Editor Stephen Rhodes’ Picks – Week 6

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner
Last week: 7-7
Season total: 40-35-1

Cincinnati (-3) at Kansas City
The Bengals are on the road off a bye week, which they’re rested and pissed off. That’s bad news for the Chiefs, as Palmer and Co. run amok on the Chiefs’ LB’s and secondary this week. Bengals win easily.

Houston (+7) at Jacksonville
Jacksonville’s offense isnt that special – that will be their undoing this week as the Texans’ Matt Schaub picks on the Jags’ secondary. It’ll be a close game but I wouldn’t be surprised to see kicker Kris Brown kick a game-winning FG for Houston.

Cleveland (-5) vs. Miami
The Browns’ offense, with or without RB Jamal Lewis will trump any offense Miami throws their way. Ronnie Brown will probably get his 100+ yards and 1-2 TD’s but the Browns’ offense is too much for the beat-up Dolphins defense. Browns by at least 7.

Chicago (-6) vs. Minnesota
I get this feeling that Griese will do very well against the Vikings’ secondary. The Bears’ pass rush will make either returning Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson wish he had sat for an additional week or journeyman dujour Kelly Holcomb wish he was still with Cleveland. The Bears win by 9 – at least.

Philadelphia (-3) at New York Jets
Let’s be honest here. The Jets have a sucky QB in Chad Pennington. They also have a sucky RB in Thomas Jones. And their defense isn’t that special, either. The Eagles’ McNabb should have an easy time laying the smackdown on the Jets- and Westbrook is back!! Philly wins by 7, if not more.

St. Louis at Baltimore (-9)
Yes I know the Ravens scored 9 last week, thanks to their defense. This week the Rams come to Baltimore which means trouble for St. Louis. The Rams have no real offense; neither do the Ravens. But then again, the Rams don’t really have a defense. Bottom line – McGahee has a field day vs. the Rams’ offensive line and the Ravens’ defense “mans-up”. Baltimore wins by at least 10.

Tennessee (+3) at Tampa Bay
Defense is why the Titans win this game – plus the fact that Tampa Bay don’t have a running game to rely on anymore. Don’t expect a high-scoring game here; Titans win by 5 in what will probably be a snoozefest.

Green Bay (-3) vs. Washington
A funny thing happened in Green Bay last week. Their running game showed up. The Packers’ LB duo of Barnett and Hawk will punk Redskins QB Jason Campbell; expect 3-4 turnovers from the Skisn this week as the Pack wins because of their defense, not Brett Favre. The Pack win and cover the spread with ease.

Arizona (-4) vs. Carolina
Newsflash out of Charlotte – new Panthers signee QB Vinnie Testeverde might start against the Cardinals this week. Two things I know for certain – never trust a QB who is almost as old as me to run your offense and don’t pick Carolina to win on the road. It’s Kurt Warner’s world – and the Panthers just live in it. Arizona wins by at least 7.

New England at Dallas (+6)
This game will be a shootout – oh the defense will have its moments for both sides – but scoring will be the order of the day here. Both Brady and Romo will do well, as will Moss and T.O., but I think that Cowboys kicker Nick Folk will win the game in the last minute or so of the game for the ‘Boys and make the Patriots undefeated no longer. Dallas wins – just barely.

San Diego (-10) vs. Oakland
I expect the Chargers to pick up where they left off last week. Lotsa LT and Amtonio Gates this week as this game’s academic around the mid-3rd quarter or so. This game should be called “The Custer Bowl”. Chargers win by at least 14.

Seattle (-7) vs. New Orleans
I can assure you what happened to Seattle last week won’t happen again this week; the Saints will see to that. The Seahawks’ secondary will do its typical good job against Brees and Seattle’s Shaun Alexander will run all around the Saints’ defensive line. Seattle wins easily this week.

New York Giants (-3.5) at Atlanta
The combination of Eli Manning and Co. plus the Giants’ defensive line will make Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich’s lives miserable. Giants win by at least 7 – minus 3.5 is being generous, by bookmaking standards anyways.

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