Week 6 NFL Picks: Welcome To Parityville

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We pick the weekend's game, and for the first time this season, the Cowboys are not a unanimous pick. Get out the pitchforks.

Through the first five weeks of the season, there have been plenty of close games and the standings remain tight. If you think this is a coincidence, then [add snarky remark here].

The NFL has understood probably better than any other sports organization that the key to economic success in a professional sports league is to maintain parity; the entire NFL business model is built on this. Any given Sunday almost any team can emerge victorious. It's what keeps the product interesting, it's what's keeping people buying tickets and merchandize, and it's what drives ratings (the top nine programs watched on TV this fall are all NFL games).

Part of the promise of the NFL is that no team will be terrible forever. The fans in Cleveland believe this, the fans in Buffalo believe this. The delusional people in Philadelphia believe their team will one day win the Super Bowl. Even the Redskins fans, who've seen four winning seasons in the last 19 years, think this could be their year. Obviously, that's an idea they stole from us.

Of course, with the parity built into the NFL comes unpredictability:

  • Entering Week 6, there are 17 teams with a .500 or better record. That’s three behind the most such teams (20) through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.
  • Of the 17 teams with a .500 or better record, more than half (nine) won eight games or fewer a year ago. Those nine clubs, who have a combined 28-15 (.651) record this season, finished 2011 with a 54-90 (.375) mark.
  • More than half of the games played (39 of 77) were decided by a touchdown or less.

Parity is good for generating excitement. Parity is good for giving fans hope. Parity is good for generating ratings and clicks.

But parity doesn't make picking winners any easier, and this week we have a season-low of only two unanimous picks. Our own BTB consensus pick (which is slightly hampered by picking the Cowboys most of the time) is running at a not so impressive 60% accuracy (46-31), still one game behind the consensus picks in KDs 10-for-10 contest.

And this week, we see the first defectors from our we-pick-the-Cowboys-all-the-time mantra. Below are all our picks for Week 6, 2012. Boo loudly.

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Season Record
49-28 40-37 39-38 49-28 50-27 42-35 44-33 47-30 46-31
Percentage 64% 52% 51% 64% 65% 55% 57% 61% 60%
Week 4
11-3 10-4 6-8 11-3 11-3 8-6 9-5 10-4 10-4

PIT (-6) @ TEN Pit_medium Pit_medium Ten_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium
CIN (-1) @ CLE Cin_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cle_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium
IND @ NYJ (-3.5) Nyj_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Ind_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium
KC @ TB (-4) Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Kan_medium Tam_medium Kan_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium
OAK @ ATL (-9) Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium
DAL @ BAL (-3.5) Bal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Bal_medium Dal_medium Bal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
DET @ PHI (-4) Phi_medium Phi_medium Det_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Det_medium Phi_medium
STL @ MIA (-3.5) Stl_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Stl_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium
NE (-3.5) @ SEA Nep_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium
BUF @ ARI (-4.5) Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium
MIN @ WAS (-2) Was_medium Min_medium Min_medium Was_medium Min_medium Was_medium Was_medium Min_medium Was_medium
NYG @ SF (-6.5) Nyg_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium
GB @ HOU (-3.5) Hou_medium Hou_medium Gbp_medium Hou_medium Gbp_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium
DEN @ SD (-2.5) Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Sdc_medium Den_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Den_medium Den_medium

Soooo ... Cowboys or Ravens: Who's your pick?

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Don't forget, play Pick6 this week! We want as many BTBers playing as possible to beat out the other SB Nation communities. Show BTB-pride and play Pick6.

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