|Can RG III get it going on the ground and through the air?|
Carrying on from my early game predictions on Thursday, here are my picks for the late and prime time games on the week six schedule. I’m 1-0 so far this week thanks to Chicago’s win over New York on Thursday Night Football; lets see if I’m as successful this evening..
Jacksonville @ Denver
This game is one of the all-time NFL mismatches on paper, and that’s reflected in the points spread which is a record 28 points in favour of the Broncos. That beats the previous record set when the undefeated Patriots hosted Philadelphia in 2007. I’m not sure Denver will cover the four touchdown margin, but Peyton Manning and co. should come close in a convincing win. Jaguars 20, Broncos 38
Tennessee @ Seattle
Seattle is a notoriously difficult place to visit, and their demolishing of San Francisco at home earlier in the season reaffirmed that point. The Titans have been surprisingly good this season but this game may prove to be beyond them. I’m expecting a good contest, although Jake Locker’s hip injury means that Ryan Fitzpatrick starts. The former Bills Quarterback has been serviceable when called upon this season however Locker’s stellar play was one of the main reasons for the Titans resurgence in 2013. Unfortunately for Titans fans his absence gives the Seahawks a slightly easier path to 5-1, which I fully expect them to achieve. Titans 19, Seahawks 27
New Orleans @ New England
In what promises to be a great game the Patriots will attempt to bounce back from last weeks defeat to the Bengals by shutting down Drew Brees and the Saints. However New England is still without the injured Rob Gronkowski and their inability to score points has been a concern all season. Home field advantage should give them a leg up over a Saints side who are typically more potent in the Superdome, but Brees has good career numbers versus Bill Belichick and momentum is certainly on his and Sean Peyton’s side going into this one. Whisper it, but we could be witnessing the beginning of the end of the Patriots dynasty. Saints 30, Patriots 21
Arizona @ San Francisco
This NFC west match-up pits two 3-2 sides against each other. If the Cardinals have outperformed many peoples expectations this year the 49ers have underperformed theirs and a large part of that has been Colin Kaepernick suffering from second season syndrome (or in American terms, a sophomore slump). Anquan Boldin will be looking to have a big game against the team that drafted him, but San Francisco will have to complete more passes then they did a week ago when Kaepernick completed just five. I firmly believe the 49ers are the better team, especially on defense, but Arizona will make it difficult in a competitive game. Cardinals 24, 49ers 27
Washington @ Dallas
Another divisional affair, Dallas go into this one as strong favourites armed with the NFL’s second most prolific offense. Alfred Morris should be able to move the ball on the ground for the Redskins against a questionable Dallas defense, but the real game changer for Washington is Robert Griffin III and he’ll have to step his game up both passing and rushing if they’re to hang with big D in this one. How Tony Romo and the ‘boys bounce back from their devastating loss to Denver last week will also be crucial. Although I have faith in RG III to get it going I have a hard time putting any in the Washington defense, and for that reason I’m going with Dallas in a shoot out. Redskins 31, Cowboys 35
Indianapolis @ San Diego
This game almost qualifies as a must win for the Chargers who have some ground to catch up in the AFC west with both Kansas City and Denver 5-0. However the Colts will be difficult opponents and are 4-1 themselves, with Andrew Luck getting better and better under centre. Reggie Wayne continues to produce despite his advanced age and Trent Richardson adds a power runningelement to the Colts offense. Ryan Matthews return should help the Chargers, but they’ve been on the decline since they beat the Eagles in week two and I expect that slide to continue tomorrow night. Colts 28, Chargers 19
Let me know what you think, I hope you’re enjoying the early games and don’t forget to follow me @fredjstanley for my instant take on the action.