NFL Picks Week 6: Houston Texans and 3 Teams That Will Continue Falling

Jon BanksContributor IIOctober 16, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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By now, we have the ability to start to see how some seasons are going to turn out. Some teams are very likely to return to the playoffs (Green Bay Packers), while others may be in the hunt for Andrew Luck (Miami Dolphins). What about those others? Those that started well and may start to fall off? They may still come back later in the season, but for now they are likely to lose another game or two, before they can turn it around.

The Dallas Cowboys are a team in need of a nice easy stretch of games. They lost their first game on Sunday night after a bad snap by the center led to a quick Romo throw-away. They are currently 2-2, and their last game ended after two pick-six interceptions and a blowup by Romo led to a Detroit Lions comeback.

Now they play the New England Patriots at their place. They have to win to maintain legitimacy in the NFL, but that's an upset that isn't likely to happen.

How far will they fall? That depends on the team and Romo. They can easily turn it around with a little focus. However, they've been needing focus for years and still haven't gotten it. Luckily for them, the NFC East doesn't seem that strong.

If I didn't hate them so much, I'd feel sorry for the Atlanta Falcons. They have mortgaged the future for the present and were hoping to make a Super Bowl run after getting so close in 2010.

Instead, they are 2-3, third in the division, and face a Carolina Panthers team that has been struggling to win games at the end. If Cam Newton can continue his path of destruction, the Falcons will be dead last in their division at 2-4, with a divisional record of 0-2. What's worse for them, if the Saints win, they'll be 5-1 with a divisional record of 2-0, which nearly clinches the division this early in the season.

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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How far will they fall? That secondary is bad, like really bad. As someone who watched the 2010 Texans defense, this defense looks similar. Struggles to get pressure, can't tackle, can't cover, somewhat decent against the run, but so porous against the pass it doesn't matter. On top of a poor defense, Matt Ryan is struggling mightily. The team needs that Week 8 bye to come quickly.

Finally, the Houston Texans. They started strong, but how hard is it to start strong versus the Colts and the Dolphins? The teams they have lost against aren't poor teams either. The Saints and the Raiders are both good teams, if in radically different ways. Still, they are likely to move from 3-2 to 3-3 by the end of the day and go to second in the division.

How far will they fall? Andre Johnson is expected to return next week against the Titans. Even at sub-100%, he's still a top 5 receiver. If the Texans can rally next week, they go from a falling team to a team on the rise. Amazing what a difference a week in the NFL makes, huh?