NFL Week 6 Picks: Chiefs Over Steelers; Packers Over Vikings – New York Times

By BENJAMIN HOFFMANOctober 12, 2017

The pecking order in the N.F.L. is starting to emerge. The Chiefs, Packers and Panthers are right at the top, with the Eagles, Lions, Patriots and Falcons looming just behind them. Stuck somewhere between “best team in the N.F.L.” and “totally incompetent” are the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their Jekyll and Hyde season has gone W-L-W-L-W, and they managed the nearly impossible feat of losing to the Jets in Week 4 and then completely demoralizing the Steelers in Week 5. Their pendulum could continue to swing, but maybe, just maybe, they can win a second game in a row. Here are our picks against the spread.

Record against spread in Week 5: 7-7

Record overall: 37-40

Top-Tier Games

Rams at Jaguars, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Jaguars by 2.5

Watching the Jaguars’ (3-2) defense last week, as it toyed with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was reasonable to wonder how the team ever lost a game. Led by Jalen Ramsey, who is quickly rising in the ranks of the N.F.L.’s premier defensive backs, the defense intercepted five of Roethlisberger’s passes, returning two for touchdowns. And they made it look easy.

The dominance was no one-week mirage. In a surprising start to a season in which Jacksonville is currently alone at the top of the A.F.C. South standings, their defense ranks first in the N.F.L. in sacks and interceptions. They are second in passes defended, third in passing yards allowed, and tied for sixth in quarterback hits. If a quarterback takes too long against them, he ends up on his back. If he rushes the throw, Ramsey and the secondary are going to make him pay for it.

But even with a world-class secondary, and a terrific young running back, Leonard Fournette, there are reasons the Jaguars are 3-2. Chief among them: The frequent ineptitude of the team’s

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Football News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.