NFL Week 6 schedule: Point spreads, picks, predictions for every game

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We’re now officially into the thick of the NFL season.

With national anthem and protest unrest hovering over the sport, weekly power rankings continue to shift the on-field product.

Welcome to Week 6 of the 2017 NFL season.

With a new week, we get a few things: Fantasy football, cheering on your favorite team, and, of course, taking a peek at the spreads in order to make sure you’re on the right side of every outcome.

Consider this a one-stop shop guide to picking every (or at least the majority) game correctly.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (-3.5)

Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:25 p.m. EST

These teams feel like mirror images of each other. On a short week, the home team should have the advantage. When best third-down conversion offenses go head-to-head, something has to give. Both teams can’t hold the ball for 35 minutes in a 60-minute game. Cam Newton and the Panthers squeak by in a matchup we could see again on Wild Card weekend. THE PICK: PANTHERS.

Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons (-11)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

Atlanta plays to the level of their opponent. Miami’s offense will start to resemble something closer to a legitimate outfit and this game will be close in the fourth quarter. THE PICK: Dolphins.

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens (-7)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Bears did Mitchell Trubisky no favors by throwing him into a fire of top defenses. After a primetime game against a swarming Vikings defense, the rookie quarterback now has to go on the road against the Ravens on a short week. Good luck! THE PICK: Ravens.

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (-9.5)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Browns are an absolute mess. Since passing on Carson Wentz and hiring Hue Jackson, this team is 1-20. There’s little doubt in the outcome here, but the loss of J.J. Watt and Browns bashing all week gives the road team a little boost to cover late. THE PICK: Browns.

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

If the Vikings could just keep a good quarterback healthy, this would be a fun game. Instead, it’ll be Aaron Rodgers vs. a top-tier Vikings defense. Green Bay does enough to walk out winners. THE PICK: Packers.

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (-4.5)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

Lock of the week? Matthew Stafford is banged up, the Saints are rested and sporting a better defense (so far) than we’ve seen in years. THE PICK: Saints.

New England Patriots (-9.5) at New York Jets

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Jets have sold me–on 2017 not being an embarrassment. Todd Bowles and this coaching staff deserve credit for motivating these players and getting a young, emerging defense to play well. With Tom Brady nursing an ailing left shoulder, this could get interesting. The home dogs cover, but a rested New England team wins. THE PICK: Jets.

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (-9.5)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 p.m. EST

Kyle Shanahan returns to a place he became a future coaching candidate. So far, it’s been a tough go for the the former Redskins coordinator turned 49ers coach. This week could be another struggle. Back-to-back road games in the Eastern time zone is a scheduling nightmare. Plus, the Redskins are off a bye. THE PICK: Redskins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5) at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:05 p.m. EST

Adrian Peterson in a Cardinals uniform is going to be sad to see. But he fits in with a Cardinals team that can’t seem to come to grips with the truth: The run is over. A rested Tampa Bay team gets back on track on the road. THE PICK: Buccaneers.

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:05 p.m. EST

I never thought this game would have me as excited as it does. Jared Goff and the Rams off a tough loss. Jacksonville off a huge win. Give me the home team with the dominant running game against a Los Angeles defense that’s struggled vs. the run. THE PICK: Jaguars.

Power rankings

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:25 p.m. EST

This is Andy Reid’s best team since the 2004 Eagles. That team started off 7-0 before a November loss to the Steelers. This Reid team will move to 6-0 as talk of home-field advantage in the AFC begins. THE PICK: Chiefs.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-1)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:25 p.m. EST

If Derek Carr plays, it’s a rout. If he doesn’t, the Raiders still have to find a way if they want to be a playoff team. THE PICK: Raiders.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos (-12)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m. EST

Things escalated quickly in New York. In July, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was talking about going undefeated. Now the talk has shifted to a winless Giants season. The outcome here is likely inevitable, but I don’t think a Trevor Siemian-led offense will blow the doors off this Giants defense. THE PICK: Giants.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (PK)

Monday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. EST

A battle of teams that just need their quarterback to stay healthy. Tennessee’s running game will control this at home in a game the Titans desperately need. THE PICK: Titans.

Last week: 6-8

Season: 42-35

Joe Giglio may be reached at jgiglio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



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