Packers will add to Patriots slump in New England

Oct 8, 2002 8:10 AM

   We ramble on with Week 6 in the NFL. Here’s the best in my view for this weekend.

   Bills 26, Texans 14: Drew Bledsoe coming off dynamic passing week, only to come up empty. If he performs like that against Houston, the Bills will win. Buffalo has excellent receivers. If the defense ever gets organized, they could make the playoffs. BUFFALO -9.

   Colts 24, Ravens 20: Baltimore has found new life and a win here would be no surprise. Colts did not look overpowering against Bengals and will have trouble with Baltimore. BALTIMORE +7½.

   Lions 27, Vikings 20: Feeling is the Vikings have thrown in the sponge. Lions will fight you every inch along the way. Rookie QB Joey Harrington looks like the money. DETROIT +4.

   Packers 27, Patriots 23: The Pats have dropped two in a row and don’t look like a Super Bowl team after consecutive games against quality opposition. Packers will test Pats to the utmost. GREEN BAY +4.

   Giants 24, Falcons 13: Atlanta could be playing without QB Michael Vick. Giants defense will be a test for the Falcons, even if Vick does play. NEW YORK -3.

   Jaguars 24, Titans 12: Tennessee is hurting and Jags are the superior team, leading their division. Jacksonville has the tools to stay there for the whole year. JACKSONVILLE -1.

   Raiders 31, Rams 13: Oakland should have a walkover here, but there is nothing taken for granted in the NFL. Raiders can score from any spot on the field. They are facing a Rams defense that is easier to penetrate than last year. OAKLAND-7.

   Chiefs 27, Chargers 20: San Diego’s running game has gone up in smoke and it will get worse before improving. Chiefs surrender points on defense, but score plenty. Running of Priest Holmes and passing of QB Trent Green puts this one in the victory column. KANSAS CITY +3.

   Bucs 20, Browns 10: Bucs have come up with a little offense to go with their strong D. Browns have hit the wall offensively and don’t figure to improve here. TAMPA BAY -6.

   Broncos 23, Dolphins 17: Denver and Miami could be battling for a Super Bowl berth in January’s AFC title game. Broncos have home-field edge. It will be easier in October than January. DENVER -4.

   49ers 31, Seahawks 17: Niners offense in high gear and Seahawks don’t have the tools to stop the carnage. QB Jeff Garcia is hitting on all cylinders and the running game is starting to click. Seattle is in trouble. SF -6, OVER 42.

   The ones I left out, I had no opinion.

   Last week: 4-8-1.

   Season: 46-26-1.