Nagler's Never Right: Week 6 NFL Matchup Predictions
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Oakland at Atlanta
The Redskins ran all over the Falcons and you can expect the Raiders to try to follow suit. Unfortunately, points don't generally come out of the running game. Matt Ryan is playing the best ball of his career and getting the ball to the many playmakers on the Falcons' offense.
Cincinnati at Cleveland
The Bengals are coming off a tough loss to the Dolphins and need to right the ship. It says here they get back to throwing the ball deep to A.J. Green. The Browns have been close a few times, and they get close again here—but ultimately, they fail to close the deal. Again.
St. Louis at Miami
Ryan Tannehill keeps improving week by week, looking more and more like the franchise quarterback the Dolphins expected him to be when they selected him No. 8 overall in last April's draft. He will have a tough time against a revived Rams defense, but he'll find more success than his St. Louis counterpart, Sam Bradford, will against the Dolphins' defense.
Indianapolis at New York Jets
The Colts look to continue the momentum they have from their emotional victory over the Packers. The Jets are a perfect team to face when trying to string wins together. It doesn't matter whom the Jets put at quarterback—this is a team that needs to get healthy.
Detroit at Philadelphia
The Lions have had a bye week to try to fix some of their issues, but no amount of tinkering can fix this truly horrid secondary. The Eagles' defense has the right components to slow down the Lions' passing attack and Mike Vick finally gets things going in the air.
Dallas at Baltimore
The Ravens struggled to put up points against the Chiefs, though they were able to move the ball between the 20s. Look for a repeat here, as the Cowboys' corners match up well on the perimeter with the Ravens' playmakers. Ed Reed gets Tony Romo at least once, though I expect Romo to have a good game overall.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay
Brady Quinn takes over at quarterback, which is never what you want to hear—unless, apparently, you're a Chiefs fan. The Bucs have had a bye week to get rested and to work on getting Josh Freeman's issues ironed out. Vincent Jackson gets back on track in a big way here.
Buffalo at Arizona
The Cardinals' offensive line has been an abomination, but here come the Bills and a defensive front that hasn't been able to sniff a quarterback. On the flip side, the Bills haven't been able to get their offense going at all, and the Cardinals' defense isn't about to help in that regard.
New England at Seattle
The Patriots have the most diverse, most exciting offense in the NFL, but the Seahawks have one of the best defenses, and coupled with the noise when they are at home, you have a recipe for a surprising beat-down. The Patriots can pretty much shut down what the Seahawks want to do on offense, but Seattle pulls out a low-scoring, defensive affair.
New York Giants at San Francisco
The marquee game this week; I don't think this will be all that close. The Giants have looked good, but the 49ers have looked completely dominant in all three phases of the game. The Giants have had trouble getting to the quarterback, and the pounding they are going to take from this 49ers running game will take the fight out of the Giants' pursuit.
Minnesota at Washington
Obviously, the Redskins' fortunes are tied to whether or not RGIII is able to play. Even if he does get the start, the Vikings have a tough, hard-nosed defense, a running game that can move the ball on anyone and a quarterback in Christian Ponder who is taking care of the football.
Green Bay at Houston
The Packers are coming off an embarrassing collapse in Indianapolis. The Texans are one of the best teams in the league. The Packers are too talented not to make this a game, but ultimately, the Texans are too tough and too deep and end up pulling away early in the second half.
Denver at San Diego
The Broncos keep falling behind early in games, and Peyton Manning hasn't been able to bring them back. That's not on Manning. The Chargers need to find ways to get Ryan Mathews the ball more and more because he is without question their most dynamic offensive threat. Manning finally gets an early lead and is charged with protecting it rather than desperately trying to come back.
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