This N’ That with Tony Mack: NFL Picks: Week 6

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 15, 2004
NEW HAVEN, CT.—Before we get started this week, BASN congratulates ex-New York Giant and South Carolina State standout Harry Carson on his appointment as the new executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
He’ll succeed outgoing director, Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. Now if we could just get the Pro Football Writers of America to come to their senses and have Carson join Winslow at Canton as well.
As for Week 5, that loud screaming you heard around 7:30 Eastern Sunday night wasn’t a mirage. It was yours truly after watching a pair of incredible comebacks absolutely kill my picks.
The meltdowns of Arizona and Seattle along with Carolina’s late gaffe at Denver are great for the fans to watch. But for someone trying to at least be .500 in picks, it’s just a killer.
Here’s our little factoid of the week: Through five weeks of the season, there are 11 teams with .750 or better winning percentages. That ties 1998 and 1999 for the second-most such teams at this point since 1970. There were 12 .750 teams in 1996.

Just a little something to chew on while wondering if the Patriots will ever lose again.

LAST WEEK: 8-8 (40-35 on the year)

We had the Giants and Bucs winning, but we got shot down by the Jags. Not to mention getting skunked by my favorite whipping boys from Motown. We also took a chance on the Texans at home. If Houston could ever win a close game, they could be a playoff contender.


PACKERS (1-4) at LIONS (3-1)

Is it time to begin the Brett Favre farewell tour already? If his daughter has anything to say about, maybe. This is starting to become a yearly ritual with No. 4, especially after the Packers lose a few games in a row. Just keep this in mind for Sunday’s contest: the last six times these teams have met at Detroit, the game has been decided by 8 points or less.

Pick: Packers

SEAHAWKS (3-1) at PATRIOTS (4-0)

While the Birds are still licking their wounds after allowing the Rams to steal an overtime win, New England is looking at extending their regular-season winning streak to 20. The Pats dismissed the Fish last week with Tom Brady throwing for less than 100 yards. Believe it or not, the Pats have lost the last five meetings against Seattle. That’s something that will end Sunday.

Pick: Patriots

PANTHERS (1-3) at EAGLES (4-0)

At this time last year, the Panthers were 3-1 and the Eagles 2-2. Injuries (Smith, Jenkins, Foster) and a small Super Bowl hangover has plagued Carolina, while the Eagles are looking to run and hide with the NFC East. Philly will also be looking to payback the ‘Cats from last year’s NFC title game loss. It Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens stay hot, it could be ugly early.

Pick: Eagles

VIKINGS (3-1) at SAINTS (2-3)

Daunte Culpepper showed last week why he’s one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks by torching the Houston secondary. Sorry I doubted you, No. 11. This week, they face a Saints team that has been inconsistent on both sides of the line this season. You may wanna get a good look at New Orleans head coach Jim Haslett. Could be one of the last times you see him wearing a headset in public.

Pick: Vikings


BUCS (1-4) at RAMS (3-2)

Both teams are coming off huge road wins: Tampa, behind Brian Griese at the Superdome and the Rams’ miracle comeback at Seattle. Did you know that Mike Martz is 0-3 career against the Bucs? Then again, Sapp, Lynch, and a few others were there when he had that losing skid. Last week’s win is just the kind of spark that a team could ride for the rest of the season.

Pick: Rams


Broncos over Raiders: Can it get any worse for the Silver and Black? Yup!!!

Steelers over Cowboys: The Tuna Helpers are falling and they may not be able to get up anytime soon.

Browns over Bengals: Until Cincy learns how to stop someone, I can’t pick them.

Jaguars over Chiefs: I’m gonna chalk up last week’s loss to the Chargers as a blip in the system. But if it happens again, I’m gonna bust some heads.

Jets over 49ers: Sorry, San Fran. Lightning won’t strike twice.

Bills over Dolphins: Miami is officially on the clock.

Titans over Texans: Not without a scare from Houston.

Falcons over Chargers: Sorry, I still would have taken Vick over Brees in the draft.

Redskins over Bears: Mark Brunell runs for his life, again. But at least the ‘Skins can win this time.