Backed by Pack, ‘grandma1’ wins Gridiron Green

You say Solina, I say Salida, but the woman with the online handle “grandma1” had the final say.

And Grandma knows best.

She certainly knew more than me, who coughed up a Week 6 doozy with six right and eight wrong to run my overall record to a mediocre 48-42.

Ann Solina won the Week 6 Gridiron Green with a 12-for-14 round, including a successful Sunday-night pick of the maligned Green Bay Packers ending the Houston Texans’ previously unbeaten season.

Shawn Walters of Altoona, Pa., won (13-for-14) the national Green, including the Packers’ upset.

Speaking of the Packers, Ann Laws, our local Week 2 champion who goes by the alias “packerfan,” leads the Green through six weeks with 61 points, and bhagwan leads the Gridiron Gold with 58 points.

Week 7

Byes: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Seattle at San Francisco, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) – No shame in losing to the Giants, but the way the 49ers lost last week I’m tempted to go Seahawks here; But there is no 12th Man here. Pick: 49ers 27-14. Line: 49ers by 7.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Arizona at Minnesota, 11 a.m. – AP All Day at the Dome. Pick: Vikings, 19-16. Line: Vikings by 6.

Green Bay at St. Louis, 11 a.m. – The Rams are Ram-tough at home, but it appears the Pack is back. Pick: Packers, 27-23. Line: Packers by 5½.

Baltimore at Houston, 11 a.m. (KCNC, KREZ) – No Ray Lewis? No Brian Cushing? Push? Pick: Texans, 28-27. Line: Texans by 6.

Washington at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m. – A big W by the bay might be just what the G-Men needed. Pick: Giants, 28-26. Line: Giants by 6½.

Dallas at Carolina, 11 a.m. (KASA) – Two struggling sides trying to right a ship. Vote starboard. Pick: Panthers, 27-24. Line: Cowboys by 1½.

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 11 a.m. – I wouldn’t be surprised either way, but I’m going with the more explosive O. Pick: Saints, 30-24. Line: Saints by 2½.

Cleveland at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. – Browns won, Colts lost, trend continues. Pick: Browns, 17-16. Line: Colts by 3.

Tennessee at Buffalo, 11 a.m. – Anybody buying the Titans after a Thursday-night victory at home against Pittsburgh? Not me. Pick: Bills, 26-22. Line: Bills by 3.

Jacksonville at Oakland, 2:25 p.m. – Raiders showed moxie against undefeated Atlanta. Pick: Raiders, 16-14. Line: Raiders by 4.

N.Y. Jets at New England, 2:25 p.m. (KCNC, KREZ) – The Patriots aren’t the Colts. Pick: Patriots, 37-13. Line: Patriots by 10½.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:20 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – The Steelers have had more than a week to prepare for the disappointing Bengals. Pick: Steelers, 21-20. Line: Steelers by 2½.

Monday, Oct. 22

Detroit at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) – Chicago is coming off a bye week, and the game is at Soldier Field. Da’ Bears! Pick: Bears, 30-20. Line: Bears by 5.

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