That said, we found a few spare moments here to put together some wisdom for Week 6. Pull up a chair, soak in the knowledge, and enjoy.
CINCINNATI (-4.5) over Houston
Bengals are for real, apparently. Texans play just well enough to not win each week - witness the pathetic failure to punch it in from the one against Arizona last week. We'll go with the Don't-call-us-the-Bungles-anymore at home.
Bengals 27 Texans 21
GREEN BAY (-13.5) over Detroit
Lions are frisky, and should be able to keep it interesting for a half, but Pack is coming off a bye, and playing at Lambeau. Look for the late cover of this big number.
Packers 34 Lions 20
Baltimore (+2.5) over MINNESOTA
First challenge for Favre's Vikes. Ravens defense has showed some vulnerability thus far, and killer schedule hasn't done them any favors. The hunch is that they will find a way to harass #4 and slow down Peterson just enough to pull one out on the road.
Ravens 23 Vikings 21
NY Giants (+3.5) over NEW ORLEANS
Anytime Vegas wants to give you points with Big Blue, you take it, and don;t ask any questions. Saints are very tough at home, but Jet defense did a fine job bottling up Brees just two weeks ago, so there is no reason why Jints can't repeat the feat. IN what should be the game of the week, go with Eli and the boys.
Giants 23 Saints 21
TAMPA BAY (+3.5) over Carolina
Ew. Bucs are slowly becoming more capable, and the erratic Panthers can't seem to put together sixty solid minutes.
Panthers 27 Buccaneers 24
Kansas City (+6.5) over WASHINGTON
Will Jim Zorn be fired by halftime? Skins are simply not very good, while Chiefs are showing subtle signs of becoming a much better team in the second half. Todd Haley gets his first W here.
Chiefs 24 Redskins 20
JACKSONVILLE (-9.5) over St. Louis
Jags are a mess, but nobody can lay claim to the term "Train Wreck" like the Rams. If Jax didn't lose by 41 last week, this line would've been much higher, so count your lucky stars that you can lay less than 10 and cruise.
Jaguars 31 Rams 13
PITTSBURGH (-14.5) over Cleveland
Browns picked up first win, albeit in an ugly fashion, last week at Buffalo. Champs have been up and down thus far, but get back Troy Polamalu, which signifies a return to normalcy. Blowout city here.
Steelers 37 Browns 10
SEATTLE (-2.5) over Arizona
Seahawks enjoy a nice home field advantage, and a win here throws them right back into the hunt for the wide open NFC West. Cards should have lost, or at least been taken to OT, last week, so football karma is in play here.
Seahawks 31 Cardinals 27
Philadelphia (-14.5) over OAKLAND
Wow, only 14.5? Would not have been surprised if it was 20. Eagles are back on track and ready to assert themselves as one of the Big Boys in the NFC. How much longer can Oakland play JaMarcus Russell, who clearly is not ready to be an NFL QB?
Eagles 40 Raiders 13
NY JETS (-9.5) over Buffalo
Perfect time for the Jets to reassert themselves after back-to-back losses. Bills are no match for Rex Ryan's defense, which will be in Trent Edwards' face all afternoon. this one could, and probably will, get ugly.
Jets 37 Bills 13
NEW ENGLAND (-9.5) over Tennessee
Pats haven't really put it all together thus far, but the Titans are simply not very good. The questions is how bad must Vince Young be if Jeff Fisher is not willing to play him now?
Patriots 27 Titans 14
Chicago (+3.5) over ATLANTA
Banged up Bears are not being given much of a chance this week, but we feel Jay Cutler will be able to have some success here and keep it close.
Falcons 20 Bears 17
SAN DIEGO (-4.5) over Denver
A couple things:
1) Chargers, coming off bye after an awful 45 minutes against Pittsburgh, will be amped up at home.
2) Broncos have to have a letdown at some point, especially after back-to-back home thrillers over Dallas and New England.
Chargers 20 Broncos 14
Best Bets: Eagles, Jaguars, Steelers
Last Week: 7-7