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NFL Week 6 Predictions

NFL Week 6
 
Sunday, Oct. 17
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Atlanta Falcons (4-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
We interrupt this game prediction to bring you this gee-whiz reaction to the Mike Bell-for-Jerome Harrison trade: What?!?! Bell's a guy. Harrison's a comet. Harrison's last three games last season for the Browns: 106 carries, 561 yards, five touchdowns. I don't know how he got so ensconced in Eric Mangini's doghouse, but I do know this: That's one heck of a trade for the Eagles.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Baltimore Ravens (4-1) at New England Patriots (3-1)
Lost in the kerfuffle of the rout of the Dolphins and the Randy Moss trade and the very serious discussion of Tom Brady's hair: New England's defense isn't fixed, and I don't see the Patriots either covering Anquan Boldin or stopping Ray Rice.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Chicago Bears (4-1)
I'd pick the Bears even with Todd Collins playing -- which he's not -- and that's a pretty good indictment of the Seahawks. Look for Matt Forte to get off to a good start.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Miami Dolphins (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (3-2)
I make this prediction thinking Aaron Rodgers is going to play. He might, he might not. But he's going to have to make some serious adjustments to his game without Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee in his sights for the foreseeable future.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) at Houston Texans (3-2)
Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when the Cleveland Browns were running for more than 300 yards against the Chiefs? Yep, that was all the way back in December. No more. Romeo Crennel's got the run defense fixed, which is bad news for Arian Foster's fantasy football owners.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)Detroit Lions (1-4) at New York Giants (3-2)
I worry about Eli Manning's interceptions, but not much else Giants-related in the past two weeks. Ahmad Bradshaw is emerging as a top NFL back (unless he keeps fumbling), the offensive line has regained its sea legs, Hakeem Nicks is the latter-day Plaxico Burress in terms of big plays, and the defensive front is approaching 2007 form.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)Cleveland Browns (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
Can't imagine a tougher career-opener for Colt McCoy, playing the Steelers of 2010 in Ben Roethlisberger's return. Unless it was facing the Steelers of 1976.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS)San Diego Chargers (2-3) at St. Louis Rams (2-3)
Philip Rivers will hit Antonio Gates for a touchdown for the 10th straight game Sunday. It sounds crazy, but Rivers-to-Gates has a very good chance to go down in Chargers history as a better QB-to-TE combo than Fouts to Winslow.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox)New Orleans Saints (3-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Toughest game of the weekend to call. The Bucs are still playing the aw-shucks-we're-not-very-good card (that's how GM Mark Dominik reacted to me this week about their 3-1 start), but the Saints know better. Tampa Bay is building a dangerous defense with a prize 22-year-old quarterback and a better set of receivers than you think. This game could go either way. I see Drew Brees making two or three plays downfield, and that being the difference.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)New York Jets (4-1) at Denver Broncos (2-3)
Sit, Darrelle, sit. And not just for this week either. The Jets have to bite the bullet and give Revis a minimum of three weeks off. If not, this hammy will flare up throughout the season and they'll be faced with Kyle Wilson covering Reggie Wayne or Mike Wallace in January. That's a losing proposition.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS)Oakland Raiders (2-3) at San Francisco 49ers (0-5)
Best coaching decision of the week, surprisingly, was made by a coach having an awful year. Mike Singletary decided to stick it to the baying hounds calling for him to bench Alex Smith, which is wise. Smith has had some disastrous moments, to be sure. But he's the only quarterback on the roster who has a chance to lead the Niners out of the 0-5 morass. And he's shown in spurts the capability to lead some very good drives. I see the Raiders not pressuring Smith much, and the Niners giving him enough help for an efficient passing day.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (Fox)Dallas Cowboys (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
This is a playoff game between two 1-3 lead balloons. Even in a very poor NFC this year, it's hard to imagine a 1-4 team with good division competition rebounding to make the postseason. The Vikings are crippled at cornerback, which could make for a huge Tony Romo day. Minnesota is also disadvantaged at quarterback, with injuries to Brett Favre's elbow and psyche. Randy Moss' emotional return to Minnesota will be enough, I think. Very big day for him, even with Mike Jenkins all over him.
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Indianapolis Colts (3-2) at Washington Redskins (3-2)
When I first saw this game on the NBC Sunday night sked, I said: "Four hundred-yard night for Peyton.'' Now I say: "Competitive game for 60 minutes.'' The way Brian Orakpo and LaRon Landry are attacking the line of scrimmage, I'd be surprised if the Redskins didn't have a shot, some shot, to win this game in the fourth quarter.
 
Monday, Oct. 18
 
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Tennessee Titans (3-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
I'm starting to like Tennessee a lot. What's not to like, as long as Vince Young continues to play efficiently.
 
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