NFL Week 6 Picks: Road Warriors Who Will Take Down Home Teams

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates as he runs off of the field following the 30-27 over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Who doesn't love a good road warrior?

The mark of a great NFL team is having the ability to travel to harsh visiting stadiums and leave with a win, and that's what I'm expecting from these three squads in Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season.

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New England Patriots

The Patriots will travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks in CenturyLink Field in what's arguably the most difficult stadium for visiting teams to play in.

New England is coming off an impressive win against the Denver Broncos that saw it rush for 251 yards, including 151 by Steven Ridley.

Apparently gone are the days when the Patriots only threw the ball, as they rank third in the NFL in rushing yards and are now finding a nice balance on offense.

The threat of the ground game worked wonders for Tom Brady and Wes Welker last weekend, as Welker hauled in 13 receptions for 104 yards and the New England offense totaled more than 440 yards of offense.

When it's all said and done, I don't think Seattle has enough offense to beat the No. 8-ranked rushing defense in the Patriots this Sunday.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming off a gritty win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Steelers are looking to win two in a row when they travel to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.

As I detailed in my preview of that game, I have Pittsburgh going into LP Field and sticking it to the Titans, especially now that Rashard Mendenhall is back.

Mendenhall got back into the swing of things in Week 5, rushing for 81 yards and a TD on just 14 carries, which allowed Ben Roethlisberger to make some plays through the air to Antonio Brown. 

Aside from the fact that I think Pittsburgh's offense is improving, Tennessee's offense is struggling with Jake Locker injured and Chris Johnson forgetting how to run.

I think the Steelers will take their staunch defense into Tennessee and come out with a hefty win against the Titans.


Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck and the Colts played with talent and heart last Sunday when they upset the Green Bay Packers, 30-27, at home.

This weekend, they'll travel to MetLife Stadium to face a struggling New York Jets team that hasn't won since Week 3 and is facing a Tim Tebow dilemma at quarterback, with Mark Sanchez struggling.

Given the struggles of the Jets' offense, I like the Colts to come in to New Jersey and hand New York its fourth loss of the season.

Not even Antonio Cromartie has the ability to stop the connection that we're seeing between Luck and Reggie Wayne, as they connected for 13 receptions, 212 yards and a TD in the Week 5 win against the Packers, and the Colts defense isn't all that bad either.

New York's defense has been torched through the air this season and that's exactly how the Colts are going to attack the Jets on the road.


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