NFL TV Schedule Week 6: Where and When to Catch the Biggest Games
The NFL season continues to march along, with Week 6 featuring more than a few big games that will keep football fans glued to their TV sets all day long on Oct. 14.
Here's a look at where and when to catch all this week's must-see games.
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
Where: M & T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
When: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. ET
Listen: WCBC-FM (Md.), KTXX-FM (Texas) or NFL Audio Pass
The Dallas Cowboys enter this crucial game against one of the AFC's top teams off a bye week with its fair share of storylines.
The good news for America's Team is it's likely to see key starters Jay Ratliff, Anthony Spencer and Phil Costa return to gridiron.
Dallas needs to put the bad news aside and silence its critics with a huge win over the AFC North-leading Ravens, who boast an offense that has proven it has the ability to put up points. The team has scored 23 or more points in all but one contest this season and boasts the No. 9 passing offense in the league.
The Ravens could pull away in the division if Cleveland can defeat Cincinnati and they take down Dallas on Sunday, but Dallas needs the victory just as much. With each team in the NFC East with at least two losses to its name, the Cowboys can stay right in the thick of things with a win against a quality opponent.
Prediction: Dallas 28, Baltimore 23
New York Giants (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (4-1)
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco
When: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Listen: WFAN-AM (N.Y.), KNBR-AM (SF) or NFL Audio Pass
Speaking of that claustrophobicly close NFC East, the Giants will take on the 49ers later on in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game.
San Francisco is tied with Arizona for the division lead out west, in large part due to its stingy defense and No. 1 rushing attack. Frank Gore on his own has already racked up more than 430 yards rushing, with backup Kendall Hunter adding on 200 more for good measure so far this year.
The Giants are going to need to find a way to slow down San Fran's running game after allowing rookie Trent Richardson to rush for 81 yards and a touchdown last week.
Richardson is a great talent, but he also plays for Cleveland, so why the G-Men couldn't guess the Browns were going to run the ball a whole lot is beyond comprehension.
Despite New York's having a winning record, a win against the 49ers would be a statement victory for the Giants. While Big Blue are the defending Super Bowl champs, beating Tampa Bay, Carolina and Cleveland doesn't exactly mean this team has proven itself to be an elite contender.
The 49ers had a stumble against the Vikings a few weeks back, but they look like the more complete team right now, based on their run-based offensive attack and stout defensive unit.
Prediction: San Francisco 24, New York Giants 16
Green Bay Packers (2-3) at Houston Texans (5-0)
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston
When: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Listen: WTMJ-FM (GB), KILT-FM (Texas) or NFL Audio Pass
In 2012 the Green Bay Packers have not looked like a team that won the Super Bowl just a few seasons ago, but they have to find a way to do so against undefeated Houston.
The Texans haven't reached 5-0 by beating the NFL's elite, but they've beaten teams they were supposed to. That may not be as impressive, but it's still important.
Aaron Rodgers will take on the NFL's No. 3 pass defense. However, considering that ranking was earned shutting down the likes of Mark Sanchez and Jake Locker, perhaps the Packers quarterback will have better luck.
Houston's offense will likely have no problem moving the chains against the Pack's middle-of-the-road D. To keep pace, Green Bay will have to find a way to do the same against a much tougher Houston defensive front.
This has the makings of a possible shootout down in the Lone Star State, but with the better defense in the contest, Houston has the best chance to deliver a victory for its fans in this one.
Prediction: Houston 31, Green Bay 26
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