Week 6 of the NFL season is set to begin this weekend, and playoff races are starting to heat up throughout the league. There are some excellent matchups on the schedule this weekend, as well as some great betting opportunities. Let’s take a look at each game with a betting pick for each of them.
- Thursday, October 10
- Sunday, October 13
- Monday, October 14
- NFL Teams on Bye Week
- New York Giants at New England Patriots
- Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
- Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
- Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
- New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
- Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
- Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
- Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos
- San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
- Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
- Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Thursday, October 10
Sunday, October 13
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¹ This game is being played in London.
Monday, October 14
NFL Teams on Bye Week
- Buffalo Bills
- Chicago Bears
- Indianapolis Colts
- Oakland Raiders
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New York Giants at New England Patriots
- Spread Odds: New England Patriots -16.5
- Total: 43.0
The New England Patriots will host the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Giants have been a thorn in the Patriots’ side in the past, but that won’t be the case in this game.
The Patriots are giving up just 7.0 points per game this season, and they are averaging 31. Belichick will have a plan in place for Daniel Jones.
New York is happy with the play of Jones so far, but he still has work to do. Playing without Saquon Barkley doesn’t help matters.
The Patriots -16.5 is the right pick in this game.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Spread Odds: Carolina Panthers -2.0
- Total: 48.5
The NFL has a tradition of sending teams to London to play, and the Buccaneers will take on the Panthers across the pond this week. London games are always hard to predict because there are so many factors to consider.
Tampa Bay has been scoring points this season, but its defense is still a mess. Carolina has been running the ball like crazy behind Christian McAffrey.
This game should be close, but take the Carolina Panthers -2.0 in this game.
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
- Spread Odds: Cleveland Browns -2.5
- Total: 47.0
The Cleveland Browns scored just three points on Monday night and saw their record fall to 2-3. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has struggled with accuracy and taking care of the ball.
The Seahawks are 4-1 and are playing well on both sides of the ball. Seattle won’t blow anyone out, but they are just solid.
Take the +2.5 points and bet the Seattle Seahawks in this game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
- Spread Odds: Baltimore Ravens -11.0
- Total: 48.0
There are a few mismatches on the schedule this weekend, but this might be the biggest. Baltimore is just 3-2 this season, but they are a playoff team.
Cincinnati is still looking for its first win, and it doesn’t do anything very well. Andy Dalton is a proven passer, but he makes too many mistakes.
This game won’t be close, and the Ravens -11.0 is the right pick.
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
- Spread Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -5.0
- Total: 55.5
The upset pick of the week comes from this game. Kansas City suffered its first loss of the season in Week 5, scoring just 10 points.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks injured, and the Chiefs need him to be great.
Houston can score points, and its defense is relentless. The Texans have played a tough schedule, and they won’t be scared of this game.
Take the Houston Texans +5.0 over the Kansas City Chiefs.
New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Spread Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars -1.5
- Total: 44.5
The New Orleans Saints are 3-0 without Drew Brees, but this will be a tough matchup. The Jaguars can really defend, and they will challenge Teddy Bridgewater.
Gardner Minshew has played well for the Jaguars but still makes some rookie mistakes. The Jags don’t run the ball well, and that could hurt them.
Take the road Saints at +1.5 over the Jaguars in this game.
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
- Spread Odds: Minnesota Vikings -3.0
- Total: 43.5
A pair of 3-2 teams will square off in this game, and this could have playoff implications. Minnesota finally got a solid game from quarterback Kirk Cousins in Week 5, but he has struggled with consistency.
The Eagles are dealing with a ton of injuries, and Carson Wentz has struggled at times. Philadelphia has a solid defense, but it won’t be able to contain Dalvin Cook and the running game in this one.
Bet the Minnesota Vikings -3.0 over the Philadelphia Eagles in this game.
Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
- Spread Odds: Washington Redskins -3.5
- Total: 41.0
The Redskins and Dolphins are a combined 0-9 this season, and this game won’t be pretty. The loser of this game will take a commanding lead in the race for the No. 1 draft pick.
Washington fired its head coach this week, and that could inspire the team. The Redskins still have a talented defense, but they just can’t score.
The Dolphins don’t do anything well, and they don’t have enough offense to win this game.
Bet the Washington Redskins -3.5 over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
- Spread Odds: Atlanta Falcons -1.5
- Total: 52.0
What has happened to the Atlanta Falcons? Just a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, they are just 1-4.
Arizona picked up a win in Week 5, but it came against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals will be a force in the future, but they aren’t there yet.
Look for the Atlanta offense led by Matt Ryan to have a big day in this one.
Take the Atlanta Falcons -1.5 over the Arizona Cardinals.
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos
- Spread Odds: Denver Broncos -2.5
- Total: 39.0
Denver finally got a win in Week 5, stunning the Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos forced some turnovers and shut down a great offense.
Tennessee is not a great offense, and quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to struggle. Winning on the road in Denver is never easy, and it won’t happen for the Titans.
Bet the Broncos -2.5 over the Titans in a low-scoring affair.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Rams -3.5
- Total: 50.0
The San Francisco 49ers are 4-0 so far this season, but now comes the real test. San Francisco has been running the ball like crazy, and its defense is relentless.
Los Angeles has now lost two straight games, and it has some things to figure out. The Rams love to throw the ball, but they need some balance.
This game means more to the Rams, and they will win this game at home. Bet the LA Rams -3.5 over the 49ers in this game.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
- Spread Odds: Dallas Cowboys -8.5
- Total: 43.5
The New York Jets are still winless on the season but should get Sam Darnold back for this game. Darnold will help the Jets offense a ton, but they still aren’t as good as the Cowboys.
Dallas gave up a ton of points to the Packers in Week 5, but its defense should have a great game in this one. The Cowboys have three extremely talented players on the offensive side of the ball, and they will cruise to victory in this game.
Bet the Dallas Cowboys -8.5 over the New York Jets.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -6.5
- Total: 41.0
Both of these teams have struggled this season, but the Chargers are healthy, at least. The Steelers are on their third quarterback, and their offense is a mess.
Pittsburgh has a solid defense, but they can’t do it alone. Look for the Chargers offense to have a big game against the banged-up Steelers.
Bet the Los Angeles Chargers -6.5 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -4.5
- Total: 47.0
The Packers are flying high after a win at Dallas last week. Running back Aaron Jones had four touchdowns and the Packers finally have a solid defense.
Detroit is 2-1-1 on the young season, but the Lions have played well in each of their games. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is extremely talented, and the Lions can score with the Packers.
This game will be closer than most expect, but the Packers -4.5 is the right pick in this game.