NFL Office Pool Picks Week 6
by Trevor Whenham - 10/7/2014
Finally. The last couple of weeks had me questioning whether I would ever really pick a winner again. This past week was a gem, though. Only the Lions and the Bengals let me down - it obviously wasn't a good week to bet on cats. I would love nothing more than to keep the momentum rolling as we seek to dominate some NFL office pools. This is a tough week, though - too many close games to be particularly comfortable. Fearless and rolling with momentum, though, here is how I see the week's action playing out:
Indianapolis at Houston: Despite not really having a quarterback, the Texans have been better than I expected so far this year. They have won both of their home games to date. This is a tough spot for them, though. The Colts lack consistency, but they are the better team - and the right pick here. Take the Colts.
Jacksonville at Tennessee: This is a really bad team against, well, a really bad team. The Titans have a win at least, but last time we saw them they were losing at home after the Browns overcame the largest deficit a road team ever has to win. They aren't in a good place. There is no winning when you have to make a pick like this. Take the Titans. I guess.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay: Despite losing in New Orleans last week, there was a lot to like from the Bucs - at least compared to what we have seen before from them. They are also going to be happy to be at home after three straight road games. Baltimore has been better than I gave them credit for this year, but they have some injury issues, and I am feeling like a gamble on Tampa Bay is the way to go. Take the Buccaneers.
Denver at New York Jets: Such an easy game. There are teams that look as bad as the Jets do right now, but none that look worse. Needless to say, Denver looks just a little bit better. Take the Broncos.
Detroit at Minnesota: The Lions have looked lousy lately, and at this point it looks like they could be playing both without Megatron and Reggie Bush. Minnesota is not exactly a dominant team right now, though, and Detroit is at home. Take the Lions.
New England at Buffalo: Buffalo showed some real fire on the road last week, and they are obviously a better team than most thought - especially with E.J. Manuel now demoted. Tom Brady is playing angry, though, and that is when he is most dangerous. Take the Patriots.
Carolina at Cincinnati: I have absolutely no respect for Marvin Lewis, and he coached a truly awful game against the Patriots. Even he should be able to coach his team into a strong bounce back here at home against an underwhelming squad. Take the Bengals.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland: I never thought I would say it, but I have become a big Brian Hoyer. He's tough. He's clutch. And his team would die for him right now. The Steelers aren't really doing anything to get excited about, and they are on the road. Take the Browns.
Green Bay at Miami: Have the Packers rediscovered their mojo? Or have they just benefitted from reeling opponents the last two weeks? It doesn't matter either way, because the Dolphins do not look good and Green Bay can easily handle them. Take the Packers.
San Diego at Oakland: Take the Chargers . If you need more explanation than that then you obviously haven't watched either team play all year.
Chicago at Atlanta: Tough game. The Falcons are up to their old tricks - playing like the deeply-flawed and mentally-weak team. Ugly. Chicago has been disappointing two weeks in a row, though, so they aren't easy to trust. The coin came up heads, so take the Bears.
Dallas at Seattle: Dallas has been surprisingly good this year, but there is no good reason at this point to pick against Seattle playing anyone at home. Take the Seahawks.
Washington at Arizona: I don't know what to do here at this point. The Cardinals are just crushed by injuries, and at this point I don't know who will be at quarterback. Washington looked just awful early against Seattle on Monday night, but I was really impressed with how they toughened up and kept it interesting. Total coin toss. In those cases the home team is rarely the wrong choice. Take the Cardinals.
New York Giants at Philadelphia: A couple of weeks ago this would have been an easy pick. Since then, though, the Giants have looked legitimate, and the Eagles have really struggled offensively. Yet another tight game this week. Home team gets the edge again - take the Eagles.
San Francisco at St. Louis: The Niners have managed to shake off all of the drama and are playing pretty solid ball right now. Amazing what happens when they decide to let Frank Gore run the ball again. They are going to have success here. Take the 49ers.
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