NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, October 12, 2017 — Week 6 of the 2017 NFL season brings some intriguing matchups, as the focus begins shifting from politics back to football. The teams that have been protesting the most have been losing the most, and nobody wants to listen to revolutionaries who are bad at everything.
Fans pay money to see winners on the field.
Several teams have already seen their season slip into the abyss, while there is plenty of room at the top for several contenders.
With that, here is the NFL 2017 Week 6 Preview and Bettor’s Guide, with point spreads provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (-3) — Both teams are improved from last year, so this is one of those games to go with the home crowd. Trust the Carolina defense over Carson Wentz. Panthers cover.
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (-9.5) — Houston lost J.J. Watt for the season, but their defense was very good even without him. More importantly, Houston now has a quarterback in DeShaun Watson. Most importantly, Cleveland is bad at everything. Texans cover.
New England Patriots (-9.5) at New York Jets — The Patriots were supposed to go 16-0. The Jets were supposed to go 0-16. Both teams are 3-2 and the Jets have won three straight games. oddsmakers are unimpressed. This week reality is restored. The Jets often play the Patriots tough and the speed is high, but Tom Brady considers even being questioned about the Jets an insult. Jets cover.
Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons (-11.5) — Miami is a total mess, and Jay Cutler is not getting the job done. Atlanta has plenty of firepower and should put this game away early and easily. Falcons cover.
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (-5) — Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford can both sling it, but Stafford has more help and a better defense. Upset special, Lions win outright.
Green Bay Packers (-3) at Minnesota Vikings — Minnesota has to play on a short week against Aaron Rodgers, who can get it done anywhere. Minnesota has severe quarterback problems due to injuries, and a healthy Rodgers will do what he does. Packers cover.
Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) — Baltimore got a big road win last week while Chicago lost at home in Mitchell Trubisky’s debut. The Bears have so many holes, and the Ravens may have finally righted their ship. Joe Flacco deep to Mike Wallace makes it look easy. Ravens cover.
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (-10) — The 49ers spend more time protesting than blocking and tackling, but play hard every week. They are winless but competitive. The spread is too high against a team that fights hard. Redskins win but fail to cover.
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) — Jacksonville intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times last week, while the Rams lost a heartbreaker at home to Seattle. Give the Jaguars the edge solely due to the home field. Jaguars cover.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) at Arizona Cardinals — Neither of these teams have risen to their potential. The Cardinals have struggled to run the ball, and just traded for Adrian Peterson from New Orleans. This may be the last time to give the underachieving Cardinals the benefit of the doubt. Upset special, Cardinals win outright.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) — Pittsburgh won a slugfest playoff game at Kansas City last year, but this Pittsburgh team is worse and this Kansas City team is better. The Chief’s defense feasts on turnovers and Ben Roethlisberger threw five last week. Chiefs cover.
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-3) — The Raiders have lost three straight while the Chargers finally got their first win against another winless team. Yet Derek Carr returns, and his emotional leadership matters. Philip Rivers could torch the awful Oakland secondary but if it comes down to a shootout, go with Carr. Raiders cover.
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
New York Giants at Denver Broncos (-12) — The winless Giants lost to a winless team last week. They are awful on every level and Denver has a seriously good defense. Trevor Siemian is playing well and Denver had two weeks to get ready for this game. However, the spread is very high and a garbage touchdown could beat the spread. Broncos win but fail to cover.
Monday, October 16, 8:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (Pick ‘em) — This week’s Stupor Bowl could be a battle of who want it the least. Go with the home field, especially since the Colts are playing at their worst in the fourth quarter. Titans win.