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Week 6: Rick: 10-4; Coin: 7-7
Cumulative: Rick: 46-45-1; Coin: 45-46-1

Thursday, October 17

8:20 pm Kansas City Chiefs (-3, 48 1/2) at Denver Broncos - A few weeks ago KC would have been favored by a touchdown or more. Not so after Denver has found its best stride, having knocked off the Chargers (20-13) and Titans (17-0) in succession.

With KC QB Patrick Mahomes a little hobbled with a sore ankle and the Denver defense heating up, this has the makings of a serious upset.

Coin Flip: Denver

Prediction: Broncos 31 Chiefs 17

Sunday, October 20

1:00 pm Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (-3, 49) - Quite the interesting match-up as both teams are sorely in need of a win to stay at least relevant in their respective divisions, or, further down the road as wild card candidates.

The Giants were trampled by the Patriots last week, 35-14, while the Cardinals geeked out a 34-33 decision over Atlanta. If the Cardinals are good enough to beat Atlanta (now 1-5), they should be on par with the 2-4 Giants and maybe even better.

Coin Flip: NY Giants

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Giants 24

1:00 pm Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-1, 47 1/2) - Big divisional game in which the Colts can take over first place with a win, but Houston is playing lights out on offense. If their defense comes prepared, the Colts will be in for a long afternoon.

Houston has a pretty significant edge at QB, with DeShaun Watson vs. Jacoby Brisette, though the latter may have a chip on his shoulder and something he'd like to prove. These are also the two teams that have beaten Kansas City in back-to-back weeks. Epic!

Coin Flip: Indianapolis

Prediction: Texans 30 Colts 26

1:00 pm Jacksonville Jaguars (-3 1/2, 44) at Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals are 0-6, but actually have held their own in four of those defeats, losing by 1, 4, 3, and 6 points. Andy Dalton has probably had enough losing this season to last a lifetime and Jacksonville is only 2-4

See you later, Gardner Minshew. It was nice knowing you.

Coin Flip: Jacksonville

Prediction: Bengals 20 Jaguars 10

1:00 pm Los Angeles Rams (-3, 54 1/2) at Atlanta Falcons - A common misperception is that the Rams are not that good. Maybe that's true against some of the top teams, but they should slaughter the Falcons.

Coin Flip: Atlanta

Prediction: Rams 35 Falcons 19

1:00 pm Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-17, 40 1/2) - The last time the Bills were this heavy a favorite, Jim Kelly was quarterbacking and Bill Clinton was president, and they routinely squished the fish. Looking for a seafood salad here.

Coin Flip: Buffalo

Prediction: Bills 38 Dolphins 7

1:00 pm Minnesota Vikings (-1, 45 1/2) at Detroit Lions - The Lions have been playing pretty good ball, close calls against Kansas City (34-30) and Green Bay, a 23-22 loss last week, have them at 2-2-1 and still in the NFC North mix.

The problem is that Minnesota has been pulverizing their opponents, the last two being the Giants (28-10) and the Eagles (38-20). None of the Vikings' four wins have been by less than 16 points. This may be closer, but Minnesota looks like the class of the division, if not the entire NFC.

Coin Flip: Minnesota

Prediction: Vikings 24 Lions 17

1:00 pm Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers (-6, 47) - After watching the Jets destroy the Cowboys, you have to wonder how good the Packers really are. They put it on Dallas a few weeks ago, but, well, Green Bay might not be the world-beater many thought they saw two Sundays ago.

Oakland is surprisingly 3-2 after whipping the Bears, 24-21, in London before last week's bye, so they should be rested and ready. If you're looking for NFC-AFC parity, you have to like the Raiders here.

Coin Flip: Green Bay

Prediction: Raiders 27 Packers 24

1:00 pm San Francisco 49ers (-10, 41 1/2) at Washington Redskins - Still undefeated, the 49ers could go coastal here against the Redskins, who last week emerged from the winless column by slipping past the still winless Dolphins, 17-16, when Miami decided to go for two instead of tying the game.

San Francisco is the better team by far and Redskin coach Bill Callahan is still just "interim."

Coin Flip: Washington

Prediction: 49ers 38 Redskins 3

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