Last week, we went a perfect 3-0. This week, we’ll look to continue our hot picking. This week’s picks are:

  • Philadelphia at Washington
  • Carolina at Atlanta
  • Miami at New York Jets
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Game #1:  Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (+3)

Can you remember when a 1-4 team was a road favorite against the division leader? Yeah, me neither.

The 3-1 Washington Redskins are rested and coming off of their Week 5. Head coach Mike Shanahan is 10-5 in his career after a bye week and suffered an absolutely embarrassing 59-28 loss to the Eagles last season. The 1-4 Philadelphia Eagles are in a tailspin. They have lost four straight games, have given up 140 rushing yards per game, and have watched Michael Vick take shot after shot.

The Washington Redskins aren’t an exciting team. Shanahan bases his offensive attack through a methodical, ball controlling offense. Shanahan has three talented running backs that will be able to create problems for the generous Eagles run defense.

In the NFL, winning and losing is contagious. The Eagles have found ways to lose every week and I don’t think this will be any different. The Redskins have the opportunity to eliminate the Eagles from playoff contension and put themselves in the driver’s seat. The Skins are home, Shanahan has had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles offense, and the Skins are out for blood after last year.

The Pick: Washington (-ML)

Game #2: Carolina Panthers (+4) at Atlanta Falcons

Cam Newton is looking for his first signature win. Will that come in his hometown of Atlanta?

Despite their 1-4 record, the Carolina Panthers have found their franchise player. Cam Newton has far surpassed his expectations as a rookie quarterback. Newton has averaged 325 yards through the air and another 40 on the ground per game. Outside of Newton, running backs DeAngelo Williams (5.2 YPC) and Jonathan Stewart (4.4) have been effective. Receiver Steve Smith has been reborn, averaging over 100 yards per game thus far. Despite their record, the Caroliner offense has been firing on all cylinders.

The Atlanta Falcons (2-3) have really struggled this season. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown eight touchdowns to seven interceptions and has only completed 60 percent of his passes. Ryan will not have rookie wideout, Julio Jones this game, either.

The Panthers have the 28th ranked rush defense, meaning we’ll see a lot of Michael Turner in this one. Turner leads the ninth best rushing offense and will look to keep Newton and Co. on the sidelines.

The Packers handled the Falcons last week while the Carolina played the Pack extremely tight in Week 2. The Falcons’s two wins (Eagles, Seahawks) haven’t been convincing. I’m smelling the Newton upset in Week 6.

The Pick: Carolina Panthers (+4)

Game #3: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-7)

Monday Night Football is back in the swamps of New Jersey. The Classless Jets (2-3) have dropped three in a row and are in a ‘must-win’ situation. The Miami Dolphins (0-4) look completely inept on offense and may not have rookie running back, Daniel Thomas. Given their slow start, head coach Tony Sparano’s job is question. Sparano will pin his hopes on the right shoulder of quarterback, Matt Moore, which isn’t a good thing.

The Jets don’t really have an identity on offense. Rex wants to be a ‘Ground & Pound’ attack, but the Jets do not have the personnel. The Jets must do a better job getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers. That starts with Mark Sanchez.

The Jets are in a must-win situation. They need to stop this three-game losing streak and the hapless Dolphins are the right medicine. Darrelle Revis will take away Brandon Marshall and watch the rest of the defense tee off on Matt Moore.

The Pick: New York Jets (-7)

Last Week: 3-0

2011 Season: 7-2