Totally Biased NFL Picks: Week 6

Week 6 is upon us, Football fans! Due to a personal catastrophe, namely “education,” Travis will be taking the back seat in this week’s NFL Picks introduction.  Trav had won the last week’s picks by 2 games, but because of his ambition to become a well-educated member of society, or as I like to call them, “douche bags,” he’ll be tending to his studies and I’ll be your MC this week. Hopefully he’s taking football 101… ZING!

Okay, now let’s get to work. First off, the Texans, Falcons and 49ers are by far the best teams in the NFL. The Falcons and Texans are coming off some close games but there was never a doubt that they’d come out on top. Then, there’s the 49ers, who in the last two weeks have allowed just 3 points. Yes, you read that right. Just 3 points, all while scoring 79! San Fran punished the Bills 45-3 this week and demolished the Jets to the tune of 34-0 in the prior week. Yikes.

The Packers lost another close game, this time at the hands of the Colts. After taking a pounding in the first half, the Packers let off the gas and gave Indianapolis a chance. Andrew Luck proved himself by rallying the troops to a 30-27 victory. What’s wrong with the Packers? A 2-3 record and sitting 2 games back from the Bears and Vikings. This week the Pack head to Houston for a really tough test against the Texans. God be with them.

A few more interesting match-ups have the Giants flying out to San Fran to entertain the 49ers and New England takes a trip to Seattle to face the ‘Hawks and their stout defense.

But, trust me here, do yourself a favor and skip the Thursday Night Game. Pittsburgh heads to Tennessee to practice against the awful Titans. Seriously, skip it. You’ll thank me later.

Instead, get some sleep and watch the Cowboys and Ravens game or maybe the Monday Nighter with the Broncos and Chargers. Both should be fun to watch. If a blowout is more of your style, then how about Atlanta welcoming the Raiders to town?

Nevertheless, grab yourself some cheeseballs, soda and fried catfish and get ready for another exciting week of football. YEE-HAW!

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The Leaderboard

Travis: — 52-25 — 68%
Kris: —– 43-34 — 56%

Lock of the Week: 4-1

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*Travis and Kris both selected the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Tennessee Titans in the Thursday Night Football match-up

The Opening Slate: 1pm Games

Trav: Miami Dolphins
Kris: St. Louis Rams

Kris:  This game can definitely go both ways, but I gotta take the Rams simply because their defense is for real. They have a superb secondary that can silence Brian Hartline and the Dolphins wide-outs. Only question will be: Can someone else step-up in the absence of Danny Amendola?

Trav: Baltimore Ravens
Kris: Baltimore Ravens

Trav: Coming off a bye week, the Dallas Cowboys desperately need to figure it out, and quickly. Tony Romo is coming off one of his worst games ever, and the Ravens defense aren’t going to be much easier to handle. I can’t really see any way the Cowboys can win this one in Baltimore, but if they do indeed pull it out, it would be a very important win, especially in a tough division like the NFC East. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed won’t let Romo get settled into a groove. The Purple will prevail.

Trav: Philadelphia Eagles
Kris: Philadelphia Eagles

Kris: After losing a tough game to the Steelers, the Eagles need to bounce back in a big way to stay in the tops of the NFC East. Good news for the Lions this past week. They had a bye week, which means they can’t lose! If the Lions have any chance to win, then they’ll have to get Megatron the ball in the endzone. Ya know? The place where you score?

Trav: Cleveland Browns
Kris: Cincinnati Bengals

Trav: That’s right people, I’ve gone off the deep end. I think Cleveland will actually pick up their first win of the season this week, against the Cincinnati Bengals, the league’s most confusing team. Last season, Cincy was the NFL’s poster organization for a good-bad team This year, they’ve becomes the leagues bad-good team. They can’t seem to get anything figured out, and AJ Green is their lone bright spot.

For Cleveland, Joe Haden, star cornerback, will be returning to action, and will be opposite the aforementioned Green. It’s certainly a gutsy call, but I really like Cleveland this week. I think they finally get in the win column.

Trav: Indianapolis Colts
Kris: Indianapolis Colts

Kris:  I can’t, for the life of me, pick the Jets.

The Colts have so much more to play for. Chuck Pagano. After the Pack let them back into the game, the rest was history. Andrew Luck showed off his 4th quarter skills for an emotional win over Green Bay. The Jets will be a much lesser task. Colts get the W.

Trav: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kris: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Trav: This game takes the cake for the most boring contest of the week. Tampa Bay wins only because Kris said I couldn’t pick “tie”.

Trav: Atlanta Falcons
Kris: Atlanta Falcons

Kris: This is one of the easiest picks we’ll make this year. Matt Ryan has the best wide receiver tandem in Julio Jones and Roddy White and an underrated defense to back them up. Oakland doesn’t have a chance. 

Trav: Minnesota Vikings
Kris: Minnesota Vikings

Kris: The Vikings are allowing just 16 points per game and 304 yards per game. Good enough to be one of the best defensive units in the league. Christian Ponder is leading the offense, playing mistake-free while completing 70% of his passes. Did you know they’re tied for tops in the NFC North at 4-1? If you didn’t, you do now. You’re welcome.

Oh, the Redskins? If RGIII doesn’t play, then count them out. The run-stuffing Vikings defense will stop Washington’s rushing attack and make them one dimensional. Vikes take it.

Trav: Arizona Cardinals
Kris: Arizona Cardinals

Kris: One loss to the Rams won’t destroy Arizona’s surprising season. Although, the loss did expose some majors problems the Cards have on the offensive line. Oh, what’s this? Oh, it’s just a headline I’ve suddenly come across on the cnn.com front page. It’s good news for Arizona: “The Bills Defense Couldn’t Sack a QB in the Lingerie League.”

Mario Williams has been a tremendous disappointment so far and will need a big game in order to erase that label. A weak Arizona line should bode well for Mr. Williams, but it doesn’t change that Buffalo simply cannot put up points.

Trav: New York Giants
Kris: San Fransisco 49ers

Trav: The Giants and Patriots both have tough road games this week, but the G-Men probably take the cake for the more feared match-up. I’ll tell people whenever they ask, the game with San Francisco in the NFC championship last season was the hardest game I’ve ever had to watch. That includes both Super Bowls. Manning was hit hard and hit often, and last time I checked, the Niners haven’t made many changes to a frighteningly good, and ferocious, defense.

The offense, though, might be the story in San Fran this year, with Alex Smith playing at a very high level, and Frank Gore continuing to be a force in the running game. It will be a tough test for the Giants, but I can’t break my code of always picking Big Blue. Hopefully the Giants can pick up a big road victory.

Trav: New England Patriots
Kris: New England Patriots

Kris:  In previous years for the Patriots, to travel to Seattle was never a big deal. I mean, it’s the Seahawks.

This year, the Seahawks have a much improved defense with players like Kam Chanellor, Bruce Irvin and Red Bryant. Even with one of the stingiest defenses, the ‘Hawks will still have their hands full trying to stop all the Patriots weapons.

I expect the Pats to come out in the hurry-up to get the ‘Hawks on their heels, then they’ll pound the rock to soften up the defense for the running game. Stopping the likes of Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski is no easy task and with Aaron Hernandez possibly coming back, the Pats might have another lethal weapon. Patriots win a tough road game.

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Sunday Night Football: JJ Watt and Clay Matthews Are Both Working for the Most Sacks… Ahem.

Trav: Houston Texans
Kris: Houston Texans

Trav: The Packers have been the poster team for disappointment this season, and their struggles will continue on Sunday night when they go on the road to play the leagues best team, and yes, you read that correctly, the Houston Texans. With an explosive offense that can seemingly do anything, the Texans have been playing great football.

The road test will just be too hard on the Packers, and I can’t see them pulling out a W. Should the Cheeseheads steal one in Texas, it could be the big bump this team needs. Since they were robbed in Seattle, this team just looks flat. A lot of people are piling blame on Aaron Rodgers, but he’s putting up a season that quarterbacks would be jealous of. Give the damn guy a running game and they might be able to add another dimension to a team that only knows one thing. Pass.

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Monday Night Football: Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers… Who will have more disgusted looks on their face over the course of four quarters?

Trav: Denver Broncos
Kris: Denver Broncos

Kris: Seriously,though. Who looked more pissed last week, Peyton or Philip Rivers? And what about the UFO-shaped forehead bruise on Peyton Manning? It looked like he had been beating himself up for 3 and a half quarters… Oh, wait… he was.

This should be our weekly, we-flipped-a-coin-to-pick-the-winner game. I’ve got the Broncos!

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