NFL week six predictions: Soldier Field TDs, Dolphins riot and Eagles to put the boot in

The Eagles’ underdog status for first field goal vs the Jets is hard to fathom

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The 2023 NFL season is already into its sixth game week and the 5-0 San Francisco 49ers are 7/2 favourites to win Super Bowl LVIII, narrowly ahead of the 4-1 Kansas City Chiefs (5/1) and the team the Chiefs toppled in last season’s big game, the 5-0 Philadelphia Eagles (13/2).

Philly feature in our week six NFL picks alongside three sides at the other end of the form charts, the 0-5 Carolina Panthers and 1-4 adversaries the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

NFL week six betting tips

Over 5.5 Touchdowns in Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears @ 5/4

Miami Dolphins (-14.5) to beat Carolina Panthers @ 1/1

Philadelphia Eagles first Field Goal vs New York Jets @ 21/20

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Sides’ poor form shouldn’t deny us plentiful supply of touchdowns

The Vikings and the Bears have two of the poorer records in the NFL right now with both having lost four of their first five games, yet there’s no denying they know their way to the endzone.

In fact Minnesota lead the league for TDs having ran in 13 across their first five games, all originating from the arm of QB Kirk Cousins. Chicago aren’t far behind them in the charts with 11 banked across their opening handful of fixtures.

The leaky Bears defensive line can offer further assistance for over 5.5 total TDs backers having shipped at least 20 points in all five outings so far this term and 30+ three times.

Prediction: Over 5.5 Touchdowns in Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears @ 5/4

Back Dolphins to pile points on the struggling Panthers in Florida

The Carolina Panthers are the only winless team left in the NFL this season so a visit to the Hard Rock Stadium to play opponents that have scored 22 points more than any other team in the league is less than ideal at this juncture.

Miami did rack up 70 of those points in one extraordinary game against the Broncos, but they’ve scored 30 or more in three of their five regular season matches, including both on home turf.

That level of offensive prowess gives them every possibility of surmounting the 14.5-point handicap against the Panthers, who lost by 18 points in Detroit last time out.

Prediction: Miami Dolphins (-14.5) to beat Carolina Panthers @ 1/1

Philly’s fondness for field goals underrated on MetLife Stadium mission

The Philadelphia Eagles won eight straight games at the beginning of last season’s surge to the Super Bowl and could get within two games of equalling that streak with a win against the Jets.

Jalen Hurts and friends are 6.5-point favourites in New Jersey and could well make good on the spread but there may well be better value to be had among the props.

New York kicker Greg ‘The Leg’ Zuerlin may have the catchy soubriquet, however his 10 field goals so far this term are dwarfed by the league-leading total of 16 from the Eagles’ Jake Elliot.

Both men have converted all bar one of their attempts, but despite this mis-match in FG’s attempted by their teams so far this term, Philly are odds-against dogs in the first field goal market.

Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles first Field Goal vs New York Jets @ 21/20