NFL Schedule Week 6: Breaking Down Divisional Clashes on Slate
After Week 5's weekend games, it's time to look ahead to Week 6 in the NFL, which features several divisional clashes.
Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders will attempt to hand the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season, the Arizona Cardinals will try to shock the San Francisco 49ers and Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will look to put their excruciating loss to the Denver Broncos in the rear-view mirror.
Here's how I see each divisional clash playing out in Week 6.
Oakland Raiders (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ET
Terrelle Pryor has breathed life into the Raiders this season.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Chiefs are 5-0 and host Oakland at raucous Arrowhead Stadium in Week 6.
Kansas City's defense could cause problems for Pryor and company. The young, rising squad has allowed 11.6 points per game this season—tops in the NFL. Given that the Raiders rank 22nd in points per contest, this figures to be a tough matchup for the silver and black.
Also, the Raiders have only notched three picks this season—all of them coming against the inconsistent Philip Rivers. They won't have as much luck against game manager Alex Smith.
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Raiders 21
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 4:35 p.m. ET
This isn't as much of a sure thing for the 49ers as you may think.
Yes, they disposed of the Houston Texans in Week 5, 34-3, but the Texans also seemed to hand them that game—whether it was Matt Schaub throwing up errant passes or safety Ed Reed completely losing Vernon Davis on a 64-yard touchdown.
The elephant in the room who hasn't broken anything yet is quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
He ranks 15th among qualifying quarterbacks in yards per pass attempt this season. He also ranks 28th in completion percentage. Whatever he was doing in the pocket last season has currently left him.
The Cardinals just allowed six points to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Sure, the 49ers aren't the Panthers, but the Cardinals still sacked Newton seven times while forcing him into three interceptions in Week 5.
Arizona ranks third in the NFL in yards allowed per carry. This may be one of those games where Kaepernick has to do more. The question is, can he step up?
The Cardinals don't have an explosive offense, so I think the 49ers get the job done at home, but I wouldn't be surprised if this game was close either.
Prediction: 49ers 24, Cardinals 13
Washington Redskins (1-3) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Will Tony Romo have a big game against the Redskins?
The Cowboys defense may not be able to stop many teams, but the Redskins' unit is far worse.
The Redskins are ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed per pass attempt. They've also allowed nine passing touchdowns through four games.
Tony Romo may have thrown yet another brutal interception on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but he also led the Cowboys to 48 points behind a franchise-record 506 passing yards and five touchdowns.
The Redskins should be able to score some points against Dallas, but it won't be enough to make up for their ailing defense.
Romo and the Cowboys get back in the win column, while Washington's miserable 2013 season continues.
Prediction: Cowboys 38, Redskins 27
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