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The sixth week of the 2016 NFL season kicked off with a battle between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. (Spoiler alert: We all got that pick wrong. We admit it.)
Sunday’s games also feature the first start of Colin Kaepernick’s year against Buffalo, a divisional battle between Kansas City and Oakland, and a great number of games that could go either way.
Here are our picks for week six of the 2016 NFL season:
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: DENVER BRONCOS VS. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
LIZZIE: Denver 24, San Diego 14. Siemian is back and the Broncos will go back to their winning ways while Phillip Rivers continues on with his pouting ways.
CHARLES: Denver 24, San Diego 17. How will the Chargers lose this time? I’m going to go with late pick-6 by Philip Rivers
NADIA: Denver 31 San Diego 28. Trevor Siemian is set to return this week and last weeks loss for the Broncos will be nothing but an anomaly. I don’t trust the Chargers to win.
SAN FRANCISCO VS. BUFFALO
LIZZIE: Buffalo 31, San Francisco 17. I’m a believer in Buffalo, apparently. Or maybe I’m just not a big believer in the 49ers, no matter who’s starting.
CHARLES: Buffalo 30, San Francisco 18. 49ers finally made a QB change but the Bills are starting to click on all cylinders now.
NADIA: San Francisco 17 vs Buffalo 14. So San Francisco is going to go with Kaepernick after all. I don’t know if it will make a big difference, but they are playing Buffalo, so I will give them this. Barely.
PHILADELPHIA VS. WASHINGTON
LIZZIE: Philadelphia 27, Washington 24. I expect a close game, but I’m going to give Wentz this one.
CHARLES: Philadelphia 32, Washington 17. Eagles got their first loss last week but I have a feeling Carson Wentz will keep rolling on Washington
NADIA: Philadelphia 34 vs. Washington 21. It took Carson Wentz 5 weeks to throw an Interception. I think he corrects that real fast and this is an easy win over a mediocre Washington team.
CLEVELAND VS. TENNESSEE
LIZZIE: Tennessee 20, Cleveland 13. The Cleveland Browns have shown me nothing that would make me pick them. Nothing.
CHARLES: Tennessee 13, Cleveland 9. Wooo someone’s got to win.
NADIA: Cleveland 10 vs. Tennessee 21. Cleveland is having a QB crisis and Tennessee is middle of the pack. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for an easy Tennessee win.
BALTIMORE VS. NY GIANTS
LIZZIE: NY Giants 21, Baltimore 17. On the one hand, the Giants don’t look that good. On the other hand, neither does Baltimore.
CHARLES: NY Giants 31, Baltimore 23. I see Giants bouncing back against a Ravens team falling back down to earth.
NADIA: Baltimore 17 vs. NY Giants 27. To no shock of any Chicago Bear fan, but Ravens OC, Marc Trestman was fired. I don’t think this will be the week the Ravens will turn it around.
CAROLINA VS. NEW ORLEANS
LIZZIE: Carolina 34, New Orleans 30. Look, I want to pick New Orleans. I’ve just been burned too many times to do it.
CHARLES: Carolina 41, New Orleans 34. I see a QB battle in the dome with the Panthers defense pulling out a stop at the end.
NADIA: Carolina 24 vs. New Orleans 37. I’m not sure what is happening in Carolina, but I am sure they are happy to have Cam back. I still don’t think they win though.
JACKSONVILLE VS. CHICAGO
LIZZIE: Jacksonville 31, Chicago 20. I wish I could pick the other way, I just can’t justify it.
CHARLES: Jacksonville 24, Chicago 10. The Jags have to show something if they want to be taken seriously. A solid win over a struggling Bears team can help a little.
NADIA: Jacksonville 21 vs. Chicago 20. It pains me to pick against the Bears, but until they clean up their penalty habit, it is tough to win a game. Jacksonville isn’t great either, but they are able to make field goals.
ST. LOUIS VS. DETROIT
LIZZIE: Detroit 21, St. Louis 10. On the one hand, the Rams could make intelligent decisions and win. On the other hand, probably not.
CHARLES: Detroit 31, LA Rams 21. Rams have a good defense though I see Matt Stafford having a good day tearing them apart.
NADIA: St. Louis 28 vs. Detroit 27. These are 2 unpredictable teams. The pendulum can swing any way each week. I think St Louis has the slight edge this week.
PITTSBURGH VS. MIAMI
LIZZIE: Pittsburgh 35, Miami 21. The Dolphins pull this one off? No way.
CHARLES: Pittsburgh 34, Miami 14. Steelers will crush the Dolphins like a used pop can. That’s all I have to say.
NADIA: Pittsburgh 35 vs. Miami 14. Pittsburgh is a dominating team and the Dolphins are just the Dolphins. Not much of a contest here.
CINCINNATI VS. NEW ENGLAND
LIZZIE: New England 31, Cincinnati 24. This could be one of the best games of the week. Sadly, the Patriots look really, really good.
CHARLES: Cincinnati 23, New England 21. Brady still has some rust to knock off and he’s facing a team he has had trouble with in the past.
NADIA: Cincinnati 21 vs. New England 38. Tom Brady is back. That is all you need to know.
KANSAS CITY VS OAKLAND
LIZZIE: Oakland 35, Kansas City 21. Oakland is one of the top teams in the AFC. Who would have thought?
CHARLES: Oakland 31, Kansas City 16. The Raiders are a real threat to the AFC West and the have the offense to dismantle the Chiefs.
NADIA: Kansas City 20 vs. Oakland 31. Oakland is on fire. Derek Carr has taken control of this team and finds a way to win each week.
ATLANTA VS. SEATTLE
LIZZIE: Atlanta 24, Seattle 20. Everyone’s picking Seattle in this one. Not me. I think Matt Ryan can pull this one off too.
CHARLES: Seattle 23, Atlanta 20. This will be a battle with the better defense and Russell Wilson doing what the Broncos couldn’t last week.
NADIA: Atlanta 34 vs. Seattle 28. I haven’t given Seattle enough credit lately, but Atlanta is in a groove even when Julio isn’t.
DALLAS VS. GREEN BAY
LIZZIE: Dallas 31, Green Bay 24. I’m jumping on the Dallas train. Or maybe I’m just not jumping on the Green Bay one.
CHARLES: Green Bay 31, Dallas 30. Both QB’s will have great days against sub-par defenses but I see the veteran Rodgers doing just a bit more for the victory.
NADIA: Dallas 28 vs. Green Bay 27. Dallas continues to impress with Prescott and Elliott. Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers and some rest after the bye, but I don’t think that will work to their advantage.
INDIANAPOLIS VS. HOUSTON
LIZZIE: Indianapolis 27, Houston 10: Yeah, Houston can’t score. Go Indy.
CHARLES: Houston 17, Indianapolis 10. Luck has took a beating most of the year and the Texans defense will continue that trend to victory
NADIA: Indianapolis 21 vs. Houston 14. Meh. It’s a coin flip. Indy it is.
NY JETS VS. ARIZONA
LIZZIE: Arizona 24, NY Jets 17: On paper this is a huge mismatch. Paper is meaningless sometimes, but not this time, I don’t think.
CHARLES: NY Jets 24, Arizona 14. Jets win the battle of “the disappointments of 2016′ as the Cardinals are in a freefall that can’t be stopped
NADIA: NY Jets 14 vs. Arizona 28. On paper with Forte and Brandon Marshall, the Jets should be doing well, but they can’t seem to get anything going.
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