NFL Picks Week 6: Early Predictions for Every Game

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 6 of the NFL regular season is already approaching, and it’s time to make early predictions for every game.

Not only have we picked each matchup for an exciting week of football, but we have also highlighted the biggest potential blowouts. Enjoy.

All stats and information via NFL.com and ESPN.

 

Week 6 NFL Schedule and Predicted Winners
DateMatchupPredicted WinnerTime (ET)Watch
Thursday, Oct. 10NY Giants at ChicagoChicago Bears8:25 p.m.NFL
Sunday, Oct. 13Cincinnati at BuffaloCincinnati Bengals1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 13Detroit at ClevelandDetroit Lions1 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13Oakland at Kansas CityKansas City Chiefs1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 13Carolina at MinnesotaCarolina Panthers1 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13Pittsburgh at NY JetsNew York Jets1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 13Philadelphia at Tampa BayPhiladelphia Eagles1 p.m..Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13Green Bay at BaltimoreGreen Bay Packers1 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13St. Louis at HoustonHouston Texans1 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13Jacksonville at DenverDenver Broncos4:05 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 13Tennessee at SeattleSeattle Seahawks4:05 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 13Arizona at San FranciscoSan Francisco 49ers4:25 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13New Orleans at New EnglandNew Orleans Saints4:25 p.m.Fox
Sunday, Oct. 13Washington at DallasDallas Cowboys8:30 p.m.NFL
Monday, Oct. 14Indianapolis at San DiegoIndianapolis Colts8:30 p.m.ESPN

 

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 06:  Julius Thomas #80 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Denver Broncos have proven to be the best team in the NFL this season so far, and the team’s Week 6 meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars (the league’s worst franchise) will be one of the most lopsided matchups of the year.

While Denver’s defense was pushed to its limit by the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Broncos will face off against the 29th-ranked pass offense and 30th-ranked rushing attack.

This is the worst offense Denver will see all season.

On paper, Jacksonville’s pass defense is ranked in the top 10 in terms of yards allowed, but that’s only because teams run the ball constantly when they get the early lead. Peyton Manning and the league’s No. 1 air attack will tear the Jaguars apart and inflate those numbers.

Predicted Final Score: Denver 52, Jacksonville 17

 

Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) rolls out during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODA
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the most impressive offensive units in the league—a fast-paced group predicated on running the ball and spreading the field—but this blowout will be more about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers falling apart.

Philadelphia is ranked 11th in passing yards per game and first running the ball. While Tampa Bay’s defense is the team’s saving grace (top-15 against the pass and the run), the offensive unit is searching for a direction with rookie Mike Glennon under center.

The Buccaneers are ranked dead last in terms of passing yards per game (just 174.3) and are only ranked 18th in the NFL running the ball. With the Eagles not giving their opponents a chance to breath with their up-tempo style, the incompetence of Tampa Bay’s offense will result in a huge blowout.

Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Tampa Bay 13

 

Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off the first loss of the season and will be looking to take out the team’s frustrations on the lowly Tennessee Titans. Without Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker under center as he recovers from a hip injury, Seattle will dominate Sunday.

Tennessee has a solid offensive unit that has run the ball well thus far in 2013, but the lack of a pass attack with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick learning the system on the fly will benefit Seattle’s stout defense.

Before last week’s loss, the Seahawks had only allowed 47 points in four games.

While Seattle starter Russell Wilson hasn’t racked up the passing numbers many thought he would after a stellar rookie campaign, Marshawn Lynch and the second-ranked rushing attack has more than made up for the issues through the air.

Predicted Final Score: Seattle 38, Tennessee 17