It is Week 6 and we still have six undefeated teams. We certainly will not be saying the same thing at the start of next week. In fact, my bold prediction of the week is that at least three of those six teams (Bengals, Broncos, Falcons, Packers, Panthers, and Patriots) will fall for the first time this season over the weekend. Find out who they are and much more below in my Week 6 predictions!
Last Week: 10-4
Thursday, October 15th, 8:30 e.t.
Atlanta Falcons (5-0) @ New Orleans Saints (1-4)
The Falcons barely escaped an upset at home against the Redskins and now they will move on to face the New Orleans Saints, a team they swept last season. The Saints looked awful on the road against the Eagles, but there was a ray of hope when Willie Snead got going for the black and gold. At home in front of a loud crowd on a Thursday night, I say the Saints grab the “W”. As long as they can protect Drew Brees better than they did against Philly, New Orleans is primed for the upset.
New Orleans 23, Atlanta 21
Sunday, October 18th, 1:30 e.t.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Joining the Falcons in the loss column will be the Bengals this week. How will that happen? I say the defense of Buffalo makes things really tough on Andy Dalton and company in Orchard Park. I see the unit forcing three turnovers (two of them being picks, and one a pick-six) and completely smothering the run game. Meanwhile, the Bills do just enough on offense to get by. It will be a defensive battle in this one with Buffalo coming out triumphant.
Buffalo 19, Cincinnati 13
Washington Redskins (2-3) @ New York Jets (3-1)
Fresh off of a BYE, the Jets are going to be well-rested, and that spells bad news for the ‘Skins. Kirk Cousins (outside of a stinker against the Giants) honestly hasn’t been that bad this year, but the New York defense is something to marvel at. They have made all quarterbacks they’ve faced this year look average at best, and since Cousins already is an average quarterback, they have the capability of making him look really bad. Not to mention, the Redskins have struggled to run the ball since Week 2, something that does not bode well for them entering this contest against a stingy defense.
New York 23, Washington 10
Chicago Bears (2-3) @ Detroit Lions (0-5)
The Lions were flat out embarrassed at home against the Cardinals last week and really need a win to give themselves some positive momentum. I see it coming this week against the Bears. Chicago has played relatively well with Jay Cutler under center (believe it or not), but he’s due to have a bad game, isn’t he? I’ve been burned before by saying this, but the Lions just have too much talent to lose yet another game. They have to win now.
Detroit 29, Chicago 22
Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
If only Jamaal Charles were healthy for this game, then we’d see two of the NFL’s best runningbacks going at it. Instead, we are going to be treated to a Knile Davis versus Adrian Peterson showdown. Peterson wins that one all day, and so too do the Vikings. At home coming off of a BYE, they should handle the Chiefs who have little to offer on offense outside of Jeremy Maclin and the occasional outburst from tight end Travis Kelce.
Minnesota 32, Kansas City 19
Denver Broncos (5-0) @ Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Nobody has passed for more yardage over the last three weeks than Josh McCown (betch’a didn’t see that one coming). He has taken it to some fairly average defenses. However, the Broncos don’t have an average defense. They have a great one. In fact, these guys remind me of the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers “D” with the way they are taking the ball away and carrying the team for a few of their games. Even though Peyton Manning has been fading fast, I still trust that he can have a better day than McCown can. Denver remains perfect.
Denver 20, Cleveland 8
Miami Dolphins (1-3) @ Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Dolphins have had an extra week to hang their heads over a loss to the Jets in London. A lot has changed since then. They have fired Joe Philbin and replaced him with Dan Campbell. Also, gone is defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and in comes DB coach Lou Anarumo to fill the vacancy. I think this somehow gives Miami a second wind and they take the fresh changes to Nashville and ride them to a victory. I’m feeling a bit of a shootout here.
Miami 37, Tennessee 29
Arizona Cardinals (4-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
The Cardinals outscored the Lions in Detroit 42-10 from the second quarter on last week and both the offense and defense looked very good in doing so. Now they will take on the Steelers who were able to win on the road in San Diego on the last play of the game. With Michael Vick running the offense, we have seen a slight uptick in the play of Le’Veon Bell and a huge falloff for Antonio Brown. That is not a good combo when going against an Arizona defense that has been hard to run the ball against this season. I think they shut down Bell and force Vick to beat him with his arm. That simply won’t happen.
Arizona 31, Pittsburgh 15
Houston Texans (1-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
This is probably the hardest game to pick on the week. Blake Bortles has actually been pretty solid after looking pretty bad against Carolina in Week 1. The similar statement can be said for Brian Hoyer, although he did throw a costly pick at the end of the game on Thursday night against Indy. What will happen down in Jacksonville this week? A whole lotta craziness that’s for sure. Who’s in for another shootout? Maybe not so much of a shootout as an entertaining game. Bortles pulls the victory out at the last second when he unloads a deep pass to Allen Hurns for the win. Houston’s defense has been bad this year.
Jacksonville 28, Houston 24
Sunday, October 18th, 4:05 e.t.
Carolina Panthers (4-0) @ Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
The Panthers will be heading up to Seattle to take on the Seahawks coming off of a BYE. Carolina has been known to play the ‘Hawks pretty tough and when these teams meet you can be sure that a slugfest is going to follow. The Seahawks choked away a game in Cincinnati and will now have to prove that they are a Super Bowl contender once again at home against an undefeated team. Seattle is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. They should go to 3-0 at home behind a valiant effort from their defense.
Seattle 26, Carolina 10
Sunday, October 18th, 4:25 e.t.
San Diego Chargers (2-3) @ Green Bay Packers (5-0)
Aaron Rodgers finally threw a pick at home last week against the Rams. In fact, he threw two. Green Bay still won the game though. The Packers’ defense has been surprisingly solid this year while the offense hasn’t completely taken off yet. This week that should change. This is a San Diego defense that got torched on the road in Minnesota a few weeks back and one that was picked apart by Josh McCown. Aaron Rodgers will play master surgeon this week and lay a big hurting on the Bolts.
Green Bay 37, San Diego 20
Baltimore Ravens (1-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
Remember when these two teams met in the Super Bowl a few years back and played a classic game? Now look at them. The squads are a combined 2-8 and are fighting for their lives in the sixth week of the season. I wanted to take the Ravens here, but I don’t think I will for two reasons. #1: Baltimore is too banged up and Joe Flacco is just not good enough to do it all himself. #2: The 49ers actually have been pretty solid at home defensively. Put those two together and I think the Niners notch the “W”.
San Francisco 21, Baltimore 13
Sunday, October 11th, 8:30 e.t.
New England Patriots (4-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
The Patriots have been too good to pick against this season, so I feel like it’d be silly for me to do it here. I almost pulled the trigger, but then I remembered how New England could just run it down the Colts’ throat. They did it twice last season and dominated the game both times. Andrew Luck will definitely be a go for this game, but it won’t matter. LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis will each get a number of carries and the Pats dominate the clock en route to a satisfying win.
New England 34, Indianapolis 14
Monday, October 12th, 8:30 e.t.
New York Giants (3-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
The Giants and Eagles each picked up over 500 yards of offense last week in home wins against inferior teams. Now, with first place on the line in an Monday night showdown, it will come down to who can win the battle at the line of scrimmage. One might think the Giants have the edge in that department, but Philly really got it going with their offensive line last week. If they do it again, a win is certainly in the forecast. If not, the Giants will take it and nab a nice two-game lead in the division. Chip Kelly is 3-1 against the G-Men though and nobody ever runs away with the NFC East. That’s why the Eagles should find a way to win this one.
Philadelphia 28, New York 23
Week 5 Bonus Predictions
Upset of the Week (0-5): New Orleans over Atlanta
Sure Bet of the Week (4-1): Green Bay over San Diego
Rookie of the Week: Ty Montgomery, WR, Packers
Offensive Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
Defensive Player of the Week: Mario Williams, DE, Bills
Best Overall Offense: Green Bay Packers
Best Overall Defense: Denver Broncos
Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!