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NFL Week 6 Fan Picks: 4-1 Start Creates Raised Expectations For Cowboys

We take a brief look at how the participants in our Pick 256 Challange have picked the weekend games.

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Week 5 Picks, 328 participants
Game Favorite BTB vote
DEN @ NYJ Broncos 100%
SD @ OAK Chargers 99%
CAR @ CIN Bengals 91%
GB @ MIA Packers 90%
BAL @ TB Ravens 90%
WAS @ ARI Cardinals 90%
SF @ STL 49ers 86%
JAC @ TEN Titans 79%
DET @ MIN Lions 78%
IND @ HOU Colts 76%
NE @ BUF Patriots 76%
CHI @ ATL Falcons 66%
NYG @ PHI Giants 64%
PIT @ CLE Browns 63%
DAL @ SEA Cowboys 54%

Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week.

This week, the fan consensus has ten teams as road favorites. For nine of them, the fans think they will win, for the Dallas Cowboys, the fans hope for a win.

Clearly, many fans won't pick against the Cowboys on principle, but you've got to wonder how many Cowboys fans would have picked the Cowboys over the Seahawks at the end of last season ...

With a 4-1 record come raised expectations. The fans know this, the team knows this, and Tony Romo knows this as he channels Bill Parcells:

"Your record is what it is," says Dallas quarterback Tony Romo about the team’s 4-1 start. "You want to put yourself in the best position at the end of the year. Being 4-1 is great but we have a long way to go."

Overall, Week 6 looks like anther week in which our picks went the safe route and picked the favorites. The only two exceptions are obviously the Cowboys as well as the Giants, who are favored over the Eagles in Philadelphia by our panel.


Here's a link to the Excel file with all the picks for Week 6, for those who are interested in tracking the results themselves.

Pick 256 Tracker Week 6

Once you open the file, you'll see a blue title bar into which you can enter the winning teams to see where you end up among the 328 participants. The title bar is currently populated with the winner of the Thursday game, as well as the consensus picks for the remaining games.

If you want to see how you fared after the weekend games, simply input your own picks into the blue title bar and see how many correct picks you had. You can also live update the spreadsheet on Sunday during the games to see how you're doing as the games are going on.

In any case, have fun with the file and good luck with your picks.

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