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NFL Week 6 Preview + Picks

We are now five weeks into the NFL regular season and teams are starting to show their true colors as contenders or pretenders for the playoffs.  Only one undefeated team remains, as the Minnesota Vikings have continued their defensive dominance and cruised to a 5-0 record.  The Browns on the other hand are the last team searching for their first victory after having the misfortune of facing Tom Brady in his return from his four game suspension this past Sunday.

The first game of the week starts tonight when the Denver Broncos travel down to sunny San Diego, California to face the Chargers.  The Broncos are coming off of their first loss of the season to the red hot Atlanta Falcons, but Trevor Siemian is expected to start after missing last week with a shoulder injury.  There is no doubt that the Broncos defense is still one of the best in the league, and with the Chargers having the 23rd ranked defense in football, expect CJ Anderson and the rest of the Denver offense to have a productive day.  Phillip Rivers and the San Diego offense do have the 4th rated passing offense in the NFL, but playing against Von Miller and the rest of Wade Phillips’ defense I don’t expect them to light up the scoreboard like they have in weeks past.

On Sunday the Cincinnati Bengals visit New England to face a completely revamped Patriot offense.  Tom Brady is coming off of a 400+ yard performance against the Cleveland Browns in a game he said he felt “rusty.”  The Bengals come in at 2-3 and it is as close to a “must win” as it gets if they want to stay in the running for a playoff spot in the AFC.  It is the Bengals’ first game against the Patriots since Bill Belichick’s famous “on to Cincinnati” press conference in 2014 and it is a big test for New England on both sides of the ball.  This will be a good game to diagram where Tom Brady is in his return to the team, as well as the New England defense against Andy Dalton and the Bengal passing attack.

The Oakland Raiders are currently sitting atop the AFC West alongside the Denver Broncos, and they have a big divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  A lot of pressure was put on this Kansas City team to get back into the playoffs after a great finish a year ago, but sitting at 2-2 on the year is not where they would like to be.  The Raiders are 4-1 and with how Denver has played with Siemian this season, Kansas City needs to do something to climb back into contention for the division spot.  The Chiefs have won the last three matchups against the Raiders, and will look to take advantage of Oakland’s 32nd ranked defense.  But Derek Carr has the Raider offense clicking on all cylinders and there is no doubt in my mind it will be a high scoring affair.

Pat’s Picks

DEN @ SD            Denver Broncos

SF @ BUF             Buffalo Bills

PHI @ WSH         Washington Redskins

CLE @ TEN           Cleveland Browns

BAL @ NYG         New York Giants

CAR @ NO           New Orleans Saints

JAX @ CHI           Jacksonville Jaguars

LA @ DET             Detroit Lions

PIT @ MIA           Pittsburgh Steelers

CIN @ NE             New England Patriots

KC @ OAK           Oakland Raiders

ATL @ SEA           Seattle Seahawks

DAL @ GB            Green Bay Packers

IND @ HOU        Houston Texans

NYJ @ ARI           Arizona Cardinals

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