NFL Week 6 Double Action: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins & Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins
Alex Smith and the Washington Redskins will look to bounce back from their embarrassing Week 5 loss when they host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Further down south, Khalil Mack and the surprising Chicago Bears will invade South Beach looking to upset Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins.
If you’re looking for NFL betting value for Week 6, then you’re going to find it in both games. Let’s get started.
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Carolina managed to get past the New York Giants 33-31 in an absolute thriller as Graham Gano nailed a career-best, 63-yard field goal with one second remaining in regulation. Gano connected on four field goals in the win to extend his streak of made field goals at home to 35.
“I just tried to hit a good ball and the rest was craziness and madness,” Gano said. “I’m so excited for our guys.”
Cam Newton passed for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win.
“A wise man told me once that a great quarterback is only as good as his kicker,” Newton said. “Graham put the whole team on his back today. … well, on his toe today.”
Washington looked completely awful in their embarrassing 43-19 loss to New Orleans on Monday night as Alex Smith failed to throw a touchdown pass and the Skins were held to a pitiful 39 rushing yards. Washington allowed Drew Brees to complete a blistering 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns in the win while setting a new NFL record for career passing yards.
“He throws for 5,000 yards just like he’s sleeping at night, and it’s crazy to see that,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “He’s at the top of them all right now — and he’s not done yet.”
Expert Pick and Prediction
The Panthers might be on the road, but I don’t think it really matters where these two teams play since Carolina is clearly the superior team on both sides of the ball. Carolina has a bunch of playmakers in guys like Cam Newton, second-year running back Christian McCaffrey and veteran wide receiver in Devin Funchess.
Washington is seriously lacking talent at the skill positions, plus the Redskins have a decisive disadvantage in the coaching department. The Skins have gone 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October. Conversely, Carolina is a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and a consistent 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss
Maybe it’s me, but I’m a bit stunned Washington is even favored in this contest. No matter, Carolina is a better team on both sides of the ball and they are the pick to win and cover because of it.
Predicted Score: Panthers 31 Redskins 24
Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins
Not only have the Bears been one of the most surprising teams in the league so far, but they’re heading into Miami well-rested after getting a bye last weekend.
Chicago demolished Tampa Bay 48-10 in Week 4 as second-year signal-caller Mitch Trubisky tossed a whopping six TD passes to lead the Bears to victory. Running back Tarik Cohen had a career-high 121 yards receiving and a touchdown to go along with 53 rushing yards while wide receiver Taylor Gabriel had a career-high 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Miami jumped out to a surprising 17-0 lead against Cincinnati last weekend – before falling completely apart – en route to a humbling 27-17 road loss against the Bengals. Andy Dalton passed for 248 yards and one touchdown and Cincy’s defense forced two costly turnovers last, including a pick-six against Ryan Tannehill, to get the win. Veteran wide receiver A.J. Green added six catches for 112 yards in the win.
“These NFL games are crazy, man,” Green said. “It’s an up-and-down roller coaster ride. You ride it and hope you come out on top.”
Expert Pick and Prediction
During the preseason, I kept saying that Miami was going to be awful this season while also consistently expressing my approval of Chicago’s hiring of Matt Nagy as their new head coach. However, Chicago has far surpassed my expectations so far – and a lot of that has to do with their late acquisition of superstar linebacker Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders.
Now, with the Bears looking like the better team on both sides of the ball, I’m expecting Chicago to get the outright road win in South Beach as Mack forces Ryan Tannehill into at least one costly turnover and possibly two. The Bears are averaging eight points per game more than the Dolphins while also giving up 7.1 fewer points per game defensively. Chicago wins and covers in this matchup of two franchises heading in polar opposite directions!
Predicted Score: Bears 28 Dolphins 17
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