One of my favorite things about predictions is the extraordinarily angry reactions they get out of people. I’m just a dude writing a blog for Inside the Iggles, my predictions for the 2014 NFL season (being made in June) have no impact on what will actually happen this fall, yet it never fails.
In our Week 5 picks we had the return of Cutler2Marshall312, who was taken to task by ronnieblowhard. Hilarity ensued, with the exception of ronnieblowhard saying Cutler2Marshall312 sounds like “a Dallas fan.” Harsh, man. Not cool. That crossed a line. Let’s be civil, OK? No one deserves that.
My favorite comment, though, was from Ben Mitchell: “Bucs win? Really? Based on what? Magic? The unstoppable might of McCown?”
Ben, you should have quit while you were ahead. You had it right the first time. Everyone knows Tampa Bay’s stadium was built upon the ancient ruins of this place. Every now and again, they are able to summon the power of witches and wizards and win a game. It’s called science, man.
Now, a look at our standings through five weeks…
|New England Patriots||4||1|
|New York Jets||1||4|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||3|
|San Diego Chargers||2||3|
|New York Giants||4||1|
|Green Bay Packers||3||2|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||3|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||2|
|St. Louis Rams||2||2|
As you can see, Seattle is our lone unbeaten team, Minnesota and Jacksonville are winless, and I have Houston at 4-1, which is incredible.
Let’s jump in to the Week 6 picks (Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints on a bye).
Colts @ Texans: This will begin to restore some order to things. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck is a better quarterback than whoever will be taking snaps for the Texans at this point in the season. Indianapolis 33, Houston 17
Bears @ Falcons: Tough one here. Atlanta was so, so horrible last year, and they’re really not that bad of a team. They get back to .500 here. Atlanta 23, Chicago 20
Jaguars @ Titans: Poor, poor Jacksonville. At least they have this going for them. Tennessee 28, Jacksonville 21
Ravens @ Buccaneers: Tampa Bay can’t win two games in a row. Baltimore 29, Tampa Bay 14
Broncos @ Jets: Finally, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets a break. Denver 41, New York Jets 20
Lions @ Vikings: At some point in time, Minnesota is going to win a game. They have to. I really, really want to give them one, but I don’t see it happening yet. Detroit 34, Minnesota 26
Patriots @ Bills: Flexible scheduling starts in Week 5. If the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles weren’t scheduled to play on Sunday Night this week, this game would be flexed. It’s going to be a good one. Buffalo 27, New England 25
Panthers @ Bengals: Cincinnati is starting to make its move. Cincinnati 26, Carolina 14
Steelers @ Browns: The Steelers are going to hang around for a while this season. Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 20
Packers @ Dolphins: The bye week will do little to help the Miami Dolphins. Green Bay 37, Miami 17
Chargers @ Raiders: With a win this week, Oakland would be over .500. Yeah, right. San Diego 30, Oakland 20
Cowboys @ Seahawks: It’s going to be a long year for Jerry Jones. Seattle 38, Dallas 14
Redskins @ Cardinals: Arizona could make a serious run at a playoff spot this season. The Redskins just don’t have enough. Arizona 23, Washington 16
49ers @ Rams: The NFC West is going to be such a tough division this season. I think someone is going to supplant San Francisco as the perennial NFC runners-up. Will it be St. Louis? This week, yes. St. Louis 27, San Francisco 18
And on Sunday Night Football…
Giants @ Eagles: Big showdown in the NFC East. The Giants enter 4-1, the Eagles at 3-2. These two teams will battle all season for the division title. Schedule makers knew what they were doing putting these two against each other in Week 17. Give this round, at the Linc, to the Birds. Philadelphia 29, New York Giants 26 (OT)