PFT’s Week Six picks

Week Five was a good week in that most of the games were played. Week Five was a bad week i that we didn’t do very well picking games, especially against the spread.

Straight up, my faith in the Panthers delivered a one-game bump, 9-5 versus 8-6 for MDS. Against the spread, I hit on only six of 14. MDS was 4-10.

For the year, he’s 50-27 straight up and 35-41-1 against the spread. I’m now 49-28 and 38-37-2.

Our picks for Week Six appear below, with three straight-up disagreements.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Texans (+3) at Titans” data-reactid=”24″>Texans (+3) at Titans

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Titans made a major statement with Tuesday night’s win over the Bills, and I see them keeping it going on Sunday. Despite having to come back from a short week against a Texans team that’s motivated to turn things around after its ugly start.” data-reactid=”25″>MDS’s take: The Titans made a major statement with Tuesday night’s win over the Bills, and I see them keeping it going on Sunday. Despite having to come back from a short week against a Texans team that’s motivated to turn things around after its ugly start.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Texans 14.” data-reactid=”26″>MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Texans 14.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Titans thrive on adversity and turmoil. The Texans don’t.” data-reactid=”27″>Florio’s take: The Titans thrive on adversity and turmoil. The Texans don’t.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Titans 30, Texans 13.” data-reactid=”28″>Florio’s pick: Titans 30, Texans 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Bengals (+7.5) at Colts ” data-reactid=”29″>Bengals (+7.5) at Colts

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Joe Burrow has been struggling mightily to deal with pass pressure, and the Colts’ defense is good at bringing the pressure. This one could get tough for the rookie quarterback.” data-reactid=”30″>MDS’s take: Joe Burrow has been struggling mightily to deal with pass pressure, and the Colts’ defense is good at bringing the pressure. This one could get tough for the rookie quarterback.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Bengals 7.” data-reactid=”31″>MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Bengals 7.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Bengals need a least two drafts to get enough help around Joe Burrow.” data-reactid=”32″>Florio’s take: The Bengals need a least two drafts to get enough help around Joe Burrow.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Bengals 10.” data-reactid=”33″>Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Bengals 10.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Falcons (+4) at Vikings ” data-reactid=”34″>Falcons (+4) at Vikings

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Falcons’ problems go far beyond head coach Dan Quinn, and firing him isn’t going to fix much.” data-reactid=”35″>MDS’s take: The Falcons’ problems go far beyond head coach Dan Quinn, and firing him isn’t going to fix much.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Vikings 28, Falcons 13.” data-reactid=”36″>MDS’s pick: Vikings 28, Falcons 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Sometimes, going with an interim coach makes a team instantly better. Sometimes, it doesn’t.” data-reactid=”37″>Florio’s take: Sometimes, going with an interim coach makes a team instantly better. Sometimes, it doesn’t.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Vikings 31, Falcons 20.” data-reactid=”38″>Florio’s pick: Vikings 31, Falcons 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Broncos (+9.5) at Patriots ” data-reactid=”39″>Broncos (+9.5) at Patriots

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Patriots have been hit hard by COVID-19, but the Broncos have been hit even harder by injuries.” data-reactid=”40″>MDS’s take: The Patriots have been hit hard by COVID-19, but the Broncos have been hit even harder by injuries.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Patriots 28, Broncos 17.” data-reactid=”41″>MDS’s pick: Patriots 28, Broncos 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The extra week allowed both teams to get their starting quarterbacks back. Advantage, team with the former MVP at quarterback.” data-reactid=”42″>Florio’s take: The extra week allowed both teams to get their starting quarterbacks back. Advantage, team with the former MVP at quarterback.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Patriots 31, Broncos 17.” data-reactid=”43″>Florio’s pick: Patriots 31, Broncos 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Washington (+2.5) at Giants ” data-reactid=”44″>Washington (+2.5) at Giants

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: There are major questions about whether Washington has a capable starting quarterback on its roster, either for now or for the future. And yet I have a feeling Ron Rivera’s defense will demonstrate that the Giants have a pretty big question mark at quarterback as well.” data-reactid=”45″>MDS’s take: There are major questions about whether Washington has a capable starting quarterback on its roster, either for now or for the future. And yet I have a feeling Ron Rivera’s defense will demonstrate that the Giants have a pretty big question mark at quarterback as well.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Washington 17, Giants 13.” data-reactid=”46″>MDS’s pick: Washington 17, Giants 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Something’s Gotta Give week lets Washington get their second win of the season.” data-reactid=”47″>Florio’s take: Something’s Gotta Give week lets Washington get their second win of the season.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Washington 20, Giants 14.” data-reactid=”48″>Florio’s pick: Washington 20, Giants 14.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ravens (-7.5) at Eagles ” data-reactid=”49″>Ravens (-7.5) at Eagles

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Carson Wentz is looking better the last couple weeks than he did in his disastrous start, but the Ravens’ defense should dominate the Eagles up front and the Ravens’ running game will sit on the lead.” data-reactid=”50″>MDS’s take: Carson Wentz is looking better the last couple weeks than he did in his disastrous start, but the Ravens’ defense should dominate the Eagles up front and the Ravens’ running game will sit on the lead.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Ravens 20, Eagles 10.” data-reactid=”51″>MDS’s pick: Ravens 20, Eagles 10.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Ravens are running roughshod over every team not from Missouri.” data-reactid=”52″>Florio’s take: The Ravens are running roughshod over every team not from Missouri.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Ravens 34, Eagles 20.” data-reactid=”53″>Florio’s pick: Ravens 34, Eagles 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Browns (+3.5) at Steelers ” data-reactid=”54″>Browns (+3.5) at Steelers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: I’m tempted to pick the Browns in what is one of the biggest games the franchise has played since its return in 1999. But I just think the Steelers are a little more experienced in big games and more prepared to win a game like this one.” data-reactid=”55″>MDS’s take: I’m tempted to pick the Browns in what is one of the biggest games the franchise has played since its return in 1999. But I just think the Steelers are a little more experienced in big games and more prepared to win a game like this one.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Steelers 27, Browns 21.” data-reactid=”56″>MDS’s pick: Steelers 27, Browns 21.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: It’s easy to be influenced by the fact that the Browns have been the Browns and that the Steelers have been the Steelers. Set that aside; the Steelers have had a hard time with a quartet of not-so-good teams. The Browns, in contrast, have held up very well against better competition. The key will be whether Baker Mayfield can buy time against the Pittsburgh front seven, and whether the Cleveland offensive line can give Mayfield the time he needs.” data-reactid=”57″>Florio’s take: It’s easy to be influenced by the fact that the Browns have been the Browns and that the Steelers have been the Steelers. Set that aside; the Steelers have had a hard time with a quartet of not-so-good teams. The Browns, in contrast, have held up very well against better competition. The key will be whether Baker Mayfield can buy time against the Pittsburgh front seven, and whether the Cleveland offensive line can give Mayfield the time he needs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Browns 21, Steelers 20.” data-reactid=”58″>Florio’s pick: Browns 21, Steelers 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Bears (+1.5) at Panthers ” data-reactid=”59″>Bears (+1.5) at Panthers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Panthers are on a roll, and I see them keeping it going, with their defense stifling Nick Foles.” data-reactid=”60″>MDS’s take: The Panthers are on a roll, and I see them keeping it going, with their defense stifling Nick Foles.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Panthers 13, Bears 10.” data-reactid=”61″>MDS’s pick: Panthers 13, Bears 10.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Panthers have rewritten the rules of rebuilding. But the Bears quietly are building their own powerhouse, and the fact that Chicago is an underdog at 4-1 will get them properly lathered up to end Carolina’s unlikely three-game winning streak.” data-reactid=”62″>Florio’s take: The Panthers have rewritten the rules of rebuilding. But the Bears quietly are building their own powerhouse, and the fact that Chicago is an underdog at 4-1 will get them properly lathered up to end Carolina’s unlikely three-game winning streak.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Bears 20, Panthers 17.” data-reactid=”63″>Florio’s pick: Bears 20, Panthers 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lions (-3) at Jaguars ” data-reactid=”64″>Lions (-3) at Jaguars

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Lions’ defense has struggled to protect leads all season, and I see it happening again, with Detroit taking an early lead but Gardner Minshew leading a Jaguars comeback.” data-reactid=”65″>MDS’s take: The Lions’ defense has struggled to protect leads all season, and I see it happening again, with Detroit taking an early lead but Gardner Minshew leading a Jaguars comeback.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Jaguars 21, Lions 20.” data-reactid=”70″>MDS’s pick: Jaguars 21, Lions 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The Jaguars have become the ultimate tonic for a struggling team. If Detroit can’t beat Jacksonville with two weeks to prepare, they should move across the border and join the CFL.” data-reactid=”71″>Florio’s take: The Jaguars have become the ultimate tonic for a struggling team. If Detroit can’t beat Jacksonville with two weeks to prepare, they should move across the border and join the CFL.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Lions 24, Jaguars 17.” data-reactid=”72″>Florio’s pick: Lions 24, Jaguars 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Jets (+9.5) at Dolphins ” data-reactid=”73″>Jets (+9.5) at Dolphins

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: The Dolphins won a blowout last week and they’ll make it two in a row this week, as Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to keep Tua Tagovailoa on the bench.” data-reactid=”74″>MDS’s take: The Dolphins won a blowout last week and they’ll make it two in a row this week, as Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to keep Tua Tagovailoa on the bench.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Dolphins 30, Jets 13.” data-reactid=”75″>MDS’s pick: Dolphins 30, Jets 13.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: It would be fitting for FitMagic to flip back to FitzTragic against the Jets. Meanwhile, this may be the last, best chance to the Jets to win a game before the bye week.” data-reactid=”76″>Florio’s take: It would be fitting for FitMagic to flip back to FitzTragic against the Jets. Meanwhile, this may be the last, best chance to the Jets to win a game before the bye week.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jets 20.” data-reactid=”77″>Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jets 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Packers (-1) at Buccaneers ” data-reactid=”78″>Packers (-1) at Buccaneers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Sunday’s marquee matchup is a meeting of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and I think Rodgers gets the better end of that battle in a close Packers win.” data-reactid=”79″>MDS’s take: Sunday’s marquee matchup is a meeting of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and I think Rodgers gets the better end of that battle in a close Packers win.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Packers 31, Buccaneers 30.” data-reactid=”80″>MDS’s pick: Packers 31, Buccaneers 30.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Aaron Rodgers has a chance to emerge from a rare battle with the GOAT reminding Tom Brady and everyone else that, if Rodgers had been New England’s quarterback over the last 15 years, they’d possibly have 10 Super Bowl titles.” data-reactid=”81″>Florio’s take: Aaron Rodgers has a chance to emerge from a rare battle with the GOAT reminding Tom Brady and everyone else that, if Rodgers had been New England’s quarterback over the last 15 years, they’d possibly have 10 Super Bowl titles.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Buccaneers 27.” data-reactid=”82″>Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Buccaneers 27.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Rams (-3.5) at 49ers ” data-reactid=”83″>Rams (-3.5) at 49ers

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: I have a feeling the 49ers are heading toward a long losing streak, as their injuries are catching up with them and their schedule is brutal.” data-reactid=”84″>MDS’s take: I have a feeling the 49ers are heading toward a long losing streak, as their injuries are catching up with them and their schedule is brutal.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Rams 28, 49ers 14.” data-reactid=”85″>MDS’s pick: Rams 28, 49ers 14.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: The unofficial NFC East champs face the worst team in the NFC West, at a vulnerable time.” data-reactid=”86″>Florio’s take: The unofficial NFC East champs face the worst team in the NFC West, at a vulnerable time.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Rams 27, 49ers 17.” data-reactid=”87″>Florio’s pick: Rams 27, 49ers 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chiefs (-3.5) at Bills ” data-reactid=”88″>Chiefs (-3.5) at Bills

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: Both of these teams are coming off upset losses, but I trust the Chiefs more to bounce back quickly.” data-reactid=”89″>MDS’s take: Both of these teams are coming off upset losses, but I trust the Chiefs more to bounce back quickly.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Chiefs 21, Bills 17.” data-reactid=”90″>MDS’s pick: Chiefs 21, Bills 17.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Desperation quickly sets in for a pair of previously 4-0 teams. The Chiefs tend to bring it when they think they must.” data-reactid=”91″>Florio’s take: Desperation quickly sets in for a pair of previously 4-0 teams. The Chiefs tend to bring it when they think they must.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Bills 24.” data-reactid=”92″>Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Bills 24.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cardinals (-2) at Cowboys” data-reactid=”93″>Cardinals (-2) at Cowboys

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s take: If Dak Prescott were healthy I’d pick the Cowboys, but I have my doubts about how well the Cowboys’ offense can perform with Andy Dalton at the helm.” data-reactid=”94″>MDS’s take: If Dak Prescott were healthy I’d pick the Cowboys, but I have my doubts about how well the Cowboys’ offense can perform with Andy Dalton at the helm.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="MDS’s pick: Cardinals 20, Cowboys 10.” data-reactid=”95″>MDS’s pick: Cardinals 20, Cowboys 10.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s take: Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, buoyed by a return to Texas, take care of a Cowboys team still reeling from the injury to Dak Prescott.” data-reactid=”96″>Florio’s take: Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, buoyed by a return to Texas, take care of a Cowboys team still reeling from the injury to Dak Prescott.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Cowboys 20.” data-reactid=”97″>Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Cowboys 20.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="PFT’s Week Six picks originally appeared on Pro Football Talk” data-reactid=”98″>PFT’s Week Six picks originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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