Insiders predict: NFL week 6 winners
It’s only Week 6, but both the AFC and NFC only sport one unbeaten team heading into this week’s slate of games. One of them, the 5-0 New England Patriots, are at home on a short week while the 4-0 49ers take to the road to face a fierce division rival.
While Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo are quarterbacking teams with an unblemished record, it was Deshaun Watson stealing the spotlight in Week 5 after his Texans racked up nearly 600 yards of offense and he threw five touchdowns in a blowout win over the Falcons. Watson did well to thrust his name into the MVP conversation and gained some ground on Patrick Mahomes II, whose Chiefs were held to 13 points and handed their first loss of the year by the Colts. Now, the two will go head-to-head at Arrowhead in a quarterback matchup that dreams are made of.
The Week 6 slate contains some heated division battles and some matchups that contain plenty of history. With as unpredictable as the NFL has proven to be already in 2019, it’s sure to be an entertaining weekend of football.
Here are the best games on the Week 6 docket:
Giants @ Patriots: Thursday Night Football will see these two rivals—with plenty of Super Bowl history between them—face off in Foxborough. While it won’t be another meeting between Eli Manning and Tom Brady, Giants fans will undoubtedly learn a lot about their new quarterback Daniel Jones when he is tasked with facing a Bill Belichick-coached defense with only a few days to prepare.
Texans @ Chiefs: Kansas City suffered its first loss of the year when they were upset by the Colts at home. Now, they try to rebound against a Texans team that is coming off of an eye-popping offensive performance. It’s Watson vs. Mahomes. Two superb talents on display for what will likely be important positioning in the conference standings.
49ers @ Rams: Los Angeles is on a two-game skid and the 49ers come to town having not lost a game so far this season. This game is an important one in the NFC West, which is shaping up to be one of the league’s more competitive divisions.
Lions @ Packers: Monday Night Football hasn’t been known to feature some of the better matchups on a week to week basis but its Week 6 feature is a significant one. The NFC North standings are crowded, but the Packers and Lions are the two teams with only one loss so far this season, while the Bears and Vikings each have two. The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in the division.
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New York Giants (2-3) @ New England Patriots (5-0)
- Gametime: Thursday, Oct. 10, 8:20 p.m. EST
Death, taxes, and the utter and complete dominance by the New England Patriots. You can select whichever cliche you’d like, but for the past two decades, the Pats seemingly can’t be stopped. And this year’s edition looks just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than any of Brady and Belichick squads. When the Patriots have been stopped, especially in big moments, it has often been at the hands of one specific opponent. Since the 2001 season, New England has appeared in eight Super Bowls and has only lost twice. Who was responsible for both losses? You guessed it, the G-Men.
The two Super Bowl victories by Eli Manning, who has had an otherwise routine playing career, may be the sole reason the former starting QB finds his way into the Hall of Fame. But it’s a new era in New York as Manning lost his starting role to rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones after a tough start to the season. Jones has given the New York Giants a new lease on the season with exciting, athletic play the Manning was incapable of, but not so much that they aren’t massive underdogs this Thursday night on the road. Jones gave the Giants their first two wins of the season as a starter, but looked flat last week in a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
As aforementioned, the Patriots remain dominant. Their 5-0 start is due in part to Tom Brady and a typical high-octane passing attack, but should be heavily credited to a defense that ranks #1 in the NFL and surrenders only 160.4 passing yards per game. The Giants may have had New England’s number in the past, but don’t count on it this week on short rest, especially if phenom running back Saquon Barkley continues to sit with a high ankle sprain.
Insiders predict: New England Patriots
- Favored to win: New England Patriots
- Spread: -16.5
- Odds: -844
- New York Giants team stats:
- Offense: 364.8 yards per game (#15 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 248.8 ypg (#14)
--- Rushing offense: 116.0 ypg (#15)
- Defense: 409.4 yards per game (#30.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 279.4 ypg (#28)
--- Rushing defense: 130.0 ypg (#23)
- New England Patriots team stats:
- Offense: 378.2 yards per game (#11 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 279.2 ypg (#6)
--- Rushing offense: 99.0 ypg (#21)
- Defense: 238.4 yards per game (#1 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 160.4 ypg (#1)
--- Rushing defense: 78.0 ypg (#3)
Carolina Panthers (3-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
- Gametime: Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. EST
This NFC South rivalry game should be enjoyed with an English breakfast. The second of four NFL games in London kicks off Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. EST. So, if you have Christian McCaffrey or Jameis Winston on your fantasy team and happen to live out West, your Sunday starts awfully early. Tampa Bay is technically the home team, but won’t see much home-field advantage as both teams travel across the pond for already their second meeting of the early season.
The Bucs had no issues on the road Week 2 when they waltzed into Carolina and took down the Panthers in a 20-14 upset. That was the last time Panthers quarterback and former league MVP Cam Newton has seen the field, but strangely enough, that’s been a good thing for Carolina. With backup QB Kyle Allen at the helm as Newton recovers from a foot injury, the Panthers are undefeated and above .500 for the first time this season. While Allen has looked tremendous off the bench, he’s strongly aided by the efforts of McCaffrey, who might be the frontrunner for MVP through five weeks. McCaffrey is leading the NFL in rushing, averaging 117.4 yards per game, and by the way, has nearly 300 receiving yards to go along with that.
Tampa Bay has been stout against the run this season, ranking #2 giving up under 70 yards per game, but that’s partially because teams have been so successful through the air—the Buccaneers are dead last in passing defense. If the Bucs stop McCaffrey on the ground, they still have to worry about him in the passing game. Tampa Bay has been a riddle this season: After relinquishing an 18-point lead to Giants’ rookie QB Daniel Jones making his first career start, eventually losing 32-31, they put up 55 on the reigning NFC Champion L.A. Rams with 55 points. They then followed that with a loss to backup QB Teddy Bridgewater in a game that could have given them sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
Insiders predict: Carolina Panthers
- Favored to win: Carolina Panthers
- Spread: -2
- Odds: -130
- Carolina Panthers team stats:
- Offense: 370.0 yards per game (#14 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 226.4 ypg (#23)
--- Rushing offense: 143.6 ypg (#4)
- Defense: 331.4 yards per game (#8 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 197.0 ypg (#4)
--- Rushing defense: 134.4 ypg (#24)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers team stats:
- Offense: 359.8 yards per game (#17 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 250.4 ypg (#12)
--- Rushing offense: 109.4 ypg (#19)
- Defense: 393.4 yards per game (#26.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 323.6 ypg (#32)
--- Rushing defense: 69.8 ypg (#2)
Seattle Seahawks (4-1) @ Cleveland Browns (2-3)
- Gametime: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. EST
The Seahawks are traveling to Cleveland to battle the floundering Browns. Seattle has extra rest after taking down the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 last Thursday night, while Cleveland is playing on short rest after an embarrassing and exposing 31-3 loss on Monday night to the Seahawks NFC West-rival 49ers. Additionally, the Seahawks are already 2-0 this season against AFC North opponents with victories over the Bengals and the Steelers.
After an offseason heavy on hype and expectation, the only thing that should have Seattle worried is Cleveland’s desperation. The Browns bounced back earlier this season after taking a loss on national TV. After falling 20-13 to the L.A. Rams on Sunday night of Week 3, and doubt beginning to creep in, Cleveland responded Week 4 with a 40-25 victory over the Ravens—but the Seahawks are currently surging behind the spectacular play of quarterback Russell Wilson, who is making his case for MVP. Wilson leads the NFL with 12 touchdown passes, a quarterback rating of 126.3, and is yet to throw an interception this season.
Could we be looking at the same old laughing stock Browns? Was last week an anomaly, or are the Niners legit? Seattle was a bit overlooked coming into the season with the Rams favored to take the division for a second-straight season, but few expected them to be fighting to keep pace with San Francisco. This is a measuring stick matchup for both squads.
Insiders predict: Seattle Seahawks
- Favored to win: Seattle
- Spread: -1.5
- Odds: -125
- Seattle Seahawks team stats:
- Offense: 388.0 yards per game (#7 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 265.4 ypg (#8)
--- Rushing offense: 122.6 ypg (#12)
- Defense: 350.6 yards per game (#14.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 270.6 ypg (#26)
--- Rushing defense: 80.0 ypg (#4)
- Cleveland Browns team stats:
- Offense: 340.2 yards per game (#23 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 227.8 ypg (#20)
--- Rushing offense: 112.4 ypg (#17)
- Defense: 357.2 yards per game (#18.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 206.4 ypg (#7)
--- Rushing defense: 150.8 ypg (#29)
Houston Texans (3-2) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
- Gametime: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. EST
For those interested in huge plays, high scores, and other-worldly feats of athleticism...we give you Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes II. The two young phenom QBs have thrown for a combined 22 touchdowns, 3,195 yards, and just one interception. Watson and Mahomes trail only Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in touchdowns and quarterback rating.
The Houston Texans exploded for a whopping 53 points in an inspired performance from quarterback Deshaun Watson, who threw for five touchdowns and a career-high 426 yards a Week 5 victory over the Falcons. The Texans needed a big offensive output after putting up only 10 points in a Week 4 loss to the Carolina Panthers—it’s safe to say that was delivered as Houston tallied 592 yards of total offense.
Mahomes has actually looked human recently, throwing only one touchdown in his last two games, which makes the fact that he’s still tied for #2 in the league with 11 touchdown tosses all the more staggering. Mahomes also leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,831. The Chiefs took their first L of the season last week in a 19-13 shocker at home against the Indianapolis Colts as Mahomes got no help from his offensive line. The K.C. signal-caller tweaked his ankle in the loss and didn’t appear himself, but is expected to start Sunday. Let’s everyone hope the reigning NFL MVP is close to 100% because it would be a shame to deprive the world of these two young QB dual.
Insiders predict: Kansas City Chiefs
- Favored to win: Kansas City Chiefs
- Spread: -5
- Odds: -220
- Houston Texans team stats:
- Offense: 381.8 yards per game (#9 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 252.4 ypg (#11)
--- Rushing offense: 129.4 ypg (#10)
- Defense: 365.4 yards per game (#20.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 270.4 ypg (#25)
--- Rushing defense: 95.0 ypg (#12)
- Kansas City Chiefs team stats:
- Offense: 444.6 yards per game (#2 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 356.0 ypg (#1)
--- Rushing offense: 88.6 ypg (#25)
- Defense: 393.0 yards per game (#25.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 237.2 ypg (#13)
--- Rushing defense: 155.8 ypg (#30)
Washington Redskins (0-5) @ Miami Dolphins (0-4)
- Gametime: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. EST
The good news is one of these teams will finally achieve victory in 2019. Conversely, the other will not-so-proudly garner the title of the NFL’s worst team. This game piques interest, though, because both teams stand in the way of the other’s imperfect season. If we believe teams are Tanking for Tua, and it’s hard not to think so, this could be the only real chance at a win all season for either of these squads.
While the Miami Dolphins have been the worst team in the sport this season, ranking last place in both offense and defense, the Washington Redskins looked to join the conversation by firing their head coach, Jay Gruden, on Monday after the team’s 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Both teams are in complete disarray, which makes this game a little like a car crash you can’t quite look away from. Neither team has any real clue who to start under center, but at least the Dolphins have quasi-committed to Josh Rosen after he began the season behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington’s interim head coach Bill Callahan isn’t yet willing to name a Week 6 starter, but did rule out 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins from getting the nod.
For the sake of the 2020 draft, last means first for these two. We’ll see who can out-stink the other on Sunday. The Skins have scored a total of 10 points the last two weeks and are still favored to win on the road in Miami.
Insiders predict: Washington Redskins
- Favored to win: Washington Redskins
- Spread: -3.5
- Odds: -180
- Washington Redskins team stats:
- Offense: 281.0 yards per game (#28 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 212.2 ypg (#26)
--- Rushing offense: 68.8 ypg (#27)
- Defense: 407.8 yards per game (#28.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 263.8 ypg (#23)
--- Rushing defense: 144.0 ypg (#28)
- Miami Dolphins team stats:
- Offense: 225.0 yards per game (#31 in the league)
--- Passing offense: 173.2 ypg (#31)
--- Rushing offense: 51.8 ypg (#32)
- Defense: 472.0 yards per game (#32.0 in the league)
--- Passing defense: 296.2 ypg (#31)
--- Rushing defense: 175.8 ypg (#32)2018 All rights reserved.