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NFL Predictions Week 6: Teams That Will Bounce Back from Losses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans sits on the bench during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. This was after he threw his third interception and he was replaced by backup quarterback T.J. Yates.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 8, 2013

You know how the saying goes: It's not how many times you get knocked down; it's how many times you get back up.

Several Week 5 losers will get back up in Week 6, including a couple of teams currently featuring demoralized quarterbacks.

Another team that saw its generally splendid defense get torn apart in Week 5 will also bounce back.

Let's take a look at the teams that will put Week 5 losses behind them.

 

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants 

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 06: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks back at head coach Marc Trestman during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Saints defeated the Bears 26-18. (Photo by Jonat
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The Bears may not be at the level of the New Orleans Saints, or even at the level of the Detroit Lions, but they are better than the lowly New York Giants.

The Giants are the second-worst team in football right now, behind the deplorable Jacksonville Jaguars. They rank 30th in points per game and dead last in points allowed per contest. I can't remember the last time they have been this bad.

Jay Cutler's offensive line may struggle at times (right tackle Jordan Mills was particularly bad against the Saints), but, the good news is, the Giants have a grand total of five sacks this season. That ranks 31st in the NFL.

I don't see the Bears having much trouble moving the ball against the Giants, and the Giants haven't scored more than 23 points in a game since Week 1.

Prediction: Bears 34, Giants 21

 

Houston Texans vs. St. Louis Rams

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans spits water into the air before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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OK, so the Texans probably had the ugliest performance of the weekend in Week 5. 

I have no idea what goes through Matt Schaub's head anymore, and the bad news for Texans fans is that head coach Gary Kubiak said that he's going to stick with the man who has tossed a pick-six in four straight games, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.

But the good news for Texans fans is that the Texans will win this game because their defense will get the job done. And it has more to do with the Rams offense than anything else.

Don't tell me that the Rams scoring 34 points on the Jaguars on Sunday means they have a dynamite offense. Even with that outburst, they still ranked 20th in the NFL in points per game headed into Week 5's Monday night matchup between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. The Rams scored 11 points against the San Francisco 49ers and seven points against the Cowboys.

Now the Rams face an angry Texans team in Houston. I don't see it working out for them.

Prediction: Texans 27, Rams 14

 

Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans 

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks is seen on the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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I'm still shocked at what Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and and the Indianapolis Colts did to Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and the Seahawks. I hadn't seen the secondary get blitzed like that all season.

But the good news for the Seahawks is that they will be playing in Seattle against the Titans. The Titans also are starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, and we know how that will end for Tennessee (hint: more interceptions).

The Seahawks love to run the pigskin. The Titans rank 24th in the NFL in yards allowed per carry. The Titans allowed Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles to scamper for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 5.

Do I really need to explain any further?

Prediction: Seahawks 24, Titans 14

 

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks to quarterback Tony Romo (9) before the game against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cowboys lost a thriller to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but that was expected.

It's uncanny how many times Tony Romo has made a glaring mistake late in a game, but he also played a ridiculous game overall against the Broncos. If he plays anywhere near that level against the Redskins, a mistake late in the game won't even matter.

The Redskins rank last in the league in yards allowed per pass attempt. They've also allowed nine passing touchdowns this season, even with their bye in Week 5.

I don't see how Washington stops a Cowboys team that is averaging 38.3 points per game at home.

Prediction: Cowboys 38, Redskins 27

 

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