NFL Picks Week 6: Will Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints Lose Third Game?

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2010

NFL Picks Week 6: Will Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints Lose Third Game?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints prepares to snap the ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeat
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    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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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by offensive lineman Mike McGlynn #77 after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin #18 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank
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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.

    Final Score

    Falcons 21, Eagles 27

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans in action during the game against the New York Giants at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Chiefs 17, Texans 24

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers battles for extra yards while playing the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Baltimore won the game 17-14.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Ge
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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.

    Final Score

    Browns 13, Steelers 31

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Seahawks 21, Bears 20

Detroit Lions at New York Giants

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Louis Delmas #26 and Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions celebrate Suh's fourth quarter interception during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field on October 10, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Lions defeated the Rams 4
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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.

    Final Score

    Lions 21, Giants 17

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens d
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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?

    Final Score

    Ravens 24, Patriots 20

San Diego Chargers at St. Louis Rams

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Chargers 31, Rams 21

Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs with a catch against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Dolphins 24, Packers 20

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Running back LeGarrette Blount  #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for running room as a host of Cincinnati Bengals pursue at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Saints 31, Buccaneers 27

New York Jets at Denver Broncos

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets defends against Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Jets 27, Broncos 21

Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Raiders 17, 49ers 31

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Cowboys 21, Vikings 31

Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins scrambles in the pocket against the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in overtime 16-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Get
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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.

    Final Score

    Colts 27, Redskins 34

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Quarteback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Titans won 34-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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.

    Final Score

    Titans 28, Jags 17