NFL Office Pool Picks Week 6
When my dad was much younger he rode bucking horses in the rodeo for a living for a couple of years. He didn't have a whole lot of success, but he learned a few things that he likes to share to this day. When you are riding angry horses you are going to hit the ground hard sometimes. If you let it scare you then you might as well quit because your next ride is doomed before it even starts. To be a rodeo rider, then, you need to heal fast and have a short memory. The same is true for NFL office pool players this season. Games have been tough to pick, odd results have kicked us in the teeth time and again, but we have to move past it quickly, forget about what has happened and tackle next week like it's the first day of the future. So tighten up your saddle put on your spurs, and let's make some straight up NFL picks:
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Philadelphia at Carolina: Both teams are exceeding expectations with their 4-1 records. Philadelphia is doing it with offense, while Carolina is defensively sound. I am a believer in Carson Wentz and Philadelphia, but after nice wins at New England and Detroit, Carolina gets to come home. In a very tight game that should be the difference. Take the Panthers.
Chicago at Baltimore: Chicago had a beautiful two-point conversion, but that can't hide from us that this is a challenged team. Baltimore isn't perfect, but they are smarter, more experienced, and more consistently successful this year -- plus they have plenty of tricks that will confound Mitch Trubisky. Take the Ravens.
Green Bay at Minnesota: Minnesota has a real issue at QB. They are just so banged up, and while Case Keenum has had his moments this year he's still Case Keenum. Green Bay is far from complete, and Aaron Rodgers has had to do too much himself, but he is the difference here. Take the Packers.
Miami at Atlanta: The Jay Cutler experiment has, shockingly, not been a runaway success yet. This offense is just terrible. Atlanta lost their last home game against Buffalo, but they have had extra time to get ready for this one, and they aren't going to get caught twice. Take the Falcons.
Detroit at New Orleans: The Adrian Peterson era has died in New Orleans, but I am sure that the Saints will survive. They will have some issues here. Detroit has hit a rough patch, but they are the better team here by a wide margin and should get back on track. Take the Lions.
Cleveland at Houston: Let's not waste too much time here. Houston has lost tight games playing well, and under Deshaun Watson they have been feisty and dangerous. Cleveland is basically a version of the same team we have seen for the last decade. Take the Texans.
New England at New York Jets: The Patriots are very tough to love right now. They are banged up. The defense is a total mess. They can't protect Tom Brady. But I still have to pick them. The Jets are overachieving right now, and their schedule is inflated due to weak opposition. They just aren't very good. Take the Patriots.
San Francisco at Washington: The Niners have played some close games, but that doesn't mean that they are good. Washington has played better than their record, and they are clearly the better team here. Washington has had a bye week to tweak things and get ready for this one, while San Francisco is playing their third straight home game. Take the Redskins.
Tampa Bay at Arizona: Arizona got Adrian Peterson to fix the running game. And that tells you all you need to know about how their season is going. Tampa Bay has been a disappointment to date compared to expectations, but they are the better team here and should be fine. Take the Buccaneers.
L.A. Rams at Jacksonville: These are two teams that are surprisingly better than expected, but both have glaring holes that make them vulnerable. It's a total coin flip. Take the Jaguars because they are at home.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City: Something is not quite right with the Steelers - they are a planet just slightly out of orbit. Kansas City, meanwhile, is the best team in the league up to this point. This game should be much harder to pick than it is, but Pittsburgh hasn't done their part. Take the Chiefs.
L.A. Chargers at Oakland: Here are two teams that were popular playoff picks that have run into all sorts of trouble. Oakland has QB woes. L.A. has woes of all kinds. I just hate this game. Take the Raiders. I guess.
New York Giants at Denver: The Giants are just broken. Their QB looks old. All of their receivers are crippled. Their defense is a mess. They are just horrible. Denver's offense doesn't inspire, but the defense is very strong and will be especially so against this New York offense. Take the Broncos.
Indianapolis at Tennessee: Tennessee is another squad on the long list of disappointing teams this year, but they are still dramatically better than this deeply-flawed Indianapolis team. Take the Titans.
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