NFL Week 6 Double Action: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings & Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
Can Josh Rosen lead the underdog Arizona Cardinals to their second straight upset victory this coming weekend? Will the Minnesota Vikings’ stout defense from a year ago ‘show up’ in back-to-back games to help them record consecutive victories? Last but not least, who’s going to get the ‘W’ when the completely mystifying Buffalo Bills and equally head-scratching Houston Texans meet in their Week 6 matchup of playoff hopefuls?
If you’re looking for NFL betting value, then you’re going to find a ton of it as I offer up two expert picks in this NFL Week 6 Double Action Betting Breakdown! Let’s get to both games and picks right now.
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Arizona got its first win of the season by getting past San Francisco 28-18 last weekend as rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw a 75-yard TD pass and running back David Johnson added two rushing scores to help give first-year head coach Steve Wilks his first victory.
“There’s no such thing as an ugly win in the National Football League, particularly when it’s your first one,” Wilks said.
Kirk Cousins passed for 301 yards and one score and defensive lineman Linval Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards to lead Minnesota to a narrow 23-21 road win at Philadelphia. The Vikings got the job done by limiting Philly to just six points through three quarters before holding on late for the win.
“The defense is a very prideful group,” Zimmer said. “I think after the performance last week, they wanted to get back to doing things.
Expert Pick and Prediction
While I’m not super fond of the double-digit point spread, I am going to advise you to back the Minnesota Vikings to cover the chalk-based on the fact that their defense really showed up against Philadelphia last weekend and Arizona is clearly inferior on both sides of the ball.
Arizona has gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games following an SU win. Conversely, Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last four games in the month of October and an insanely consistent 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 home games. The Vikings know it’s time to pick up the pace and that this is a game they should undoubtedly win. I like the Vikes to dominate on both sides of the ball to cover the chalk!
Predicted Score: Vikings 31 Cardinals 17
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
The Bills used a fantastic defensive effort to get past Tennessee 13-12 in an ugly affair despite getting just 79 passing yards from rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Buffalo was lifted to victory on Stephen Hauschka’s game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired. Buffalo never allowed Tennessee to get into the end zone in limiting the Titans to four field goals to get the win.
“Two-and-three is a lot better than 1-4,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. “It’s never ugly when you win.”
Houston got past Dallas 19-16 on Sunday night as Ka’imi Fairbairn nailed a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Texans to victory. Deshaun Watson passed for 375 yards with one touchdown and one pick in the win while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins hauled in nine passes for 151 yards while making a spectacular play to set up Fairbairn’s game-winner.
“Playmakers make plays whenever we need him, and that was a situation where we needed him to make a play,” Watson said. “I threw it up for him to make a play, and he did what he had to do.”
Expert Pick and Prediction
While I have been disappointed with Houston so far this season, I’m going to advise you to back the desperate Texans to get the SU win and ATS cover. Buffalo has been wildly inconsistent this season and I believe they’re due for another clunker after showing up in a big way to take down Tennessee last weekend.
The Bills are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win while the favorite in this rivalry has gone 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. I’m expecting Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins to make their fair share of plays while Houston’s defense gets after Josh Allen to force the rookie into a pair of costly turnovers. Houston wins and covers!
Predicted Score: Texans 27 Bills 17
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