Oh, for shame.
My prognostication powers seriously were dulled last week. Was it the stirring top-25 on top-25 upsets swirling around the college game the last two weeks? Could it be the Kansas City Royals’ stunning sweep through the MLB postseason?
Or maybe it was just the fact I picked the St. Louis Rams to win on Monday Night Football and there was a tie in Week 6 on the NFL schedule.
A, B, C or D, all of the above, contributed to the Gridiron Guru’s 7 in Week 6, but I wasn’t alone. Oh no, Aaron Archuleta of Durango, our Week 2 Gridiron Green winner, was right there with me among the biggest losers.
Jake McKie, however, managed to avoid the aforementioned pickin’ pratfalls to score a 13 out of 15 to win the Week 6 Green. McKie of Mancos tied six others atop the leaderboard, but his 24-18 Eagles’ tiebreaker broke our tie, as well.
Bye: Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
Thursday, Oct. 16
N.Y. Jets at New England (KCNC, KREZ; NFL Network): Tommy Terrific and the Patriots have rediscovered their mojo. Pick: Patriots, 33-13. Line: Patriots by 9½.
Sunday, Oct. 19
Seattle at St. Louis: The Seahawks finally lost at home. Good luck with this one, Rams. Pick: Seahawks, 23-10. Line: Seahawks by 6½.
Miami at Chicago: Cutler. Forte. Jeffery. Marshall. Pick: Bears, 27-20. Line: Bears by 3½.
Carolina at Green Bay (KASA): Mr. Rodgers neighborhood. Pick: Packers, 24-23. Line: Packers by 7.
Atlanta at Baltimore: No good at home. No good on the road. Pick: Ravens, 30-17. Line: Ravens by 7.
Tennessee at Washington: Finally, a winnable game for the Redskins in the nation’s capital. Pick: Redskins, 23-20. Line: Redskins by 5.
Cleveland at Jacksonville: Just how good are the Browns? Well, this isn’t the litmus test. Pick: Browns, 30-16. Line: Browns by 5½.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis: Luck? At home? Pick: Colts, 26-21. Line: Colts by 3.
Minnesota at Buffalo: Kim and Terry Pegula get their first victory as new owners. Pick: Bills, 19-13. Line: Bills by 4½.
New Orleans at Detroit: The Lions’ d-line is winning football games. Pick: Lions, 30-28. Line: Lions by 3.
Kansas City at San Diego (KCNC, KREZ): With a near-loss at Oakland and the Broncos looming on a short week, call it a trap game. Pick: Chiefs, 23-21. Line: Chargers by 4.
Arizona at Oakland: Carson Palmer brings stability to the Cardinals. Pick: Cardinals, 23-20. Line: Cardinals by 3½.
N.Y. Giants at Dallas (KASA): OK, now we believe. Pick: Cowboys, 28-22. Line: Cowboys by 5½.
San Francisco at Denver (KOBF, KUSA; KRSJ 100.5 FM): Juicy, juicy, juicy. The 49ers can’t afford another first half like they suffered in primetime in St. Louis. Pick: Broncos, 30-27. Line: Broncos by 6½.
Monday, Oct. 20
Houston at Pittsburgh (ESPN): J.J. Watt and the Texans’ gunslinging’ D light a fire under Mike Tomlin’s hot seat. Pick: Texans, 20-17. Line: Steelers by 3½.