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Week 6 results: Rick: 5-9; Coin: 5-9
Cumulative: Rick: 40-50-1; Coin: 46-44-1

Thursday, October 22

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-4 1/2, 45) 8:20 pm (Fox/NFLN) - Well, the Giants aren't winless anymore, but they failed to cover in their 20-19 home win over the hapless Washington Football Team, now losers of five straight.

Whatever went through the head of Washington coach Ron Rivera to forego the extra point kick and seek the win via a two-point try was wrong, because it failed, handing the New Yorkers a victory. The Eagles also lost on a failed two point conversion against the Ravens, 30-28. At least the Eagles get credit for scoring 22 4th quarter points against Baltimore.

Believe it or not, a NY win and a Dallas loss to Washington would put the Giants in a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Cowboys at 2-5. Only in 2020 is the impossible possible.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Giants 26 Eagles 24

Sunday, October 25

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (-2, 55) 1:00 pm (Fox) - Of two teams going exactly nowhere this season, the Falcons actually look better, having just won their first game of the season, ripping Minnesota, 40-23 on the road.

The Lions are likewise coming off a win, 34-16, at Jacksonville, a less impressive victory, but Detroit is now 2-4 and not in last place in the NFC North (Minnesota is 1-5). This is likely to be a matter of who scores more, as the Vikings are allowing 32 points per game on average, the Lions, 28.6.

Coin Flip: Detroit

Prediction: Falcons 45 Lions 38

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (-1, 50 1/2) 1:00 pm (CBS) - Battle of the unbeaten is even better than originally scheduled, each proponent now 5-0, making this contest a playoff preview.

The Titans have had trouble holding leads, but also possess the unique ability to overcome adversity and win close games, while the Steelers absolutely hammered Cleveland last week, 38-7, and are playing at a different level.

The Titans, with a loss, would still hold first place in the AFC South over Indy, already with two losses. Pittsburgh has no such luxury, as the Ravens are 5-1 and this game marks the first of three straight road encounters for the Steelers, next week at Baltimore, then at Dallas.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Steelers 34 Titans 27

Cleveland Browns (-3 1/2, 50 1/2) at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm (CBS) - Baker Mayfield limped off the field in last Sunday's 38-7 loss at Pittsburgh and is listed as questionable for this game at Cincinnati.

If Mayfield can't go, Case Keenum would start. Whoever starts for Cleveland, rookie Joe Burrow has the Bengals pointed in the right direction despite their 1-4-1 record and a blown 24-7 lead in their 31-27 loss at Indy last week. Cleveland defenders have allowed 31.2 points per game and that's plus for top draft pick Burrow.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Bengals 30 Browns 24

Green Bay Packers (-3 1/2, 56) at Houston Texans 1:00 pm (Fox) - Green Bay's offense looked like it had run into a brick wall after two Aaron Rodgers interceptions in their 38-10 mauling by the Buccaneers and their defense didn't exactly inspire confidence.

Houston is likely a better team than their 1-5 record indicates. Their OT loss at Tennessee last week wasn't for lack of trying. Rodgers will have a tough time evading J.J. Watt for four quarters.

Coin Flip: Green Bay

Prediction: Texans 37 Packers 20

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-7 1/2, 51) 1:00 pm (Fox) - The Panthers had real problems moving the ball last week in their 23-16 loss to the Bears and now they hit the road against a New Orleans team that had last week off.

Rested and ready, the Saints may be able to blow this one open early and coast to a win, keeping pace with the Bucs, whom they already have beaten once.

Coin Flip: Carolina

Prediction: Saints 38 Panthers 24

Buffalo Bills (-13, 45) at New York Jets 1:00 pm (CBS) - Buffalo has dropped two straight, but those losses were at Tennessee and at home to the Chiefs, so no shame on the leaders of the AFC East.

The Bills will likely relish a trip to the Big Apple, as they handled them in week one, 27-17. At 0-6, the season is pretty much over for the Jets. They have the lowest-scoring offense in the league, at 12.5 per game. Not even close to good enough.

Coin Flip: New York Jets

Prediction: Bills 30 Jets 9

Dallas Cowboys (even, 46) at Washington Football Team 1:00 pm (Fox) - In what is undeniably the worse division in the NFL, the Washington Footballers could claim a share of first place with a 2-5 record if they manage to defeat the Cowboys with Andy Dalton replacing Dak Prescott at QB.

In Dallas' 38-10 home loss to the Cardinals Monday night, Dalton was 34-54 for 266 yards, a TD and two picks. Ezekiel Elliott didn't help matters with a pair of fumbles. As bad as 1-5 Washington is, the Cowboys are worse.

Coin Flip: Washington

Prediction: Football Team 35 Cowboys 30

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