12 October 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 6

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You better watch because Week 6 is coming in hot. As we continue to shape out the pretenders and the contenders as get closer to midseason, here are my predictions for this week's slate of NFL action.

Last Week: 8-6
2016: 42-35
Locks: 4-1

Thursday, October 13th
Broncos (4-1) vs. Chargers (1-4) - CBS/NFL Network, 8:25
Denver Broncos (1970 - 1992)San Diego Chargers (2002 - 2006)
The Broncos crashed back to Earth with a mess of a contest against the Falcons on Sunday and now they have a short week and will be with an interim coach as Gary Kubiak had some medical issues after Sunday's game. Meanwhile, San Diego has been a mess this season with a number of blown leads. I like them to get back on track, relatively speaking, and I think they will pull off an upset in the short week because if they don't, their head coach will get canned.
Chargers 27 Broncos 24

Sunday, October 16th
49ers (1-4) vs. Bills (3-2) - Fox, 1:00
San Francisco 49ers (1946 - 1967)
Colin Kaepernick will be back under center for the 49ers and it makes sense as Blaine Gabbert was unable to prove that he's not Blaine Gabbert. It's a needed move but I'm not certain that Kaepernick's legs will be enough to power a stagnant offense. Remember when I said that Rex Ryan was going to get canned? Well that looks really dumb as the Bills have been playing good football of late and that will continue this Sunday.
Bills 19 49ers 12

Eagles (3-1) vs. Washington (3-2) - Fox, 1:00
Washington Redskins (1965 - 1969)
Well we knew that the Eagles were not going to go 16-0 but losing to the Lions is not great, especially considering that Detroit is consistently horribly coached. That said, this is a good team and the superior team here because even though Washington did crank out a win over the Ravens on Sunday, they still don't look impressive. I also don't think they will find an answer for Carson Wentz.
Eagles 31 Washington 26

Browns (0-5) vs. Titans (2-3) - CBS, 1:00
So much for Clipboard Jesus but the Browns still have some serious issues at quarterback. Rookie Cody Kessler is not fully healthy it looks like, even as he's expected to play, and fellow rookie Kevin Hogan could be in the mix as well. Oy. Tennessee has found some quality action of late and they should get the win against a mess of a Cleveland team.
Titans 16 Browns 7

Ravens (3-2) vs. Giants (2-3) - CBS, 1:00
Baltimore Ravens (1996 - 1998)New York Giants (1976 - 1999)
Marc Trestman would still be employed if the Ravens were playing well offensively and that unit certainly was a mess on Sunday against Washington. And on the other side, the Giants didn't look that good offensively by any stretch on Sunday night in Green Bay. I don't believe that either team is all that good but I think here that Baltimore can make enough plays defensively to snag a road win.
Ravens 20 Giants 17

Panthers (1-4) vs. Saints (1-3) - Fox, 1:00
Carolina Panthers (2012 - Pres)New Orleans Saints (2006 - Pres)
The Panthers are a dumpster fire at this point. Yes, they were without Cam Newton on Monday night but just because you are starting the immortal Derek Anderson doesn't excuse losing to the lowly Buccaneers at home. At one point I can't see them going 1-5 but on the other, who could bet on this team getting at road win with how awful they look? Give me the Saints here.
Saints 30 Panthers 28

Jaguars (1-3) vs. Bears (1-4) - CBS, 1:00
Jacksonville Jaguars (1995 - 1998)Chicago Bears (1999 - Pres)
Considering that John Fox just gave us a tremendous quote while whining about the media and also has really no clue what to do about the quarterback position right now, there's not a lot for the area Bears fan to be excited for at the moment. But for their part, the Jaguars really aren't any good either which makes this a really fun game to watch and to pick. Factoring that I'm not confident in it at all, give me Chicago.
Bears 15 Jaguars 12

Rams (3-2) vs. Lions (2-3) - Fox, 1:00
Los Angeles Rams (1983 - 1988)
It has become typical for the Lions to play to their talent level against some times, like they did on Sunday against Philadelphia, then look like crap against others. Hey, it is bound to happen when you are coached essentially by a buffoon. Meanwhile, the Rams came back to normality with a mess of a game against the Bills at home and some bad coaching by Jeff Fisher. I think that the Detroit defense will keep the Rams offensively in check and crank out a victory.
Lions 13 Rams 9

Steelers (4-1) vs. Dolphins (1-4) - CBS, 1:00
Pittsburgh Steelers (1962 - 1968)Miami Dolphins (1989 - 1996)
Just in case you were wondering, the Dolphins showed they were terrible with a hideous home performance at home against Tennessee. Sad! In the wake of that, does anybody think they, even at home, can pull an upset over the Steelers that keep on chooglin' offensively? I didn't think so either. Sad! The Steelers are my Lock of the Week.
Steelers 30 Dolphins 10

Bengals (2-3) vs. Patriots (4-1) - CBS, 1:00
Cincinnati Bengals (1981 - 1986)New England Patriots (1971 - 1981)
Ah yes, Tom Brady came back and looked terrific. Granted, nobody should be surprised considering that the Goodell revenge tour is ramped up big-league and that Cleveland is terrible but hey, the team looked good. Who didn't look good was the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon in Arlington as they got whipped by Dallas. It is getting to the point where Marvin Lewis will perhaps getting canned soon. I don't see them going into Foxborough and turning things around.
Patriots 35 Bengals 24

Chiefs (2-2) vs. Raiders (4-1) - CBS, 4:05
Kansas City Chiefs (1963 - 1973)Oakland Raiders (1964 - 1981)
You can basically throw out all of the statistics except for this one: as a head coach, Andy Reid is 15-2 after the bye week. The man is straight CASH when coming off the week off seemingly no matter what. Oakland is a good team and they have come around somewhat from a funky start but they still cannot stop anyone or anything defensively. Look for Kansas City to get some rushing game going, get some Alex Smith passing conservatism going and to get the win.
Chiefs 28 Raiders 23

Falcons (4-1) vs. Seahawks (3-1) - Fox, 4:25
Atlanta Falcons (1998 - 2002)Seattle Seahawks (2002 - 2011)
The Dan Quinn Bowl, if you will (and I will). I was not fully sold on the Falcons just yet despite their hot start but for the way they went into Denver and smoked the defending Super Bowl champions was pretty darn impressive. But I will be severely impressed if they go into another tough environment, the 12th Man, and take out the Seahawks. Look for a big game from Russell Wilson here.
Seahawks 33 Falcons 29

Cowboys (4-1) vs. Packers (3-1) - Fox, 4:25
Dallas Cowboys (1960 - 1963)Green Bay Packers (1968 - 1979)
Green Bay got the win in primetime on Sunday against the Giants, which was nice. That said, I'm still a little concerned with the fact that they are just unable to put a team away even after getting out to an early lead, which happened once again this past week. Considering how good Green Bay is at stuffing the run, the pressure will be on Dak Prescott for the Cowboys to get something going offensively. The Packers did mostly shut down Eli Manning, and Prescott is not to elite status yet (don't kid yourselves either) but I do think he can make some plays and lead an upset. The key here will be the Dallas defense.
Cowboys 31 Packers 30

Colts (2-3) vs. Texans (3-2) - NBC, 8:25
Baltimore Colts (1961 - 1978)
Well isn't this a terrible game to be featured on Sunday night. Safe to say it won't stop the ratings declines for SNF and for primetime in general. It goes to show how bad the AFC South is that either team is likely to win that division. I can't give the Colts too much credit for defeating the Bears considering that Chicago is terrible but boy, did the Texans not look good against Minnesota. Give me Andrew Luck and co. to win here.
Colts 22 Texans 20

Monday, October 17th
Jets (1-4) vs. Cardinals (2-3) - ESPN, 8:30
New York Jets (1978 - 1997)Phoenix Cardinals (1988 - 1993)
Just like in the previous matchup, I just can't give Arizona a bunch of credit for defeating a San Francisco club that isn't very good but at least it's a win. Meanwhile, the Jets are rapidly falling part which could mean that the Bryce Petty era could be sooner than previously thought. I think that the Cardinals will get another win here against another bad team in primetime.
Cardinals 16 Jets 13


  1. Hi Ben
    It is depressing being a Fins fan and if Big Ben feels like having a fiesta then Miami will shed 35+. Definitely LOTW. I note your take on the general level of play most NFL teams are showing right now and wonder if injuries are a MAIN factor for this... Some potentially good match-ups this week though most appear to be on FOX.

  2. Who are those Rans that played the Giants