The New Orleans Saints come off their bye week with a chance to drive a stake through the heart of their rivals, and defending NFC Champion, Carolina Panthers. The Saints have effectively lost any semblance of a home field advantage in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome over the last few seasons, but hopefully they can give some joy to the home fans dying to see the team win at home again. Now we take a look at that and the rest of the games in Week 6.
Last week I went 8-6
I told you so: Cowboys over Bengals!
What do I know: Giants over Packers?
Thursday, October 13th - Thursday Night Football
San Diego's terrible luck finally turns around with a big home win over rival Denver and their rookie quarterback.
Sunday, October 16th - Early Games
If you thought there was hardly any passing in last week's Bills game in LA, just wait until you see this one. Colin Kaepernick's return won't make enough of a difference in this one. Buffalo will run all over the Niners defense at home.
This will be a close one, but thanks to their defense, Philly will rebound from their close loss in Detroit with a divisional win in Washington.
Tennessee's tough ground game and solid defense will be too much for poor Cleveland to overcome.
The two lucky-break wins to start the Giants' season seems to be the high point of their year, as the wheels are falling off for the G-Men. Baltimore should rebound from their disappointing loss last week, with a road win here.
This is the football equivalent of cruel and unusual punishment. Let's just say Chicago musters up enough offense to win this one at home.
Los Angeles' defense matched up against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit passing attack should make for an interesting matchup. The edge goes to the defense in this one though.
Is there really anything to say about this one? Pittsburgh. All. Day. Long.
Belichick & Brady vs. Andy Dalton? Sure, that should go well for Cincy.
Panthers(1-4) at Saints(1-3)
This game has all the potential to be the most entertaining shootout of the week. If anything, the Saints should have no problem passing on Carolina, especially in the Dome, so expect a huge day from Brandin Cooks, and a lot of points from the Saints. The big problem here is that Carolina's offense should also be able to move the ball with ease against the Saints defense.
Cam Newton will return this week, coming back just in time to have a "get right game" when the Panthers need it the most. Thanks to big offense and no defense in this game, it will remain close all the way through, until Carolina gets the go-ahead score in the final four minutes. This time for the Saints, the Chargers' self-destructiveness won't be waiting to help them on the other side of the field. I hope it doesn't happen, but it feels like it will, again. Carolina wins 41-34.
Sunday, October 16th - Late Games
Oakland's aggressive and balanced offense will be too much for this mediocre Kansas City team to handle.
The pressure is on the Green Bay defense to stop the NFL's top rushing attack, and surprisingly they'll be up to the challenge. On the other end, don't be surprised to see the Pack rushing very well against the Dallas defense here at home.
Seattle will look good against the pass, but will really struggle against the run, which will ultimately be their downfall. This should be a very entertaining game, but Atlanta wins 27-23.
Sunday Night Football
Despite some early wins, Houston is beginning to resemble the team I thought they would be this season. On the other end, Indianapolis has put together a few last-minute victories to put them back in the weak AFC South race. Indy will pull even with a big win in Houston.
Monday, October 17th - Monday Night Football
Two of the more disappointing teams, with tragically poor quarterback play, meet up in this one. Don't be shocked to see the underdog Jets pick up an unexpected win in Todd Bowles' return to the desert.
That's how I see Week 6 coming together, let us know what you think will happen. Leave your comments, picks, and insight below.