Thursday, October 11, 2012

NFL Week 6 Predictions

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Percy Harvin and the Vikings have played great so far. Can they continue
their success with a win against the Redskins?

Steelers vs. Titans: 35-13 Steelers

There is no possible way the Steelers lose this game. This actually might be one of the more one-sided games played so far. The Steelers got back Rashard Mendenhall last week, and now have a very balanced offense. On the defensive side of the ball, James Harrison and Co. should have no problem laying out hit after hit against one of the worst offenses in the league. Steelers win big on the road.

Raiders vs. Falcons: 30-16 Falcons

I couldn't have been more wrong in the Thursday night game, but then again, nobody had the Titans pulling off that win. Hopefully I'll get back on track with a bunch of wins Sunday. The Falcons should have no problem beating the Raiders at home. As long as the Falcons just play their game, they will remain undefeated.

Bengals vs. Browns: 27-17 Bengals

Well, it seems like the Bengals actually prefer playing games on the road, after losing to the Dolphins last week. If so, Cincinnati will beat their Ohio rival on Sunday. The Browns haven't won this season, and will continue their streak into next week.

Rams vs. Dolphins: 24-17 Dolphins

Both teams have been a bit of a surprise this season, but the Dolphins are definitely the better team. The Rams have struggled outside their dome, while the Dolphins have played pretty well at home. If the Dolphins can rely on their run game, and allow Ryan Tannehill to comfortably throw the ball, they will come out with the win.

Colts vs. Jets: 24-20 Jets

Don't be surprised if the Colts don't pull off this upset, if it would even be considered one. The Colts haven't won on the road this season, and the Jets surprisingly kept the game close vs. Houston last week.  Aside from Mark Sanchez's devilish stat-line, the Jets will win this game.

Lions vs. Eagles: 28-20 Lions

Coming off their bye week, I think the Lions stick it to the Eagles in Philadelphia. Despite being winless on the road, I think the Lions come out strong offensively, and are too much for Philly to handle. Louis Delmas makes his debut for the Lions, and will help shut down Michael Vick.

Chiefs vs. Bucs: 20-17 Bucs

With no Matt Cassel in the lineup, the Chiefs will struggle a little bit more on offense (if possible). The Bucs have a very sharp defense, and will play with tons of energy coming off their bye week.

Cowboys vs. Ravens: 27-16 Ravens

"You come at the king, you best not miss." The Ravens are undefeated in Baltimore, and will stay that way with a win against the Cowboys. Despite scoring only nine points against he Chiefs last week, the Ravens are still my favorite to win the game. Their defense is just too good for the Cowboys.

Bills vs. Cardinals: 24-20 Bills

Surprise pick here. No matter how bad they looked last week, the Bills will win this game in Arizona. Their run game will lead them on offense, and their defense won't have to be that good to stop the Cardinals' offense.

Patriots vs. Seahawks: 24-19 Patriots

Since I can never predict the Seahawks, I guess this would be a "reverse jinx pick." The Seahawks are still undefeated at home, but that will change when the Patriots come to town. As I wrote a few weeks ago, it's almost impossible to beat the Seahawks at home, but the Patriots are one of those rare occasions.

Giants vs. Niners: 27-20 Giants

The Giants, who declared themselves the underdogs in this week's matchup, will indeed get the victory. A similar matchup in last year's regular season game in San Francisco, except this time, costly turnovers won't be the end for New York. The Niners racked up over 600 yards of offense last week, but will be going against a much better team overall. Not sure if the Niners will make the adjustments, and I will be going with my boys in blue in this featured matchup.

Vikings vs Redskins: 28-24 Vikings

Don't care if RG3 is playing, the Vikings are for real regardless of the opposing team's quarterback. Their offense has been surprisingly functional this season, with AP's speedy recovery having a huge impact, but their defense has been their real surprise. Minnesota will keep Griffin III and the Redskins winless at home.

Packers vs. Texans: 31-27 Texans

I've come to realize that the Packers aren't who we thought they were. Instead of a Super Bowl contender, they are a one-dimensional offensive team that has a very weak defensive pass rush. The Texans on the other hand, have a very balanced offensive attack with a defense that can stop anything coming its way.

Broncos vs. Chargers: 30-28 Broncos

Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses last week. In the end, I like Peyton Manning out-dueling Philip Rivers in this game. Both teams have solid run games and defenses, so it will come down to which team throws the ball better. Nine times out of ten, that will be Peyton Manning.

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