The National Football League has had to make several changes to its schedule in the last few weeks, and the situation remains fluid. The league is hoping to get all 14 scheduled Week 6 games played this week, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make life difficult.
The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans will actually wrap up Week 5 on Tuesday night, so odds are not out for every Game 6 game. Also, because Buffalo was due to play again on Thursday night, that game has been pushed back to Monday night. There are four teams with byes in Week 6: The Raiders, Saints, Chargers, and Seahawks.
Below is a betting overview for all 14 Week 6 games set to take place.
The 3-2 Carolina Panthers host the 4-1 Chicago Bears on Sunday in a game that has some huge early-season NFC playoff implications. Chicago beat the Buccaneers on Thursday night in Week 5, while the Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 23-16.
Quarterback Nick Foles didn't exactly light it up on Thursday night, but he was good enough to lead the Bears to victory. It was the defense that dominated that game and frustrated Tom Brady and the Bucs offense.
The Carolina defense gave up a ton of yards in Week 5, but that unit stood up when it needed to. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had over 300 yards passing in the win, and he is a huge key in this game.
Expect this to be a great game, but the Bears defense will lead the Bears (+2.5) to a win.
The 4-1 Baltimore Ravens will take on the 1-3-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. These were two Super Bowl favorites to begin the season, but only one team looks like a real threat at this point.
Baltimore has not been as explosive on offense as it was a season ago, but quarterback Lamar Jackson is still one of the best in the game. The Ravens defense allowed just three points to the Bengals in Week 5, and that unit has been playing great.
Philadelphia is a mess this season, and the team continues to search for answers. The offense was better on Sunday, but the defense allowed 38 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Eagles play better at home, but taking the Ravens -7.5 is the right play.
The betting lines for this game are not available as of Tuesday morning as the Titans have a game scheduled on Tuesday night. Tennessee has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, while Houston has already fired its head coach.
Houston got its first win of the season in Week 5 to move to 1-4 this season. The Texans have a dynamic quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and the defense played much better on Sunday.
Tennessee has a tough matchup with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night, but it entered the week with a 3-0 record. The Titans should be closer to full strength against the Texans but might be a little fatigued playing on a short week.
Tennessee is the better team in this matchup, and it will beat the Texans.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in a battle of two of the most disappointing teams in the league. Atlanta has yet to win a game this season, while the Vikings are just 1-4.
Atlanta will have a new head coach on Sunday as Dan Quinn has been relieved of his duties. The Falcons have one of the best offenses in the league, but the defense has been a disaster.
Minnesota was seconds away from an upset win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, but the Vikings blew the lead in the final minute. Running back Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury in that loss, and his absence would leave a huge hole on offense.
The Vikings are the better team, with or without Cook, and they cover the spread in this game.
Both the Bengals and Colts had disappointing performances in Week 5, which sets up an interesting matchup in this game. Cincinnati brings a 1-3-1 record into this matchup, while the Colts are now 3-2.
Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has been impressive for the Bengals this season, but he had a rough game in Week 5. Burrow will face another tough defense against the Colts, and the Bengals defense will have to step up.
Indianapolis entered Week 5 as the best defense in the league, but the Colts gave up 32 points in a loss. Quarterback Philip Rivers struggled in the loss as well, and injuries are piling up for the Colts.
Expect this game to be closer than most think, and the Bengals cover the 9.5-point spread.
The 2-2 New England Patriots will host the 1-3 Denver Broncos on Sunday in what will be an interesting game. Denver is battling through a ton of injuries, while COVID-19 has affected the Patriots.
Denver has struggled to score points this season, and the quarterback position remains a revolving door. The defense is capable of playing well, and that unit will have to dominate in this game.
Quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are both currently out with COVID-19, but both players could return for this game. The Patriots can score points in a hurry with Newton, and the defense has played well all season.
Betting lines aren't out for this game yet, but this should be a blowout win for the Patriots.
Two of the top teams in the AFC will square off when the 4-0 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 4-1 Cleveland Browns. The winner of this game will end the weekend with at least a share of first place in the AFC North.
Cleveland has scored at least 32 points in each of its last four games, and this team is loaded with weapons. The defense still has some issues, but that unit was sharp in Week 5.
Rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool had four touchdowns for the Steelers in Week 5, and this offense is explosive as well. The Steelers have the much better defense in this matchup, and that will be a key.
This game will be tight throughout, but the Steelers get a late touchdown for the win.
The 1-3 Detroit Lions head to Jacksonville to take on the 1-4 Jaguars on Sunday. Detroit is coming off its bye week, while the Jags just played poorly in a Week 5 loss to Houston.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has played well for the Lions, and the Lions offense has plenty of weapons. Detroit has allowed close to 32 points per game this season, and the defense must play better in this game.
Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew has played well this season, but the team continues to make big mistakes. The defense has been an issue as well, and that could be a problem against the Lions.
Detroit has the more explosive offense, and it covers the three-point spread.
A pair of struggling NFC East rivals will square off for a showdown in Week 5. Washington brings a 1-4 record into this game, while the Giants are still looking for their first win.
Washington has benched quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but it's uncertain if it will Kyle Allen or Alex Smith under center in this one after Allen left the team's Week 5 loss with an injury. The offense doesn't have to be great because the defensive line of Washington has been dominant this season.
New York finally found some offense in Week 5, but the defense gave up 37 points to the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Daniel Jones will have to play well in this one.
Both of these teams really struggle, but the Giants get win number one in this one.
The 0-5 New York Jets head to South Beach to take on the 2-3 Miami Dolphins in an AFC East showdown in Week 6. Neither team is a playoff contender, but the Dolphins are playing better.
New York is the worst offensive team in the NFL this season, averaging just 15.0 points per game. The defense has also allowed more than 32 points per game, and this team is searching for answers.
Miami put up 43 points in an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, and this offense can be explosive. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in that win and should have another big game in this one.
This game won't be close as the Dolphins (-8.0) cruise to victory.
Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks are set to square off when the 4-0 Green Bay Packers take on the 3-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This game could be a potential playoff preview in the NFC.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are a perfect 4-0 this season, and that offense has been explosive. Green Bay has some holes on defense, but that unit has played well in 2020.
Brady has been up and down this season, but the Bucs are also dealing with several injuries. The Buccaneers will have to rely on their defense to keep this game close.
The Bucs have the edge of playing at home, but it won't matter against Rodgers. Green Bay (-1.5) wins this one.
The NFC West is loaded with terrific teams, and two of these teams will square off in Week 6. The 4-1 Los Angeles Rams will visit the 2-3 San Francisco 49ers for a huge showdown on Sunday night.
Los Angeles once again has a feared and explosive offense, and quarterback Jared Goff has already thrown for more than 1,300 yards this season. Aaron Donald leads a Rams defense that can cause some problems for opponents.
San Francisco is dealing with a ton of injuries at this time, especially on offense. The 49ers will have to score points to stay close in this game.
There is just too much uncertainty surrounding the 49ers in this game. Take the Rams -3.0 to win on Sunday night.
There is no betting line set for this huge AFC showdown on Monday night between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Kansas City enters this matchup with a record of 4-1, while the 3-0 Bills have a showdown with the Titans on Tuesday night.
Kansas City suffered a stunning loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5, and the defense really let the team down. The Chiefs continue to score points, but their defense will have to play well in this game.
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen has been on a tear this season, and the Bills can still run the ball when needed. The Bills being at home will also give them a slight edge in this game.
Expect a high-scoring affair, but the Chiefs get back on track in this one.
The 3-2 Arizona Cardinals will meet up with the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 6. This game is huge for playoff seeding implications in the NFC.
The Cardinals snapped a two-game losing streak with a 30-10 victory over the New York Jets in Week 5. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray has been explosive in his second year in the league, and receiver DeAndre Hopkins has transformed the offense.
Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Cowboys' Week 5 win over the New York Giants, which is a crushing blow to this offense. Dallas has been getting poor efforts from the defense, which could be a major issue on Monday night.
The loss of Prescott is just too much for the Cowboys to overcome, and they suffer another difficult loss. Take the Cardinals -2.5 to beat the Cowboys in this NFC showdown.
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