NFL Week 6: Potential Upsets
The dogs finally had their day, as Week 5 had more pups covering the number, going 8-6 overall. Seven of the underdogs won outright, with the eighth - Dallas - coming awfully close to handing Denver its first loss of the season. The favorites are now 38-36-3 after the first five weeks of the season and 26 of the dogs have won outright.
Two high-profile teams catching points stand out this week, including the shootout in Foxborough between Drew Brees and Tom Brady. The Patriots are laying 2.5 to New Orleans at 5Dimes, but it's the Saints who look like the better team, even with a travel bag.
The Saints are one of three unbeaten teams left in the NFL, and it might be safe to say New England will have its hands full in facing its first legitimate Super Bowl contender. New Orleans ranks fourth overall with their offense, led by the second-best passing game in the league and seventh-best scoring average (26.8 points per game).
That doesn't bode well for a Patriots team that ranks 19th against the pass and 23rd in scoring offense with a paltry 19.0 ppg. Add in the fact the Pats are in off a 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in what was their worst offensive performance yet. Yeah, the play here is on the undefeated pup.
Next up are the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens, who are +2 against a Green Bay team that makes too many mistakes on the road. The Ravens are second in the league with 19 sacks, and Baltimore sack-master Terrell Suggs is on the brink of milestone stats, so, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be in for a long day.
Suggs, the franchise's career leader in sacks, ranks fourth in the NFL this season with seven. One more and he sets a team record with at least one in six straight games. With four more tackles he becomes the second-leading tackler in Ravens history behind Ray Lewis. Suggs' defensive prowess makes Baltimore a live pup.