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NFL Week 6 Picks
Indianapolis at Houston
I think the Colts will be able to go down to Houston and get the victory. Their offense will get going again, and their defense will hold up. I do think that Arian Foster will rush for over 100 yards and have a score or two; however, the Texans will be down and forced to throw the ball, which will lead to turnovers.
Picked in my Colts vs Texans Preview.
Who will win the AFC South?
Jacksonville at Tennessee
The Jaguars travel to Tennessee to square off against the Titans in a battle of the bottom in the AFC South. The Titans will likely be without quarterback, Jake Locker, who left their game last week against Cleveland. The Titans are looking to bounce back after blowing a 25 point lead to the Browns, but could be hard to do without Locker. However, I don’t think Jacksonville is going to be able to take advantage of the banged up Titans, and think they lose a close one.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay
The question in this game is, “Can the Bucs bounce back after blowing an eleven point fourth quarter lead?” I don’t think so. I believe the Ravens, after a disappointing game last week against the Colts, will go into Tampa and get the win. Joe Flacco will bounce back after a bad week 5, and lead his team to victory.
Denver at NY Jets
This is the biggest lopsided game of the week. Geno Smith is struggling, and not showing up to team meetings. I think he gets a first row seat to watch what a consummate professional in Peyton Manning. Manning is at 503 career touchdown passes and just five behind Brett Favre’s record. I don’t think he’ll tie or break the record this week, but I think he tosses four touchdowns and sets himself up nicely to break the record on Primetime TV next week.
Who will win the NFC North?
Detroit at Minnesota
Golden Tate doesn’t like the fact that Jim Schwartz was carried off the field after beating his former team after being fired this past off season? Then win, simply win and it won’t happen. The Vikings are not a good team without Adrian Peterson, which makes this a must win for Detroit. However, Teddy Bridgewater give the Vikings a spark and I think they are able to defend their home turf.
Who will win the AFC East?
New England at Buffalo
Despite New England’s troubles this year, they are still 3-2 and the team to beat in the AFC East. EJ Manuel couldn’t do it and was benched for backup, Kyle Orton. Orton had success against the Lions, but the Patriots have a better defense than the Lions and have played pretty well all year so far. I think Brady continues to show that he is one of the best in the league and will help get the win in Buffalo.
New England 24-17
Carolina at Cincinnati
After four games, I still don’t know what to think about Cincinnati. They have beaten the Ravens, Falcons, and Titans but were blown out by the Patriots…after an extra week to prepare. The Bengals don’t stand out in any one aspect of the game, but they are solid all around. The Panthers are coming off a bounce back win against the Bears after getting pummeled by Steve Smith Sr and the Ravens. The thing about the Bengals is they are very tough at home, and I think it’s too much for the Panthers.
Who will win the AFC North?
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
After storming back against the Titans, the Browns are in a dangerous position this week. They need to try to ride this momentum to beat the Stealers at home. The Stealers are coming off two bad weeks, even though they won last week, it was against the Jaguars and they only put up 17 points; and they also lost the week before to the Bucs. I think Cleveland asserts themselves this year behind Hoyer.
Green Bay at Miami
The Packers travel to Miami to take on their old Offensive Coordinator, Joe Philbin, who is now the Head coach for the Dolphins. The Packers are coming off a big, blowout win against the Vikings in the rainstorm in Green Bay. I would normally like that the Dolphins had a bye week before facing an dominating team like the Packers, but the packers played on Thursday, so they had plenty of time to game plan for the Dolphins as well. With a Lion loss, and Packer win, Packer fans can take Aaron Rogers advice and R-E-L-A-X.
Green Bay 35-10
Who will win the AFC West?
San Diego at Oakland
The Chargers are really good, the Raiders are really bad. Phillip Rivers is having a really good year, but not only that, the Chargers team as a whole playing well. They rank seventh in passing yards, second in opponent passing yards, and ninth in opponent rushing yards. It is going to be too much for rookie quarterback Derek Carr to handle.
San Diego 31-7
Who will win the NFC South?
Chicago at Atlanta
Both teams are in MUST win situations. Granted I think the Bears are in a spot where they need a win more, because the NFC North is just better. The Falcons are tied for second in the NFC South with the Saints, but none of these South teams appear to be very good. The fact that Chicago has to travel down to Atlanta for the game, I think Atlanta will get the win. I would like to see Devin Hester have another big game against his old team, like he did a few weeks ago against the Bucs. Jay Cutler will throw his team into a deep enough whole he can’t throw out of.
Dallas at Seattle
I believe we’ll learn a lot about the Cowboys this week as they travel to Seattle to take on the Legion of Boom and the Seahawks. If Tony Romo can manage the game and not turn the ball over, I think they have a shot to win this game. Russell Wilson is playing out of his mind right now, and I think he is able to keep drives alive and the Cowboys’ offense off the field just long enough to close out a close game.
Washington at Arizona
Kurt Cousins is travelling across the country to face a fierce defense in Arizona. The Redskins aren’t very good, and the Cardinals, coming off a loss, are completely focused and looking to get back on track. The Cardinals do rank 31st in the league in overall pass defense, but they have played Phillip Rivers, the Manning brothers, and Colin Kaepernick. Despite going up against those 4 great quarterbacks, they have only given up a total of eight passing touchdowns. Cousins isn’t on the same level as those guys and I expect will have a rough week.
Who will win the NFC East?
NY Giants at Philadelphia
Eli Manning finally looks comfortable in the West Coast offense, and is thriving. After throwing three touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two games, Manning has thrown eight touchdowns and one interception in the last three games. His yardage is down this year, but he is throwing more touchdowns and less interceptions and points count, not yards. The Eagles really have one good win so far this year, and probably should have lost it if it weren’t for some bad play calling by Pep Hamilton and the Colts. Their other three wins are against teams that are a combined 2-12. I don’t think they are as good as they appear. With the game tied in the fourth quarter, Manning will drive his team down the field for the game winning score.
NY Giants 27-24
Who will win the NFC West?
San Francisco at St. Louis
I don’t think the Rams are as bad as everyone thinks, they have played in close games, except for their first game against Minnesota. They are the best team against the pass, partly because of who they have played, but they have played both Dallas and Philly who each throw the ball quite a bit. The 49ers are solid. They rank third in rushing, fourth in opponent passing, and fifth in opponent rushing. That is really impressive considering they have played teams that are a combine 15-9 and are all solid teams. It comes down to who I think is going to give their team more offense, Kaepernick or Austin Davis. I think the answer is Kaepernick. The 49ers win this defensive battle.
San Francisco 14-10
The Chiefs’ bye week came at a great time this year; right in between two tough road games against the 49ers and Chargers. They will need the extra time to prepare for the Chargers, who will probably be overlooking the Chiefs, as they are playing the Broncos in Denver the following week.
The Saints need this bye week. After being able to storm all the way back and get a big win against a divisional opponent, they were prime for another let down. They need to take the week off, heal up, and prepare for the Lions.