Week Six…

…Ok, let’s start out with an apology.  Thursday I wrote that the Patriots would not need tight end Ben Watson.

Looks like I was wrong.

Sure, I’d love to see if the younger guys like Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo can be something in the future.  But man, Izzo doesn’t look like he can block anyone.  And LaCosse keeps getting hurt…or at least keeps on reinjuring what he had previously hurt.  No difference to me in the end.  That being said, it doesn’t look like he can block anyone either.

And when your offensive line is, well, offensive, that’s not what you need from a tight end.

There’s probably a way you can have all three on the roster…or put LaCosse out of his misery already and stash him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

But now they may need MORE than one body there.  There have been calls to get free agent TE Dwayne Allen back.  Yikes!  Whoda thunk it would come to that?

But it may have.

It is still relatively early in the season.  These games against garbage teams may have allowed for some experimentation.  Also, we know they will make a move or three before the trade deadline.

So I am not going to get all crazy about the state of the offense.

Yet.

I will say it was encouraging to see Jakobi Meyers get into the mix.  He made four mostly difficult catches (and had a fifth wiped away on a penalty elsewhere on the field).  Hope Tom Brady took notice.

It was nice to see Gunner O-SHEF-SKIIIII make a couple of grabs as well.  But I’d honestly prefer to keep him on punt returns only.  Just use him at receiver in “break glass in case of emergency” cases…like Thursday night.

Either way, we will put that one in the books and await another tomato can in Week 7…the New York J-E-T-S!  Sammy Darnold will be back.  But I’m guessing that won’t really matter much.

As for the rest of the slate:

Carolina (-2.5) at Tampa Bay

Just when the masses thought Bruce Arians was on his way to successfully rehabbing Jameis Winston, the QB threw up on himself last week against the Saints.  Kyle Allen has helped breathe new life into the Panthers, along with Christian McCaffrey.  Tough to pick the road team in a divisional game for two about average teams.  But…

Carolina 34, Tampa Bay 27.  

New Orleans at Jacksonville (-1.5)

Not sure I understand the spread on this one.  Sure, it’s Teddy Bridgewater and not Drew Brees.  And Gardner Minshew has played well.  And the Saints are on the road.  But New Orleans is the underdog?  Vegas usually calls these things pretty well overall.  But this one…I don’t see it.

New Orleans 27, Jacksonville 17.

Philadelphia at Minnesota (-2.5)

Kirk Cousins keeps taking shots from people, off the field I mean.  He may not be the best QB in the league.  And he probably doesn’t deserve that huge contract (really, who does though?!).  But if someone offered that dough to you, would you say “no”?  Nope.  And he is far from the worst quarterback in the league.  This should be an entertaining matchup between two 3-2 teams that are pretty good.  Seems like a good time to just go with the home team.

Minnesota 24, Philadelphia 21.

Houston at Kansas City (-5.5) 

The Texans put up 53 last week in a win against the Falcons.  The Chiefs only 13 in a loss to the Colts.  That broke a fairly long streak of scoring over 25 points in a game for the Chiefs.  I’m wondering if those above scenarios will be flipped this week?

Kansas City 41, Houston 27.

Cincinnati at Baltimore (-11.5)

Some of the double digit spreads haven’t seemed to work out this season across the NFL.  Seems like a high number for a divisional game.  But the Ravens being at home tilt the scale over to the favorite for me here.  Plus, the Bengals stink.  That doesn’t hurt.

Baltimore 31, Cincinnati 16.  

Seattle at Cleveland (-2.5) 

I actually expect the Browns to bounce back from that debacle last Monday against San Francisco.  I mean, they play well and win every other week and look silly and lose on the weeks in between.  So that kind of inconsistent performance would lead some to believe that this week they will win this tilt.  Especially at home.  But they actually are 0-2 at home and Seattle is pretty good.  Nothing would shock me with this Brown team at this point.

Seattle 34, Cleveland 31.  

Washington (-3.5) at Miami 

Will anyone attend the game?  Will anyone watch…if it is even on any TV station?

Washington 13, Miami 7.

Atlanta at Arizona (-1.5)

Another yawner.  Except perhaps for the occasional Kyler Murray play.

Atlanta 23, Arizona 17. 

San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams (-4.5)

Todd Gurley is out?  Who cares?  Did you all see what C.J. Anderson did in relief of Gurley last year?  Despite being cut by a few teams and mostly being out of the league for the season?  The Niners seem to be a pretty good team.  But this one takes Jimmy Football and crew back to Earth at least temporarily.

Los Angeles Rams 34, San Francisco 24.

Dallas (-8.5) at New York Jets

The Luke Falk era is mercifully over.  He couldn’t even stick on the roster as he was waived today.  As mentioned above, Sam Darnold is back.  Not sure that means much.  The Cowboys have lost two in a row to good teams, after winning their first three against three dregs of the league.  Here comes another dreg.

Dallas 37, New York Jets 17.  Lock of the week.

Tennessee at Denver (-2.5)

Can’t figure out these Titans.  But they are better than the Broncos.  Aren’t they?  Denver shocked most with a win at the Chargers last week.  But that might be their high water mark of the season, to be brutally honest.

Tennessee 17, Denver 10.

Pittsburgh at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)

Devlin Hodges.  ‘Nuff said.

Los Angeles Chargers 27, Pittsburgh 12.  

Detroit at Green Bay (-4.5)

Welp, maybe we find out if the Lions are for real here.  Any team coming off a bye usually gets extra credit from me.  But…I simply cannot do it.  The bye is nice.  And I’m happy Matty Patricia and his team are off to a nice start.  The Lions have tied a bad Cardinal team, barely beat a (now we realize) a subpar Charger team, had a good win against the Eagles and a close loss against the Chiefs (though KC’s D is below average).  Encouraging, especially the last two weeks.  But we are still talking about the Lions.

Green Bay 34, Detroit 21.

Week (against the spread):  1-0

Week (straight up):  1-0

Lock Of The Week (season, ATS):  3-2

Season (against the spread):  41-38

Season (straight up):  52-27

About mpdenton

I am a passionate and life long fan of the local teams...and by local I mean New England. I remember the days of Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Steve Grogan and Wade Boggs...meaning I have lived the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene. With all this pent up Boston sports emotion, I clearly have a lot to say about the local teams and sometimes about sports in general. Maybe even the Revolution... I appreciate you reading my blog and hope you enjoy my rants.

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