NFL Week 6 lines and odds: Why each underdog could cover the spreadBy Matt Verderame
It’s Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season, and we’re looking at the 14 upcoming games and why the underdogs could surprise.
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
The Falcons finally moved on from Dan Quinn. That should be motivation enough to go out and show some pride. We saw this work a week ago with the Houston Texans.
Baltimore Ravens (-7.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia played Pittsburgh tough and slowly, is getting healthier. The Eagles are also desperate, and while Baltimore has been terrific, the offense has been much closer to average.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)
Carolina throws short, and the Bears have the defense to come up, make the tackle and get off the field. This is about Nick Foles not making a critical mistake.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (-8)
Joe Burrow is good, and Philip Rivers no longer is. If the Bengals can block for 2.5 seconds, Burrow will have shots to take against a good but beatable Indy defense.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)
The Browns are 4-1 and running the ball like crazy. While Pittsburgh is phenomenal against the run, this is strength-on-strength. If Cleveland can crease the Steelers a few times, it could be the difference.
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Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-9)
No case to win, but Denver’s defense is good enough to hold New England in the low 20s, keeping home alive for a close cover.
Detroit Lions (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are at home, Gardner Minshew is capable and the Lions are coached by Matt Patricia.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (-2)
With Bill O’Brien gone, watch some of the veterans play free and thrive, with J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson at the top of the list. Also, Tennessee is on short rest.
Washington Football Team at New York Giants (-3)
The Giants are terrible, and Washington is no longer starting Dwayne Haskins. If Washington can force a few turnovers, it could cover and win.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-8)
The power of prayer.
Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers need the game, have a terrific defense and an offense which should be much healthier with Miek Evans and Chris Godwin getting extra rest.
Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) at San Francisco 49ers
This is a must-win at home for the Niners. Additionally, Jimmy Garoppolo needs a good game to solidify his future after an awful start to the season.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is at home and coming off a 42-16 thrashing against the Titans. Look for Josh Allen and the Bills to come out fired up. Also, Josh Allen is having an awesome year and Kansas City was torched by Derek Carr.
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Andy Dalton is a legitimate quarterback, the talent is overflowing offensively, and Kyler Murray has been erratic all year.