Last week was disheartening.

Still in a position to do well in the Westgate SuperContest, I failed in a miserable way last week, compounded by Miami’s epic collapse, up by 17 as a 6.5-point favorite in the second half, to not only lose, but not cover.

It was a disaster, which was basically the definition of my week 5.

So now I’m below-.500 for the SuperContest and in need of some winners…a lot of them.

Here’s my week 6 NFL picks, with three favorites that I’m watching this week in my Westgate SuperContest picks.

It’s all about New England in the AFC for the Super Bowl 52 odds. Flickr/Keith Allison/

Overall: 13-15-2 ATS

SuperContest: 10-12-3 ATS (11.5 points)

Favorites: 5-9-1 ATS

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-3.5)

I rarely pick the Patriots, but this matchup is just too juicy to avoid.

New England is starting to find its groove. The offense has looked like a fine-tuned engine the last two weeks and the defense is good, despite having some difficulties getting off the field late in week 5 against Indianapolis.

Bill Belichick has had more than a week to prepare for this game and something tells me this team hasn’t forgotten what Kansas City did to them on their home field in week 1 of the 2016 season.

The Chiefs have looked sloppier in the last two weeks on the offensive side of the ball, too. This isn’t the same team that we saw light up the scoreboard in the first three weeks. The offense has been able to move the ball at a solid clip, but there have been more struggles lately.

The Patriots are averaging basically the same amount of yards per play in the last three games as the explosive Chiefs, and the Patriots defense is much better. I get New England at home, with much of the pressure residing on the Chiefs’ shoulders. I like my chances. — Go Chalk with New England

Chicago Bears (-3) at Miami Dolphins

A good handicapper won’t hold an epic collapse against teams. But boy, it’s tough.

What happened in week 5 to Miami is noteworthy. The Dolphins built that early lead against Cincinnati on the back of turnovers and return yardage. That’s not sustainable for success.

The offense has been non-existent in the last two weeks against top-tier competition and the defense has been leaky against the pass. Miami is allowing 8 yards per pass attempt in the last three games, ranking toward the bottom in the NFL. The Bears, meanwhile, looked crisp through the air in week 4, and have now had a week to improve that passing game.

Chicago owns a strong edge on the defensive side of the ball and the offense looks like its coming around. This spread should be larger. — Go Chalk with Chicago

Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins (-1)

Don’t back away from the Redskins just yet.

This team is still a decent NFL team, and against Carolina at home, that should be enough for the win.

Carolina’s defense has not been good this season. The Panthers are giving up 7.3 yards per play in the last three games, ranking in the bottom-five of the NFL.

That isn’t going to get the job done on the road in the NFL. Offensively, the running game has been there for the Panthers, but the Redskins have done a decent job at stopping the run this season.

Offensively, the Redskins are going to control the ball and dink and dunk through this weak Carolina secondary. Forget about the Monday night blowout and trust the Redskins on a short week. — Go Chalk with Washington

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