NFL Picks Week 6: Five Players Set For Huge Games

Ashley Swafford@ashleyswaffordContributor IOctober 13, 2010

NFL Picks Week 6: Five Players Set For Huge Games

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    NFL's week 6 is prone to be a huge week for many players. Just by the luck of the draw, some players will get a chance to prove themselves, some for the first time ever and some for the first in a long time. Many athletes will either make or break themselves this weekend. However, only five are expected to have the biggest weekend of their season.

Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins

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    With Redskins running back Clinton Portis out with a groin injury, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan chose Ryan Torain to fill the gap. Last week, Torain made his first NFL start against one of the best defenses in the league, the Green Bay Packers. He made out decent with sixteen carries for forty yards. However, Torain is set for a huge game this week. Torain will be running against an Indianapolis Colts defense that is rather prone to allowing 100-yard rushers.

Deion Branch, New England Patriots

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    Since the departure of Randy Moss to the Vikings, the Patriots have been looking for a better replacement. In Week 6, Deion Branch will be starting as a wide receiver for New England. Tom Brady and Branch had great chemistry in the past, having his best year of his career here actually, and hopefully it will continue in Week 6.  However, Branch will have big shoes to fill. This week will define him. 

Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    Frank Gore has been doing all that he can on a truly struggling San Francisco 49ers team. The 49ers need to get Gore back in his 2008 form when he was considered one of the top premier backs in the league. Frank Gore should do well this weekend as he has in previous weeks. Getting Gore rolling is exactly what the 49ers need to turn around what is looking like a dismal season.

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburg Steelers

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    The Steelers are playing against the Cleveland Browns. Enough said there. Mendenhall has had a great year so far and that is mainly because the team has been relying on him due to the Ben Roethlisberger suspension. Now with Roethlisberger back look for his carries to come down a little, but not his productivity. With Roethlisberger around he may get less carries, but the defense will not be able to stack the box like they had been doing the past 4 games. 

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Last week, Rivers threw for over 400 yards. Now Rivers is facing the Rams who got burned by Shaun Hill last week. That’s right, Shaun Hill. So look for Rivers to keep the productivity rolling as he will have yet again another very impressive performance.