NFL Week 6 Predictions: Teams Poised to Pull off Stunning Upsets
The NFL has done a decent job of sorting itself out over the first month and change of the 2013 season as the good teams have made themselves known, and the bad teams have provided some comic relief at best.
While it may seem simple at face value to pick games on the Week 6 schedule, not all matchups will go as planned.
As is the case any week, upsets are a given. This week there are three games in particular where the clear-cut winner is not as obvious as it first seems.
Here are the matchups where the underdog will come out on top.
|Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|New York Giants||Chicago Bears||Bears|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Buffalo Bills||Bengals|
|Green Bay Packers||Baltimore Ravens||Packers|
|Detroit Lions||Cleveland Browns||Browns|
|Carolina Panthers||Minnesota Vikings||Panthers|
|St. Louis Rams||Houston Texans||Texans|
|Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs||Raiders|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||New York Jets||Jets|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|Tennessee Titans||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|New Orleans Saints||New England Patriots||Saints|
|Arizona Cardinals||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Washington Redskins||Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys|
|Indianapolis Colts||San Diego Chargers||Colts|
Chris Roling's Predictions
Cleveland Browns Stun Detroit Lions
The Cleveland Browns appear to be the underdog here, but even the loss of quarterback Brian Hoyer for the year does not spell the end of the world for the Browns.
Cleveland touts the NFL's No. 4 overall defense. The Lions are a threat offensively, but as the team showed last week in a 22-9 loss, the offense only performs well with Calvin Johnson on the field.
Unfortunately for Detroit, Johnson is a game-time decision against Cleveland per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Even if Johnson does take the field, he will have to deal with elite corner Joe Haden, who is the No. 9 overall player at his position according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Detroit ranks in the bottom half of the league in total defense, so as strange as this sounds, the Lions will have issues keeping up with the Browns offense, which scored 37 points last week with Brandon Weeden under center for the majority of the game.
Prediction: Browns 28, Lions 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shut Down Philadelphia Eagles
Things have gone completely south in Tampa Bay thanks to head coach Greg Schiano, and now the team has a date with the high-flying Philadelphia offense.
Two things actually work in Tampa Bay's favor here. For one, defense happens to be the strong suit for the Buccaneers as the team surrenders 17.5 points per game. Secondly, Schiano and Co. have had an extra week to prep for Chip Kelly's offense thanks to a bye.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been thrown to the wolves after Josh Freeman's departure, and as expected, he melted down two weeks ago in a loss as the contest wore on against Arizona.
While the offense in Philadelphia is elite, star back LeSean McCoy will have little room to operate against a defense that ranks ninth against the rush. It's also a major question mark as to how effective the offense will be with Nick Foles under center considering Michael Vick sounds like he will miss the contest per CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Rookie quarterback or not, expect Tampa Bay to come out a winner.
Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Eagles 24
Oakland Raiders Surprise Kansas City Chiefs
Things are off to a great start for head coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, but Oakland is a team just waiting to be underestimated.
While Kansas City's pristine record is sexy, the Chiefs have beat just one team with a winning record and needed a fourth-quarter comeback to down Tennessee last week.
On the flip side is Oakland, a resurgent team led by quarterback Terrelle Pryor who just last week went off for 252 total yards and two scores while the Raiders pulled off the upset over San Diego on Sunday night.
Oakland beat the Chiefs in both encounters last season, and interestingly enough, both teams are even better this year. Kansas City relies on a sound defense and solid running game led by Jamaal Charles to control the pace of games, but Pryor has shown a propensity to put up a large amount of points in a hurry.
Pryor and the Raiders are a wild card all season, and on Sunday, Oakland will end the perfection that is the Chiefs' 2013 campaign.
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