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Best Value NFL Week 6 Betting Odds

Written by on August 3, 2016

Week 6 of the 2016 NFL betting season begins on Thursday, Oct. 13 when Denver visits San Diego — possibly for the last time if the Chargers move — in an AFC West matchup. The week concludes on Monday, Oct. 17 when the New York Jets visit the Arizona Cardinals in matchup of two excellent defenses. The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Bucs are on the bye week.

Here are the Best Value NFL Week 6 Betting Odds

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (-3 in NFL betting)

This line seems a few points too low as the Redskins are defending NFC East champions — if perhaps that was a bit of a fluke — and the Eagles seem likely to finish last in the division this year. Washington swept the Eagles last year, winning 38-24 at home in Week 16 to clinch the division. Kirk Cousins threw four touchdown passes and had a season-high 365 yards. Cousins set career highs in completions (12), attempts (18) and touchdowns (3) on passes thrown more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. DeAngelo Hall returned DeMarco Murray’s fumble 17 yards for a momentum- changing TD in the third quarter. Cousins threw TD passes to Chris Thompson and Pierre Garcon and a pair to Jordan Reed. Philly’s first drive ended with a 1-yard Ryan Mathews touchdown run. But Washington took over from there, with Cousins finding tight end Reed for two first-quarter touchdowns. The Eagles drew to within 13-10 but were outscored 22-14 in the second half as Washington put the game away. Murray ran for just 15 yards and had one of the Eagles’ three lost fumbles. That loss would be Chip Kelly’s final game as Eagles coach as he was then fired. Kelly went through three seasons as Eagles head coach without winning a playoff game. That made him the first to do that since Buddy Ryan (1986-1988).

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots(-6 in NFL betting)

This game will be a zoo at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro because it will be Tom Brady’s first home game of the season after serving his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. I think the Patriots will be incredibly fired up and blow the doors off the Bengals. Something like when the teams last played, in Week 5 in 2014 also in Foxboro. The Patriots won 43-17. Brady threw for 292 yards to reach 50,000 career and Stevan Ridley had 113 of the team’s 220 yards rushing against a team that had allowed an NFL-low 11 points per game entering. The Patriots surpassed that by scoring on their first two possessions, on Ridley’s 1-yard run and Brady’s 17-yard pass to Tim Wright. They led 20-3 at halftime before the Bengals cut it to 10 points on Andy Dalton’s 37-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu. But Cincinnati came no closer. Stephen Gostkowski added five field goals for New England, the most in his nine-year career. Cincinnati got some bad news this week when 2016 first-round pick Williams Jackson, a cornerback, suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Jackson will seek a second opinion to see if he’ll be out for the season or be placed on injured reserve/designated to return. Seeking the second opinion allows the Bengals more time to make a decision on Jackson’s status. The 6-foot Jackson combines size with 4.37 40-yard- dash speed and ability to play the ball in the air. He became the third defensive back taken by the Bengals in the first round in the past five drafts. The Bengals do have depth at the position, with Adam Jones, and former first-round picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard as their top three corners. Although Jackson eventually would have gotten some time working inside as a slot cornerback this camp, his primary spot likely would have been on the outside where the two veterans were already present. I like the Patriots here in NFL betting.