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2018 SQ Insiders: Week 6

Austin Taliaferro

Our insiders pick the Week 6 games to help you beat Vegas and your pick’em league.

There’s a big game taking place in the AFC North between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincy has started off the season well and hopes to firm up its hold over the division by beating longtime bully the Steelers. It seems as if our Insiders just don’t buy the Bengals, as they have Pittsburgh winning in a close upset over the Bengals, 25-24, covering the +2.5 spread. Check out the rest of the picks below.


Matchup

Max V

Hunter B

Matt F

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Philadelphia at NY Giants
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
LA Chargers at Cleveland
Seattle at Oakland
Chicago at Miami
Arizona at Minnesota
Indianapolis at NY Jets
Carolina at Washington
Buffalo at Houston
LA Rams at Denver
Jacksonville at Dallas
Baltimore at Tennessee
Kansas City at New England
San Francisco at Green Bay
Total Record

40-3642-3447-2952-24



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ATS Winner

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Why the home team will win

Why the away team will win

Philadelphia at NY Giants24-16PHI-2.5The Giants are coming off a devastating loss to the Panthers that could have been one of the bigger upsets of the year. That confidence should carry over on a short week against a struggling Eagles team. The Philly defense is especially bad on the road, surrendering 26.5 points per game compared to only 17 points per game at home. The Giants should be able to move the ball against a struggling Eagles’ secondary.The Eagles have the better players and if the defense were to ever bounce back, this would be the week to do it. The defensive line should be able to dominate the trenches and put pressure on Manning, forcing a couple turnovers. If the defense can put Wentz and the offense in favorable field position, the Eagles could bounce back and run up the score against one of the worst teams in the NFC.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta22-34ATL-3.5A three-game losing streak has the Falcons at the basement of the NFC South at 1-4. If Atlanta doesn’t want to flush this season, the team need to turn it around now. Luckily, a shaky quarterback situation in Tampa Bay gives them a great opportunity to do so. The Falcons should be able to exploit Tampa Bay’s secondary. This should be a shootout win for the Falcons.Tampa Bay is turning the team back to once-deemed “franchise quarterback” Jameis Winston. A change of face at the quarterback position gives Tampa Bay a recipe it had success with in limited time before the bye. Tampa Bay should be able to move the ball against the Falcons, especially through the air. A shootout gives the Bucs their best chance of winning instead of relying on a shaky defense.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati25-24PIT+2.5The Bengals proved they are the real deal and host an inconsistent Steelers team. It’ll be hard for Pittsburgh to match up with the weapons Cincy has, especially with the return of Joe Mixon. The crowd should be juiced for this NFC North contest, with tempers flaring throughout. The Bengals can make a statement with a dominating victory over their archrival that this is the year they make a deep playoff run.The Steelers’ offense looks to be hitting its stride with a great performance against the Falcons last week. If that trend can continue, the Steelers can dominate this matchup. The Bengals’ secondary isn’t what it used to be, giving JuJu and Antonio Brown a great chance to put their stamps on this game. Expect the offense to come out firing.
LA Chargers at Cleveland23-22LAC-0.5The Browns are a different team at home, and if we take one thing from the Browns this season, its that this defense is good. Not a fluke, but a good, dominate defense. Outside of the shootout in Oakland, the Browns haven’t allowed more than 21 points in a game. When the Browns are playing in Cleveland, they have the ability to beat anyone who walks into that stadium. This weekend is no exception.The Chargers have underwhelmed a bit this year, and if they plan to catch the Chiefs in the AFC West, they have to start now. This could be the week where they get things rolling in Cleveland. On paper, the Chargers are clearly the better team, sporting one of the best defensive front sevens in the NFL. This could be the week they put it all together and show experts the dominant team they were expected to be this season.
Seattle at Oakland26-22SEA-2.5Seattle’s defense has lost not one, not two, not three, but four key playmakers from the original “Legion of Boom.” Oakland’s passing attack could have a fun day against Seattle’s depleted secondary. The Seahawks had an impressive showing last week as they were nearly the first team to knock off the Rams. QB Russell Wilson has embraced the burden of carrying the offense and should have a good day against a Mack-less Raiders’ defense.
Chicago at Miami19-17MIA+2.5Mitch Trubisky is not going to scare anyone. Before his last game, which was an anomaly, he was averaging around 200 yards a game and six yards per pass. If the Dolphins can limit the Bears’ backs, they can make Mitch beat them, which isn’t likely to happen.Miami comes into the game with an already challenged 28th-ranked scoring offense and now have to take on the Bears and their impressive defense. This game could be low scoring and Mitch only needs to play okay for Chicago to win.
Arizona at Minnesota13-29MIN-10.5Minnesota’s win in Philadelphia was arguably the most impressive win of the weekend. The defense played much better than it did against Los Angeles and the offense continued to put up big numbers. Expect more of the same on offense with a heavy dose of Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs in what could end up being a blowout if the defense can hold rookie QB Josh Rosen in check. Josh Rosen and the Cardinals got their first win of the season against the 49ers last week. Going against the Vikings will be a much tougher test. Rosen is going to need to play significantly better and David Johnson cannot average three YPC again. If the offense plays well, the defense should be able to keep this game in reach for a Rosen game-winning drive at the end.
Indianapolis at NY Jets23-22IND+2.5Rookie QB Sam Darnold can build upon his success against Denver as he faces Indy’s pitiful defense at home. At 1-4, Indy is overdue for a win. With QB Andrew Luck back in action, the offense has been potent. The Jets are coming off of a big win over Denver last week and the hangover could be real.
Carolina at Washington24-22CAR+1.5Washington has looked like a wildly different team week to week. So logic says they’ll bounce back again, right? In all seriousness, this team has the defensive ability and offensive power to hang with anyone on their best day.Carolina is the league’s best rushing attack and Washington historically has struggled against the run. If McCaffrey and Newton continue their stellar play, then they could walk away with a win on Sunday.
Buffalo at Houston11-27HOU-7.5Although they are 2-3, the Texans could realistically be 0-5 if two overtime games don’t go their way. In order to shoot themselves back into the playoff race, Houston needs a convincing victory over a Buffalo team that shouldn’t be able to hang with them. Lamar Miller’s return should help, but the offense must be more consistent as a whole to win this game. Probably the most surprising 2-3 team in the NFL has to be Buffalo. The offense looked incompetent last week, but the Bills still managed to squeeze out a 13-12 win over the Titans because of the way the defense played. If they are going to win again, they are going to need a similar performance from the defense.
LA Rams at Denver31-21LAR-6.5Denver has played teams tough this season regardless of record. Playing at home against a Rams team that may be missing two key members of their receiving core may allow the Broncos to focus and stop the run and come away with a win.Los Angeles is one of the league’s only undefeated teams. Their best offensive player is Todd Gurley and they are going against a Jets team that just gave up 200+ to Isaiah Crowell. Seems like a matchup made in heaven for fantasy owners.
Jacksonville at Dallas21-14JAC-2.5This could end up being a tough game for the Cowboys. They have struggles throwing the ball against an average defense, so what are they going to do against this Jaguars team? To win this game they need to make it a defensive game and lean even more on Ezekiel Elliot in the running game. If the Jaguars are able to crack 20 points, it could be too much for the Cowboys’ offense to overcome. Since beating the Patriots, the Jaguars have looked like a pedestrian team led by a well below-average QB in Blake Bortles. If they are going to be the Super Bowl contenders they expected to be, they need a bounce-back performance from Bortles and the offense. The defense played well enough to win in Kansas City, but four interceptions by Bortles won’t cut it.
Baltimore at Tennessee22-20TEN+2.5The Titans’ strong defense can take advantage of a Ravens’ offense that has sputtered these last few weeks.Baltimore has the offensive capability (though production has dipped in recent weeks) to outduel a Tennessee team that is averaging 17 points per game.
Kansas City at New England27-31NE-3.5New England is one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and it seems unlikely that their streak should stop at home. Head coach Bill Belichick will have some tricks up his sleeve on defense to take advantage of first-year starter Patrick Mahomes’ inexperience.The Chiefs are top dogs in the AFC, and Head coach Andy Reid has plenty of experience planning for Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots. QB Patrick Mahomes is having an MVP season and has faced tougher defenses than New England’s thus far.
San Francisco at Green Bay20-29SF+9.5Green Bay hasn’t looked like the team we thought it would be. The offense hasn’t been the high scoring, unstoppable force we expected. Against a depleted 49ers team at home, the Packers should be able to get back on track.Although the score didn’t reflect it, the 49ers actually played really well last weekend. They totaled nearly 450 yards of offense, but the five turnovers killed them. If they are going to pull off the road upset, they will need to play turnover-free football and rely heavily on the running game.


Edited by Emily Berman.

SQuiz
When did Marvin Lewis become the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals?
Created 10/10/18
  1. 2003
  2. 2005
  3. 2008
  4. 2010

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