NFL Week 6 Picks: Home Teams Sure to Pull Through Against Quality Opponents

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Here we go again.

Week 6 of the NFL schedule is once again loaded with enough great games to keep fans entertained all weekend long and into next week as they catch up.

Outside of a Denver versus Jacksonville contest, this week is just as unpredictable as any other this year thanks to parity and sheer luck.

While the unpredictability of the NFL will be on full display in Week 6, here are a few games sure to swing in the home team's favor. 


Houston Fends Off St. Louis

Things are bad in Houston—really bad. The team sits at 2-3 and two games behind Indianapolis in the AFC South. Quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown an interception that has been returned for a touchdown in four straight games.

Not only is Schaub's job in danger, but things off the field have allegedly gotten a bit out of hand as well:

Things are not going much better for St. Louis. No, a 14-point win over lowly Jacksonville to end a three-game skid does not mean things are back on track.

St. Louis still has a bottom-20 defense, and quarterback Sam Bradford has thrown for over 300 yards once. Now with a date against the league's No. 1 pass defense, it's going to be a long day for Bradford and Co. at Reliant Stadium.

Expect Houston to rely on that defense and keep the ball out of Schaub's hands thanks to the duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate that averages over 130 yards per game on the ground.

Prediction: Texans 27, Rams 20


New York Jets Overcome Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling as a team. Once again, Pittsburgh has failed to properly protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has turned the ball over six times on his own in the past two games.

That seems to be the name of the game for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have turned the ball over 11 times already, and as Stats points out, they have also failed to force one all year:

The big name above is Geno Smith, who has led the Jets to a 3-2 record and most recently threw three touchdowns in a big win over Atlanta.

Not all the news coming out of New York is positive, as Smith will be without tight end Kellen Winslow, who was suspended per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Receiver Santonio Holmes will likely miss the contest as well. Oh, and it also appears the defense will be without star cornerback Antonio Cromartie per ESPN:

As much as that sounds like an advantage in Pittsburgh's favor, it won't matter with the way Roethlisberger is playing behind a porous line. He has turned the ball over 10 times already and won't stray from that course against the NFL's No. 2 defense.

Prediction: Jets 24, Steelers 20


Seattle Outlasts Tennessee

Tennessee quietly fields a top-10 defense thanks to the stellar play of budding stars such as cornerback Alterraun Verner, but the unit simply cannot overcome the inadequacy of the offense led by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick took things over as the starter last week against Kansas City with Jake Locker out, and the offense mustered just 339 yards and 17 points against a No. 7 ranked Chiefs defense.

Guess what? This week's opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, tout the No. 6 defense.

As if that were not bad enough, Seattle plays in the loudest stadium in the NFL and is perhaps the league's most balanced team thanks to quarterback Russell Wilson and back Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle has not lost a game at home since December of 2011. The streak continues against a Titans team crippled by injuries where it matters most.

Prediction: Seahawks 20, Titans 10



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