NFL Picks Week 6: Teams That Will Avenge Losses from Last Sunday

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys argues a call against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Mistakes are meant to be used as learning experiences.

Experiencing failure is what enables us all to grow and become better people in the long run. Errors pave the way for corrections that we'd never know to enforce otherwise.

Of course these teams would rather enter Sunday looking like juggernauts at 5-0, but that's not what happened. These three clubs each lost last weekend, bringing questions about one's Super Bowl merits while raising speculation over whether the other two will make the playoffs.

They won't automatically fix their woes this weekend, but these squads will bounce back with a pivotal victory to steer the ship back in place.

While we learned from Jerry Jones not to dare label any loss a moral victory, perhaps those past defeats won't turn out as crippling as they felt at the time. 


Seattle Seahawks (vs. Tennessee Titans)

Can a legit title threat continue to play so feebly on the road?

Seattle earned spots on top of many power rankings after demolishing the San Francisco 49ers at home during Week 2. The Seahawks took care of business against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as expected, before things got ugly without the 12th Man's support.

Seattle salvaged a win at Houston, but not before falling behind 20-3 at halftime. It didn't take long to discover the sin of living on the edge, as the Seahawks were unable to escape with a win against the Indianapolis Colts. Top teams should handle sleeping in a strange hotel.

But it really doesn't matter this weekend, when the Seahawks return home to clash with the Titans. CenturyLink Field has not hosted a losing effort from Seattle since 2011, so it's unlikely Tennessee will break that pattern.

The Titans are much better than everyone gives them credit for, suffering their two losses in overtime against the Texans and in a close contest against the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. With the ninth-best defense, they can fluster Russell Wilson enough to keep this game close.

Just don't count on the offense contributing much. Seattle still ranks sixth in yards and points allowed after an unimpressive loss to Indianapolis, and Tennessee's 38-point outburst against the New York Jets stands as the outlier in its season.

Look for Seattle to grind out a close one, similar to its Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Prediction Seahawks 17, Titans 10


Houston Texans (vs. St. Louis Rams)

Well, that got out of hand quickly.

The Texans started at 2-0, but it wasn't necessarily pretty. They overcame a three-touchdown deficit against the Chargers and escaped overtime with a win over the Titans. 

Now they're 2-3, having lost their last three games by a combined 57 points.

This is all while boasting the league's best passing defense at 134.2 yards per game, a strength that would figure to lift a team to greatness in this air-heavy era. Yet the 28th-rated rushing defense and four pick-sixes from Matt Schaub has led to disaster.

After facing last year's Super Bowl attendees and one of this year's prime title hopefuls, the Texans can take a brief respite against the Rams, who also look shaken at 2-3. The Jacksonville Jaguars helped them halt an ugly three-game losing streak, but its flimsy run defense will be torn to shreds by Arian Foster and Ben Tate.

Andre Johnson's status remains in question, but Houston should still climb to .500 by sticking with the ground game.

Prediction: Texans 23, Rams 16


Dallas Cowboys (vs. Washington Redskins)

The week's worth of Tony Romo headlines feel ripped off from The Onion.

Against arguably the greatest quarterback ever undoubtedly embarked on the best stretch of the career, Tony Romo matched Peyton Manning score for score throughout 58 minutes. He threw for 506 passing yards and five touchdowns, but everyone decided his one mistake that led to the Dallas Cowboys' demise was the only story to report.

Every "Tony Romo is a choker" article from the past few days is just satire, right? Nobody actually had the gall to overlook the defense surrendering 48 points while Dallas' 48 points scored would be good enough for a victory 998 times out of 1,000.

The Cowboys may be 2-3, but they've fought both 5-0 AFC West clubs to the brink, handing the Broncos their biggest scare of the season weeks after losing a one-point contest to the Kansas City Chiefs. Now that Manning is not in their way, expect the Cowboys to maintain at least part of first place after defeating Washington.

No team has surrendered more yards per game than Washington at 440.5, which puts Romo in a good situation to post another amazing effort. Since Dallas ranks 28th in the same category, this game should also be high scoring, but Washington does not possess the firepower to swim to the high-30s, low 40s behind a wobbly Robert Griffin III

Prediction: Cowboys 38, Redskins 27