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We have reached NFL week six and Paul Highham is back with his picks for from the RedZone action.

Would you believe we’ll be a third of the way through the season after this weekend? It’s flown by with all the thrills and spills in the NFL this season, and on Sunday we should get another dose of greatness in the NFL Red Zone games.

Green Bay versus Chicago is one of the oldest and the most-played rivalry in the NFL and it’s one the Packers have dominated in recent years, but the Bears defense will give them a rough ride when they run out at Soldier Field in the Windy City.

The LA Rams look set to hit the struggling and beat-up New York Giants for a few while the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Football Team have the two worst defenses in the league, so should provide plenty of touchdowns for us in their clash in the capital.

Here’s the pick of the RedZone action…

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

The Packers have got on a roll with four straight wins but have needed dramatic late kicks to win two of those – including last week’s bizarre win in Cincinnati when kicker Mason Crosby missed three game-winning field goals before eventually doing the business in overtime. 

Aaron Rodgers is 20-4 against the Bears including winning the last four with 10 TD passes and no interceptions, but Green Bay have injury worries and Chicago’s defence has been excellent. They lead the league with 15 sacks and allowed an average of just 16.5 points in their last four. 

Exciting rookie QB Justin Fields starts for the Bears but their offence hasn’t been exciting at all with their run-first approach, which will be led by Khalil Herbert this week due to injuries, but that can only work if they stifle Rodgers and his star receiver Davante Adams. If the Packers get up early then it’s tough for a team like Chicago to hit back. 

Green Bay have won on 10 of their last 11 visits to Soldier Field and the Bears have had no answer to the star duo recently with Adams either scoring a TD or going over 115 yards in seven of eight against Chicago, and while everyone knows it’s coming teams haven’t as yet found a way to slow arguably the league’s best receiver. 

Green Bay have owned the Bears in this famous old rivalry recently but the points spreads in their favour are a bit skinny given how good the Chicago defence could be. The one true constant though should be Rodgers and Adams’ connection so that’s worth backing above the result markets. 

Best bet: Adams over 99.5 receiving yards & Aaron Rodgers over 1.5 passing TDs at 29/20 

Los Angeles Rams @ New York Giants

There’s not too much hope for the Giants here as big home underdogs and the way the Rams can score points then having them around 8.5-point favourites might look generous to New York come the end of the game. 

The Giants got rolled over in Dallas as star RB Saquon Barkley rolled his ankle and QB Daniel Jones got concussion – they join receivers Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney on an injury list that is a nightmare ahead of facing a tough pass rush like the Rams. 

While LA are good at making life uncomfortable for opposing QBs, their own triggerman Matthew Stafford is back there slinging passes in his slippers after being sacked a league-low four times. The Giants have the second-fewest sacks in the league. 

It’s hard trying to predict blowout wins but this has all the ingredients with the home defence allowing almost 28 points a game, giving up 10 passing TDs but also ranking sixth-worst in rushing – meaning the Rams can profit through the air and on the ground. 

Best bet: LA Rams -8.5 at10/11 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Football Team

It’s all getting a bit serious for the Chiefs now after an unusually error-strewn loss at home to Buffalo last week leaves them at 2-3 at the bottom of the AFC West and punters starting to desert them as their Super Bowl and Patrick Mahomes’ MVP odds both start to drift. 

You’d expect a response and Washington do offer up some hope being ranked 27th in passing yards allowed, while only one team gives up more big plays of 20 yards or more. That should be music to the ears of Mahomes and receiver Tyreek Hill, if he is fit, who has turned into a boom-or-bust man this season with two huge games and three mediocre efforts. 

He should get some joy here and tight end Travis Kelce should have a big day, but it’s that Chiefs defence which is a huge worry. They’ve given up 30 points in four straight games and in allowing just over seven yards per play, the Elias Sports Bureau has them as the second-worst defence in NFL history after five games! 

These two defences have allowed the most points in the league this season, so it’s no surprise that this is pegged as the highest scoring affair of the week, and if points are easy to come by then you just have to side with the Chiefs to make a statement. 

Best Bet: Chiefs -7.5 at 21/20 

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers

Carolina started 3-0 but have lost the last two games pretty badly and it’s down to added pressure coming on QB Sam Darnold, who has been sacked eight times and hit 19 times in those two losses and threw three interceptions last week. 

It’s clear that if Darnold has time and space he can throw and run the ball into the end zone, but the bad news for him is that the Minnesota Vikings are in town – and they’ve sacked the QB more than any other team bar one. 

It’s also no coincidence that Christian McCaffrey has missed those last two games, as he’s such a dangerous runner and receiver that his presence alone gives opposition defences a problem. He’s questionable for this game and would make a big difference if he plays. 

The Vikings are back on the road after three games at home, and although they lost those first two road games they were both due to late field goals. The Bengals made theirs to win in overtime, while the Vikings missed theirs to beat the still unbeaten Arizona Cardinals. 

QB Kirk Cousins has been excellent away from home as well with over 320 yards passing on average and 11 TDs and zero interceptions in his last four road trips. Minnesota look like a side that will always hang around but have been finding ways to lose at times – if McCaffrey is back then the Panthers could tough this one out.  

Best bet: Panthers to beat the Vikings at 11/10 

Touchdown Multi

Cooper Kupp, Travis Kelce & Davante Adams all to score TDs at 4/1 

Cooper Kupp had five TDs in his first three games but hasn’t found the end zone in the last two games, he has a great bounce-back opportunity in New York against a Giants defence that’s allowed 10 passing TDs already this season. 

The Washington Football Team are poor against the pass, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are angry after losing last week – tight end Travis Kelce has four TDs in five games and better teams than Washington have failed to cover him. 

Green Bay receiver Davante Adams leads the league with 42 catches and has had two TDs in his last three games. He’s been a real thorn in Chicago’s side with TDs in his last three games against the Bears and in six of the last eight meetings. 

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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