NFL Picks Week 6: Will Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints Lose Third Game?
We are approaching Week 6 of NFL football, and it's time to make predictions about this upcoming weekend.
Will the San Francisco 49ers finally get a win?
Will the Detroit Lions emerge as a new and improved football team?
And what the heck is going on with the Dallas Cowboys?
I'll attempt to answer these questions and give my predictions for Week 6 of NFL football.
Let's get started.
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
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The Falcons will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
Eagles at -3
Atlanta had a little trouble getting started against the Cleveland Browns, but they pulled off the win to make its record 4-1. Michael Jenkins is listed as probable for this game against the Eagles, and the Falcons are one of the best teams in the entire NFC.
Before this past Sunday, I would have said that this game would depend upon Michael Vick's health, but Kevin Kolb impressed me against the 49ers. The Eagles have solid offensive options in LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and I think they'll get the win at home.
Falcons 21, Eagles 27
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
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The Chiefs will play the Texans at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Texans at -4.5
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the surprise of this NFL season, and I am amongst the numerous sports writers who have doubted this team. But I have to be realistic here. The Chiefs' only loss this season was to the Indianapolis Colts, but that game was in no way a blowout.
The Texans were my favorite at the beginning of the season, but they seem to have lost their mojo these past few weeks. The Texans do have a pretty substantial rush defense (No. 5 in the league), and they have the ability to pack some firepower on offense as well.
Chiefs 17, Texans 24
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Browns will travel to Pittsburgh at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Steelers at -13.5
The AFC North is one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and the Browns are 1-1 in their division. But with some serious issues at quarterback and a banged up Peyton Hillis, this will be one long game for Cleveland.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a bye week, and they will finally add star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to their offense. This is one of the best teams in the NFL, and they have the talent to completely stomp the Browns.
Browns 13, Steelers 31
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
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The Seahawks will travel to Solider Field 1:00 p.m. this Sunday.
Bears at -7
The Seahawks are another team that is performing much better than expected this season, and veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck just keeps on chugging along. The Seahawks have just as good a chance to defeat the Bears as most other teams in the league.
The Chicago Bears had a great start to this season, but their momentum has definitely decreased in recent weeks. The Bears are a solid team, but they're not a great team. I smell an upset.
Seahawks 21, Bears 20
Detroit Lions at New York Giants
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The Lions will take on the Giants at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Giants at -10
The Detroit Lions started this season very slow, but after last Sunday's stomping of the St. Louis Rams, we could be seeing a new and improved Lions squad beginning to emerge.
The Giants are a much better team than I expected at the beginning of the season, and they had a very impressive win over the Houston Texans last week. But something tells me the Lions will give them a run for their money.
Lions 21, Giants 17
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
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The Ravens will play the Pats at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Patriots at -3
The Ravens are one of the top three teams in the entire NFL. I'm not exactly sure why the Patriots are favored here, but with the Ravens' defense and the way Joe Flacco has been dominating, I can't see the Ravens losing this one.
Now, don't get me wrong here, the Pats have a solid team as well, but I think we will see the absence of Randy Moss start to hurt them offensively. Without Moss drawing special coverage, the Patriots will have to get creative with this one. Maybe their special teams will win the game for them again?
Ravens 24, Patriots 20
San Diego Chargers at St. Louis Rams
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The Chargers will take on St. Louis at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Chargers at -8.5
I don't know what's happening with my boy Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, but I don't like it. The Chargers just lost to the Raiders (really?), and they are now 2-3. The only thing that will save them this game is that they're playing the Rams.
Sam Bradford will be an excellent NFL quarterback...someday. But the Rams still have some definite kinks to work out this season.
Chargers 31, Rams 21
Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers
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The Dolphins will play the Packers at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Packers at -3.5
The Dolphins are coming off a bye week, and after a tough loss to the New England Patriots, they will be looking to take out some aggression on the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins are a good team, but unfortunately they find themselves in a very strong division.
One word: Injuries. A healthy Packers squad could handle the Dolphins no problem, but they are too banged up to dominate in this game.
Dolphins 24, Packers 20
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Saints will play the Bucs at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Saints at -4.5
This team certainly isn't looking like the Super Bowl champs that we're used to, but I don't think the Saints will lose two games in a row. Especially to the Buccaneers.
The Bucs have done surprisingly well this year, and they have a shot against the Saints. I just don't think it's going to happen.
Saints 31, Buccaneers 27
New York Jets at Denver Broncos
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The Jets will play the Broncos at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.
Jets at -3
The Jets have an absolutely fantastic team this year, and as much as I hate to admit it, Mark Sanchez is playing some very smart football. With eight touchdowns and zero interceptions, it is time for me to give credit where credit is due. There you go, Jets fans. Happy?
This Broncos team is actually pretty good when they play weaker defenses, but the Jets are just too powerful for Denver.
Jets 27, Broncos 21
Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers
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The Oakland Raiders will take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday.
49ers at -6.5
The Raiders had an impressive win over their division rivals the San Diego Chargers last weekend, and we could be seeing glimmers of hope from this Oakland squad.
But the 49ers will not want to add yet another loss to their record. This team has been backed into a corner, and I feel sorry for any team that plays them from this point forward. The 49ers will be out for blood, and they will get their first win of the season on Sunday.
Raiders 17, 49ers 31
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
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The Cowboys will play the Vikings at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Vikings at -1.5
I'm starting to feel a little bad for the Dallas Cowboys. Their passing game is excellent, but what's with all the penalties, boys? The Cowboys will need to clean up their game and play smart if they want a chance against the Vikings.
Even though the Vikings lost to the Jets on Monday, this team looked considerably better than they did at the beginning of the season. And the addition of Randy Moss will prove to be a very good decision after this game.
Cowboys 21, Vikings 31
Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins
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The Colts will take on the Redskins at 8:20 p.m. Sunday night.
Colts at -3
The Colts seem to be struggling this season, and I'm starting to question Peyton Manning's poise in the redzone. This is a terrific football team, but something isn't working.
This is the one game of the weekend that I am most looking forward to. The Redskins are thriving under Donovan McNabb's leadership, and they will give the Colts a run for their money.
Colts 27, Redskins 34
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Titans will play the Jags in this week's edition of Monday Night Football.
Titans at -3
I've been saying this all season: The Titans are better than you think. Their two losses come from the dominant defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the excellent offense of the Denver Broncos. I'm a sucker for a down and dirty, physical team like the Titans.
The Jags have won their past two games, but this winning streak will end when they host Tennessee.
Titans 28, Jags 17