Week 6 NFL Picks: Early Predictions for Most Exciting Games

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While we are finally starting to get an idea about the talent level of teams in the NFL, there is still a long way to go before the postseason.

For example, the Green Bay Packers now stand in third place in the NFC North with a 2-3 record, two games behind the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings for the division lead. Things get even tougher next week with a road game against the Houston Texans. 

However, a win would remind people how good this team is as they attempt to once again go deep into the playoffs. Of course, they would first need to start practicing football instead of the discount double check dance.

There are a bunch of games in Week 6 that feature teams looking for marquee wins to set them up for the rest of the season. Here is an early look at the best ones.


New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers

In a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game, the 49ers look to avenge the 20-17 overtime loss that allowed the Giants to eventually win the Super Bowl. 

New York has a talented team, but injuries and inconsistency has led to two losses to division rivals. They were only able to manage 17 points in each of those losses, as opposed to over 36 points in each of the three wins. However, these offensive outbursts were all against teams in the bottom third in the NFL in passing defense. 

This will not be the case with the 49ers, who are currently ranked second in the league with 181.2 passing yards allowed per game. Eli Manning will struggle and San Francisco should score just enough to get the win.

Prediction: 49ers 20, Giants 10


Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have a 4-1 record, but it has not always looked pretty. Each of their last three games were decided by one score or less and a few calls the other way could have this team be undefeated or 1-4. 

However, the Cowboys have looked even worse at times. Tony Romo threw five interceptions on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears as the team has struggled to a 2-2 record.

This battle will likely be decided in one category: turnovers. With a negative-7 turnover differential, the Cowboys are tied for the second-lowest mark in the NFL. On the other hand, only three teams have gotten more takeaways than the Ravens this season.

If Dallas does not hold onto the football, it will be a long day in Baltimore.

Prediction: Ravens 27, Cowboys 21


Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

As previously mentioned, the Packers really need to get back on track.

For the second time this season, the defense allowed a rookie quarterback to lead a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute. Of course, the Seattle Seahawks did not actually catch a pass in the end zone, but it still counts the same in the record book.

Unfortunately, the veteran squad does not have a chance to make adjustments as they have to face one of the best teams in football this season. The Texans have talent everywhere on the field and should challenge Green Bay on both sides of the football.

The Packers must establish a run game to come out victorious, because the Texans are too good to be beaten by a one-dimensional attack. Cedric Benson is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry this year. If he or anyone else can be more efficient out of the backfield, Green Bay has a chance to win this game.

Otherwise, Houston will continue to expose the last year's dominant team.

Prediction: Texans 31, Packers 27


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