Week 5 was nothing short of interesting with it’s blowouts and come-from-behind victories. We still aren’t at the point where too many teams have separated themselves from the pack as the league’s best and worst, but we are getting there.
We’ve got another nearly full slate with just two teams on byes this week in the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints.
I had a good week 5, going 12-3 to improve to 48-28 on the season (not to shabby if I do say so myself). Now here are my week 6 picks.
Thursday Night Football
- Colts @ Texans: How about a close Thursday Night game for once? I do think we finally get one with this AFC South match-up. It’s an early battle for the division. The Colts have been led by their offense this season, the Texans by their defense. Which wins out? I think Andrew Luck does. INDIANAPOLIS WINS
Sunday 1PM Games
- Steelers @ Browns: Ben Tate is back and looked good in week 5. The Browns are finding ways to win, even when they don’t make it easy for themselves. But it’s hard to win in the NFL, and they’re already half way to their 2013 win total. As for the Steelers, they moved above .500 last week, but it wasn’t a pretty 17-9 game against the 0-5 Jaguars. So I think Cleveland finds a way to get themselves above .500 at home. CLEVELAND WINS
- Patriots @ Bills: It’s the final regular season match-up between the AFC East rivals, and New England is in Buffalo looking for revenge. It’s also a game that could very well determine the division. The Pats had their best game of the season last week against a very good team in Cincinnati. But the Bills are also coming off a good road win over Detroit. So which team keeps the good feelings going and stays above .500? I think Tom Brady and company find a way to build off their drubbing of the Bengals and get a big road victory. NEW ENGLAND WINS
- Panthers @ Bengals: The Bengals didn’t come out of their bye week like a team that had been previously undefeated and making other teams look silly. They came out and let a struggling Patriots team walk all over them. As for the Panthers, they eked out a good win over a strong Ravens squad. If this were a home game for Carolina, I might choose them, but I think Cincy rights the ship in front of their fans to improve to 4-1. (though they could be without AJ Green along with Marvin Jones, meaning the run game MUST step up for my prediction to come true) CINCINNATI WINS
- Jaguars @ Titans: The Jaguars are bad enough to continue their 0-fer of a season. But this might be one of their only good chances for a win. Tennessee blew a 25-point lead to the Browns last week. And Jacksonville should feel good about holding Pittsburgh to 17 points in week 5. Let’s see what Blake Bortles can do against a porous Titans defense on the road. JACKSONVILLE WINS
- Packers @ Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill has started to show Miami fans what they’ve wanted to see for a few years now. But with the pats and bills having strong years, it’s going to be hard to make noise in the AFC East. As for the Packers, they are starting to round into shape after a shaky start. I like Aaron Rodgers on the road here. GREEN BAY WINS
- Lions @ Vikings: Detroit was less than impressive at home a week ago, and continue to get little from the injured Calvin Johnson. But the defense was still solid, and I think they can continue this on the road against the overachieving Vikings. DETROIT WINS
- Broncos @ Jets: Rex Ryan’s team is in shambles. And now they have the defending AFC Champs coming to MetLife. Yikes. No cornerbacks against Peyton Manning, a struggling quarterback and an improperly used running game. Triple yikes. I though New York would be good this season, but unless a lot goes wrong fro a Denver, I just don’t see them breaking their skid. >DENVER WINS
- Ravens @ Buccaneers: Baltimore is coming off a tough loss to Indianapolis, but it’s not as bad a loss as Tampa suffered to the Saints. There are just too many questions on defense for this Bucs team. BALTIMORE WINS
Sunday 4/4:25PM Games
- Chargers @ Raiders: Sure there is a chance Oakland upsets the streaking Chargers at home, I just don’t see it happening. SAN DIEGO WINS
- Bears @ Falcons: This might be the most intriguing matchup outside of Giants-Eagles for me. Two high powered offenses with questions on defenses that need to get back on track. Both squads surrendered 30-plus points on the road in week 5, so expect a shootout. I’m taking the home team here behind a big performance by Matt Ryan. ATLANTA WINS
- Cowboys @ Seahawks: The Boys passed their first real test a week ago against Houston. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant found a way around the ferocious JJ Watt. But now they’re in 12th man territory taking on the still hungry and explosive Super Bowl Champions. DeMarco Murray is on pace for a record season on the ground, and Dallas will need a huge day from him if they’re to have any chance in Seattle. And even that might not be enough. SEATTLE WINS
- Redskins @ Cardinals: Washington gave themselves a chance against the Seahawks, but couldn’t convert. Things don’t get any Easter on the road this week. Arizona has been a surprise after losing Carson Palmer, mostly on the strength of their defense. Until Kirk Cousins can get better on 3rd down, and until the Skins can stop the run, I can’t pick them consistently. ARIZONA WINS
Sunday Night Football
- Giants @ Eagles: Talk about a big game! Philly has been atop the division all season, while the Giants are making a surge after an 0-2 start. I haven’t been too impressed with Philly of late, especially when they almost blew a big lead to the lowly rams a week ago. Their run game isn’t as potent as we thought going into the season. But they are still a 4-1 football team. That being said, I think Eli Manning and the offense are clicking and the defense has been stout in the 2nd half f games. To me, this might come down to special teams. The Eagles have been forcing turnovers galore, and New York has been having issues in the return game. NEW YORK WINS
Monday Night Football
- 49ers @ Rams: An NFC West clash caps off Week 6. While The Niners haven’t been nearly as impressive as I thought they’d be this year, they’re better than the Rams on both sides of the football. And that’s why I think they pick up their 4th win of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO WINS