There are a lot of high profile games here in week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. Many of the most intriguing ones feature at least one surprising team or storyline, and in some cases, two surprise squads will be dueling it out. Here’s a look at the top 5 picks against the spread for NFL week 6 action.
At Baltimore -3.5 Dallas
The Ravens won ugly on the road in Kansas City last weekend, and come home to play the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are coming off their bye week, and should be rested and focused. The opposite is true for the Ravens, who have had a very tough and crowded early schedule, and may be showing signs of being a bit tired. The Ravens are the better team and will be standing in January when the Cowboys have long since been home, but right here, right now, take the Cowboys to pull off the upset win on the road.
At Philadelphia -5.5 Detroit
Philadelphia is coming off a close road loss to the Steelers, and the Lions are coming off their bye and are looking to inject some life into a struggling season. The Eagles have three wins by a combined margin of 4 points. Even if you think they’ll win, and that Detroit has all of its wheels falling off, you still have to take the Lions to beat the spread. But don’t be surprised to see Detroit win outright, by forcing Vick into turnovers and starting to generate some of their big play offensive strikes between Stafford and Johnson.
New England -3.5 At Seattle
Seattle has one of the best home fields in the game, and their defense has shown that it can shut down top flight offenses on their turf. That’s one of the points lost in the Green Bay debacle, how excellently their defense played and shut down Rodgers and company all night. That said, Tom Brady, Wes Welker and the rest are clicking right now, and will be looking to reel off some wins in a row to get things moving here in 2012. Take New England to win and cover on the road.
At Arizona -4.5 Buffalo
Buffalo may have a 2-3 record, but they’ve been worse than that. When they’re bad, they’re real bad, and despite that record they have a -58 points differential, third worst in the league. Arizona, meanwhile, may still end up as fool’s gold with their own misleading 4-1 record. However, their offensive line should be able to hold up against Buffalo’s D line, which was supposed to be a strength, but has been performing very poorly. Take the Cardinals to win and cover the spread at home.
At Washington -2 Minnesota
The Redskins may or may not end up with Robert Griffin III on the field on Sunday against the surging Minnesota Vikings. However, they may not want him out there, with the pounding he is likely to take thanks to Jared Allen and the rest of that Vikings defense. Minnesota shuts down Washington, and Adrian Peterson thrives on the other side of the ball. Take the Vikings for the upset win.