Lions vs. Jaguars odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 6 predictions from proven computer model

The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Jacksonville is 1-4 overall and 1-1 at home, while Detroit is 1-3 overall and 1-1 on the road. The Jags close their practice facility on Saturday following a positive COVID-19 test for a practice squad player, but this game is expected to be held as scheduled. 

Detroit is favored by three points in the latest Jaguars vs. Lions odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 54.5. Before entering any Lions vs. Jaguars picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 10-5 roll on top-rated picks this season. The model enters Week 6 on an incredible 106-70 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Jaguars vs. Lions. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Lions vs. Jaguars:

  • Jaguars vs. Lions spread: Jaguars +3
  • Jaguars vs. Lions over-under: 54.5 points
  • Jaguars vs. Lions money line: Jacksonville +140, Detroit -160

What you need to know about the Jaguars

The Jaguars lost to the Houston Texans this past Sunday, 30-14. This the first time since 2015 that the Jaguars have started 1-4. Gardner Minshew passed for two TDs and 301 yards on 49 attempts. He has three TD passes and a 105-plus rating in two of his past three games at home. Minshew is one of four NFL quarterbacks with 1,400-plus passing yards (1,439) and 10 TD passes. His top wide receiver, D.J. Chark, is questionable because of an ankle injury. 

James Robinson had 70 scrimmage yards last week. He has 100-plus scrimmage yards in three of his past four games. Robinson leads all rookies with 516 scrimmage yards and is tied for the lead with three rushing TDs this season. Laviska Shenault led the team with seven catches for 79 yards last week. He leads AFC rookies in catches (23) and receiving yards (270) this season. Myles Jack has 11-plus tackles in his past two home games. 

What you need to know about the Lions

Detroit is coming off a bye week. The Lions lost 35-29 to the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. Matthew Stafford has thrown for two-plus TD passes in his last three road games. He has 2,435 pass yards (304.4 per game) and 10 TDs vs. two INTs in eight career starts vs. AFC South teams. After missing the first two games of the

Falcons vs. Vikings odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 6 predictions from proven computer model

The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota is 1-4 overall and 0-2 at home, while the Falcons are 0-5 overall and 0-2 on the road. Minnesota is favored by four points in the latest Vikings vs. Falcons odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 54. Before entering any Falcons vs. Vikings picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 10-5 roll on top-rated picks this season. The model enters Week 6 on an incredible 106-70 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Vikings vs. Falcons. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Falcons vs. Vikings:

  • Vikings vs. Falcons spread: Vikings -4
  • Vikings vs. Falcons over-under: 54 points
  • Vikings vs. Falcons money line: Minnesota -200, Atlanta +175

What you need to know about the Falcons

Minnesota lost a thriller against the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday, 27-26. The Vikings were up 13-0 at the end of the half but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Despite the defeat, Adam Thielen caught nine passes for two TDs and 80 yards. Thielen has produced a touchdown in three consecutive games. Thielen is tied for the NFL lead with six receiving TDs in 2020. He has six receiving TDs in his past six games at home.

Dalvin Cook had 89 scrimmage yards and a rushing TD last week, but had to leave the game early in the second half with a groin injury. He will not play against Atlanta. Alexander Mattison, who will get the start in Week 6, sparkled in relief of Cook. He had a career-high 136 scrimmage yards (112 rushing) in Week 5, registering his first career 100-yard game. Eric Wilson had his second sack and second INT of the season. He is the only player in the NFL with two-plus sacks and two-plus INTs this season. 

What you need to know about the Falcons

Meanwhile, the Falcons came up short against the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday, falling 23-16. It marked the first time since 1997 that Atlanta started 0-5, and head coach Dan Quinn was fired after the loss. The team also fired GM Thomas Dimitroff. Quinn was in his sixth season and finished with a 43-42 record. Raheem Morris, who was the defensive coordinator, will take over as interim head coach. 

Todd Gurley rushed for one TD and 121

Colts vs. Bengals odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 6 predictions from proven computer model

The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis is 3-2 overall and 2-0 at home, while the Bengals are 1-3-1 overall and 0-2-1 on the road. Indianapolis is favored by eight points in the latest Colts vs. Bengals odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 46.5. Before entering any Bengals vs. Colts picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 10-5 roll on top-rated picks this season. The model enters Week 6 on an incredible 106-70 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Colts vs. Bengals. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Bengals vs. Bengals:

  • Colts vs. Bengals spread: Colts -8
  • Colts vs. Bengals over-under: 46.5 points
  • Colts vs. Bengals money line: Indianapolis -370, Cincinnati +305

What you need to know about the Bengals 

Indianapolis came up short against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday, 32-23. Indianapolis’ only touchdown came from Jonathan Taylor. The rookie running back led the team with 74 scrimmage yards. Taylor has 70-plus scrimmage yards in four of five career games. He is tied for the lead among rookies with three rushing TDs and ranks third with 307 rush yards this season. Nyheim Hines had seven catches in his last meeting with the Bengals in 2018. 

Philip Rivers completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards last week. He became the fifth player in NFL history with 5,000-plus (5,017) career completions. Rivers ranks sixth all-time in passing yards (60,498) and TD passes (401). Bobby Okereke led the team with a career-high 10 tackles and had his first career INT last week. The Colts have won 17 of 29 all-time meetings with the Bengals. 

What you need to know about the Bengals

Meanwhile, Cincinnati suffered a 27-3 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday. Cincinnati was down 20-0 at the end of the third quarter. Joe Burrow did not register a TD pass, and he threw one interception and fumbled the ball once with only 183 yards passing. He will face a formidable test vs. the Indianapolis defense this week. The Colts rank first in the league when it comes to touchdowns allowed, with only six on the season.

Tyler Boyd was held to four catches for 42 yards last week. He has 35 catches for 442 yards (88.4 per game) and three TDs in his past

Scriptio Continua: Ancient Latin Writing Style to Modern Computer Language

Archeologists and historians claim that the early Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia invented some of the earliest form of writing using wedged shaped characters into small clay tablets known as “cuneiform” as a form of communicating circa 3200 BCE. What they can’t completely prove is if cuneiform influenced a written style of communication one hundred years later among the Egyptian hieroglyphs and Chinese who used pictographs two thousand years later. While Sumerians were developing their written language, the Phoenicians created the first alphabet made up of 22 distinct characters that influenced the way most other ancient civilizations wrote, even though other cultures used forms of drawing pictures to communicate ideas. Roman civilization borrowed a form of alphabet that flourished and even today it has become known as our alphabet in most Western countries.

Numerous cultures in the distant past employed a quirky method of writing called “scriptio continua”, or “scriptura continua”. Both terms are Latin for “continuous script”, or writing without spaces between letters and words in capital letters. Ancient Greeks employed this same script as did the ancient Romans who wrote in all capital letters on parchment or stone monuments. The style also lacked punctuation, accent marks and small letters – none of which had yet been developed. However, the farther back in time we go, the oldest Latin and Greek inscriptions used word dividers, which appeared to be dots called “interpuncta” to separate words in sentences; however, pure scriptio continua without interpuncta thrived primarily in Classical Greek (400 to 500 BCE) and Classical Latin (100 BCE-300 AD) when both empires were at the height of power.

The Romans adopted this writing style from the Etruscans – the previous tribe that inhabited Italy, who lived long before Rome became a dominant world power. In fact, many ancient people communicated in more primitive ways such as pictures. Since the Etruscan alphabet was limited, they used fewer letters which were only capitalized when written. Later, the Romans modified their alphabet with small letters, punctuation and breaks between words, which the Western world recognizes today.

An example In English, written using scriptio continua resembled this: THEHISTORYOFTHEUNITEDSTATESGOESBACKMORETHANFOURCENTURIES which reads, “The history of the United States goes back more than four centuries.” Obviously, this sentence looks cumbersome and somewhat hard to read, but writing in scriptio continua had several advantages. Roman scribes saved expensive ink and papyrus, as well as the stone on which they engraved their language. Also it saved space for more words and extending ideas. The greatest requirement for Roman scribes was to be thoroughly acquainted with their alphabet in capital letters, simplifying the writing process for them.

Eventually, scribes in Europe who copied ancient Latin manuscripts began spacing between words while using small or “minuscule” letters emerged in Ireland in the 7th to 8th centuries A.D. Carolingian period of France in the 9th century A.D. At the same time, German scribes began writing in the same manner. Of course, today, writing in Western civilization followed the same pattern which is a …