Poore's Picks: Week Six

Poore's Picks, a weekly pick'em column for each and every NFL football game. Jim has been providing Patriots Insider sports enthusiasts, and those who like to wagering perspectives, a look at the games considering the odds. Picking the games each week, Jim lays his record out for all to see, mull over and rip apart come gameday. Here are Poore's Picks for week six in the 2005 NFL football season.

Poore's Picks: Week Six
By Jim Poore

As this writer's record for making picks tumbles further, one cannot imagine how many upsets there have really been this NFL season. This is not going to be a rant on how my picks are getting ruined or a whine to make excuses on my poor selections to date. Truth be told, my overall record of 33-40-1 is decent considering the play of the NFL season so far this year. During the workday comments are tossed from every corner deriding my poor record. Sadly, people do not understand how difficult it is to pick EVERY game against the spread, not just a handful of picks in the office pool. Their laughs and smiles are indicative of their enjoyment of my struggles to return to a winning record. Deep down they know that they envy me, and fear my return to respectability.

Now that the 2005 NFL season is in full swing, it is very apparent that the picks revealed in this column will start to improve. Teams are showing their strengths and weaknesses, thus helping to make my job a little easier. I am sure a .500 record is right around the corner. On to the picks for week number six.

DALLAS 3 1/2 New York Giants
The Big D in Dallas might stand for Drew, as in Drew Bledsoe. He is playing back to his old form, which is a good thing. The Cowboys smoked the Eagles last week, and continued play like that could get them very far. The Giants are coming off of a bye week, but despite their record I still cannot trust them or Eli Manning right now. Take the Cowboys at home.

Poore's Pick: Cowboys 27-20

DETROIT 1 Carolina
Hard to tell which Panthers team is going to show up. The same Lions team is going to play, the mediocre one that has been showing up every week. Carolina is either very good or very bad. This is their second straight game on the road, which isn't going to help. I like Detroit here, a team that might be starting to put it together just a bit.

Poore's Pick: Lions 23-20

Atlanta 3 1/2 SAN ANTONIO
This is obviously another home away from home game for the Saints, who just simply are not playing well right now. The Falcons are coming off of a tough home loss last week, and the Saints just might be the team they need to play to get back on the winning track. With or without Michael Vick, Atlanta should roll.

Poore's Pick: Falcons 30-14

CHICAGO 3 Minnesota
The Love Boat, soon we will be making another run. The Love Boat.... oh sorry, my mind got sidetracked for a second there. The Bears welcome Captain Stubing, Gopher and most importantly, bartender Isaac, to Chicago for a division game. I don't see how the Vikings can possibly play well this week after their lakeside cruise that lasted all of 45 minutes. The Bears actually haven't looked that bad at times. Chicago should win here, and despite the cruise, the Vikings really have been lousy so far this season.

Poore's Pick: Bears 24-10

KANSAS CITY 5 1/2 Washington
The Chiefs are coming off of a bye week and desperately need a win to keep pace in the division. The Redskins are coming off of a close loss, and they might be better then I think. But it doesn't matter. I refuse to root for Daniel Snyder, though it is nice to see Mark Brunell playing pretty well. I just can't picture the Chiefs losing at home, especially coming off of that bye. I think the Redskins might be ready to cool off just a bit.

Poore's Pick: Chiefs 35-17

Cincinnati 3 TENNESSEE
The Bengals were brought back to earth last week, though they played a good game against a good team. The Titans are still tough to figure out. They play hard for Jeff Fisher, they just lack experience right now. My gut feeling here is to go with the Titans at home, but since I don't have much of a gut, I still have to go with Cincinnati. They should bounce back after losing last week.

Poore's Pick: Bengals 26-19

PITTSBURGH 3 Jacksonville
Big Ben is banged up for the Steelers, but he should be ready to play this game. The Steelers are coming off of a big win Monday night, as are the Jags from their Sunday night contest. These two teams always play tough games, and this should be no different. Even though the Steelers are coming off a short week, I like them here. Look for a low scoring game in which the Steelers will come out on top.

Poore's Pick: Steelers 19-14

BALTIMORE 6 Cleveland
How the Ravens can be six point favorites against anybody right now should be a question posed to the casinos making the spreads. What a joke. Speaking of jokes, the Ravens might be one of the biggest jokes in the NFL right now. They might have the worst offense in the NFL this year, and their defense is not as great as it used to be. The Brownies are actually playing mediocre, as is Trent Dilfer. He hasn't looked too bad. This is my upset of the week. There were a lot to choose, but the Brownies coming off of a bye week, and the Ravens complete ineptitude all over the place make this one a good pick for this week.

Poore's Pick: Browns 16-14

TAMPA 4 1/2 Miami
The Bucs finally lost last week, but losing to the Jets should count as three losses. The Dolphins lost a tough game (they let me down as my upset special) but now have Ricky Williams returning to the backfield. The Williams / Ronnie Brown combination will give the Dolphins a look on offense they haven't seen in years -- a chance to score. I like the Dolphins here, especially with Williams back. I still am not sold on the Bucs, who I think might start to falter a bit now.

Poore's Pick: Dolphins 26-23

DENVER 3 New England
The Broncos have started 4-1 each of the last four seasons, yet limped to the end after great beginnings. The Patriots gutted out another tough win last week, but asking them to win two tough road games in a row is asking too much. More defensive injuries will once again put the Patriots' backs to the wall, but this time I don't think they will be left standing. The Broncos always play Pats tough wherever the game is played, and with this one being in Denver, I have to go with the Broncos.

Poore's Pick: Broncos 30-21

BUFFALO 3 New York Jets
The immortal Kelly Holcomb has actually given some life to the Bills' stagnant offense, but whether it can last more than a week is a pretty tough question to answer. The Jets stunned the Bucs last week, while their fill in quarterback of the week, Vinny Testaverde actually played ok. This should be a defensive struggle as both offenses are having trouble scoring points. Buffalo being at home is the only reason I am picking them here. This might be one of the most boring games of the week.

Poore's Pick: Bills 17-13

San Diego 2 OAKLAND
This is the third tough game in a row for the Chargers, who lost a close Monday night game. The Raiders have actually played pretty decent, though their record doesn't show it. They are also coming off of a bye week, and that fact along with the Chargers short practice week could allow for the Raiders to win. A third tough game in a row for the Chargers might take its toll a bit, and it could spell doom for them here.

Poore's Pick: Raiders 24-23

SEATTLE 9 Houston
The Seahawks resemble Jekyll and Hyde as do many other teams in the NFL. Seatlle plays great one week then awful the next. They could play awful this week and still cover the points against a Houston team that simply is not very good. How David Carr can even still walk after all of the hits he has taken is amazing. I like to root for the Texans, but they need a lot of work, beginning with their offensive line. I don't see the Seahawks having any problems with Houston this week.

Poore's Pick: Seahawks 37-17

INDIANAPOLIS 13 1/2 St. Louis
I almost get the feeling that the Colts are not even trying yet. They keep it close but do just enough to win every time. They have given up a league low 29 points so far this year on defense, which is incredible considering their problems last year. The Rams, as usual, have been pretty inconsistent. I am not sure if the temporary loss of Mike Martz is a good thing or not. With all due respect to his health issues, I think his loss might give the Rams a boost. I don't think it will be enough to cover the points, however, as the Colts are just on cruise control right now.

Poore's Pick: Colts 37-20

Last week's record: 5-9
Record through week five: 33-40-1
Upset special record: 0-5

[Editors note: PI staffers have been giving Jim a hard time regarding his picks. Like every other prognosticator who has been taking heat for their vision (or lack thereof) Jim has responded to the challenge, more determined to improve his record. One suggestion to the readers; if the picks continue along their current trend, you can always take the opposite of what Jim tells you to do. We're sure Jim won't mind, especially if it slows down the hate mail in is inbox.]

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Poore's Picks: Week Six
By Jim Poore

As this writer's record for making picks tumbles further, one cannot imagine how many upsets there have really been this NFL season. This is not going to be a rant on how my picks are getting ruined or a whine to make excuses on my poor selections to date. Truth be told, my overall record of 33-40-1 is decent considering the play of the NFL season so far this year. During the workday comments are tossed from every corner deriding my poor record. Sadly, people do not understand how difficult it is to pick EVERY game against the spread, not just a handful of picks in the office pool. Their laughs and smiles are indicative of their enjoyment of my struggles to return to a winning record. Deep down they know that they envy me, and fear my return to respectability.

Now that the 2005 NFL season is in full swing, it is very apparent that the picks revealed in this column will start to improve. Teams are showing their strengths and weaknesses, thus helping to make my job a little easier. I am sure a .500 record is right around the corner. On to the picks for week number six.

DALLAS 3 1/2 New York Giants
The Big D in Dallas might stand for Drew, as in Drew Bledsoe. He is playing back to his old form, which is a good thing. The Cowboys smoked the Eagles last week, and continued play like that could get them very far. The Giants are coming off of a bye week, but despite their record I still cannot trust them or Eli Manning right now. Take the Cowboys at home.

Poore's Pick: Cowboys 27-20

DETROIT 1 Carolina
Hard to tell which Panthers team is going to show up. The same Lions team is going to play, the mediocre one that has been showing up every week. Carolina is either very good or very bad. This is their second straight game on the road, which isn't going to help. I like Detroit here, a team that might be starting to put it together just a bit.

Poore's Pick: Lions 23-20

Atlanta 3 1/2 SAN ANTONIO
This is obviously another home away from home game for the Saints, who just simply are not playing well right now. The Falcons are coming off of a tough home loss last week, and the Saints just might be the team they need to play to get back on the winning track. With or without Michael Vick, Atlanta should roll.

Poore's Pick: Falcons 30-14

CHICAGO 3 Minnesota
The Love Boat, soon we will be making another run. The Love Boat.... oh sorry, my mind got sidetracked for a second there. The Bears welcome Captain Stubing, Gopher and most importantly, bartender Isaac, to Chicago for a division game. I don't see how the Vikings can possibly play well this week after their lakeside cruise that lasted all of 45 minutes. The Bears actually haven't looked that bad at times. Chicago should win here, and despite the cruise, the Vikings really have been lousy so far this season.

Poore's Pick: Bears 24-10

KANSAS CITY 5 1/2 Washington
The Chiefs are coming off of a bye week and desperately need a win to keep pace in the division. The Redskins are coming off of a close loss, and they might be better then I think. But it doesn't matter. I refuse to root for Daniel Snyder, though it is nice to see Mark Brunell playing pretty well. I just can't picture the Chiefs losing at home, especially coming off of that bye. I think the Redskins might be ready to cool off just a bit.

Poore's Pick: Chiefs 35-17

Cincinnati 3 TENNESSEE
The Bengals were brought back to earth last week, though they played a good game against a good team. The Titans are still tough to figure out. They play hard for Jeff Fisher, they just lack experience right now. My gut feeling here is to go with the Titans at home, but since I don't have much of a gut, I still have to go with Cincinnati. They should bounce back after losing last week.

Poore's Pick: Bengals 26-19

PITTSBURGH 3 Jacksonville
Big Ben is banged up for the Steelers, but he should be ready to play this game. The Steelers are coming off of a big win Monday night, as are the Jags from their Sunday night contest. These two teams always play tough games, and this should be no different. Even though the Steelers are coming off a short week, I like them here. Look for a low scoring game in which the Steelers will come out on top.

Poore's Pick: Steelers 19-14

BALTIMORE 6 Cleveland
How the Ravens can be six point favorites against anybody right now should be a question posed to the casinos making the spreads. What a joke. Speaking of jokes, the Ravens might be one of the biggest jokes in the NFL right now. They might have the worst offense in the NFL this year, and their defense is not as great as it used to be. The Brownies are actually playing mediocre, as is Trent Dilfer. He hasn't looked too bad. This is my upset of the week. There were a lot to choose, but the Brownies coming off of a bye week, and the Ravens complete ineptitude all over the place make this one a good pick for this week.

Poore's Pick: Browns 16-14

TAMPA 4 1/2 Miami
The Bucs finally lost last week, but losing to the Jets should count as three losses. The Dolphins lost a tough game (they let me down as my upset special) but now have Ricky Williams returning to the backfield. The Williams / Ronnie Brown combination will give the Dolphins a look on offense they haven't seen in years -- a chance to score. I like the Dolphins here, especially with Williams back. I still am not sold on the Bucs, who I think might start to falter a bit now.

Poore's Pick: Dolphins 26-23

DENVER 3 New England
The Broncos have started 4-1 each of the last four seasons, yet limped to the end after great beginnings. The Patriots gutted out another tough win last week, but asking them to win two tough road games in a row is asking too much. More defensive injuries will once again put the Patriots' backs to the wall, but this time I don't think they will be left standing. The Broncos always play Pats tough wherever the game is played, and with this one being in Denver, I have to go with the Broncos.

Poore's Pick: Broncos 30-21

BUFFALO 3 New York Jets
The immortal Kelly Holcomb has actually given some life to the Bills' stagnant offense, but whether it can last more than a week is a pretty tough question to answer. The Jets stunned the Bucs last week, while their fill in quarterback of the week, Vinny Testaverde actually played ok. This should be a defensive struggle as both offenses are having trouble scoring points. Buffalo being at home is the only reason I am picking them here. This might be one of the most boring games of the week.

Poore's Pick: Bills 17-13

San Diego 2 OAKLAND
This is the third tough game in a row for the Chargers, who lost a close Monday night game. The Raiders have actually played pretty decent, though their record doesn't show it. They are also coming off of a bye week, and that fact along with the Chargers short practice week could allow for the Raiders to win. A third tough game in a row for the Chargers might take its toll a bit, and it could spell doom for them here.

Poore's Pick: Raiders 24-23

SEATTLE 9 Houston
The Seahawks resemble Jekyll and Hyde as do many other teams in the NFL. Seatlle plays great one week then awful the next. They could play awful this week and still cover the points against a Houston team that simply is not very good. How David Carr can even still walk after all of the hits he has taken is amazing. I like to root for the Texans, but they need a lot of work, beginning with their offensive line. I don't see the Seahawks having any problems with Houston this week.

Poore's Pick: Seahawks 37-17

INDIANAPOLIS 13 1/2 St. Louis
I almost get the feeling that the Colts are not even trying yet. They keep it close but do just enough to win every time. They have given up a league low 29 points so far this year on defense, which is incredible considering their problems last year. The Rams, as usual, have been pretty inconsistent. I am not sure if the temporary loss of Mike Martz is a good thing or not. With all due respect to his health issues, I think his loss might give the Rams a boost. I don't think it will be enough to cover the points, however, as the Colts are just on cruise control right now.

Poore's Pick: Colts 37-20

Last week's record: 5-9
Record through week five: 33-40-1
Upset special record: 0-5

[Editors note: PI staffers have been giving Jim a hard time regarding his picks. Like every other prognosticator who has been taking heat for their vision (or lack thereof) Jim has responded to the challenge, more determined to improve his record. One suggestion to the readers; if the picks continue along their current trend, you can always take the opposite of what Jim tells you to do. We're sure Jim won't mind, especially if it slows down the hate mail in is inbox.]

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