By The Coach and Dr. Football
You have to give Adrian Peterson credit. At least, he has compassion. This week, Peterson reached out to Kansas City Chiefs runningback Jamaal Charles, after Charles injured his left leg last Sunday and will be out for the season. Both players know what it’s like. Charles was already rehabbing a knee injury when Peterson went down in 2011.
It was a nice gesture by Peterson and it should be duly noted: “I hate for him to go down like that, my guy go down,” Peterson told reporters in the Twin Cities this week. “He’s been through it before with his left knee and now he knows what to expect doing his rehab. That’s one positive.”
This week, Peterson and the Vikings will face the Chiefs without Charles and it should give Minnesota an edge. Trouble is, with the Vikes’ horrendous offensive line, you never what can happen.
This is only second meeting in Minnesota between the Chiefs and the Vikings over the last 19 seasons and the Vikings look like favorites. After all, with teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, the Vikes have won five straight at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Vikings defense is also pretty good. Currently, the Vikes are sixth in the NFL, allowing an average of only 18.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been sacked 22 times this season, the most in the NFL.
Our boys weren’t anywhere near “the most” last week. In fact, Our fearless prognosticators were rather mediocre. The Doc went 8-6 (43-34) and 6-8 (35-42) against the spread. The Coach went 8-6 straight up (45-32) and 7-7 against the spread (40-37).
This week, the Doc writes brilliantly about our exquisite choices while The Coach will spend his time eating Cheesy Puffs and screaming at all the stinkin’ flags.
Let’s take a close look at Week 6:
Atlanta Falcons (5-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-4)
Line: Falcons by 3.5
The Falcons are in mid-season form and love playing in Domes which hasn’t been that friendly as of late to the Saints; they lost at home to the Bucs for crying out loud. The Coach says: If he doesn’t choke, Matty Ice will take New Orleans apart.
Dr. Football: Take the Falcons to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Falcons to win and cover.
Early Sunday Afternoon
Denver Broncos (5-0) at Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Line: Broncos by 4
Denver may look slow and old but so did my 86-year-old Grandpa who could whip my ass from his wheelchair. The Coach says: This has monster upset written all over it, except that the Broncos defense is just too good.
Dr. Football: Take the Broncos to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Broncos to win and cover.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) at Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Line: Bengals by 1.5
The Bengals are fun to watch and Andy Dalton is having fun, but can they keep it up. I think the Bills play party poopers before they head to London. The Coach says: This should be a good football game. But I’ll take Dalton over Tyrod.
Dr. Football: Take the Bills in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Bengals to win and cover.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Line: Vikings by 3.5
K.C couldn’t even beat the Bears at home now they drag their butts into Minnesota to face the well-rested Vikings. Won’t be close. The Coach says: Minnesota had better win this one. No Jamaal Charles, no elite ground game for K.C.
Dr. Football: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
Houston Texans (1-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Line: Texans by 1
Ugh. Who cares about either team? Nobody in Jacksonville. The Coach says: Wow. The only thing that would make this worse is if the Lions were in Jacksonville.
Dr. Football: Take the Texans to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Jaguars because… why not?
Chicago Bears (2-3) at Detroit Lions (0-5)
Line: Lions by 3
I guess Las Vegas feels that the last four consecutive victories over the Bears gives the winless Lions the edge. The Lions can’t go 0-16 again, can they? The Coach says: This one is as awful as Jags-Texans.
Dr. Football: Take the Lions to win but not cover.
The Coach: Take the Lions to win and cover.
Washington Redskins (2-3) at New York Jets (3-1)
Line: Jets by 5
Washington played tough against the Falcons and now face the Jets in their second consecutive road game who had the week off after their win in London. Maybe a little Jet lag, but New York will get the win in a close one. The Coach says: Jets boss Todd Bowles might be coach of the year.
Dr. Football: Take the Jets to win but not cover.
The Coach: Take the Jets to win and cover.
Arizona Cardinals (4-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Line: Cardinals by 3.5
Last second heroics from Le’Veon Bell got the Monday night win for the Steelers and return home for a tough one against Arizona. How much will they have left after the long flight on a short week? The Coach says: Arizona looked like a Super Bowl contender in Detroit last week. Granted, the Lions aren’t very good but they’re usually competitive at home. They weren’t even competitive against the Cards. Carson Palmer is playing like an elite quarterback this season.
Dr. Football: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.
Miami Dolphins (1-3) at Tennessee Titans (1-3)
Line: Titans by 2.5
Another stinker. Let’s see what a new head coach can do with the Dolphins. I’ll give him one. The Coach says: This is a sucker’s bet.
Dr. Football: Take the Dolphins in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Titans to win and cover.
Late Sunday Afternoon
Carolina Panthers (4-0) at Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Line: Seahawks by 6.5
An undefeated team is a 6 ½ point underdog against a 2-3 team? That’s what playing in Seattle get you. And the Seahawks will be out for blood after losing in OT against the Bengals. The Coach says: After Seattle choked in the fourth quarter last week, I’m not sure about this one. I’ll go with the home team and hold my nose.
Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win but not cover.
San Diego Chargers (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (5-0)
Line: Packers by 9.5
The Chargers let one slip away on Monday and now travel to the hallowed grounds of Green Bay and will arrive emotionally spent. This one won’t be pretty. The Coach says: Rated R for gratuitous violence and scenes of torture.
Dr. Football: Take the Packers to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Packers to win and cover.
Baltimore Ravens (1-4) at San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
Line: Ravens by 2.5
The Ravens have had a terrible go of as of late which defies logic while the 49ers are who everyone thought they would be this season. Baltimore gets back on track. The Coach says: Baltimore lost to Cleveland. Cleveland?! Not a hope.
Dr. Football: Take the Ravens to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the 49ers to win.
New England Patriots (4-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Line: Patriots by 7.5
I hope Tom Brady tosses 10 touchdown passes to give the middle finger to the entire NFL. The Coach says: What he said.
Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.
The Coach: take the Patriots to win and cover.
New York Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Line: Eagles by 4
A couple of facts; the Eagles have beat the Eagles 11 times over the span of 14 games and but the road team has won the last 11 of 16 times these two teams have met. The Giants are the better team. The Coach says: Indeed, the Giants are the better team but the Eagles are at home.
Dr. Football: Take the Giants in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Eagles to win but not cover.