NFL Week 6 Picks: Home Teams Who Will Fail to Defend Their Turf

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play in the huddle against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans won 23-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It's one thing to be a hospitable host, but it's an entirely other thing to let guests in your home to have free rein and take advantage of your hospitality.

But for some teams in the NFL, home-field advantage will fly out the window as they find themselves unable to stop visiting teams from putting points on the board and stifling any rally that they attempt to mount.

It comes down to protecting your house, and for these clubs, that will prove to be a task that they aren't up for.


New York Jets

The Indianapolis Colts are riding high after taking down the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium last week, and that's bad news for a New York Jets team that is searching for its identity and losers of three of their last four games.

Andrew Luck is channeling his inner Peyton Manning and has given new life to Reggie Wayne, less than a year after many thought the 33-year-old receiver was nearing the end of his career.

Wayne is second in the NFL with 506 yards receiving and while Antonio Cromartie has done an excellent job in place of Darrelle Revis, even he won't be able to stop Wayne's World from partying on at MetLife Stadium.

While Robert Mathis won't suit up for the Colts, the Jets offense is a mess, with no semblance of a running game and a quarterback that can't complete more than 50 percent of his passes.

Luck and the Colts will get their first road victory of the season, and the calls for Tebow-time will only grow louder.


Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have one of the toughest secondaries in the NFL, ranking ninth in yardage allowed through the air and third in yards per completion, but they face a tough challenge in the visiting Detroit Lions, who feature the best wide receiver around in Calvin Johnson.

Playing behind a makeshift offensive line, Michael Vick has committed 11 turnovers on the season and has been sacked 14 times. The Lions' front seven is more than capable of overpowering the Eagles blockers and pressuring Vick all day long, leading to poor decisions with the ball and forcing turnovers.

While Detroit's secondary has yet to record an interception, it gets back safety Louis Delmas, the unit's biggest playmaker, and he'll be looking to make his presence known early and often.

With the Lions coming off of their bye week, they are rested and prepared to turn around a season that has been disappointing thus far. It's going to be close, but the Lions will emerge with the win at Lincoln Financial Field.


Seattle Seahawks

There may not be a tougher place for opponents to play than CenturyLink Field in Seattle, where saying that the fans get loud is a gross understatement.

Seattle fans raise the decibels to ear-splitting levels, making it nearly impossible for visiting offenses to hear the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Tom Brady is the one under center for the visitors, and he's proven time-and-time again that he can win under any circumstances.

Seattle's defense is one of the best in the league, ranking third against the run and fourth against the pass, but Tom Brady has made a career out of finding success against staunch defensive units.

Russell Wilson leads a pretty inept passing game—only the Jacksonville Jaguars do a worse job moving the ball through the air than the Seahawks—coupled with the Patriots having the eighth-best run defense around will lead to disappointing results for Pete Carroll's team on Sunday.