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Byes: Carolina, Dallas

Week 6 Results: Coin: 5-9-1; Rick: 68-1
Cumulative: Coin: 37-53-2; Rick: 49-41-1

Thursday, October 20

Chicago at Green Bay (-9, 46), 8:25 pm (CBS-NFLN-Twitter) - The way Aaron Rodgers has been playing, the Bears might even have a chance here. Green Bay is coming off a convincingly upsetting home loss to the Dallas Cowboys; they need a strong performance to get back on track.

Chicago played just well enough to lose by a point to visiting Jacksonville last week, which more or less sums up the season thus far for the Bears. They're a poor team with nothing to gain or lose, so there may be more fourth down situations in which they'll look to convert rather than just hand the Packers another win. Real upset potential here.

Coin Flip: Chicago

Prediction: Packers 24 Bears 23

Sunday, October 23

NY Giants (-2 1/2, 44) vs. Los Angeles at London, 9:30 am (NFLN) - A trip across the pond is certainly a detriment, but especially for the Rams, who have an additional 2500 miles as compared to the Giants. Taking the long view, the Giants also have something to play for, whereas the Rams may be just going through the motions because the NFC West looks like it's going to come down to Arizona and Seattle.

Otherwise, the Giants have some semblance of an offense, though it rarely shows itself for a complete game. If the Brits want to see Eli Manning chucking the pigskin around, then that's what they'll get. Tally Ho!

Coin Flip: NY Giants

Prediction: Giants 27 Rams 20

Cleveland at Cincinnati (-10, 43 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - While the Bengals were being handled by the Patriots in New England, the Browns came close to winning their first game of the season, but fell just short, losing to the Titans.

Cruel as it may seem, this marks a second straight road game for the Browns, and, being a divisional contest, should be competitive. Some say the Bengals are 2-4 because they have had a rough schedule to start the season. However, the losses to Pittsburgh, Denver, Dallas and New England have come by margins of 8, 12, 14, and 18 points respectively. Tough schedule or no, the both the defense and offense share the blame.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Bengals 26 Browns 21

Washington at Detroit (-1, 48 1/2), 1:00 pm (FOX) - Since they continue to win, the Redskins will be playing with confidence and this game may prove to be one which will go a long way in deciding eventual playoff positions.

Judging by the O/U line, this one may be defense optional, but there's a good chance that the Lions may want to defend home turf at game's end. Both teams coming off wins and in playoff contention, for now, making this game very important.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Lions 34 Redskins 30

Oakland at Jacksonville (-1, 48 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - Kansas City put an abrupt end to the Raiders express with a 26-10 mop-up, but the Jaguars don't possess the same defensive qualities as the Chiefs. Therefore, it's hard to like the Jags, even at home.

Oakland has too much potential to score points from anywhere on the field to lose this game.

Coin Flip: Oakland

Prediction: Raiders 34 Jaguars 24

New Orleans at Kansas City (-6 1/2, 50), 1:00 pm (FOX) - If last week's win over the Raiders and their pass-happy offense was any indication, then the Chiefs are becoming a true shut-down defensive unit, spelling trouble for Drew Brees and the Saints.

On the road, the Saints are 1-1, but they give up far too many points. In their last three games, New Orleans has allowed 117 points, but the kicker is that they've won two of them. This one promises to be different.

Coin Flip: New Orleans

Prediction: Chiefs 38 Saints 23

Buffalo (-2 1/2, 44 1/2) at Miami, 1:00 pm (CBS) - Coming off a stunning victory against the Steelers, the Dolphins are rewarded with a second straight home game, but they'll have to deal with Buffalo's top-ranked running game, which is likely to prove problematic.

The Bills are on a four-game winning streak after dispatching San Francisco, 45-16, last Sunday. With a win, Buffalo will be in the cat bird's seat for a playoff spot, with a meeting with New England set for next week. Buffalo needs to take care of business and avoid looking ahead. The heat shouldn't be an issue in Miami, since the weather in upstate New York has been mild. Buffalo's defense also should be on its game here. Buff's a rare road favorite, deservedly so.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Bills 34 Dolphins 17

Baltimore at NY Jets (even, 41 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - The Jets are 1-5 and they may win another game this season, but probably not here. They were slaughtered in Arizona, losing, 28-3, to the Cardinals on Monday night, must travel back and prepare for their homer close to the city.

It's not a good scenario when your starting QB has thrown more picks than TDs, and the Baltimore defense is likely licking its chops in anticipation for this.

Coin Flip: NY Jets

Prediction: Ravens 24 Jets 10

Minnesota (-2 1/2, 40 1/2) at Philadelphia, 1:00 pm (FOX) - The Vikings had a bye in week six, but the Eagles, after a 3-0 start and a bye, have not performed well enough to win, losing at Detroit two back and last week at Washington.

A real flash in the pan is what the Eagles may eventually be remembered as in 2016, but the Vikings are the last remaining undefeated team in the league and probably will remain so after this contest.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Vikings 23 Eagles 14

Indianapolis at Tennessee (-2 1/2, 47 1/2), 1:00 pm (CBS) - Following their Sunday night defeat at Houston, in which they gave away a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, the Colts face a situation they and their fans certainly could not have envisioned being 2-4 and trailing the Titans going into week seven.

The issues are multiple, from Andrew Luck's spotty play to defensive lapses at inopportune times. Meanwhile, the Titans are on the mend, nearly beating the Browns last week to improve to 3-3.

Obviously, Indy isn't that good, but can they turn their season around with a win here? Probably not.

Coin Flip: Indianapolis

Prediction: Titans 34 Colts 24

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