Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 AM
Lots doing on the NFL Week 6 gridiron: The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the year; the Dallas Cowboys are looking to snap a mini two-game losing streak; and the Cleveland Browns are hoping to steady their shaky ship. Fun stuff! We'll get into a few of Sunday's NFL Week 6 previews but first this message ...
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NFL WEEK 6
On Sunday, it's ...
PHILADELPHIA (3-2) at MINNESOTA (3-2) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
There's already a mad scramble for NFL playoff sports and here's two teams that are looking to get on a roll: The visiting Eagles - fresh off back-to-back wins / covers against Green Bay and the New York Jets - bring the NFL's best rush defense into the Twin Cities (allowing just 63 ground yards per outing) and so going up against Minny RB Dalvin Cook who's averaging 108 rushing yards per game will be a great showdown. Let's see if Vikings' slinger Kirk Cousins can keep WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs (a combined 36 catches) happy here.
Spread Note - Minnesota is 18-7-2 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2017 season.
SAN FRANCISCO (4-0) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-2) - 4:05p.m. ET, Fox
Strange but true that the defending NFC champion Rams are looking up at the SF 49ers in this week's NFC West standings but consider this:
The Niners currently rank first in the league in rushing offense (200 ypg), fifth in rushing defense (81.8 ypg) and second in pass defense (199.8 ypg) and so, for all the talk about third-year head coach Kyle Shanahan's new-way theories, it's been a back-to-basics approach that has gotten San Fran to this undefeated status.
One major key here is whether or not the 49ers' offense can thrive without key FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee) who's a Swiss Army knife-like stud - expect 25 touches for RB Matt Breida who punctured Cleveland last Monday Night with that electrifying 83-yard TD romp just moments into the game.
Spread Note - The Rams have not suffered from a "Super Bowl hangover" when it comes to the pointspread as Sean McVay's crew has covered four of its first five games in 2019.
On Sunday Night, it's ...
PITTSBURGH (1-4) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-3) - 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Forget about the down-and-very-much-out Steelers here, what about this Chargers team that may well be in must-win mode here?
No doubt there's been no "home sweet home" deal - the Bolts have lost two of their three home games SU (straight-up) and failed to cover all three tilts including last weekend's 20-13 wire-to-wire setback against previously winless Denver. Maybe the Chargers will stop shooting themselves in the feet (see two turnovers inside the Broncos' five-yard line last Sunday).
Pointspread Note - The Steelers are 6-1-1 ATS as underdogs since the start of last season.
THE BASEBALL REPORT
The monster matchup that everyone's been waiting for is finally here: The New York Yankees - without even an appearance in the World Series since the 2009 season - are heavy-duty underdogs for this best-of-seven American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros ... note the Yanks are plus 145 / the Astros are minus 170 and that does seem a bit steep if you ask us!
Okay, so all the TV talking heads have been weighing in on this hoedown ... and so will we: The Astros are forced to start RHP Zack Greinke in Game 1 but, truth is, throwing him at home will be better for him and the 'Stros with righties Justin Verlander (Game 2) and Gerrit Cole (Game 3) who could come back with those latter names in potential Game 6 and Game 7.
Two keys here in this ALCS:
The Yankees must get some middle-of-their-order thumps from OF / DH Giancarlo Stanton and C Gary Sanchez - they didn't do a whole lot in that ALDS sweep against Minnesota.
And the Astros must find a seventh- and/or eighth-inning reliever that can preserve a lead and don't be surprised if Jose Urquidy (say who!) is a monster puzzle piece for A.J. Hinch's club.
NOTE: Catch all our NFL Week 6 recaps plus a MNF preview - that's Detroit at Green Bay - in the next edition of Jim Sez.