Next Stop: Week 6- It’s hard to believe that we are already six weeks into the 2013 NFL Season. This has been as season so far that has had some surprises including some developments that nobody would have dared to forecast or ever see coming. There have been several games this season that have been downright entertaining. The Seahawks and Colts last Sunday put on a barn burner in which the outcome was in doubt up until the last change of possession. The Broncos and Cowboys put on a 99 point show in Jerryworld that saw lead changes and a heavy underdog battle one of the NFL’s best teams down to the game’s last play. The New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos remained undefeated while New England and Seattle took their first loses of the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their reluctant quest for reverse perfection while the shockingly bad New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers remain as strong players in the hunt for the first pick in next spring’s NFL draft. The Giants quest remained alive Thursday Night after they won the race with the Jaguars to be the first team to six losses this season.
The 49ers played what was their best defensive performance of the season as the beat the slumping Houston Texas 34-3 on Sunday Night Football. Certainly the 49ers caught the Texans at the right time, however the defense has been able to step up their play despite the absence of their leader Patrick Willis. If the 49ers can do this on a continual basis they may yet challenge Seattle for the top spot in the NFC West. Arizona meanwhile finds themselves coming into this match Sunday with an identical 3-2 mark and has done it with a defense that ranks third in the league against the rush and has given up only one touchdown in it’s last two games. A game that will hold much intrigue this weekend is the Saints and Patriots in Foxboro Sunday. The game will feature two championship caliber quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Last week the Patriots fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a tough loss in Cincinnati while the Saints remained undefeated with a dominant win over the Bears in Chicago. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be traveling to the Meadowlands in New Jersey to take on the New York Jets. The Steelers are looking to go from 0-for-September to finding some redemption as a team after their bye week which had to be used to hit the reset button. Even if the Steelers were to win, seeing them as a post season contender right now just isn’t too likely unless they either run the table or go no worse than 10-2 the rest of the way out. Also contrary to anything that may have been reported in the media earlier, the Denver Broncos DO NOT have a bye this week...or do they?...
The Kingshark Line in Week 5 went 9-5 and is 53-25 overall, 1-0 this week with the Bears bouncing back at home to edge the surprising winless and hapless New York Giants. There are a lot of games that will not easy to pick but admittedly there are some that will be tougher than others. Week 6 will be a fun week as by the time it is finished a number of teams will have 10 games remaining and maybe realize weather or not they can make a run that will lead to the post season. Since a 16 game schedule is a premium of games, every game counts in one respect or another (void in Jacksonville)....
Teams with bye weeks in Week 6 are the Miami Dolphins (3-2) and Atlanta Falcons (1-4). The Falcons need this by week to regroup after two tough home losses to the Patriots and the Jets.
Here is a look at Week 6 through the eyes of the Kingshark Line:
Green Bay@Baltimore (FOX)- The Packers head to Baltimore to test a Super Bowl Championship defense in the Ravens. Last week Green Bay at home did just enough to take care of the Lions. The Ravens meanwhile won a tough road test im Miami agaist the upstart Dolphins. Aaron Rogers if he can get time can be very dangerous even against the Ravens secondary. Joe Flaco and the Ravens offense meanwhile knows that the Packers defense can be run on and passed on too. The Packers are looking for their first road win of the season and to do it in Baltimore would make a huge statement. The Packers are the one offense in the league that can give the Ravens their greatest challenge. Packers 27 Ravens 23.
Cincinnati@Buffalo (CBS)- The Bengals are coming off an impressive win at home against the New England Patriots last week. The Bills meanwhile got spanked in Cleveland 10 days earlier by the Browns. The Bengals have shown they can play tough defense. Cincinnati’s problem is that their offense is slumping and has scored only 19 points since defeating Green Bay three weeks ago. The Bills have the ability to get points on the board however at the same time still have problems with special teams and defense. Andy Dalton has slightly better stats than EJ Manuel. Add that Manuel is out of this game with an injury and is being replaced by Thad Lewis. If this game comes down to the defenses you have to go with the Bengals. With Lewis being an unknown quantity, that favors Cincinnati even more. Bengals 20 Bills 13.
Detroit@Cleveland (FOX)- The Lions looked very ordinary last week in Green Bay while the Browns 10 days ago laid the wood on the visiting Bills. The Lions got off to a 4-1 start before just looking poor though their history in Green Bay is not very good. Despite that loss Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush have led a rival of offensive football in Detroit. Brandon Weeden is back at the QB position after Brian Hoyer was injured last week. Weeden probably would not beat out Stafford if he were on the Lions roster, however the Browns have shown they can play anyone tough especially in Cleveland. Browns 24 Lions 19.
St Louis@Houston (FOX)- The Texans try to right their ship and snap a bad three game losing streak against a St Louis Rams team that has under whelmed their opponents this season. Matt Schaub is desperate to snap a streak of four straight games with a ‘pick-six”. The Rams beat Jacksonville last week, then again so has everyone else. Houston has a very good roster of players that are more than capable of playing at a high level. The Texans know if not for a few bounces here and there they would be a lot worse off than 2-3. Houston also knows that if they are going to turn their season around the time is now. Against the Rams, Houston should not have a problem. If they do, it’s their own fault. Texans 21 Rams 14.
Oakland@Kansas City (CBS)- The Chiefs are off to one of their best starts in franchise history after passing a huge road test in Nashville last week. Alex Smith has thrown for over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns to date. Jamal Charles has been a go to guy the Chiefs can depend on. Both offense and defense seem to be in sync with the defense which is tough to throw on. The Raiders last week beat a Chargers team that hardly had any interest in the game until the final quarter. The Raiders also showed they are a completely different team with Terrelle Pryor then without him. The Raiders despite their 2-3 record have played good solid football throughout the season and will give the Chiefs all they can handle Sunday. The Chiefs however are aware of the Raiders and what they can bring to the table. Andy Reid will have his team prepared. Chiefs 34 Raiders 27.
Carolina@Minnesota (FOX)- The Vikings picked up their first win of the season two weeks ago in London against the equally under whelming Steelers. Carolina showed promise in a rout of the Giants before being brought back to earth by the Cardinals last week. Both teams enter this contest with just a win apiece and are looking to take the next step. The Vikings last week signed former Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman after he fell out of favor in Tampa. Christian Ponder despite a rib injury a few weeks ago appears to be the one who will start at QB for Minnesota. In Carolina, Cam Newton is a QB that can carry a team. However unlike at Auburn, Newton in his third season realizes the NFL is not a one man show as last weeks humbling in Arizona showed. If the Panthers hope to win here they must get better help by an offensive line that has performed less than stellar. Add that they are in a dome against an equally desperate team coming off of a bye week in the Vikings, this could be a bad mix again. Vikings 24 Panthers 16.
Pittsburgh@NY Jets (CBS)- The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 and that is something most of us have never seen before. The Steelers have had a bye week to regroup and get their collective heads together before going into this match against the NY Jets. The Steelers do have talent on the roster and their start is as shocking to them as it is to anyone. The Jets meanwhile have been a team that one week can look fairly decent, and on another week just look like a mess. The Jets know the Steelers are a desperate team and will get Pittsburgh’s best game. The Jets meanwhile are at home however would be well served by bringing their best game too. If the Steelers can’t get the early jump on the Jets here, all bets are off. The Steelers are the team that needs to show they can still win, even under the pressure of facing 0-5. Jets 31 Steelers 24.
Philadelphia@Tampa Bay (FOX)- The Eagles take on a winless Buccaneers team which in early season has dealt with a lot of upheaval. Tampa has had to endure close losses and a purge of an unwanted quarterback. The Eagles have their own issues to be sure. Last weekend at the New Jersey Meadowlands the Eagles played their best game of the year in a 36-21 rout of the New York Giants. The Buccaneers are coming off a bye after a disappointing 0-4 start and are looking to hit the reset button. This could be a battle of one time back-up QB’s as Nick Foles starts for the Eagles while Mike Glennon replaces a QB that never wanted to be there for Tampa. Between the two teams, despite the bye week it seems the Buccaneers have far more internal issued to deal with. This usually does not translate well on the field. Eagles 24 Buccaneers 13.
Jacksonville@Denver (CBS)- The Broncos don’t have a bye week here, but that may only be a technicality. Most Denver fans will be bored by halftime. The Broncos backups will see some playing time in the second half. Not really much to talk about in one of the major mismatches of the season. Broncos 45 Jaguars 13.
New Orleans@New England (FOX)- This is the marque game of the day as the Saints take an undefeated mark to New England for an ultimate road test. The Saints last week passed their first major road test of the season in Chicago with flying colors. Drew Brees has played at a high level all season and will give the Patriots a lot to think about on defense. Meanwhile Tom Brady’s offense has had its struggles this season however still enter the game with a fairly strong 4-1 mark. The Patriots need to find a way to get Brees off of his game which is not easy to do these days. The Saints as a team are playing as well now as they did in their SuperBowl Season four years ago. However winning at Foxboro for any opponent can be a tall order. However the Saints match up very well against the Patriots on both sides of the ball. A loss for the Patriots here only would hurt in the respect of falling two games behind Denver in the AFC race. Never under estimate the team lead by the man in the hoodie. Patriots 24 Saints 21.
Tennessee@Seattle (CBS)- The Titans travel to the NFL’s version of Devils Island, and that would be Century Link Field in Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Seattle suffered their first loss of the season last week against Indianapolis on the road but were never out of the game and could have just as easily won it. The Titans have had some very impressive wins this season before running into a buzzsaw at home last week versus the Chiefs. Seattle to cut to the chase is the NFL’s best home team and arguably the best team in the league right now. They don’t just own Century Link Field, they run visiting teams out of it and usually with ease. Titans have realistically little chance here. Seahawks 38 Titans 16.
Arizona@San Francisco (FOX)- The 49ers and Cardinals meet at Candlestick Park and bring identical 3-2 season marks into this tilt Sunday. The 49ers defense has been lights out the last two weeks as they have dominated in wins against St Louis and Houston. The Cardinals meanwhile have quietly risen to contention in the NFC West winning their last two games in impressive fashion over the Buccaneers and Panthers. The 49ers defense right now is at the top of their game and are doing it without Patrick Willis, which could mean a lot of problems for Carson Palmer and company. Colin Kaepernick meanwhile needs to improve on a 6 for 15 performance as the Cardinals have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. So did the Texans last week. 49ers 31, Cardinals 17. For more on this game, please go to this link: http://goldengatereport.com/articles/week-6-49ers-looking-for-third-straight-win-take-on-cardinals
Washington@Dallas (SNF/NBC)- NBC Sunday Night Football features the renewal of one of the league’s most storied rivalries. However both teams have played anything but storied football this season as the Cowboys almost upset the Broncos in a barn burner, and only missed the upset because they could not get out of their own way. Washington has struggled all season but finally found a win in Oakland two weeks ago. RG III is managing despite a tough sophomore season, keeping in mind that he’s battled back from an ACL injury at the end of last season. The Redskins this year have been a team that has done nothing short of frustrate their fans with confounding loss after confounding loss. Dallas is the hardest team to gage in the NFL. Despite the talent level it just seems the Cowboys can’t seem to put it all together unless the opponent is the Rams. The Redskins are better than the Rams, but not by that much overall. Cowboys are tired of being embarrassed at Jerryworld and want to atone for tough loss versus the Broncos. Cowboys 27 Redskins 20.
Indianapolis@San Diego (MNF/ESPN)- The Colts and Chargers wrap up Week 6 on Monday Night Football as a show of two teams that can light up the scoreboard regardless of where they play each other. Andrew Luck led the Colts to a strong come from behind win against the Seahawks last week while the Chargers slept walked in a late game at Oakland. The Chargers at home are a different team and play much better with the crowd support. Phillip Rivers statistically is having one of his best seasons of his career. The Chargers offense when on their game can be a very dangerous opponent and has the ability to compete. The Colts also have a very high octane offensive game of their own and have the ability to wear down defenses. This will be a key for the Colts as the Chargers defense by the second half often times tends to tire out. With Andrew Luck at the Colts helm, the Chargers defense will have a huge challenge and a very tall order before them. This game has barn burner potential. Colts 37 Chargers 34.
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