After a wild Week 5 threatened the stability of everything we thought we knew about this football season, Week 6 presents us with several important games for teams with playoff aspirations.
Needless to say, statements will be made in Week 6. Of course, only half of those statements will proclaim positive things.
I like to keep things positive, so for this article, I'm going to focus on the teams that will force fans to reconsider their perception of those teams in a positive way.
New Orleans Saints
Week 6 Opponent: at New England Patriots
At this point of the season, it is hard to believe there are any doubters about the Saints' legitimacy. That doesn't mean they can't still impress the masses.
Last week, the Saints went into Chicago and posted an impressive 26-18. Now the Saints will get a chance to prove their road merit against a feisty Patriots squad that is looking to erase the sting of their first loss of the season in which they only scored six points against the Bengals.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are 14th in pass defense, but they also have only faced one team (Falcons) with a passing game anywhere near what Drew Brees and the Saints will bring to town.
The Patriots will not be able to keep pace with the Saints in this one.
Prediction: Saints 27, Patriots 20
Week 6 Opponent: Green Bay Packers
The Packers have struggled on the road this year. They've gone 0-2 with losses to the 49ers and Bengals. The offense has been able to perform away from home, but the defense forgot to make the trip.
In both games, the Packers allowed 34 points.
With that defense coming into town, the Ravens offense has a chance to get on track. In his last two games, Joe Flacco has thrown six interceptions and just two touchdowns. However, he will be going against a defense that is 25th in passing and will be playing without the injured Clay Matthews.
Packers LB Clay Matthews still is undergoing more testing, but he is expected to miss one month with a broken thumb.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
Of course, the Ravens will still have to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. While the Ravens rank just 16th in pass defense, this young group is improving and figuring out how to get to the passer.
Last week, the Ravens sacked Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill six times, and it's all too apparent that pass protection is not the strength of the Packers.
This will be a good game, but I expect the Ravens to pull away a bit in the fourth quarter of this impressive win.
Prediction: Ravens 34, Packers 24
Week 6 Opponent: Detroit Lions
Aren't the Cleveland Browns supposed to be 0-5 right now? This is the franchise that seemingly threw in the white flag on the season at 0-2 by trading franchise running back Trent Richardson.
This scrappy group of Browns has instead run off three straight wins.
It is no fluke. Cleveland has a nice defense that is coming into its own. Defensively, the Browns are eighth in passing and ninth in rushing.
Cleveland will now host a Detroit offense that mustered just nine points against a woeful Packers defense. Of course, the Lions were without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson for that game, but there is no guarantee he will be back for this one.
With a defense that is 20th in passing and 26th in rushing, the Lions are not well-suited for a low-scoring game. Also, with the Browns defense playing solid and Calvin Johnson at the very least coming in with a bit of rust, the Browns will win their fourth straight.
Prediction: Browns 20, Lions 17