Week five of the 2012 NFL season is officially o-v-e-r, over. This season is really going fast, isn't it? Anyway, before I get into my week six picks I just have to say I'm totally crushing it this year picking games. I'm on a hot streak. Last week I went 11-3 and this week I'll do just as well.
Enough about my flair for picking winners. Let's take a look at week six:
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans - Since 2001, the Steelers have a 6-4 advantage over the Titans. These two teams tangled last year and the Steelers won that tilt 38-17. The Titans are not playing well and have not dropped three straight games since back in 2010. That will change because the Steelers are winning this game 27-13.
Oakland Raiders @ Atlanta Falcons - The last time the Raiders played in Atlanta they lost 35-10 which was in 2004. Now the last time these two teams played was in 2008 and the Falcons won that contest 24-0. It's hard to go against Matty Ice at home so I'm taking the Falcons here 34-21.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns - The Bengals have won five of their last seven in Cleveland and have a 15-8 edge over the Browns since 2001. The Browns are 0-5 so you have to be thinking that they're due for a win, right? Not so much. Give me the Bengals 21-17.
St. Louis Rams @ Miami Dolphins - The Rams are winless on the road and the Dolphins are 1-1 at home. In the all-time series, the Rams are 2-9 and have lost their last four in Miami. Give me the Dolphins here 13-6 in a very low scoring, boring contest.
Indianapolis Colts @ New York Jets - Is it Tebow time yet? Well, it should be. Since 2001 this series is tied 4-4 and the Jets won the last meeting 17-16. Now, back to Tebow. Tebow has only been in 39 offensive snaps this year and I have no clue what the Jets are waiting for. So until I see more Tebow, give me the Colts in this one 27-24.
Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles - The Lions have dropped six of their last seven on the road which includes a playoff loss. The Eagles are looking to go 3-0 at home this year for the first time since 2005. I think they achieve that on Sunday. I hate the Eagles but I like them to win this game 23-17.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - These two teams don't mix it up all that much but the Bucs have won the last three tilts. And not by much either. Those three wins were only by a combined 13 points. This game will be close and the Bucs will prevail 20-17.
Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens are a perfect 3-0 at home this year and going back to 2001 lead the series 2-0. Baltimore will go to 4-0 at home and add one more win in the head to head matchup column. The Cowboys have no shot in this one. Baltimore wins big 34-13.
Buffalo Bills @ Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals have one of the toughest defenses in the league this year. They're only allowing 15.6 points a game. The last time the Bills visited Arizona they got crushed 41-17. I don't think it will be that bad this time but I like the Cards to win 24-17.
New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks - Before winning their last two contests against Seattle, the Patriots had dropped five straight to the Seahawks. The Pats last victory in Seattle was in 2008, 24-21. Seattle is another kind of beast at home and their defense is one of the best in the league. I'm going to take the Seahawks here 20-19.
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers - If the Giants can keep Eli Manning upright, they have a shot to win this game. The 49ers got to Eli seven times last year when they rushed five or more. When they didn't, Manning was 16-21 passing for 185 yards and two TDs. My heart says that the Giants will win, but my head says the 49ers will prevail. I'm reluctantly taking San Fran here 23-20.
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins - Washington hasn't won a home game since September 18, 2011. Wow! The Vikings have only given up one rushing TD all year and are a much improved team. What does all this mean? I have no idea. All I know is that I like the Vikings here 24-19.
Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans - The last time these two teams met, Houston QB Matt Schaub went off. He threw for 414 yards and Houston won the game 24-21. The Texans are playing great and the Packers are...a little off. I like Houston in this one 27-20.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers - The Chargers are fifth in the NFL against the run. Now, Broncos RB Willis McGahee is the only running back to get over 100 yards rushing against the Chargers in their last 12 games. I think that trend stops this week. I know the Broncos have Peyton Manning, but his supporting cast is not that good. Give me the Bolts 28-27.
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Giants fan and has seen his Giants win four Super Bowls. He is very optimistic about the 2012 season and is anticipating another Super Bowl title.
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