NFL Week 6 Picks: Road Teams Set to Get Crushed by Wide Margin

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 10, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: Ryan Fitzpatrick #4 of the Tennessee Titans looks on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Titans 24-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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It's hard enough to win a road game in the NFL, but there are some teams that will not only lose in Week 6 away from home; they will get crushed.

The New York Giants and their mistake-prone roster are one of the worst teams in the NFL at 0-5 to start the season. The G-Men couldn't have a less favorable matchup this week as they hit the road to take on the Chicago Bears.

The Tennessee Titans have been a pleasant surprise so far with a 3-2 record, but they will come crashing back down to earth as they attempt to do something no team has done since 2011: beat the Seattle Seahawks at home.

In what will be the most lopsided contest of the week, the Jacksonville Jaguars will once again head to the woodshed with the Denver Broncos being the latest beneficiary of the Jags' horrid squad.

Let's break each of these games down as well as pick a winner in each game for Week 6.


New York Giants (at Chicago Bears)

This matchup will feature a team that specializes in turning the ball over against a team that specializes in forcing turnovers.

The Giants' 20 giveaways not only leads the NFL, but their total is eight more than any other squad in the league. On the flip side, the Bears have the second-most takeaways with 14. To make matters worse, quarterback Eli Manning leads the NFL with 12 interceptions, and the Bears are tied for No. 6 in the NFC with six interceptions combined as a unit.

Such a glaring weakness for the Giants will be something the Bears take full advantage of in this game. As has been the case all season, New York will continue to hand extra possessions over to its opponents when trying to move the ball with a very predictable offense.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles defeat the Giants 36-21. (Ph
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New York will no doubt lean on Manning in this game as the Giants have the worst rushing attack in the NFL with just 56.8 yards per game on the ground. The Bears have allowed under 100 yards per game this season against the run, which gives them the No. 13-ranked run defense in football (98.2 yards per game).

That means the Bears can put extra players in coverage and don't have to stack the box as a result of the Giants' lack of a run game. Also, the Bears won't need to rush a lot of players to get to the quarterback as the Giants and their horrific offensive line are tied for the sixth-most sacks allowed (15).

Getting pressure on Manning is inevitable, and in turn so are mistakes from the 32-year-old QB.

Once awarded extra possessions and on offense in general, the Bears will have no problem moving the ball down the field against the Giants' porous defense, which is No. 22 and No. 29 against the pass and run, respectively. Don't be surprised if the Bears defense takes one to the house in some way, shape or form as well.

Final Score: Bears 30, Giants 10


Tennessee Titans (at Seattle Seahawks)

Before even getting into any analysis in this game, it helps to point out that the Seahawks are unbeatable at home. In 2012, Seattle was 8-0 at CenturyLink Field and have followed that up with a 2-0 record at home this season with one of those victories coming against a very formidable San Francisco 49ers squad, 29-3.

Tennessee has not done a good job moving the ball through the air this season and that was before starting quarterback Jake Locker went down to injury. Locker is responsible for the most yards in a game through the air for the Titans this season with 299 in Week 3 against a bad San Diego Chargers defense (No. 27 and No. 24 against pass and run, respectively).

But veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is now at the helm and while he did throw for a respectable 247 yards in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, he also threw two picks to just one touchdown, and the Titans offense scored just 17 points.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 06: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball past Erik Walden #93 of the Indianapolis Colts during a game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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Seattle's defense is one of the best in football and won't let Fitzpatrick get off the ground in this one with its No. 3-ranked pass defense and a top-flight cornerback in Richard Sherman. That will force Tennessee to move the ball on the ground more often, and the Seahawks will be ready by stacking the box in anticipation of that approach.

On offense, the Seahawks' bread and butter has been their rushing attack. Quarterback Russell Wilson and company haven't been good through the air with a No. 25 ranking, but Marshawn Lynch (and Wilson to an extent) has saved the day time and time again in 2013-14 by leading the Seahawks to the No. 2-ranked ground game in football.

The Titans are allowing over 100 yards per game versus the run, which will enable the Seahawks to do what they do best in this game. Wilson may not be playing great this season, but establishing the run by utilizing both Lynch and Wilson will help open up the passing attack for the sophomore signal-caller, thus helping the Seahawks score points at will in this game as the Titans struggle to overcome the dreaded 12th man.

Final Score: Seahawks 34, Titans 13


Jacksonville Jaguars (at Denver Broncos)

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 6: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Jaguars 34-20.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The biggest issue for the Jaguars in this matchup will be the altitude in the Mile High City. Just kidding. The altitude will be the least of Jacksonville's worries in this one.

For starters, the Jags will be faced with the impossible task of stopping the hottest quarterback in football right now in future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning. The elder Manning brother leads the NFL in passing yards (1,884), completion percentage (75.8), and touchdowns (20).

To combat those outrageous numbers, the Jags will bring the No. 10-ranked pass defense in the league, although that defense has yet to see a quarterback like Manning this season, so that ranking is a bit misleading.

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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Adding to their woes, the Jags can't stop the run with the worst run defense in football. That will make the Broncos' middle-of-the-road rushing attack (No. 15) look elite, which will undoubtedly help keep the Jags even more off balance than they already will be.

The only hope for Jacksonville on offense will be to move the ball through the air as the Broncos have the worst passing defense in football, but also possess the best run defense.

Some of their lack of success in the pass-defense department has to do with the injury to cornerback Champ Bailey and the suspension of linebacker and top pass-rusher Von Miller. It also must be noted the Broncos are often ahead in their games, and that forces opponents to air it out more often than not.

It doesn't even matter anyway, as the Jags have the No. 29 passing attack in football and can't even help themselves keep Denver off balance as Jacksonville sports the No. 30 rushing attack. This team simply doesn't have enough talent on offense to come anywhere close to keeping up with the Broncos' high-powered offense. That means yet another blowout loss for the Jags.

Final Score: Broncos 56, Jaguars 10