MACON, GEORGIA: Very few things can unite people, especially in Washington, DC. In politics, division is healthy for business. In media, if it bleeds, it leads. Conflict reigns supreme. In a country torn asunder, sports is one of the few things that can bring people together. Even the political controversy that rocked the NFL a couple of years ago has faded into the background. America loves football. And we are already in Week 6 of our Preview and Bettor’s Guide.
What America hates is failure and there is far too much of it this NFL season.
The 100th season has proven to be brutal for several teams. The 0-5 Redskins take on the 0-4 Miami Dolphins. Something has to give there. The 0-5 Bengals see little hope on the horizon, especially if they trade A.J. Green.
The Bengals and Dolphins deserve to be cut some slack. They have rookie coaches who inherited horrendous situations. Vic Fangio finally got his first win last week to get the 0-4 Denver Broncos in the victory column.
There is no excuse for the Redskins.
Forget the controversy over whether the team name is offensive. This is about football, not politics What is truly offensive is their play on the field. Their offense is offensive. The defense is offensive. Their special teams are offensive. Coaching is offensive.
Everything except their marching band playing “Hail to the Redskins” after the rarest touchdown occurrence is offensive. To paraphrase Shakespeare, a toxic dump by any other name would smell as rancid.
Jay Gruden has been fired after less than six full seasons, but this Washington fish rots from the head.
It is long past time for Democrats and Republicans to come together and begin impeachment hearings against team owner Daniel Snyder. There are enough votes in the Senate to convict him. Senators in Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania may block impeachment only because his failure helps the NFC East rivals they support. The rest of the Senate could be persuaded. At the very least, Congress should issue a meaningless non-binding resolution declaring Snyder a terrible owner.
For fans of the other 31 teams, be glad you are not Washington. Be glad you are not stuck with Snyder. For fans of all 32 teams, here is the NFL 2019 Week 6 Preview and Bettor’s Guide, with point spreads provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:20 p.m.
New York Giants at New England Patriots (-16.5) —
The Giants are awful and the Patriots are as good as they have ever been. Yes, the Giants won both Super Bowls and shocked the world. Ys, the spread is high. Ignore all of that. This game could be over by halftime. Patriots cover.
Sunday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.
Carolina Panthers (-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London —
Kyle Allen is 3-0. Trust him over Jameis Winston. Panthers cover.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-11.5) —
Cincinnati is awful and the Ravens are good. Baltimore just won an emotional overtime game at Pittsburgh, but John Harbaugh will keep his squad focused to avoid a letdown. Nothing suggests the Cincinnati offense can solve the Baltimore defense. Ravens cover.
Seattle Seahawks (-1) at Cleveland Browns —
The spread is far too low. Cleveland has not lived up to their preseason hype. Seattle stumbled at home against New Orleans and was lucky to escape with a home win over the Rams. Trust Russell Wilson over Baker Mayfield. Seahawks cover.
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-5) —
Last week we found out that Patrick Mahomes was human. Despite the stunning home loss to Indianapolis, the Chiefs are still an elite team. They have some injuries on the offensive side of the ball, but should be able to outduel Houston with little difficulty. Chiefs cover.
New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars (-1) —
Despite the home loss to Carolina, Gardner Minshew has been playing well. However, the Saints have too much talent for Jacksonville to keep up. Upset special, Saints win outright.
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (-3) —
These teams are good but not what they were in the NFC Title Game two years ago. Minnesota’s weak link has been Kirk Cousins. Carson Wentz got a big road win over Green Bay and will most likely do so again. Upset special, Eagles win outright.
Washington Redskins (-3.5) at Miami Dolphins —
This is the Stupor Bowl. The Redskins fired Jay Gruden. Both of these teams have been losing by wide margins. Finding any talent on either squad is a challenge. Upset special, Dolphins win outright.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) —
The 49ers are 4-0 while the Rams have lost two straight. However, it is way too soon to declare a changing of the guard without proof. The Rams have a pinball offense and the experience. Rams cover.
Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) at Arizona Cardinals —
Last week Atlanta’s defense gave up 53 points. Their offense has not met expectations. The Cardinals are nothing special, but Atlanta on paper is better than they really are. Upset special, Cardinals win outright.
Dallas Cowboys (-7.5) at New York Jets —
The Cowboys are not as special as they thought, but the Jets are as bad as we all know. Despite losing two straight, the Cowboys have the far superior talent to the Jets. Cowboys cover.
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-2.5) —
Now that the Broncos finally got a win, expect them to rally together over a listless Tennessee team that lacks an identity. Denver’s defense is not what it was, but Tennessee lacks the offensive firepower. Broncos cover.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5) —
The Chargers lost at home to previously winless Denver. Now they face a reeling and desperate Pittsburgh team. This is another game the Chargers should win, which means nothing. Upset special, Steelers win outright.
Monday, October 14, 8:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-4.5) —
Green Bay has a very good defense, and last week Aaron Rodgers went into Dallas and obliterated them. At home, the Packers should roll. Packers cover.
Lead Photo: Washington Redskins game at FedExField, Landover, Maryland, U.S.
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