Randall the Handle's Week 6 NFL predictions

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

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Browns (2-2) at Raiders (3-2)

LINE: OAKLAND BY 7

RIP Al Davis. The Raiders provided a fine tribute last week when winning in an unlikely, almost supernatural way. Without sounding insensitive, the aftermath of Davis' passing may not be as triumphant. There will be plenty of distractions now with the Raiders returning home and that won't bode well for a team that has defensive liabilities. The Browns have had two weeks to prepare for this trip and with Colt McCoy tossing against a secondary that is giving up 318 yards per game and multiple passing scores in four straight, the Browns figure to compete throughout.

TAKING: BROWNS +7

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Panthers (1-4) at Falcons (2-3)

LINE: ATLANTA BY 4

Members of the public have short memories. Oddsmakers recognize that. The result is an erroneous number being posted for this contest. After a couple of crummy seasons, the Panthers have become league darlings with the addition of Cam Newton as their franchise quarterback. No doubt, they have become fun and exciting to watch. Conversely, the Falcons are now perceived as underachievers, understandably. But let's not write off Atlanta just yet. They are 21-5 under Matt Ryan in this stadium, are well coached, and they have superior players overall. Smaller price also reduces Carolina's backdoor chances.

TAKING: FALCONS -4

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Jaguars (1-4) at Steelers (3-2)

LINE: PITTSBURGH by 12

We found a nice spot last week with these Steelers being undervalued against a mediocre Titans team. Now the opposite has taken place. How can Pittsburgh be a 3-point favourite over Tennessee and one week later, a 12-point favourite over a slightly lesser Jacksonville squad? A severe overreaction to Pittsburgh's victory last week has inflated this number immensely. The Steelers remain a team with many issues, not the least of which is run defence. If Jacksonville has strength, it would be their ground game with star RB Maurice Jones-Drew leading the way. Conservative affair stays close.

TAKING: JAGUARS +12

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Eagles (1-4) at Redskins (3-1)

LINE: PHILADELPHIA BY 1

Many believe that the Eagles can't keep losing like this. Truth is they can. Just like Philadelphia should not have been favoured in Buffalo last week, these pigeons should not be chalk here. The Redskins play sound defence and have had an extra week to prepare for this reeling foe.

TAKING: REDSKINS +1

Rams (0-4) at Packers (5-0)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 14.5

We all know who the superior team is. So with the pointspread being the great equalizer and oddsmakers knowing the sentiment here, they have no choice but to inflate the number in an attempt to draw Rams money. That offers value on the mutt and that's sufficient enough for our endorsement.

TAKING: RAMS +14.5

49ers (4-1) at Lions (5-0)

LINE: DETROIT BY 4

Who didn't know these two would be 9-1 combined? San Francisco likely is the bigger surprise but this will be its biggest task yet. The Niners are heading out to their third road trip in four weeks and with their secondary vulnerable to potent passing attacks, the soaring, roaring Lions get the call.

TAKING: LIONS -4

Colts (0-5) at Bengals (3-2)

LINE: CINCINNATI BY 7

We're as impressed with the young Bengals as any, but come on now, this is a bit much. Cincinnati has been money as an underdog but spotting a full touchdown (2-12 as chalk past 14) with neophyte host over a Colts team that has been competitive in three straight hardly seems wise.

TAKING: COLTS +7

Bills (4-1) at Giants (3-2)

LINE: NEW YORK BY 3

Beneath Buffalo's shocking start is a 30th-ranked defence that will eventually get exposed and this is a perfect situation for that to happen. The Giants are being largely discounted after clunker at home to lowly Seahawks, but with New York's passing game re-establishing itself, the Bills' bubble finally bursts.

TAKING: GIANTS -3

Texans (3-2) at Ravens (3-1)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 7.5

Some teams can deal with injuries by working harder to overcome the adversity. The Texans are not one of those teams. Houston's mental makeup is marginal at the best of times and now that the injury bug has infiltrated its locker room, we can't see the Texans keeping pace with elite teams such as this one.

TAKING: RAVENS -7.5

Cowboys (2-2) at Patriots (4-1)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 7

Forgive and forget. That's what Cowboys supporters will have to do in order to get past the collapse against the Lions two weeks ago. Even though Dallas is facing top-talented Patriots, have to be enthused about taking back a touchdown with a Dallas team that has played in 10 straight decided by four or less.

TAKING: COWBOYS +7

Saints (4-1) at Buccaneers (3-2)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS BY 4.5

We're going to give the Bucs a mulligan for last week's stinker in San Francisco. Our hopes are that this young team was looking ahead to this one and that they will provide a much better showing of themselves here. The Saints are being asked to spot points in their third consecutive road game, in big division match.

TAKING: BUCCANEERS +4.5

Vikings (1-4) at Bears (2-3)

LINE: CHICAGO BY 3

The Bears are in a funk and coach Lovie Smith has promised a shakeup in his lineup, particularly on his woeful offensive line. While the change is understandable, it can't be viewed as positive. Look for Minnesota to contend here by running Adrian Peterson and bashing Bears QB Jay Cutler.

TAKING: VIKINGS +3

Dolphins (0-4) at Jets (2-3)

LINE: NY JETS BY 7

Miami has yet to win or cover, but still prefer Fish to a Jets team that hardly deserves being a converted touchdown choice over anyone. The Dolphins usually are best when taking road points and with this being a divisional game, a Monday night feature, and off a bye, the visitor gets the nod.

TAKING: DOLPHINS +7

Last week's record: 8-4-1

Season: 37-35-4


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