If I realized one factor over the weekend, it is that we would want a brand new identify for the game of soccer as a result of we will not hold calling it soccer anymore after what occurred on Sunday.
There’s just one place on the sphere that truly makes use of their toes they usually forgot use them in Week 5: Kickers mixed to overlook 14 area objectives AND 13 further factors, which is probably the most missed further factors ever throughout a single week within the Super Bowl period.
I ought to have identified it was going to be a foul week for kickers when the Falcons forgot to deliver their kicking internet to London.
I imply, if that is not an indication of dangerous issues to come back, I do not know what’s. As everybody is aware of, there are two issues you’ll be able to always remember once you’re touring to London: Your passport and your kicking internet.
Talking of London, the Jaguars and Dolphins might be taking part in there this week and I really feel like there’s a few 50% likelihood that the Jags are going to “neglect” to deliver City Meyer dwelling. The excellent news for Meyer is that one other NFL teaching job simply opened up so he can take that one if he will get fired.
Alright, I’ll cease speaking about City Meyer presumably being left in London so we will get to the picks.
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NFL Week 6 Picks
Miami (1-4) vs. Jacksonville (0-5) in London
9:30 a.m. ET (NFL Community)
If I’ve seen one factor in regards to the Jaguars this season, it is that they mainly present up each Sunday with no offensive recreation plan after which I am fairly positive they simply make it up as they go alongside. Not surprisingly, this hasn’t been figuring out nicely for them up to now. Though I’ve to say, I should not be too stunned that their coach does not present up with a recreation plan, as a result of he is clearly too busy doing different issues together with his weekends.
By the best way, I used to be positively flawed about that complete the Jaguars “by no means have a recreation plan” factor. It seems the Jags do have a recreation plan every week, it is only one that may by no means work.
To be trustworthy, if my selections are to haven’t any recreation plan or the sport plan above, I feel I’d simply wing it and go along with nothing.
I am unsure if anybody has let Meyer know, however a “250/250” recreation plan is kind of IMPOSSIBLE within the NFL. If the Jaguars have been speeding for 250 yards per recreation, that might be the best speeding season within the historical past of the NFL. Within the Tremendous Bowl period, no workforce in NFL historical past has even averaged 225 yards per recreation and there have solely been 4 groups which have even averaged 200 yards per recreation for a complete season.
This mainly signifies that City Meyer has been losing all of his time attempting to plan a recreation plan that may by no means work, which tells you the whole lot you want to know in regards to the 2021 Jaguars.
The excellent news for the Jags is that if there’s one workforce within the NFL that is at present extra dysfunctional than them, it is the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have been outscored this 12 months by 76 factors, which is probably the most within the NFL by 16 factors. I do know I made enjoyable of Meyer’s offensive game-planning, however the Dolphins are arguably worse. If you happen to instructed me an precise dolphin was dealing with the game-planning for this workforce, I might consider you.
This may really be the week the place Tua Tungvailoa returns, but when he cannot play, meaning Jacoby Brissett goes to play regardless that he is coping with a hamstring scenario. Have you ever ever flown eight hours with an harm? It is a nightmare. The harm is all the time no less than 20 instances worse once you land and Brissett might be flying for eight hours since this recreation is in London.
The sport presents a real dilemma for me: I am going to hate myself if I decide the Jaguars, however I am going to additionally hate myself if I decide the Dolphins, so since this can be a lose-lose scenario for me, I am taking the Jags as a result of England is the one nation on earth the place they’re really good at profitable video games.
The decide: Jaguars 23-20 over Dolphins
Cincinnati (3-2) at Detroit (0-5)
1 p.m. ET (Fox)
If you happen to’re questioning what it is prefer to be a Lions fan this season, simply watch each torture scene in all three Hostel films and you will have a good suggestion of what they have been by means of this 12 months. The Lions have misplaced two video games this season on area objectives of fifty or extra yards on the ultimate play, which is notable, as a result of they’re the ONLY workforce NFL historical past that is ever misplaced a number of video games in the identical season on a area purpose of fifty or extra yards as time expired. The Lions have two of those losses by means of 5 weeks. Earlier than this 12 months, no workforce had ever had two in an ENTIRE season.
It is virtually ironic that Lions coach Dan Campbell talked about biting off knee caps in his introductory press convention, as a result of I’ve to say, having your knee caps bitten off would seemingly be much less painful than going by means of the season that the Lions are going by means of.
There is no such thing as a workforce within the NFL that is higher at taking part in horribly for 3 straight quarters earlier than making a miraculous run on the finish of the sport, solely to have their soul ripped out. The Lions is perhaps 0-5, however they’ve both had the lead or been inside one rating of the lead within the fourth quarter in 4 of their 5 video games.
The issue with selecting this recreation is that each of those groups are coming off emotional losses and I am unsure how both one goes to reply. The Lions may reply to Sunday’s loss by shedding this recreation by 40 or they could reply by upsetting the Bengals. The Bengals may reply to Sunday’s loss by blowing out Detroit or they could reply by not profitable a recreation for the remainder of the season. I HAVE NO IDEA.
The one factor I do know is that the Bengals have performed 5 video games this season and 4 of them have been determined by precisely three factors, so I’ll go forward and stick to that theme.
The decide: Bengals 20-17 over Lions
Kansas Metropolis (2-3) at Washington (2-3)
1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
We’re six weeks into the season and I nonetheless have but to choose a Washington recreation appropriately. By means of 5 weeks, I am 0-5 selecting their video games and each week I get barely extra irritated by the truth that I can not decide any of their video games appropriately. I am additionally irritated by the truth that I feel I now have to observe “Smurfs 2” 11 straight instances this week for shedding a guess with myself over final week’s decide.
The flawed picks are getting out of hand and I am most likely going to be ranting about it so much till I really get one proper so that you guys ought to really be hoping that I ultimately get one proper.
- In Week 1, I picked Washington to beat the Chargers. In that recreation, they have been really profitable 16-13 within the fourth quarter, however then misplaced.
- In Week 2, I picked the Giants to beat Washington. In that recreation, the Giants have been profitable 29-27 with three seconds left, however then JUMPED OFFSIDES on a game-winning area purpose try that missed, which allowed Washington to retry the kick and win.
- In Week 3, I by some means satisfied myself that Washington may beat the Bills. My 18-month-old daughter may have picked this recreation appropriately, nevertheless, I didn’t. That is the one Washington decide I am nonetheless embarrassed about.
- In Week 4, I picked the Falcons to beat Washington. The Falcons have been profitable 30-22 with 4 minutes left, however by some means misplaced, which I assume should not have been that stunning since no workforce is aware of choke away a fourth quarter lead fairly just like the Falcons.
- In Week 5, I picked Washington to beat the Saints and I knew that decide was taking place the bathroom as quickly because the Saints hit a Hail Mary proper earlier than halftime.
I imply, have a look at this play. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? ARE THE END ZONES MADE OF QUICK SAND?? WHY DIDN’T ANY WASHINGTON DEFENDER JUMP FOR THE BALL?
With Washington taking part in the Chiefs this week, I need to say I be ok with the streak ending, however I do not really feel good in any respect. The Chiefs have one of many worst defenses in soccer and Patrick Mahomes is popping the ball over like he is been possessed by the ghost of Blake Bortles, who is not even technically a ghost but, as a result of he is nonetheless alive.
Sorry for jinxing your workforce, Chiefs followers, however I’ve no alternative.
The decide: Chiefs 34-24 over Washington
L.A. Chargers (4-1) at Baltimore (4-1)
1 p.m. ET (CBS)
I used to assume Patrick Mahomes was Patrick Mahomes, however now i am beginning to assume that Justin Herbert is the brand new Patrick Mahomes. I am not saying Herbert is the most effective quarterback within the NFL proper now, however you could possibly actually make that argument with out getting laughed out of the room. Additionally, I do know of no less than one two-time Tremendous Bowl profitable coach who would take Herbert over some other quarterback within the NFL proper now.
My most important takeaway from that video is that Jimmy Johnson has wonderful hair for a 78-year-old. I’m now hoping that my hair seems to be simply half pretty much as good as his at that age. I am guessing Herbert’s hair is half the explanation Johnson likes him a lot.
Not solely does Herbert have good hair, however he is additionally been unstoppable over the previous three weeks. From Week 3 to Week 5, the Chargers have gone 3-0 and a giant cause for that’s as a result of Herbert has thrown for 10 touchdowns with zero interceptions whereas averaging 300.3 yards per recreation.
The Ravens have struggled to cease the move this 12 months so let’s not rule out the likelihood that Herbert throws for 700 yards. After all, the Chargers have struggled to cease the run, so this recreation goes to provide us two defenses that may’t cease what the opposite workforce’s offense does nicely, which suggests we’re getting a shootout.
The decide: Chargers 34-31 over Ravens
Arizona (5-0) at Cleveland (3-2)
4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
As the one undefeated workforce left within the NFL, the Cardinals have clearly been taking part in nicely up to now this 12 months, however In the event that they’ve had one large situation throughout their 5-0 begin, it is that they can not cease the run. By means of 5 weeks, the Cardinals are giving up 139 yards per recreation on the bottom, which is the fifth-most within the NFL. The Cardinals are also surrendering 5.4 yards per carry, which is the second-most within the NFL.
When you’ll be able to’t cease the run, the final workforce you need to be dealing with is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are averaging 187.6 yards speeding per recreation this 12 months, which not solely ranks first within the NFL, nevertheless it’s first by a mile (No different workforce is even above 175).
After three and a a half years of Baker Mayfield, I nonetheless do not know what to make of him, however for this recreation, I do not assume it may matter whether or not he is good or dangerous, as a result of if the Browns are sensible, they will not throw a single move. If I am Kevin Stefanski, I rip out the portion of my playbook that has passing performs and I set it on hearth this week. I then inform Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt that they are going to be carrying the ball 50 instances every.
If the Browns get their run recreation going, meaning consuming up day without work the clock, which suggests fewer possessions for Kyler Murray, which suggests fewer factors for the Cardinals.
I feel the Cardinals undefeated season goes to finish in Ohio, which is sort of becoming if you concentrate on it as a result of the state fowl there’s a cardinal.
I ask myself that query daily, Matthew.
The decide: Browns 30-27 over Cardinals
NFL Week 6 picks: All the remaining
Buccaneers 30-23 over Eagles
Packers 27-20 over Bears
Cowboys 24-17 over Patriots
Rams 30-16 over Giants
Colts 27-24 over Texans
Vikings 22-19 over Panthers
Broncos 27-17 over Raiders
Steelers 23-16 over Seahawks
Payments 37-30 over Titans
Finest decide: Final week, I predicted that the Chargers would win a wild recreation over the Browns and guess what occurred? The Chargers gained a wild recreation over the Browns. Now, did I do know that the Browns have been going to get hosed over by a number of horrible officiating calls together with one which may go down because the worst move interference penalty in NFL historical past?
After all, I knew that was going to occur. If there’s one factor I’ve realized in regards to the Browns, it is that they’ve by no means had a name go their method within the historical past of their franchise. As a matter of truth, I am 40% positive Roger Goodell has a button in his workplace that he presses every time he needs a ref to screw over the Browns and primarily based on Sunday’s recreation, he bought a bit of trigger-happy with that button.
Worst decide: The New York Jets can barely win a recreation in our nation, so I do not know why I picked them to win a recreation overseas final week. For some cause, I believed they’d have the ability to beat the Falcons in London. 5 minutes into the sport, I noticed the Jets had no likelihood to win, which I assume is fairly normal for a Jets recreation. Fortunately, nobody has to observe the Jets play this week and that is as a result of they’re on a bye. As for the Falcons, the NFL must ship them to London yearly and that is primarily as a result of one thing ridiculous all the time occurs each time they go overseas. This 12 months, they forgot their kicking internet. Earlier than that, the final time they made the journey was in 2014 and I do not assume they even knew they have been in London that 12 months.
Lastly, should you guys have ever questioned which groups I am really good at selecting, here is a fast look:
Groups I am 5-0 selecting this 12 months: Texans, Jaguars, Broncos, Buccaneers, 49ers, Colts.
Groups I am 0-5 selecting this 12 months: Washington, Saints.
Straight up in Week 5: 12-4 (12-3 selecting video games that did not contain the Saints or Washington)
SU general: 53-27 (53-18 selecting video games that did not contain the Saints or Washington)
Towards the unfold in Week 5: 9-6-1
ATS general: 39-38-1
IMPORTANT NOTE: Ryan Wilson is an absurd 54-23-3 in opposition to the unfold this 12 months and if you wish to know which groups he is selecting to win in Week 6, then be sure to click here. I do know what you are pondering and sure, I’ve considered copying his picks, however apparently, he is aware of I am interested by it, so he hides them from me.
Precise rating predictions: 1
Precise rating, flawed winner: 2
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