Week 5 is in the books and Week 6 is here, so For The Win ‘s Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz return to make their NFL picks. All odds courtesy USA TODAY Sports
Week 5 RECAP
Charles: 2-12-1 (Season: 36-37-3)
Steven: 5-9-1 (Season: 38-35-3)
Steven: Welp, not a good week. But this is what I get for having faith in Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota and Joe Flacco on the road. And, hey, it could be worse. Right, Charles?
Eagles (-3) at Giants
I’m usually partial to the home team on Thursday night, but I don’t think Eli Manning is capable of beating this Eagles defense down the field, which is where the unit is at its weakest. And this Giants pass rush has been good, so Carson Wentz should have plenty of time to pick apart the secondary.
I will continue to say it: Weird things happen on Thursday nights. But this is the Giants we’re talking about. Manning won’t be able to take advantage of a weak Eagles secondary and Wentz will pick apart Big Blue by utilizing Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement out of the backfield for a win.
Cardinals at Vikings (-11.5)
That’s an awfully big line and the Cardinals look like a different team with Josh Rosen at quarterback. But I’m not about to take a rookie quarterback on the road against a Mike Zimmer-coached defense. Not with that supporting cast Rosen has to work with.
I took a lot longer to make this pick than I should have, simply because I had flashbacks to the last time the Vikings had a humongous spread against the Bills. But I’m with Steven – Rosen will struggle.
Chargers at Browns (Pick)
We all know how much Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams loves to blitz. If he does that against Philip Rivers, who has seen and shredded every blitz you can throw at him, the Chargers will score a lot of points. That’s what I think happens on Sunday.
Let’s see: They would have beat the Steelers with a more adept kicker. They kept it close against the Saints on the road. They nearly beat the Raiders and held the Ravens to nine points. Here’s a secret: This team is good. I think they can handle a West Coast team coming East at the Dawg Pound.
Bears (-3) at Dolphins
Vegas is overvaluing the Bears offense here. Sure, that defense is for real, but unless it turns over the Dolphins a few times, I don’t know if Chicago will score enough points to cover in Miami. I’m not giving up on the Dolphins after two road losses to playoff contenders.
The Fins offense is just 30th in the league. The Bears’ defense ranks second with 294.5 yards allowed per game. I’m absolutely not saying Mitchell Trubisky will throw another six touchdowns, but the Bears should walk away with a win and cover.
Panthers at Redskins (Pick)
I honestly don’t know what to make of either team this early in the season, so I’ll just go with the better quarterback and take the Panthers. Fun fact: Cam Newton has never lost to the Redskins. In four games against Washington, he’s thrown nine touchdowns to zero interceptions.
I didn’t like what I saw out of Alex Smith last week. Yeesh.
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