiefs are the best team in the AFC, and Mahomes already looks like a superstar.
Luckily for the Patriots, they are fresh off of two home victories against the Dolphins and the Colts, and they’ve got plenty of momentum heading into Sunday night’s game. But one thing is for sure: this game will tell us a lot about who owns the AFC. If the Patriots can find a way to win this game, it will show that they are still the team to beat in this conference. If the Chiefs win, it might serve as a ceremonial passing of the torch.
There’s no doubt that this will be the most must-see game of Week 6, so don’t miss it under any circumstances. With that being said, let’s breeze through some picks for the rest of the Week 6 slate…
(Home teams in caps, and lines courtesy of OddsShark.com)
Cardinals (+10) over VIKINGS
I’m definitely going to regret this pick, but 10 points is a pretty big spread, the Vikings have been a disappointment so far this season (they’ve yet to win back-to-back games), and the previously dreadful Cardinals seem to be slightly better with Josh Rosen at quarterback over Sam Bradford. After all, Rosen did finally get them a win last week at San Francisco. I’m taking the underdog to cover.
Bills (+10) over TEXANS
Once again, I’m grabbing the underdog and I’m going to regret it. This Bills team is confusing; they definitely aren’t good, but they’ve somehow managed to pull off wins in two of their last three games. Does that make sense?
Meanwhile, the Texans have underachieved big time (2-3 with their two wins coming overtime against sub .500 teams). Taking a loss, or at least an overtime win, over Buffalo this week would fit right into this weird season of theirs.
Panthers (+1) over REDSKINS
Oh, look at this. I’m picking a road underdog for the third time in a row. But seriously, don’t be fooled because the Redskins are favored by a point. The Panthers are a couple of rungs above of the Redskins on the NFC ladder, due in large part to having the No. 1 ranked rushing attack in the league at 154 yards per game.
That’s because they don’t only have a top tier running back in Christian McCaffery, but Cam Newton is also one of the best rushing quarterbacks in the league, even for a big guy. Panthers are taking this one.
Bears (-3.5) over DOLPHINS
After starting the season at 3-0, the Dolphins were brought back to earth in Week 4 by the Patriots, and they stayed on earth against the Bengals in Week 5. Now in Week 6, they are about to actually get hammered into the earth by that nasty Chicago Bears defense, which is currently second in the league with 18 sacks and 11 forced turnovers.
JETS (-2.5) over Colts
Rolling with the Jets here for two reasons: they are at home, and the Colts do not feature one of the NFL’s premier defensive units. Indy is allowing 27.6 points per game.
BROWNS (+1) over Chargers
Here is something completely and totally crazy to think about: If it wasn’t for just a couple of small plays going a little differently here and there, the Browns could easily be 5-0 right now. Cleveland obviously isn’t winning any Super Bowls this year, but Baker Mayfield is changing the football culture in this city. The time is now to jump on the bandwagon.
Steelers (+2) over BENGALS
Cincy is 4-1, but most of their games this year could’ve gone either way. Pittsburgh is finally starting to get things together after a slow start, and a good portion of that is due to the talents of running back James Conner.
Against the Falcons last week, Conner rushed for 110 yards and racked up 75 receiving yards. He’s helping to keep the Steelers afloat. Meanwhile, I will take Big Ben over Andy Dalton all day, every day.
Seahawks (-2.5) over RAIDERS
Before this season, I had faith in Jon Gruden … for some odd reason that I still can’t figure out. He has turned this Raiders team into an absolute joke. I really shouldn’t be surprised.
Oh, and this is also one of those ridiculous international games. London deserves to get Jon Gruden’s team for thinking they should be able to host NFL games.
Buccaneers (+3) over FALCONS
The 1-4 Falcons are a mess, and Jameis Winston is back for Tampa Bay. Perfect opportunity to grab the underdog … because I haven’t already done that enough this week.
Rams (-7) over BRONCOS
Rams, baby. All day, every day.
Also, at least one Robert Woods touchdown could potentially help my fantasy team get to 6-0, if Los Angeles needs a little extra motivation.
Ravens (-2.5) over TITANS
This probably the most evenly-matched game this week. I’ll go with Baltimore here, just because Joe Flacco is currently on pace for almost 5,000 passing yards this year. He’s doing his best to protect his job from Lamar Jackson.
Jaguars (-3) over COWBOYS
You know the Cowboys are in trouble when Ezekiel Elliott is responsible for 41 percent of their offensive production. The kid is obviously very good, but he can’t make this team win on his own.
Chiefs (+3.5) over PATRIOTS
Don’t miss the game of the week on Sunday Night Football. Bill Belichick is obviously the greatest defensive coach in the history of football, but he’s going to have to cook up something pretty spectacular if he’s going to slow down this juggernaut Chiefs offense.
49ers (+9.5) over PACKERS
I might be nuts, but 9.5 points seems like a lot for a 2-2-1 Green Bay team. If it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers would probably be 0-5. For the second year in a row, Green Bay might not even be a playoff team.