It’s that time again, football fans. Are you ready for some NFL action? Moreover, how about some week-by-week predictions? We hope the answer to both those questions is a resounding Yes, of course.
Last week was a rough one for our own Harv Aronson, as he went 4-10 which saw his overall record slip to 41-36. Will this be the week he turns it around?
Taking a quote from Ben Roethlisberger last Sunday, “maybe I don’t have it anymore.” Perhaps in picking NFL games, I don’t have it anymore either! Two straight weeks of an 8-8 record and last week I hit rock bottom.
If not for the Falcons, Broncos, Saints and Redskins having their bye week, I may have done much worse. But as any coach might say, “stay in the game, young man.” So with Week 6 upon us, I’ll take another shot. Word of advice—don’t take my advice. This season has been so unpredictable, so let’s see if I can predict with a winning record this week!
Eagles at Panthers: In my week 5 rundown, I said we might be looking at a Carolina/Philadelphia NFC title game. If so, here’s your preview.
Final: Carolina 31, Philadelphia 28
Bears at Ravens: Can Chicago do to Baltimore what they did to Pittsburgh? Nah.
Final: Baltimore 24, Chicago 14
Browns at Texans: How will Houston react to losing J.J. Watt? Just fine. Remember, they are at home and playing the Browns.
Final: Houston 37, Cleveland 13
Packers at Vikings: It’s the Case Keenum show now in Minnesota. And, he had a solid game last Monday night filling in for Sam Bradford. But this is Green Bay we are talking about—who now have some momentum after taking out the Cowboys late in the fourth quarter last Sunday in Dallas.
Final: Green Bay 34, Minnesota 20
Lions at Saints: New Orleans is coming off two weeks of rest while Detroit is smarting over a game they may have been able to win.
Final: New Orleans 33, Detroit 31
Dolphins at Falcons: Like New Orleans, Atlanta is now well-rested and ready to thump Jay Cutler and the ‘Phins—whose locker room must be a bit ruffled after watching their offensive line coach let the world see him do some illegal activity.
Final: Atlanta 41, Miami 12
Patriots at Jets: No one would have thought the Jets would be 3-2 and sharing first place after five weeks. That will stay at five weeks. I already picked the Patriots to lose twice. I’m not making that mistake again.
Final: New England 45, New York Jets 13
49ers at Redskins: San Francisco and the New York Giants—the only two teams who have not seen a “w” put up in the standing for them this season. Do you hear 0-6, San Francisco?
Final: Washington 27, San Francisco 17
Buccaneers at Cardinals: If the 2-3 Cardinals are going to get back on the winning track, they best do it on this day. They are at home, playing a 2-2 Tampa squad that has not raised any eyebrows. And Arizona really is not that bad.
Final: Arizona 25, Tampa 23
Rams at Jaguars: The Jacksonville Jaguars are officially removed as one of the worst teams in the league. Last weekend in Pittsburgh was not fluke. Leonard Fournette is the man the Jags were hoping for. And don’t laugh, but remember in 2000 when Trent Dilfer led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title? Or, won one with them, at least? Dilfer was just an average quarterback (at best) but the Ravens had a stout running game and superb defense.
The Jags did a fantastic job of running the ball on the Steelers. And defensively, this team will challenge anyone they face going forward.
Final: Jacksonville 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
Steelers at Chiefs: The Steelers locker room is in disarray. They may not admit to that, but it is the hot topic within the NFL media this week. Ben Roethlisberger’s head does not appear to be where it needs to be and heading into Kansas City to face what will be a very loud and hostile fan base, taking on a team that has yet to lose, the only way the Steelers win this game is by playing a PERFECT game. That’s just not going to happen.
Final: Kansas City 31, Pittsburgh 20
Chargers at Raiders: If Oakland is to save their season, winning again needs to start here at home. The Raiders fan base is getting restless—as made evident by one fan challenging a player outside the stadium following last week’s loss. But Oakland will reportedly have Derek Carr back for Week 6. Just in time.
Final: Oakland 29, Los Angeles Chargers 21
Giants at Broncos: As if the New York Giants would go on the road to Mile High Stadium and win their first game of the season. That would be the upset of the day for sure.
Final: Denver 33, New York Giants 13
Colts at Titans: Indianapolis was on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Now they’re on Monday Night Football. This could be a sleeper. Or better yet, a reason to watch something else.
Final: Tennessee 17, Indianapolis 14
The byes for this week go to the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.
So what do you think? Is this the week Harv turns it around? And for more, be sure to check out his website here.