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NFL Week 6 Predictions: Packers and Patriots to remain unbeaten

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Week 5 is in the books so here are the predictions for Week 6 where key showdowns arise and absolute snore-fests drop. So here we go:

Falcons (5-0) at Saints (1-4)

Atlanta are playing great football this season and beat the Saints at home and on the road last year. Expect that to continue in Thursday Night Football with this NFC South clash as the 5-0 Falcons will sweep the 1-4 Saints, who were beaten by the Eagles last week, easily aside.

Pick: Falcons 


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Washington (2-3) at Jets (3-1)

Torched by turnovers - again - Kirk Cousins illustrated why he is not a franchise QB with a pick-six in overtime. There many reasons why he isn't a franchise quarterback, and they are...Well a pick-six in overtime is usually evidence enough.

It won't be any easier for Cousins this week at the Jets and their defensive unit that includes Revis Island. One silver-lining, as Kevin Kudak of Yahoo Sports reported, one bar in D.C. is offering free shots for every interception by Cousins - they might want to stock-up.

Pick: Jets

Cardinals (4-1) at Steelers (3-2)

The Cards are playing some of the best football in the league and are certainly one of the favourites for the NFC Championship.

The Steelers are lagging behind the 5-0 Bengals with 'Big Ben' Roethlisberger returning from injury but their huge last-gasp win over the Chargers will give them a boost.

Not that it will matter, the Cardinals have scored over 40 points in three of their five games this season with another W on the way.

Pick: Cardinals

Chiefs (1-4) at Vikings (2-2)

It's been a bad year for the Chiefs - like the last one. A poor pass defence and an even worse offensive line that gave up a double-digit lead to the Bears and Jay Cutler...

The Bears. And Jay Cutler! On top of that, Jamaal Charles is out for the season with a torn ACL - no doubt from carrying his team.

The Vikes are playing solid 'ball and this should be an easy win.

Pick: Vikings

Bengals (5-0) at Bills (3-2)

After overcoming a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Seahawks last week, the Bengals are the talk of the NFL again - until the play-offs, of course.

The Bills will not only have to deal with a red hot Bengals team and the 'Red Rifle' but may well be without Tyrod Taylor who is battling a knee injury.

The Bills may not be ready to write-off Taylor or his Week 6 status, but we can write-off the Bills' chances this week.

Pick: Bengals

Bears (2-3) at Lions (0-5)

The Bears got the win last week against the Chiefs that imploded.

Meanwhile in Motown, the Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 2008 when they went winless for an 0-16 season and the worst single-season in NFL history.

A demolition last week at the hands of the imperious Cardinals resulted in Matthew Stafford being benched who has cracked under on and off-field pressure but will start this week according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Simply put, the Lions have to win at some point. But hey, 1-5 is better than 0-6.

Pick: Lions

Broncos (5-0) at Browns (2-3)

People are doubting the Broncos under Gary Kubiak as if they weren't perfect this season - but they are perfect; 5-0.

The Broncos unlike the past few seasons, are relying on the defence to dominate while the offence has sputtered with Peyton Manning average at best.

The Browns - and their shocking uniforms that burn the eyes - are doing much better this year on pass defence than last season's dead-last 32nd - they're 31st! (Applause)

Pick: Broncos

Texans (1-4) at Jaguars (1-4)

The exciting, edge-of-your-seat, thrilling AFC South...feel it and enjoy it!

The worst division in the NFL with the leading Colts fortunate to be 3-2 (who have mostly played divisional opponents).

The Jags made the Buccs look good (the impossible made possible) but then the Texans are just as terrible - frankly, both teams suck and somehow have one win each.

A tie would suit this match-up perfectly, but no thank you.

Pick: Jaguars

Dolphins (1-3) at Titans (1-3)

Joe Philbin is the first coaching fatality of year after he managed to make a Dolphins team that should be competing with the Pats for the division into a bunch of losers.

Enter Dan Campbell as interim coach who has rung the changes in Miami; fired DC Kebin Coyle, hired Al Saunders, promoted Lou Anarumo to DC and Jeff Burris to assistant defensive backs coach with current assistant Blue Adams now working with safeties.

But will any of that work? A team that looks great on paper simply hasn't shown up on the field and the result could go either way at the Titans.

Pick: Titans - just

Panthers (4-0) at Seahawks (2-3)

This is the big game; it's a chance for the Panthers to show the league that they are for real after a perfect season so far but the trip to the Pacific North West is their toughest yet.

The 'Hawks simply have to win; if the Cards beat the Steelers, which they probably will, Seattle will be staring at a three-game deficit to Arizona if they lose with the play-offs in real doubt.

The Seahawks are off the pace this season, they haven't clicked; but it's difficult to see them dropping to 2-4 this week.

Pick Seahawks

Chargers (2-3) at Packers (5-0)

Green Bay? At home? Aaron Rodgers at home? 


Pick: Packers

Ravens (1-4) at 49ers (1-4)

Super Bowl XLVII seems like a long time ago looking at these two teams now who have both fallen apart, especially the Niners who were nearly always in contention for the NFC.

More so, Colin Kaepernick - he who has the big money contract - has regressed so much that there are calls to drop him Blaine Gabbert while the Ravens have dropped behind the Browns in the AFC North - now that is embarrassing.

Both teams are flat-out lame and the result could go either way. Seriously: flip a coin, this game is anyone's guess.

Pick: 49ers

Patriots (4-0) at Colts (3-2)

The last time these two teams met was the AFC Championship game where, to be honest, the Colts were left feeling a little deflated by the 45-7 shellacking.

This time around the Pats look the better bet for a win as the Colts have struggled to put away divisional rivals, only just edging past the Texans.

Indy will be up for this, they'll feel aggrieved and slanted for the events of January 18 - burned into their psyche, even though the Pats were better.

As much as the Colts will be up for it, the Pats will win because they are the better team. Simple as that.

Pick: Patriots 

Giants (3-2) at Eagles (2-3)

Bias could easily affect my judgement as a Giants fan, but Big Blue are playing top football and Eli 'Fourth Quarter Clutch' Manning is back after his record-setting game against the Niners.

The Eagles found their (a bit) with their win against the Saints last week - the worst ranked defence in the league - but they are to erratic.

The G-Men have everything in place to take control of the NFC East, and there is no reason why they can't do so and make the play-offs as divisional winners.

We know what happens next.

Pick: Giants

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