There’s only one word that could accurately describe my week six picks, and that word is “oof.” I did not fare well, in fact, I even got my lock wrong (so that’s two challenges I owe). Oh well, let’s see if I can right the ship in week seven.
Last Week’s Record: 7-7
Overall Record: 55-31
LOCK Record: 3-3
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Seven
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos: Denver Broncos
This is such a dumb pick. This is such a stupid pick. I should just take the Chiefs. What are the odds they lose three in a row? Against Joe Flacco’s Denver Broncos, no less? It’s impossible. Beating the lowly Tennessee Titans doesn’t make the Broncos playoff contenders.
But… they’re at home… and the Chiefs can’t stop the run, and that’s what the Broncos do best. And the defense is starting to click. I’m gonna get a few picks wrong anyway, so I’m taking a calculated risk here and picking against my better judgement.
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills: Buffalo Bills
Easy. This isn’t even a question for me. The Bills are at home, against a lifeless Dolphins team, and they’re coming off a bye. No doubt in my mind.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals: Jacksonville Jagaurs
Minshew-Mania had a rough going last week against a very good New Orleans team, but the Jags should get back on track in week seven. The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t as bad as everyone thinks they are, but they certainly aren’t very good either. If Jalen Ramsey can play, it won’t even be close.
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions: Minnesota Vikings
The Detroit Lions are a sneaky-good team. They just couldn’t be tasked with beating both the Green Bay Packers and the officials last week. But it’s worth noting this team has really only lost close games, and they could easily be playoff contenders. I just really, really like the Vikings.
Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers: Green Bay Packers
Man, I really wanted to pick the Raiders. I thought about how the Packers had a short week, how the Raiders had a bye, how the Packers can’t stop the run, how the Raiders run the ball well, and ultimately, it all came down to me just not believing in this Raiders squad. Not a lock by any means, but I don’t see how they slow down Aaron Rodgers when every adequate quarterback they’ve played has had a field day.
Los Angeles Rams @ Atlanta Falcons: Los Angeles Rams
God, I don’t know. It turns out the Rams are a sham, but the Falcons are so damn unpredictable. I thought that at the very least, they could handle beating the Arizona Cardinals, but they looked absolutely hopeless. I guess I’m taking the Rams, but man, I do not want to.
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts: Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are Indianapolis Colts are both coming off wins over the Kansas City Chiefs, and they’re trying to find their footing in an unpredictable AFC South. I’m taking the star-power of the Texans to win this one, even in Indianapolis, because I think Houston could be getting hot as the weather cools off.
San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins: San Francisco 49ers (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
There. Take that 49er fans, I picked your stupid team, and I made them the lock of the week. Now, just to spite me, they’re going to win this game. Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
In all seriousness, I guess the 49ers are legit. They’re playing good football right now, and they made the Rams look foolish on Sunday afternoon.
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants: Arizona Cardinals
File this under “games I would never watch, but I’ll be forced to sit through because I don’t have Sunday ticket” for this weekend. What a gross game. I’m operating under the assumption that Saquon Barkley isn’t playing this weekend, and going with the “hot” hand.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Tennessee Titans: Los Angeles Chargers
Man, I almost picked the Titans. I just don’t trust this Chargers team, and I feel bad for all six of their fans. They just lost to Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie quarterback making his first career start, in pretty humiliating fashion, in primetime. If they lose this game, they might be in serious trouble.
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears: New Orleans Saints
The Saints are one of the better teams in the NFL, even without Drew Brees, and this Bears team couldn’t even beat the Oakland Raiders. New Orleans is clicking on all three phases of the game, and with or without Mitch Trubisky, I don’t know that I buy this Bears team as legitimate contenders anymore.
Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks just keep finding ways to win, and all these Ravens have done is blow out a bad Dolphins team, get blown out by Kansas City and Cleveland, and then squeak by teams like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The future MVP, Russell Wilson, wins the battle of the birds in front of the 12th man.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys: Philadelphia Eagles
This is a must-win for both of these teams, and oh boy, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Eagles. The Cowboys are fresh off back to back games where their last-second heroics came up just short, and the Eagles just can’t seem to find their footing.
The deciding factor for me in this game was simple. The Eagles do a really, really good job stopping the run, and the Cowboys are very, very predictable in their playcalling. How many third and long’s can you conceivably expect Dak Prescott to convert?
New England Patriots @ New York Jets: New England Patriots
I’d rather read a dictionary than watch this game. Send tweet.