NFL Week 6 Picks
Due to the number of television partners that the NFL has, everybody will eventually get a dud game. Of course, NBC has the crown jewel of TV arrangements with the coveted Sunday Night package. NBC Sunday Night Football has been a rating winner since its inception. Therefore, they pay the most money and get the best games.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Thursday night package. Although it has improved, the Thursday night schedule does not get the same priority as the Sunday night or even Monday night packages.
The best evidence of that is in Week 6. Prime Video gets what looks to be a real dog with the Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears. Compare that to the Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and host Philadelphia Eagles. And then there is the strong Monday night offering of the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers.
But the best game of the entire weekend is expected to be the CBS late afternoon game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
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In the Sunday afternoon late window, fans and gamblers will be focused on the rematch of last year’s epic AFC divisional playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
Arrowhead Stadium has always given the Chiefs a tremendous home field advantage and the late afternoon sea of red will be well lubricated. Buffalo had the Chiefs dead and buried, or so it seemed, in last year’s playoff game. Josh Allen had a magnificent clutch performance for the Bills. However, Buffalo left 13 seconds on the clock. And it was 13 seconds too many. Plenty of offensive firepower will be on the Chiefs’ home field for this one.
NBC Sunday Night Football offers a potentially strong NFC East matchup of the Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles. Since the 1970 merger season, the Cowboys and Eagles have battled in the same division and have had some epic games.
Philadelphia made the playoffs last year, although it was because of the expanded format. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has exceeded expectations, but nobody believes that he is a bonafide number one quarterback. Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew could challenge for the starting job if Hurts doesn’t develop further.
The Dallas Cowboys made a great leap in 2021, but their playoff flop against the San Francisco 49ers nearly cost head coach Mike McCarthy his job. McCarthy had to sweat out several days before owner Jerry Jones confirmed he’d be back. Now the question is if Dallas can eliminate the stupid penalties and mental errors that cost them in the playoff disaster.
ESPN Monday Night Football has a potentially fantastic matchup of the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers. These two teams have shared the same AFC West Division since their founding as charter members of the American Football League in 1960. This year the Broncos and Chargers are serious contenders in the AFC West.
Russell Wilson brings new enthusiasm to the Broncos and their fan base. He is the first legitimate Denver quarterback since Peyton Manning. And with new head coach Nathanial Hackett, fresh off a successful run as the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator, the Broncos have plenty of upside.
The Los Angeles Chargers should have made the playoffs in 2021 and are a hot future market pick to do so in 2022. Quarterback Justin Herbert has transformed the Chargers' offense into one of the most lethal in pro football.
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