For teams like the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Denver Broncos, Week 6 will determine the direction that the rest of their 2012 season takes.
Both the Packers and Broncos are on the road this weekend taking on winning teams, which makes their tasks all the more challenging. Meanwhile, the Jets will host the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Still, all three teams are in danger of shockingly falling to 2-4 after Week 6.
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Here we have you covered with which marquee matchups to schedule your weekend plans around and where and when to catch every Week 6 showdown.
Week 6 Marquee Matchups
New England Patriots (3-2) vs. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
The last time we saw the Seahawks play in front of the 12th man at CenturyLink Field, the replacement referees were robbing the Green Bay Packers of a Monday night win.
Three weeks later the Pats come to town and try to become the first team to score more than 12 points against the Hawks in Seattle. New England is favored on the road, which is surprising if you ask me. Pete Carroll's team boasts a top-five defense (allowing less than 260 total yards per game) and is undefeated at home in 2012.
Both teams were projected to make the playoffs before the season began, but the loser of this game will fall to 3-3 heading into Week 7.
New York Giants (3-2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-1)
The defending Super Bowl champions will travel to the West Coast in Week 6 to set up a rematch of last January's epic NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park.
Jim Harbaugh's Niners nearly earned a trip to Super Bowl XLVI last winter but ultimately fell short in overtime, losing to the Giants 20-17 at home in the NFC title game. Nearly nine months later the two storied franchises will renew their bitter rivalry in a must-see Sunday afternoon game.
San Francisco is favored by nearly a touchdown and hasn't lost a regular-season home game since Week 2 of last season. New York is just 1-1 on the road in 2012 and will face a stiff test this weekend.
Green Bay Packers (2-3) vs. Houston Texans (5-0)
No one could have guessed that the Packers, who started 13-0 a season ago, would be in danger of beginning the 2012 season 2-4, but here we are.
Green Bay will face a must-win situation Sunday night on NBC when it visits the undefeated Texans in Houston. Gary Kubiak's Texans are one of two remaining undefeated teams heading into Week 6 and have been dominant at home, winning by 22 points at Reliant Stadium on average this fall.
Houston is favored at home for good reason, but don't be surprised if the Packers come out on fire and motivated to save their season with a mighty road win.
NFL Schedule Week 6
|Date||Matchup||Start Time (ET)||Network|
|Thurs, Oct. 11||Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Tennessee Titans 26||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sun, Oct. 14||New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 14||Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Mon, Oct. 15||Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
*Bye: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints
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