NFL picks for Week 6: Bank on 'FitzMagic' and take Dolphins over Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins play the Jets on Sunday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Week 6 of the NFL is here! I can’t believe we are one-third of the way through the regular season. Quick reminder that the Las Vegas Raiders are 3-2 are on a bye week after beating the Chiefs last week and could use a break and get some guys healthy. Onto the bets!

* Falcons @ Vikings (Vikings -4.0): The Vikings can score points again! They should’ve won last week against the Seahawks. I wonder if there were fans in the stands if Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would have kicked that field goal. I wonder if Alexander Mattison runs outside instead of inside he scores and the game is really over. Football is a game of inches, as they say, although the Falcons may need a few feet, especially without Julio Jones. Matt Ryan looks bad, and Atlanta hasn't been practicing due to some COVID tests. The over is also a strong play here, but I don’t trust the Falcons to score more than 20 on the road these days.

* Chiefs @ Bills (Bills +5): This bet only works if the Bills get Matt Milano and Tre’Davious White back, but look for them to come out some inspired football after Tuesday’s debacle. The Chiefs should also be on their revenge tour from their loss to the Raiders last week. If those two starters don’t play for the Bills, just take the over as that’s the safest play. Bills win outright with those two back in the lineup. John Brown would just be a bonus. I'll call it 31-27, a game that should be close throughout.

* Jets @ Dolphins (Dolphins -9.0): This isn’t necessarily a play on the Dolphins as it is against the worst team in football. Check the weather reports because this could be soggy day and in those you just take the under and watch the guys hydroplane around the field. This a favorite teaser play of the week as well, The Jets have already quit on the year, and the Dolphins are young and motivated. I'll go 23-10 if the weather is wet, and 41-17 if it’s decent conditions.

Season record: 7-8 ATS

Ben Maggio is the Sports Business Development Manager for Nevada Sports Net and occasionally writes for the website. You contact him at

Offbeat News