Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)

Here are my Week 6 NFL picks against the spread:

Cincinnati Bengals -7.5 over Buffalo Bills

The Bengals offense has been a bit disappointing so far this year, putting up only six and 13 points, respectively, in their last two games.

The defense, on the other hand, has been terrific, and they should feast on Buffalo's Thaddeus Lewis. That's right, Thad Lewis. I don't know who he is either.

[Editor's note: Thad Lewis says he doesn't know who John Trifone is.]

The Bengals should be able to force a few turnovers, which will help them put up enough points to cover the 7.5. This is a full five-unit bet for me.

San Francisco 49ers -11.5 over Arizona Cardinals

The Niners seem to be back on track, having scored 30-plus in their last two games and holding the Rams and Texans to 11 and three points, respectively. The Cardinals offense isn't very good, and they're likely to struggle mightily in San Francisco.

It's a big number, but the Niners should cover here. This is a four-unit bet.

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New York Giants +8 over Chicago Bears

Call this one a homer pick or a hunch. The Giants have gotten blown out in four of their five losses, are 0-5 in both record and ATS and have given up 182 points so far this year. That's almost 20 points more than the Jags, who are in frequent discussions to go 0-16 this year. You can even bet that they will at 10-1 in Vegas.

Anyway, if I haven't illustrated how bad the Giants have been this year, I could keep spurting awful number after awful number. But I'm taking them on a short week to go into Chicago and give them a game. Sure, Chicago has lost two in a row, but there's no real substantive reason for taking the Giants here. I just think these teams are closer than eight points.

Not many people would have taken the Raiders to beat San Diego, and even fewer liked the Jets to cover, much less win, at Atlanta, this past week. But to quote the great Chris Berman [editor's note: "great?"], that's why they play the games. I think an outright win at 3-1 is a pretty attractive wager, but I'm definitely taking the points here. This would be a four-unit bet.

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