NFL Week 6 Games to Watch & Predictions
October 13, 2013 in NFL Predictions
By Staff Writer PJ Moran:
Last week really shifted the landscape of the 2013 NFL season. The Patriots and Seahawks suffered their first losses of the season, while the Broncos stayed undefeated after a legendary shootout against the Cowboys. The Saints and Chiefs also remained undefeated, while the Giants and Steelers lost yet again. We’ll see if any of those teams’ luck changes in Week Six. Here are the top five games to watch:
Who would have guessed coming into this game that the Steelers would be winless and the Jets over .500? Well, that’s the way it has worked out, but this is still anyone’s game. The Steelers are coming off of their bye, but before that they lost a close game to the Vikings in London. Their running game is the worst in the league, and their offense line is one of the league’s worst too. Their defense has been strong though, but not as good as the Jets’. The Jets’ defense has carried them to their 3-2 record, and Geno Smith has often come up clutch as well. He needs to be more consistent, but he has shown a lot of promising signs. We’ll see how he handles the Steelers’ defense in this game.
The Steelers are 0-4 and the Jets just won in Atlanta, but I still like Pittsburgh in this game. The Steelers have been slowly improving, and they will be ready for this one after getting a week off for the bye. Geno Smith should also struggle against Dick Lebeau’s blitz-heavy defense. I see this game being low scoring, with the Steelers ending up on top.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
Look, this game will not be close…at all. The Jaguars are easily the worst team in the league, and the Broncos are far and away the best. This is just a must-watch purely based on the Broncos’ margin of victory. Peyton Manning is playing at his best, which is saying a lot, and the wide receivers are all benefitting from having Peyton behind center. The Jaguars, on the other hand, have a legitimate chance at 0-16. Chad Henne is better behind center than Blaine Gabbert, but he still won’t help his teams’ odds at all. The spread in this game is the largest in NFL history, and I’m still betting on the Broncos to cover it.
There is no explanation necessary. This might be the biggest blowout the NFL has seen in years.
The Redskins and Cowboys both have losing records, but they are the frontrunners to win the weak NFC East. The Redskins are coming off of their bye week, but before that they won their first game of the season against the Raiders. Their defense is one of the worst in the league, but Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris finally look like they’ve rediscovered their game. The Cowboys are coming off of their best game of the season, but unfortunately it was against the Broncos. Tony Romo was having the game of his life until an interception late in the fourth quarter. If the defense is able to slow down RG3, then they will be tough to beat.
The Cowboys lost a heartbreaker last Sunday, but they’ll make up for it with a win over their archrivals in this game. Romo is throwing the ball very well and Dez Bryant is at the top of his game, so they should crush the Redskins secondary. RG3 might keep the Redskins in this game, but the Cowboys will advance to 3-3.
2. Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Both of these teams have had somewhat disappointing starts to their seasons, but now they are coming off of wins and seem to have things back on track. The Packers are coming off of a convincing win over the Lions, and their offense remains one of the league’s best. The Ravens won a close game last Sunday in Miami to move to 3-2. Joe Flacco didn’t play particularly well, but Ray Rice got 27 carries and led his team to a win. If the Ravens feed Rice often in this game, then they will have a good chance of winning.
Aaron Rodgers should have a huge game, so the Packers will have an early lead. That will force the Ravens to put the ball in Joe Flacco’s hands and not run Ray Rice, which is a losing formula for them. The Packers pass defense is weak, but Joe Flacco is not the type of quarterback to exploit a secondary. The Ravens are a very good team, but they don’t match up well against the Packers. Green Bay will take this one.
1. New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
The game of the week matches up two of the best teams in the league, where the Saints will meet the Patriots in New England. The Saints remained undefeated after an impressive win in Chicago. The Drew Brees-Jimmy Graham connection looks unstoppable, and the defense is much improved. New England had a poor showing in their last game in Cincinnati, but they should not be too concerned. The Bengals defense is tough and the conditions favored Cincinnati. Now that they are back at home, Tom Brady and the offense should be on point. Even if Rob Gronkowski does not play, the Patriots will put up points. Look for this game to be one of the week’s highest scoring.
The NFL is about to lose another one of its undefeated teams, because the Patriots will hand the Saints their first loss. The Saints defense still isn’t great, and Tom Brady will find ways to take advantage of it. Bill Belichick will also manage to slow down Jimmy Graham, which will force Brees to look for other targets. The Saints will still put up a lot of points, but the Patriots will put up more in a shootout.