Picking NFL games is not easy. As Week 5 demonstrated, anything can happen. That said, someone has to give it the old college try, right?
Here are my picks for Week 6.
Carolina Panthers (1-4) at Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Cam Newton has been great this season, but I think his luck will run out at some point. Plus, the Falcons have to turn it around soon, right?
Atlanta 31, Carolina 24
Indianapolis Colts (0-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
The Colts have gotten more out of Curtis Painter than I thought possible, but this weekend, they face the Bengals and their surprising No. 1-ranked defense. Andy Dalton will continue to improve and the Colts will fall to 0-6.
Cincinnati 28, Indianapolis 24
San Francisco 49ers (4-1) at Detroit Lions (5-0)
During preseason, if you had told me these two teams would enter their Week 6 matchup with a combined record of 9-1, I would have had you committed. Still, the Lions have been the more impressive of the two squads, and that will continue this week.
Detroit 38, San Francisco 21
St. Louis Rams (0-4) at Green Bay Packers (5-0)
I don't think I need to give an explanation for this one. The Packers are the best team in the NFL, and the Rams are one of the worst. Enough said.
Green Bay 45, St. Louis 17
Buffalo Bills (4-1) at New York Giants (3-2)
The Bills will continue to shock, while the Giants will continue to puzzle.
Buffalo 31, New York (Giants) 28
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
After a horrible start, the Steelers have managed to claw their way to a 3-2 record. This weekend, they'll go to 4-2, and Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be introduced to Pittsburgh's veteran defense.
Pittsburgh 35, Jacksonville 20
Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) at Washington Redskins (3-1)
I'm going to keep banking on the Eagles until they finally turn things around. It has to happen soon, right?
Philadelphia 31, Washington 24
Cleveland Browns (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (3-2)
The Raiders' second-ranked rushing attack (161.8 yards per game) will bowl over the Browns' run defense that is allowing 124.5 yards per game (25th in the NFL).
Oakland 34, Cleveland 14
Houston Texans (3-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Minus Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, it is really hard to see the Texans winning on the road, especially against a solid Baltimore squad.
Baltimore 24, Houston 21
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at New England Patriots (4-1)
The Cowboys are an enigma, and this weekend they go on the road to face an explosive New England team. There's only one way this could possibly end, and that's with a big day and another home win for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
New England 42, Dallas 24
New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
This will be close for a while, but the Buccaneers simply can't score with the Saints. New Orleans will pull away late.
New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 27
Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at Chicago Bears (2-3)
Minnesota 21, Chicago 18
Miami Dolphins (0-4) at New York Jets (2-3)
In another horrible prime-time matchup, the Jets will send the Dolphins to 0-5 thanks to their defense. Miami's newly-minted quarterback Matt Moore will not be able to figure out Rex Ryan's defense. Mark Sanchez will lead the Jets offense on a few nice drives to seal this one by the end of the third quarter.
New York (Jets) 34, Miami 13