How did last week go in our office pool prognostications? Fine. Not great, but fine. That's pretty much how the whole season has gone. We have gotten a lot more right than we have gotten wrong, but just one of the first five weeks has been in the strong category. It's not ideal, but there is still plenty of time to recover. Starting now. Here are the straight up picks for the sixth week of the NFL season to get you ready for your office pool picks:
Denver at San Diego: San Diego's formula so far has been predictable - they gain a lot of yards on offense and still find ways to lose. Against this defense they should struggle to gain as many yards, but they will still lose. Take the Broncos.
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San Francisco at Buffalo: I can't figure Buffalo out at all right now. They keep winning, though, and this week they are at home against a really lousy team. They should be able to win this one. A much worse team than them could win this one. Take the Bills.
Philadelphia at Washington: The Eagles lost a tough one last week, and they need a win here. Washington won, but they still aren't particularly impressive. All things being equal, Philadelphia should be the better team here. Take the Eagles.
Cleveland at Tennessee: Tennessee is pretty bad, but they beat the Dolphins on the road last week and they get to come home now. The Browns are just plain awful, and it doesn't matter where they play. Take the Titans.
Baltimore at New York Giants: The Giants have lost three in a row, and they just don't look very good. The Ravens don't look any better, though, and are coming off a really ugly effort. The home team should be able to get on track here - at least temporarily. Take the Giants.
Carolina at New Orleans: The Saints aren't very good right now. Compared to the Panthers they look like the Patriots, though. Carolina entered the season as the defending NFC champs and a favorite to make it back to the biggest of games. They have really taken the concept of a post-Super Bowl slump to heart, though, and are in a world of trouble. We don't know as of now who will be playing QB, and the way they are playing I'm not sure it matters Take the Saints.
Jacksonville at Chicago: The Jaguars are coming off a bye week. Hopefully they had enough time to discover some competence. The Bears come into this one with a brand new offensive coordinator, but I'm not sure that that will help. Take the Jaguars.
L.A. at Detroit: The Rams had been on a roll, but they lost a rough one last week. It's hard to know where they go from here. Detroit pulled off a surprise win over the Eagles last week, and I'm looking for them to pull off another one here. They aren't good, but I suspect that they will be just good enough. Take the Lions.
Pittsburgh at Miami: Pittsburgh is playing great football right now, throwing touchdowns in bulk. The Dolphins aren't doing anything positive in bulk right now. This one shouldn't be close. Take the Steelers.
Cincinnati at New England: The Bengals are a very ordinary team right now. Verging on bad, really. New England looked very good last week. This is a tougher opponent than Cleveland, but they also get to play at home. Brady and company are going to cruise. Take the Patriots.
Kansas City at Oakland: Oakland is giving up too many points, but they are still finding ways to win. The Chiefs aren't as good as I hoped they would be. There is only one choice you can make here. Take the Raiders.
Atlanta at Seattle: The Falcons keep getting it done. I still don't have any faith in them long term. The Seahawks have had issues, but they have had a bye week to get back on track. It makes me nervous, but I'll take the Seahawks.
Dallas at Green Bay: Dak Prescott has been a great and surprising story. He's going to find some issues here, though. Green Bay is a very tough place to play, and the Packers, though inconsistent this year, are a good team. Take the Packers.
Indianapolis at Houston: The Colts have issues. The Texans have issues. Neither team is close to where they should be. Both have very expensive quarterbacks. The difference is that only one is close to worth the money he costs. Take the Colts.
New York Jets at Arizona: We don't know who will be at quarterback for the Cardinals. I'm not sure it matters. The Jets aren't good, and Arizona is moving the ball on the ground very well. Take the Cardinals.
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