Week 6 NFL Elections | PhillyVoice

For gaming enthusiasts, here are my NFL picks in Week 6. To note, team logos indicate who I think wins the game does not cover the spread. At the end of the election, I will list a few teams that I like based on the spread – with all lines coming via Sidelines.io.


Buccaneers (-6.5) at Eagles: The Eagles have had to face a couple of the league’s elite assaults already this season in the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. In those two games, including kneeling, the Birds allowed 11 TDs on just 18 possessions, and the Cowboys and Chiefs made it look easy.

They face another elite offense Thursday night. The Buccaneers use the best player in NFL history, the best set of wide receivers in the NFL and a very good offensive line. However, unlike the Cowboys and Chiefs, Tampa also has a stifling running defense.

There are good feelings in Philly again after the Eagles were able to steal an away win against the beaten Carolina Panthers, but reality will once again put in that the Eagles can not keep up with the best teams in the NFL.


Dolphins (-3.5) at Jaguars: For the second week in a row, the London game (9:30 EST) is the worst game on the schedule. The Dolphins have the worst point difference in the NFL, at -75, while Jags is -59. However, it matters to Eagles fans as the Birds own Miami’s first round pick in 2022. Should the Dolphins lose to the undefeated Jaguars, it would be fair to start believing that the Dolphins pick could land somewhere in the top 3.

Tua Tagovailoa was bad at starting the season before suffering a rib fracture against the bills. Jacoby Brissett replaced him and felt worse. Tagovailoa should be back for this game.

Trevor Lawrence is starting to play better and the Jags are used to taking this trip abroad. I take them, I think, without any confidence whatsoever.


Packages (-4.5) at Bears: Aaron Rodgers is 20-5 over his career against the Bears, with 55 TDs and 10 INTs. He has also won his last four matches against them, all with at least 7 points and with an average of 12.5 points. I think Justin Fields will eventually be a good quarterback, but I do not trust him yet in front of a bad offensive line.


Bengals (-3.5) at Lions: If you’re in a survival pool, I would be careful about choosing teams to play against the Lions. They should have a win over the Ravens, if not for an unanswered delay in the game call, and they have played other teams very hard this season. And now you have their head coach openly crying after a hard loss due to the great effort his players gave.

They will eventually beat a good team and knock out half of the survival pool. Do not go down with the other chumps.


Texans by the Colts (-10): I like the Colts as a survival pool this week. They are 1-4 and have a desperate need to get back in the victory column against a bad opponent in the division.

Carson Wentz is never going to be the player he was in 2017 ever again, and he still shows some glimpses of the bad habits that made him the worst starting quarterback in the NFL in 2020. However, he has at least been functional during Frank Reich, and this Colts list that surrounds him is better than their 1-4 record would indicate. Reich may also remind his players that Indy started 1-5 in 2018, but eventually finished 10-6 and even won a playoff match.

And yet I also like Texans (+10).


Aries (-9.5) at the Giants: It’s only week 6, and the giants are already dead. They were bad to begin with, but now they are also extremely knocked up. They have a couple of starting offensive linemen – plus LB Blake Martinez – on IR, and the following players did not practice on Wednesday:

  1. QB Daniel Jones
  2. RB Saquon Barkley
  3. WR Kenny Golladay
  4. OT Andrew Thomas

Meanwhile, the rams are almost completely healthy.


Chiefs (-6.5) on the football team: Chiefs have dropped 163 points this season, worst in the NFL. The football team has given up 155, second worst.

When the Chiefs were 1-2 and heading into Philly in urgent need of a win, they got a relatively easy one as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offensive dominated. At 2-3 heading into Maryland, I suspect Mahomes will once again be able to easily separate what has been a surprisingly awful WFT defense. Add all the ongoing off-field distractions that this waste franchise is involved in and they are ripe for a loss.


Vikings (-1) at the Panthers: I think most people will see this game in terms of the respective options for Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. For me, this matchup is about the Vikings ‘terrible Olympics against Haasan Reddick and Brian Burns (9.5 combined sacks), and the Panthers’ terrible Olympics against Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen (10 combined sacks). I like Kirk Cousin’s chances of acting under duress than Sam Darnold, which does not say much for Darnold.


Chargers at Ravens (-3): The Chargers and Ravens have both been involved in some wild fights this season. This is a possible playoff matchup in the AFC. The Ravens have been a little too erratic this season for my liking, almost losing to the Lions and Colts, while the Chargers have been more consistently good against much better competition. Give me the bolts.


Cardinals at Browns (-3): Again, like the Chargers and Ravens above, the Cardinals and Browns have played in some crazy games this season. Although the cards are the only remaining undefeated team, I’m not quite ready to buy them as Super Bowl challengers. This would be a statement game. I can not see it. Give me the Browns.


Raiders on the Broncos (-3.5): This is going to be a fascinating game in terms of how the Raiders’ players react in the wake of Jon Gruden retiring in disgrace this week. I would not be surprised if their season falls apart. We will see.


Cowboys (-3.5) at Patri * ts: This line feels strangely low, as if it’s only 3.5 points, because people still pretend Patri * ts is a good football team. They are not. The party is over and it is worth noting that their home dominance is also gone. 0-3 at Gillette so far this season, soon 0-4.


Seahawks at Steelers (-5.5): The Steelers have gone 17 years without losing a season. The Seahawks have gone nine. They own the two longest-running current season winning streaks in the NFL:

With Geno Smith at quarterback for the next few months and a boiled Ben Roethlisberger at the helm for the rest of the Steelers season, both of those streaks are in serious danger.


Bills (-5.5) at Titans: The bills roll. After a strange loss in Week 1 to the Steelers, they have won by 35, 22, 40 and 18, with a few closures sprinkled in. Just run it.

Survivor pick

Week 1: Aries ✔
Week 2: Buccaneers ✔
Week 3: Broncos ✔
Week 4: Bills ✔
Week 5: Patri * ts ✔
Week 6: Colts

• Picks against the spread: Packers (-4.5), Texans (+10), Chiefs (-6.5), Chargers (+3), Cowboys (-3.5), Bills (-5.5).

• Eagles picks: 3-2

• 2021 season, straight up: 50-30 (0.625)
• 2021 season, ATS: 10-15-1 (0.404)
• 2020 season, straight up: 169-81-1 (0.675)

• 2020 season, ATS: 45-37-3 (0.547)

• season 2019, straight up: 160-107-1 (0.601)

• 2019 season, ATS: 42-35-3 (0.544)

• 2018 season, straight up: 173-94-2 (0.647)

• 2018 season, ATS: 41-36-2 (0.532)

• 2017 season, straight up: 181-86 (0.678)

• 2017 season, ATS: 36-32-2 (0.529)

• 2016 season, straight up: 171-94-2 (0.644)

• 2016 season, ATS: 41-34 (0.547)

• 2015 season, straight up: 163-93 (0.637)

• 2015 season, ATS: 46-30-2 (0.605)

• Last 7 years, ATS: 261-219-13 (0.543)

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