Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season begins on Sunday with an action-packed schedule that will see 12 games taking place throughout the day. With the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs moved to Monday as part of several schedule changes made by the league in wake of COVID-19 outbreaks, Week 6 officially starts with a flurry of nine kickoffs at 1 p.m. ET today.
Sunday’s schedule contains a handful of exciting games for fans to enjoy after waiting all week to watch professional football, including a critical NFC game between the 4-1 Bears and 3-2 Panthers that could have a big impact on the NFL Playoff picture later in the season. There are only two contests taking place in the late afternoon timeslot, but most of the country will get to witness the latest meeting between superstar quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Green Bay Packers in one of the marquee matchups of Week 6. Despite a combined 35 years of service and nearly 500 games played by the two future Hall of Fame signal-callers, Brady and Rodgers have only met two prior times—Rodgers won the first meeting in 2014, while Brady returned the favor in 2018—during their careers. Today’s highly-anticipated clash, which could perhaps be the final one featuring these two legendary quarterbacks, will serve as a rubber match to break the tie.
Week 6 winds down with a crucial NFC matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football before heading into a Monday double-header that kicks off early with the aforementioned postponed contest involving the Bills and Chiefs. That game, featuring two of the top teams in the AFC at this juncture, leads into a Monday Night Football primetime clash between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals to close out the week. The Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks are all out on bye in Week 6.
There is plenty to keep an eye out for this week, so read on for a complete overview of each matchup on the schedule for Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. You can find the start times, TV channels, live stream sites, updated odds, betting trends for every game, plus pro picks courtesy of Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com.
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Sunday, October 18
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
Time: 1:00 p.m. (All Times ET)
Odds: CAR -1
Betting Trends & Info: The Bears have outright won four of their last five games against the Panthers, but only covered in two of those contests. Chicago comes into this one with a 4-1 record that looks far better on paper than the club has played so far during the 2020 NFL season, something oddsmakers have accounted for by installing the team as a slight underdog against the 3-2 Panthers. Both sides have identical 3-2 ATS records this year but have struggled with consistency. This one could play towards the over—the total is set at 44.5 points—with Carolina missing several key defenders on a unit that already is amongst the worst in the league at getting after the quarterback and ranks in the bottom half of the league in total defense. Expect the Bears offense, which has been struggling so far this season, to perform better than it has over the first quarter of the campaign against this depleted defense.
Pro Pick: Bears +1
Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: DET -3
Betting Trends & Info: The Lions have covered in just three of their last 15 games, while the Jags have failed to beat the number in three consecutive games after starting the 2020 NFL season with back-to-back covers. While both squads have just one win apiece so far this year, Detroit is still favored on the road in this matchup. The Lions are going up against a banged-up Jacksonville foe that could be without a handful of its top players, including wideout D.J. Chark, No. 1 corner C.J. Henderson and standout defensive lineman Josh Allen. The Jaguars defense—which already ranks just No. 30 in the league in yards conceded and gives up nearly 30 points per game to the opposition—is especially suspect right now, which is a major reason why bookmakers have set the total on this one at 53.5 points, one of the largest over/unders on the board in Week 6.
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: MIN -4
Betting Trends & Info: The Falcons have gone just 7-20 ATS over their last 27 games played in the month of October. The Vikings are 10-2-1 ATS during their last 13 October contests. Atlanta is one of just three teams in the league still winless after five games and has covered just once so far during the 2020 NFL season. Minnesota hasn’t fared much better straight-up this year, winning just one of its five contests, but has cashed tickets against the spread in each of its last three matchups, keeping its trend of ATS wins during October rolling. The Vikings have also won each of the last four clashes with the Falcons dating back to the start of the 2014 campaign, covering in all those meetings. Minnesota should push that streak to five in a row today against an Atlanta opponent trotting out a historically awful defense that is giving up nearly 450 yards and 32.2 points per game.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: TEN -4
Betting Trends & Info: The favorite has gone 9-3 ATS across the last 12 Texans-Titans games. Tennessee is laying four at home to their AFC South rival in Week 6, which should not come as a surprise given the Titans are one of four teams still undefeated during the 2020 NFL season. It is worth noting that Tennessee has only covered the spread once this year, finally breaking through for backers last week in a blowout Tuesday night win over the Bills. The Texans slumped to an 0-4 SU and ATS start before firing head coach Bill O’Brien, turning things around with an outright win and cover against the Jaguars in Week 5 under interim coach Romeo Crennel. Teams with interim head coaches have not fared well consistently, however, going just 135-151-6 ATS since the start of the 1989 season.
Washington Football Team at New York Giants
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: NYG -2.5
Betting Trends & Info: The Giants have won and covered in four of the last five matchups with Washington, a run that includes three consecutive SU and ATS victories over this foe leading up to their first matchup of the 2020 NFL season in Week 6. Both squads are slumping this year, especially on the offensive end, ranking as two of the worst three teams in the league on that side of the football. Given these NFC East rivals have trended towards low-scoring affairs in years when their respective offenses weren’t as abysmal—five of the last seven WAS-NYG games have gone under—it’s far from a stretch to expect Sunday’s matchup to land under the set total of 41.5 points. Washington and New York have combined for just one over the last nine games combined against NFC East foes and won’t put enough points on the board today to start reversing that trend.
Pro Pick: Under 41.5 points
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: PIT -3.5
Betting Trends & Info: The Steelers are 8-1-1 SU over their last 10 matchups with the Browns. Cleveland has been competitive as an underdog in most of these games, however, going 5-5 ATS in that span, including four covers in the last six meetings. The Browns are once again ‘dogs for their Week 6 road matchup in Pittsburgh, getting four points in a stadium they haven’t won at since 2003. The Steelers defense has been amongst the league’s best during the 2020 season, allowing just over 300 yards per game to opposing offenses. The Browns are coming into this one riding a four-game winning streak, but have only bested one squad with a record above .500 in that span. Pittsburgh’s offense is starting to pick up as well, as the club just hung a season-high 38 points on the in-state rival Eagles last week, a victory that pushed their record to 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS. The surging Steelers should have little issue moving to 5-0 on the year with another home win over the AFC North rival Browns this afternoon.
Pro Pick: Steelers -3.5
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: BAL -10
Betting Trends & Info: The Ravens have been the top team in the league to bet on as a road favorite with Lamar Jackson starting at quarterback for the organization, going 10-2-1 ATS—including a 5-0-1 record as a favorite of six-plus points—since 2018. The Eagles have struggled to consistently cover the spread in that same span, with a 17-23 mark against the number overall and 1-2 ATS as a home underdog, one of the worst cover rates in the league during the last couple of years. Baltimore’s passing game has not looked sharp recently, however, averaging a mere 169 yards per game since Week 3 and only topping 205 yards through the air once this year back in the season-opener. Although the roster has been ravaged by injury, Philadelphia’s secondary has been surprisingly strong in 2020, holding opposing signal-callers to an average of just 240 yards per game. This should wind up as a run-heavy matchup that doesn’t allow for enough points to be scored for it to go chalk or over the set total of 46.5 points.
Pro Pick: Eagles +10, Under 46.5
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: IND -7.5
Betting Trends & Info: The Colts are 8-1 SU over their last nine home games against the Bengals. Indianapolis has been a strong play at home recently, coming into this one having outright won 13 of the last 16 contests held at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cincinnati, on the other hand, has struggled mightily as a visitor during the last couple seasons, going 0-14-1 SU in the past 15 road games. The Colts are 3-2 SU and ATS during the 2020 NFL season, while the Bengals have gone 1-3-1 SU and 3-2 ATS this year. It’d be a major surprise if Cincy can pull off the upset, but laying more than a touchdown with Indy seems to be too many with a program that only has one decent win on its record—a 19-11 victory over the Bears in Week 4—and took “L”’s against both Jacksonville and Cleveland.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Odds: NE -7.5
Betting Trends & Info: New England is 8-1 SU and ATS following a bye—including the postseason—since the start of the 2015 campaign. Denver, which also had Week 5 off, has gone a middling 3-3 SU and 3-2-1 ATS in games played after a bye during the same span. In addition to the additional time to prep for their opponent, the break also afforded the Pats enough time to get two of their key players back from the COVID-19/reserve list, returning starting quarterback Cam Newton and elite corner Stephon Gilmore to take on the Broncos. Denver wasn’t as fortunate in the injury department, as both running back Melvin Gordon and tight end Noah Fant—arguably their two most dangerous offensive weapons—are officially out for Week 6. After New England struggled in its last outing, a 26-10 defeat to the defending champion Chiefs without Newton under center, the franchise should get back on track today against a thin Broncos foe that has just one win and cover—both against the lowly Jets—during the 2020 NFL season.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Time: 4:05 p.m.
Odds: MIA -9.5
Betting Trends & Info: The Jets are the only team in the league that have yet to win or cover in a single game so far during the 2020 NFL season. Miami hasn’t been a powerhouse, but its 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS record is respectable and the club is coming off a 43-17 thrashing of the 49ers in Week 5, its second win and cover in the last three weeks. The ‘Phins have also dominated this AFC East rivalry in recent years, going 6-2 SU and 6-1-1 ATS—including a 4-0 ATS sweep over the last two seasons—since the start of the 2016 campaign. Do not overthink this one, just avoid a historically bad Gang Green group at all costs and go with the Dolphins to dominate in Week 6.
Pro Pick: Dolphins -9.5
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Time: 4:25 p.m.
Odds: GB -1
Betting Trends & Info: Green Bay is the only team in the league still undefeated both SU and ATS going into Week 6. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been on an absolute tear this year, guiding his team to an unblemished record while completing over 70% of his passing attempts and tossing 13 touchdowns without a single interception. The future Hall of Famer has done this all despite missing top targets Davante Adams and Allen Lazard for stretches, although the former is expected to return to action today and give the Green Bay passing offense even more firepower. The Bucs haven’t started the 2020 campaign as strong as some expected they would when they acquired Tom Brady in free agency and are coming off a tough primetime loss to Chicago last week. Still, Tampa has had a few extra days to prepare for this one and it may be needed against the potent Packers. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians hasn’t fared well with a rest advantage, however, going 0-3 SU and ATS since taking over the reins in Tampa at the start of the 2019 campaign. Remember that the Bucs just blew a chance of a comeback against the Bears due to poor communication on which down it was during a potential game-winning drive, so they’ll need to be far more organized to pull off the slight upset as one-point home underdogs in Week 6.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Time: 8:20 p.m.
Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Odds: LAR -3
Betting Trends & Info: The Rams are 5-2 ATS over their last seven games as a road favorite dating back to the start of the 2019 campaign. The 49ers have yet to win or cover in any of their three home games this year. It has been rough sledding for the Super Bowl runner-up Niners, who have seen the roster get decimated by injuries suffered by some of their most important and impactful players. They’ll try to turn things around on Sunday Night Football against an LA opponent that has thrived in primetime recently, going 6-3 ATS over its last nine nationally televised games, including three consecutive covers leading into this Week 6 bout. San Francisco has failed to beat the number in its two most recent primetime matchups and is 3-5 ATS over its last eight appearances in a night game. It’s not looking good for the Niners, especially against a foe that is now 4-1 SU and suffered its only defeat on the road against a quality Buffalo team by just three points. San Francisco just had to yank starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at halftime last week and took an embarrassing loss at home versus a middling Miami, it’s hard to see a path for this squad to win or even cover in Week 6.
Monday, October 19
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Live Stream: NFL.com
Odds: KC -4
Betting Trends & Info: Not many projected this to be a key AFC battle when the 2020 NFL season schedule was released, but Buffalo has proven its mettle and is a legitimate contender in the conference after starting the year with a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS record. The Chiefs have an identical record in 2020 and both teams are coming off their first losses of the year in Week 5. Buffalo’s defeat was a bit more jarring, as the franchise flailed against the Titans on Tuesday, scoring a season-low 16 points while giving up a season-high 42, a far cry from the 31 points the Bills scored and 25 points they gave up on average and during the first quarter of the campaign. The Chiefs kept things more competitive during their first loss since Week 10 of last year, but ultimately had their 13-game winning streak snapped by the AFC West rival Raiders in a 40-32 barn burner. This contest should be decided by quarterback play, with two of the league’s most exciting signal-caller’s going head-to-head for the first time when Josh Allen tries to guide his Bills to an upset over Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs. Allen is surprisingly second in the NFL in passing yards thanks to the emergence of Stefon Diggs (509 receiving yards, also No. 2 in the league) as a legitimate star wideout during his first season in Buffalo. It will be tough to go blow-for-blow with Mahomes, however, who just put up 340 passing yards and accounted for three total touchdowns against Las Vegas. If the Chiefs defense can help the team’s offense by making a few plays and forcing Allen into a mistake or two, this one will easily go chalk
Pro Pick: Chiefs -4
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
Time: 8:15 p.m.
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds: ARI -1
Betting Trends & Info: The Cardinals have won and covered in four of the last five meetings between these organizations. Dallas did win the most recent matchup though, a 28-17 drubbing during the 2017 campaign. Much has changed for both sides in the seasons since that last clash, including a very recent adjustment for Dallas under center. Starting quarterback Dak Prescott went down for the remainder of the 2020 NFL season with a gruesome ankle injury in Week 5, but the franchise still has hope to contend this year. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they had a quality backup on the roster after they inked former Bengals signal-caller Andy Dalton to a deal in the offseason. Dalton will be making his first start for Dallas in Week 6, following up on his respectable 9-of-12 passing, 111-yard debut in relief of Prescott that helped Dallas secure a key 37-34 win over the Giants last week. Dalton will have his work cut out in a showdown with the Arizona defense, however, a unit that has allowed just 20.4 points per game to the opposition, good for the fifth-best mark in the NFL. The Cardinals have been especially tough on opposing quarterbacks, conceding a stingy 222.4 passing yards per game. With Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray getting back on track last week in an easy win over the Jets—the QB hung 380 yards and a touchdown on Gang Green while completing 27-of-37 passing attempts and adding another 31 yards and a score on nine rushing attempts—and now facing a sieve-like Dallas defense that concedes a league-worst 36 points per game, it could get ugly in Arlington for the home team.
Pro Pick: Cardinals -1
Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkay/2020/10/18/nfl-week-6-predictions-schedule-odds-and-expert-picks-against-the-spread/