Cortana’s NFL picks – Week 6

Week 6 begins with likely the best game on the slate as the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles travel to 4-1 Carolina on Thursday night. The Eagles rely on the NFL’s fifth-best running game led by LeGarrette Blount (323 yards) to take the pressure off of second-year QB Carson Wentz (1,362 yards passing). Carolina is coming off a 27-24 win over Detroit, a game in which QB Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

In the NFC North, Green Bay travels to Minnesota looking to move to 5-1. The Packers have won three in a row including last week’s dramatic 35-31 win over Dallas. An Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining in the game was the difference. After the loss to the Panthers, Detroit travels to New Orleans to take on a Saints team that the Lions have beaten in each of the previous three regular seasons. Detroit won last December 28-13 and the previous December 35-27. Both games were in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the site of this Sunday’s game. Chicago (1-4) plays at Baltimore, a city in which the Bears have never won.

After a bye week, Atlanta welcomes Miami to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons (3-1) would like to get a win after losing 23-17 to Buffalo in Week 4. The Dolphins have been awful on offense thus far this season. They are dead last in the league in scoring averaging just 10.3 points per game.

In other NFC West action, Arizona host Tampa Bay. The Cardinals, who recently traded for RB Adrian Peterson, have beaten the Bucs the last two times the teams have played (2013 and 2016). The 3-2 L.A. Rams look to rebound from a loss last week when they head to Jacksonville in Week 6. The Jags (3-2) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in last week’s 30-9 win over Pittsburgh.

The New York Jets don’t appear to be tanking the 2017 season. If they are, they aren’t very good at it. At 3-2, the Jets will host New England this Sunday. The Patriots have won 10 of the last 12 against the Jets. New York last won in the series in 2015 at MetLife Stadium where the two teams will meet on Sunday.

The NFL’s trio of winless teams will likely remain without a victory after Week 6 as all three teams play on the road. The 49ers play at Washington, which is coming off a bye. Cleveland is at Houston where the Browns have won exactly once and that was back in 2005. The Giants will try and find some wide receivers – they have lost three to season-ending injuries – as they travel to Denver. The Giants have won exactly once in Denver … in 1989.

The week’s other big game features the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs hosting 3-2 Pittsburgh. The game is a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional playoff won by Pittsburgh 18-16. The Steelers have won five of the last six against the Chiefs.

The final game of the week pits Indianapolis at Tennessee on Monday night. The Colts have the worst defense in the NFL surrendering 31.8 points per game. Head coach Chuck Pagano and company can take respite in the fact that the Colts won’t have to face QB Marcus Mariota who is out with the hamstring injury. Indy can also rely on history with the Titans. The Colts have won 16 of the 17 meetings with Tennessee including the last 11 straight.

Cortana’s NFL picks as of Wednesday, make sure to check back for any changes.

Thursday, October 12, 2017LocalETTVPredicted winnerChance
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers8:25p (ET)8:25pCBS/NFLN/AmazonCarolina Panthers51%
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons1:00p (ET)1:00pCBSAtlanta Falcons72%
Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens1:00p (ET)1:00pFOXBaltimore Ravens67%
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans12:00p (CT)1:00pCBSHouston Texans74%
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings12:00p (CT)1:00pFOXGreen Bay Packers53%
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints12:00p (CT)1:00pFOXNew Orleans Saints51%
New England Patriots at New York Jets1:00p (ET)1:00pCBSNew England Patriots74%
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins1:00p (ET)1:00pFOXWashington Redskins77%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals1:05p (MST)4:05pFOXTampa Bay Buccaneers61%
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars4:05p (ET)4:05pFOXJacksonville Jaguars55%
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs3:25p (CT)4:25pCBSKansas City Chiefs53%
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders1:25p (PT)4:25pCBSOakland Raiders57%
New York Giants at Denver Broncos *6:30p (MT)8:30pNBCDenver Broncos74%
Monday, October 16, 2017
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans7:30p (CT)8:30pESPNTennessee Titans51%
Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle