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Below are the exact picks I have made in the NOLA.com The Times Picayune Pick Em League, and my picks against the spread are added in as lagniappe. At the bottom are my weekly and season records.



To join and compete against me at NOLA.com The Times Picayune, you ll need to have or create a CBSSports.com ID. It s very easy to create one, and participate.



It s free, and the weekly winner will be mentioned in my column on Tuesdays. The winner of the league will be featured at season s end.



And if you missed the Thursday game that week, it s not that big of a deal. You can still make your picks for the rest of the week. However, you will receive a 0 for the top pick.



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The rules are simple Choose the winner of each NFL game each week, then move them around in the order you feel most confident. You then receive points based on how many wins you correctly predicted and the confidence level you placed on each one.



Weekly, overall picks results for Jim Derry and top readers listed at bottom. CONGRATS to Tom Ragusa and Zach Byers for being the Week 5 winners and Patrick Marrero for being the current overall leader.





WEEK 6 PICKS



Picks are in order of confidence straight up home team in bold



ATLANTA over MIAMI, Sunday at noon



Before I get to the picks, I need to offer a public apology for my disgraceful picks last week. I am embarrassed, but the only good news is I know none of my readers would ever partake in illegal gambling activities, so that at least has allowed me to sleep. Now, that we have that mess out of the way, there s nowhere to go but up. And less willing to take risks, especially at the top, I don t care how well the Miami defense has played, they re not going to be able to fully stop this Falcons offense. In other words, the Dolphins will need a minimum of 24 points to win, and Captain Loser is not capable of such things. Against the spread Falcons minus 11.5.



DENVER over NY GIANTS, Sunday at 7 30 p.m.



If there is a way for a team to have a worse start not just with their 0 5 record than I need someone to show me what that might be. Sure, they could all come down with diphtheria or Eli Manning could break his thumb trying to change the channel on his remote control, but short of something along those lines, that might be it. Meanwhile, Vance Joseph has his Broncos playing excellent football, and considering the Giants have no running game and will be using their fourth quarter preseason wide receivers, this one looks pretty easy. Against the spread Broncos minus 11.5.



You have to feel for the young 49ers. They have played their last four games so close, but have yet to figure out how to finish. At some point that has to take a toll on you, especially in a third consecutive week on the road and back to back weeks flying across the country. The last time they won the second game of a back to back when flying out of the Pacific time zone was 2014 under Jim Harbaugh. Not going to happen here against a well rested Redskins team that can t wait to get back on the field following that tight Monday night loss to Kansas City. Against the spread 49ers plus 10.5.



HOUSTON over CLEVELAND, Sunday at noon



The Texans suffered a couple of devastating losses to their defense with JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus now out for the season. Worse than that, there s speculation Watt s injury could be career ending. Still Damontae Kazee Jersey, with the Browns not knowing who their quarterback will be and their lack of a running game means the Texans should have plenty to win this game with Deshaun Watson figuring this thing out early in his rookie season. And kudos to the Texans for finally realizing they have one the most dynamic offensive players in the league in DeAndre Hopkins. Note the sarcasm. Against the spread Texans minus 9.5.





GREEN BAY over MINNESOTA, Sunday at noon



Um, Aaron Rodgers is good. Make that great. Make that effing ridiculous. I realize the majority of you think Tom Brady is the best quarterback who ever lived, and I hate that ridiculous debate since anyone under the age of 35 never really saw Joe Montana play. However, there s no one else I would want running my offense than Rodgers. No offense, Drew. On the other side, obviously Sam Bradford isn t ready to play, and with Dalvin Cook gone for the season, I just don t see how the Vikings can win this one. Still, I m not taking this in a knockout pool, as I will remind you all of Golden Rule No. 1 not to take a road team in a division game. Against the spread As I type this late Monday night, there is no line, presumably because of the question of availability of Bradford. If it s 6.5 or less, I ll take Green Bay. If it s over a touchdown, I ll take Minnesota.



NEW ENGLAND over NY JETS, Sunday at noon



First off, let me get this out of the way I do not love this pick. While I don t think the Jets are going to shock the world and actually continue this run they re on, you can no longer think the Patriots are an elite team after their performance from the first four weeks except Week 2 against you know who . Still, to go from dynasty to losing to the Jets in the matter of months would defy logic. And I am too down on my luck to try and defy logic. Against the spread Jets plus 9.5. Second favorite pick against the spread this week.





BALTIMORE over CHICAGO, Sunday at noon



Mitchell Trubisky will one day be a good quarterback in the NFL. That is, if the Bears front office realizes they need to get an offensive line to protect him and some receivers for him to throw to. Why did they feel like they didn t need to re sign Alshon Jeffery? Meanwhile, the Ravens proved that when their backs are against the wall, they know how to come out of the funk. This has the potential to be a low scoring field goal fest. And since I have Justin Tucker in all three of my fantasy leagues, that works for me. I hear Larry Holder yelling in my ear, No one cares about your fantasy football team, Jim Derry. Against the spread Bears plus 7.5.



KANSAS CITY over PITTSBURGH, Sunday at 3 25 p.m.



OK, OK, Chiefs. I believe. And Ben Roethlisberger, what in the holy molykins was that last week? Is the beef with Antonio Brown really that distracting? Anyway, even with the Steelers clicking, I can t pick against a Kansas City team that just keeps doing it week after week. I do expect the real Steelers to show up and that this game will feature quite a bit of offense, so I love the over more than I like the pick. Against the spread Chiefs minus 4.5. Least favorite pick against the spread this week.





CAROLINA over PHILADELPHIA , Thursday at 7 25 p.m.



I was around some friends who were talking about how the Saints should kill Detroit if Carolina looked that good against them. I can t fathom why football fans still believe A Carolina isn t a good football team, https://www.falconsatljersey.com/ben-garland-jersey-c-59.html and B Cam Newton sucks. Yeah, the Saints made them look bad, but I believe that was an anomaly, and the Panthers have proved such. However, they clearly haven t figured out how to finish games, which sort of scares me a bit in this one. That being said, don t think Carson Wentz is going to be able to find as many open receivers like he did against the holey Cardinals defense. Close game. Good game. Against the spread Eagles plus 3.5.



OAKLAND over LA CHARGERS, Sunday at 3 25 p.m.



Don t blame this on EJ Manuel it s certainly not his fault. And even though it sounds like Derek Carr is coming back this week, I don t believe it. Still, a Chargers narrow victory on the road against a depleted Giants team doesn t tell me a thing. Not only am I not expecting a run from the Lightning Bolts, but I think this could be a 4 12 type team. With that, look for the Raiders to find a way to get Beast Mode more involved and for their defense to step it up. Against the spread Raiders minus 3.5.





TAMPA BAY over ARIZONA, Sunday at 3 05 p.m.



While I have most certainly lost some confidence in the Buccaneers, I know that the Cardinals offensive line is going to have old man Palmer in the hospital before the season is over if they don t figure out something really quickly. That being said, even though this one is on the road, Jameis Winston should be able to light up this below mediocre defense that made Carson Wentz look like Tom Brady. Against the spread Bucs minus 2.5.



DETROIT over NEW ORLEANS, Sunday at noon



Yes, it s true. I am still a non believer. This, and I realize the Saints have a fantastic record after a bye week under Sean Payton. They re still not as good or complete a team as Detroit. All of y all who have jumped back on the magic carpet, by all means, enjoy your ride. But a perfect game against Carolina https://www.falconsatljersey.com/sean-harlow-jersey-c-60.html and a win over a Miami team that couldn t score 28 points in the Pac 12 doesn t sway my opinion the home team is still a mediocre one. In the end, I just think the Saints defense is going to have a whole lot of trouble with not only the big, physical Lions receivers, but their improved running game, as well. So no need to call me names or point out how pathetic my record is this season. I already know what names apply to me and that I have stunk up the joint in my picks. My wife reminds me constantly. Something has to give in this one, as the teams have met 25 times, including the postseason, and the series is tied, 12 12 1. However, the Lions have won the last three, including two at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Against the spread Lions plus 4.5. Favorite pick against the spread this week.





LA RAMS over JACKSONVILLE, Sunday at 3 05 p.m.



OK, so the Jaguars defense has played very well, and Leonard Fournette no surprise is turning out to be maybe the best of his class. Although Kareem Hunt is the leader in the clubhouse for Rookie of the Year. Still, there s just something there leaving me with doubt. Maybe it s because they re Jacksonville? That doesn t mean I believe Jared Goff and company are all that, but that Rams defense has done a good enough job to make me think they can win this one. Against the spread Rams plus 2.5.



TENNESSEE over INDIANAPOLIS, Monday at 7 30 p.m.



I know I have said this before and hate to keep harping on it, but remember when Monday Night Football used to be the marquee matchup of the week? Now, it s like the networks say, No, not that one. No, not that one, either. OK, you can have that one, I guess. So in the who gives a rat s patoot game of the week, I just flipped a coin and went with Tennessee. What? Best two out of three? OK, hang on. ... Nope https://www.falconsatljersey.com/kevin-graf-jersey-c-61.html, still Tennessee. Against the spread With the uncertainty of both Mariota and Andrew Luck , there was no line as I type this late Monday night. I m going to take Tennessee either way, but please, folks, just enjoy Monday night with your family and watch a movie or something.
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