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.
|Date||Matchup||Predicted Winner||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Thursday, Oct. 10||NY Giants at Chicago||Chicago Bears||8:25 p.m.||NFL|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Cincinnati at Buffalo||Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Detroit at Cleveland||Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Oakland at Kansas City||Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Carolina at Minnesota||Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Pittsburgh at NY Jets||New York Jets||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Philadelphia at Tampa Bay||Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m..||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Green Bay at Baltimore||Green Bay Packers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||St. Louis at Houston||Houston Texans||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Jacksonville at Denver||Denver Broncos||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Tennessee at Seattle||Seattle Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Arizona at San Francisco||San Francisco 49ers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||New Orleans at New England||New Orleans Saints||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Washington at Dallas||Dallas Cowboys||8:30 p.m.||NFL|
|Monday, Oct. 14||Indianapolis at San Diego||Indianapolis Colts||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
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
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