Week 6 NFL Picks & Game by Game Analysis

October 11, 2013 in NFL Predictions



By Alan Zlotorzynski, Steve Shoup & Matt Pearce:

 

Each week of the NFL season, our resident expert Steve Shoup and Fanspeak.com writers will make their game picks for the week. Then we will give our analysis and break down our prediction for each game.

Here's Fanspeak's Week 6 Predictions below. Enjoy Week 6 in the NFL!

 

GAME:

STEVE:

MATT:

ALAN:

Packers @ Ravens

Packers

Packers

Ravens

Bengals @ Bills

Bengals

Bengals

Bengals

Lions @ Browns

Browns

Browns

Browns

Raiders @ Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

Panthers @ Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

Panthers

Steelers @ Jets

Steelers

Jets

Jets

Eagles @ Bucs

Eagles

Rams

Eagles

Rams @ Texans

Texans

Texans

Texans

Jaguars @ Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

Titans @ Seahawks

Seahawks

Seahawks

Seahawks

Cardinals @ 49ers

49ers

49ers

49ers

Saints @ Patriots

Saints

Saints

Saints

Redskins @ Cowboys

Cowboys

Cowboys

Cowboys

Colts @ Chargers

Colts

Colts

Chargers

 

 

Alan’s Week 6 Picks & Analysis:

 

Green Bay Packers @ Baltimore Ravens:    

Aaron Rodgers

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Has anyone noticed the Packers have a good rushing offense? The Pack currently rank fourth in the NFL running the ball but they likely will need Rodgers arm to beat the Ravens in Baltimore where John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco are 35-7 during the regular season. I like the Ravens defense over the Packers offense in this one. Ravens by 4.

Cincinnatti Bengals @ Buffalo Bills:

The Bengals will look to do what the Ravens could not two weeks back, win in Buffalo. With EJ Manuel on the field I don’t give the Bills much of a chance, with him out, it could get ugly. Bengals by 13.

Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns:

It is hard to believe but the winner of this game moves to 4-2. The Lions likely have more staying power in 2013 but the Browns will look to move to 4-0 since trading Trent Richardson. The decision on this game depends on “Megatron”. Calvin Johnson, who missed Week 5 due to a knee injury, did not return to practice Wednesday. Does not sound good, I will take the Browns fourth ranked defense at home by four.

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs:

Since 2008, the Oakland Raiders have the best road record against AFC West teams of any team in that division. At 11-5, the Raiders are one win better than the Broncos (10-5) and the Chargers (10-6). Would you believe that AFC West teams are a combined 36-26 on the road against their divisional foes in that span? Doesn’t matter, Chiefs win by 10 in this one.

Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings:

Through four games, Adrian Peterson has 13 more rush attempts and 89 more yards than he did in 2012, when he finished the season with 2,097 rushing yards (2nd most all-time). With five rush TDs, Peterson has three more than he did at the same time last season. It may be tough sledding this week, as the Panthers stout front seven comes to town. Carolina by a field goal.

EDITORS NOTE:  This preview was written before news of the death of Adrian Peterson's son. Our thoughts and prayers with Peterson & his family.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ NY Jets:  (Closest game of the week)

I cannot fathom the Steelers losing to the Jets and dropping to 0-5 but I would love it. On MNF, following an awful performance vs. Tennessee the week before, Geno Smith completed 16 of 20 (80%) passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Jets' win in Atlanta. That's the second-highest completion percentage by any rookie in a three-TD game in NFL history. Robert Griffin III went 14 for 15 (93%) with four TD passes last year on November 18 against Philadelphia. I’m loving it, Jets by two.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

It is still nearly 90 degrees every day in Florida. Even without Michael Vick, the Bucs better be ready to chase the Eagles offense around all day. The Eagles 31st ranked defense may catch a break with Mike Glennon at QB, as they win their second straight and drop Tampa to o-fer for the season. Eagles by a touchdown.

St. Louis Rams @ Houston Texans:

I cannot imagine that Texans QB Matt Schaub is looking forward to playing at home on Sunday. After all, he became the first player in NFL history to have an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games. Ironically, Schaub didn't throw a pick-six in either 2011 or 2012. He does rebound this week—I think…Texans by six.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos:

REALLY! —I mean is this a joke? Embarrassing for the NFL if you ask me. Broncos by 30.

Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks:

Seattle returns home after an impressive 1-1 road trip that saw them beat Houston but lose to Indianapolis. Since 1950, Russell Wilson is the only QB to start his career 10-0 at home and post a passer rating of 119.0 or better. Kurt Warner started his home career 10-0 with a 116.2 passer rating, while Roger Staubach started 10-0 with a 108.3 passer rating. Wilson’s home passer rating is 119.9. Make it 11-0, as Seattle rolls over the Titans by 10.

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers:

In Sunday’s night’s victory vs. Houston, Colin Kaepernick went 6-for-15 with 113 yards and 1 TD. It was his fewest completions, attempts and yards as a starter. The last QB to win a game with six or fewer completions and be the only player with a pass attempt was Tim Tebow, who went 2-for-8 November 13, 2011 as the Broncos beat the Chiefs 17-10. The Cards defense could present some problems for Cap but he’s a tad better than Tebow and now that the Might Wings mystery is solved, he should be 100 percent focused. 49ers by eight.

New Orleans @ New England:

Drew Brees is 3-0 vs. the Patriots in his career, with 8 TDs, 0 INT and a passer rating of 148.3. In two games with San Diego and one with New Orleans, Brees’ teams have outscored NE 100-48. Not many would have guessed that the game between teams led by Tom Brady and Drew Brees would feature 2 of the top 4 scoring defenses in the NFL. The Patriots are allowing 14.0 PPG this season (2nd in NFL), while the Saints are allowing 14.6 PPG this season (4th in NFL). This won’t be as close or as good of a game as many believe. Brady will try but he won’t be able to keep up, even with Gronk back in the fold. Saints by 10.

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys: (SNF):

Cowboys QB Tony Romo is coming off the best game of his career despite the absence of his No. 2 receiver. Even with three losses, the Cowboys appear to remain the favorite in the NFC East because Romo is outplaying his divisional counterparts. RG3 is coming off a bye week and while it is early to say this is a must win, especially for a team that made the playoffs after starting 3-6 last season—It is a must win. However, this game will severely highlight the Skins deficiencies on defense as Dallas wins going away. Cowboys by 11.

Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers: (MNF) Upset pick of the week

Last week vs. the Raiders, Phillip Rivers went over 400 yards for the third time in five games and completed more than 73 percent of his passes for the fourth consecutive week. The offense just made too many mistakes. Rivers tossed three interceptions, Antonio Gates dropped a touchdown, Vincent Browns had a 30-yard score called back & Danny Woodhead was stuffed on a fourth-down goal-line carry and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The Colts are riding high after beating the Seahawks and are 2-0 on the road this season, outscoring opponents 64-10 in those two games. During the Colts’ Week 5 victory vs. SEA, QB Andrew Luck recorded his 9th career game-winning drive, which tied him with Jake Plummer for most in a QB’s first two seasons since 1960. Luck still has 11 games remaining in his second season but he will not come back this week. Hey—that’s why they call it an upset>>>Chargers by a field goal.

 

 




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