NFL Week 6: Schedule, evaluation, key matchups and picks for each sport

Published:Mar 9, 202417:34
NFL Week 6: Schedule, evaluation, key matchups and picks for each sport

Wonders haven't ceased early this season. The Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) stay the NFL's solely undefeated workforce. The New York Giants are 4-1. The Dallas Cowboys have received 4 consecutive video games with out Dak Prescott. Three groups within the NFC West have a shedding document. Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos are in deep trouble.

What's subsequent?

FOX Sports activities' workers of NFL writers has assembled a information to each sport that might be performed in Week 6. Be certain that to verify the positioning and app all through the season for previews and predictions every week.

Thursday Oct. 13, 2022

Washington Commanders (1-4) at Chicago Bears (2-3) (Amazon Prime, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Overview: The Bears offense has been dreadful this season and even the advance with QB Justin Fields final week was actually slight. It is wonderful they've received two video games whereas averaging 17 factors and 275 complete yards (to not point out 116 passing yards per sport). 

That may very well be an issue in opposition to a Washington workforce that has proven it may well transfer the ball and has loads of offensive weapons. The Commanders’ drawback, as coach Ron Rivera so completely put it, is "quarterback." If the Carson Wentz of the primary two video games and most of final week exhibits up, the Commanders are in good condition. But when Dangerous Carson exhibits up and throws a well timed turnover or two? That will appear to be the Bears' greatest hope. Wentz is certainly the higher QB on this battle, however it would not be a complete shocker if he seems to be the one who performs worse.

Matchup to observe: Commanders LT Charles Leno vs. Bears DE Robert Quinn

The important thing for the Commanders might be defending Wentz, which is one thing they actually have not finished persistently effectively this season. And whereas their larger line points are on the inside, the perfect go rushers normally come from the skin. On this sport, that is Quinn. He is off to a gradual begin with solely two sacks, however remember he had 18.5 a yr in the past. He can get going at any time.

Key stat: Washington’s protection has just one takeaway this season (fewest within the NFL) — an interception by security Darrick Forrest on Opening Day. So the Commanders have not managed a single takeaway of their previous 4 video games. It is no coincidence they misplaced all 4.

Prediction: There actually needs to be no cause why the Commanders lose this sport. They've the higher quarterback, the higher offensive weapons and the higher protection. And but, it is so laborious to wager on a Wentz-led workforce proper now. Whether or not it is simply him, or the truth that he is nonetheless studying the offense, or his crumbling offensive line, one thing all the time appears to go incorrect. 

On this case, although, the Bears do not have the instruments to take benefit when it does. They're far too one-dimensional. Sooner or later, certain, they are going to get an enormous turnover from Wentz that might flip issues round. However they're going to in all probability want much more than only one to win what may find yourself being a really ugly sport.

Commanders 23, Bears 16 —Ralph Vacchiano

Washington Commanders


Chicago Bears


Sunday Oct. 16, 2022

San Francisco 49ers (3-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-3) (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: After defeating the Carolina Panthers final weekend, the Niners selected to remain on the East Coast this week, practising for his or her sport in opposition to the Falcons in West Virginia.

Former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan returns to Atlanta for the primary time as a head coach. He’s 1-1 in opposition to his former workforce, profitable the newest matchup 31-13 final December. The Niners lead the all-time series 48-32-1 and have received three of the previous 5 conferences.

San Francisco may very well be with out kicker Robbie Gould, who suffered a knee damage in opposition to the Panthers. Defensive finish Nick Bosa will probably miss Sunday's sport with a groin damage. For the Falcons, main rusher Cordarrelle Patterson stays out attributable to a knee damage. Atlanta tight finish Kyle Pitts additionally may miss the sport due to a lingering hamstring difficulty.

 Matchup to observe: Falcons QB Marcus Mariota vs. Niners line of defense

Mariota has been the driving power of Atlanta's offense, making performs together with his arm and his ft. He has thrown for 926 yards and 4 touchdowns, whereas speeding for 156 yards and one other two scores.

The Niners have top-of-the-line defenses within the league, holding groups to a league-best 12.2 factors per sport. They usually have already confronted quarterbacks who can run in Justin Fields and Geno Smith, so San Francisco's defensive entrance needs to be prepared for Mariota.

Key stat: The 49ers have had 5 totally different gamers (Jimmy Garoppolo, Deebo Samuel, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Kyle Juszczyk) rating a speeding landing this season, probably the most of any workforce.

Prediction: The Falcons have been a troublesome out to this point this yr, scratching their method to a 2-3 document that may very well be even higher if a few issues went their means in losses to the Rams, Bucs and Saints. However San Francisco might be laborious to attain in opposition to, and on offense the 49ers will look to run the soccer to manage the clock and the tempo of the sport.

49ers 28, Falcons 24  —Eric D. Williams

San Francisco 49ers


Atlanta Falcons


New England Patriots (2-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-3) (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Overview: The Browns have a fully brutal stretch on the best way, with video games in opposition to the Ravens, Bengals, Dolphins, Payments and Buccaneers. Cleveland wants a win. The Patriots, in the meantime, are managing their very own tough begin attributable to tough quarterback play and an ankle damage to Mac Jones. New England is determined to get again to 3-3 within the AFC East.

The Browns have been spectacular at stopping turnovers, which is especially essential as a result of they haven’t been in a position to generate them (.8 per sport). Cleveland performs conservative, energy soccer behind operating backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. With one other 100-yard speeding efficiency, Chubb could be the primary Browns participant since 1968 (Leroy Kelly) to document 100-plus speeding yards in 4 straight video games. The Browns boast the league’s No. 1 speeding offense (192.4 speeding yards per sport) — and the No. 4 total offense when it comes to yardage. They've scored the sixth-most factors (26.6). This isn't the everyday meat-and-potatoes soccer workforce. Cleveland has scoring energy.

In Week 5, New England proved it has one of many league's premier defenses, shutting out the Detroit Lions' top-scoring offense. It is unclear whether or not Jones will return or whether or not the Patriots will keep on with Bailey Zappe for one more week. However both means, the beginning quarterback will lean on the protection and operating again Rhamondre Stevenson, who's more likely to gasoline the offense with Damien Harris set to overlook time with a hamstring damage.

Matchup to observe: Browns WR Amari Cooper vs. Patriots CB Jack Jones

Rookie cornerback Jack Jones has the highest grade (92) amongst all corners on Professional Soccer Focus via the primary 5 weeks within the season. He has been a part of a rotation for New England, in order that grade is falsely inflated. However Jones has an interception in every of the previous two video games. A type of takeaways was a pick-six in opposition to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. So when Jones will get the prospect to match up in opposition to a longtime technician like Cooper, I will be watching intently to see who wins out.

Key stat: With a win, Invoice Belichick (323 complete wins as a head coach) would tie George Halas (324 complete wins as HC) for the second-most complete wins by a head coach in NFL historical past. Belichick and Halas would then path solely Don Shula (347 complete wins).

Prediction: Can New England’s protection pull off one other week of elite play? That is the true query. The Patriots will not be capable to shut out groups each week. However can they maintain the Browns under 17 factors? That is a quantity Zappe & Co. can in all probability beat. I am just a little doubtful to be sincere, particularly with the sport being in Cleveland. So let's take the Browns, whose three losses this season have been by a mixed six factors.

Cleveland 21, New England 20 —Henry McKenna

New England Patriots


Cleveland Browns


New York Jets (3-2) at Inexperienced Bay Packers (3-2) (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: No workforce has had extra issue profitable this season than the Packers. They could not put away the pesky Giants. Inexperienced Bay battled into additional time with the Patriots and completed with a 2-point victory over the Buccaneers. The Packers have dragged their method to a profitable document — and never via probably the most spectacular means. They lack an offensive identification. Their protection is what retains them in video games, with 19.2 factors per sport allowed (fifth-best within the NFL). So it's going to be attention-grabbing to see what the Packers can do to the Jets’ offense.

New York had a defining win in opposition to the Miami Dolphins final week. In fact, there are causes to query the legitimacy of that victory. The Dolphins have been right down to their third-string quarterback. They have been with out their OT1 and CB1. It was simply an out-of-sorts Sunday for Miami. However the Jets are exhibiting considerably extra poise than I may have anticipated for such a younger workforce. The Packers protection is the proper take a look at. If Zach Wilson can pull out a reliable efficiency, I would simply be a believer on this New York workforce.

Matchup to observe: Jets QB Zach Wilson vs. Packers CBs Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes

Final week, Wilson threw to open receivers. They have been extensive open for many of the sport in opposition to the Dolphins. Miami did not take a look at Wilson in the best way we noticed defenses flummox the younger quarterback in 2021. Let's examine if Alexander and Stokes can create a bigger margin for error for Wilson. If there is a protection that may make him regress, it is this one.

Key stats: The Packers have received 15 straight regular-season dwelling video games, the longest energetic dwelling profitable streak within the NFL. Additionally, the Packers haven't misplaced back-to-back common season video games in the identical season below Matt LaFleur. Inexperienced Bay is 10-0 within the common season following a loss below LaFleur. 

Prediction: As a lot as I feel the Jets are taking strides ahead, I feel the Packers are simply extra competent and extra determined for a win. That and home-field benefit are sometimes sufficient to resolve a sport between two mediocre groups. However after all, I've barely talked about Aaron Rodgers, who can take management of a sport with or and not using a robust protection.

 Packers 21, Jets 17 —Henry McKenna

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New York Jets


Inexperienced Bay Packers


Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1) (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Overview: After profitable two straight video games in dominant trend, the Jaguars (2-3) have now misplaced two straight. It is laborious to say how good (or not) they really are. That’s not due to their protection, which is tied for fourth in factors allowed and fifth in takeaways. It is due to an inconsistent offense. That begins with second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the reigning AFC Offensive Participant of the Month, who has seven turnovers previously two video games. Jacksonville will go as he goes. 

The Colts (2-2-1) are coming off an unsightly win in opposition to the Broncos on Thursday Evening Soccer – because of their protection, whereas a struggling Matt Ryan-led offense did (barely) sufficient to get by. (The Colts now rank final within the NFL in scoring offense at 13.8 PPG.) Denver was held and not using a landing and to 2-of-15 on third downs. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore got here up with the game-clinching interception in the long run zone in additional time. 

The Jaguars shut out the Colts 24-0 in Jacksonville in Week 2. The Jaguars additionally ended the Colts' hopes of a playoff bid in Week 18 final season. On prime of this being a divisional matchup, Indianapolis has loads of causes to be motivated for this sport. 

Matchup to observe: Jaguars rushers Josh Allen, Travon Walker vs. Colts OTs Bernhard Raimann, Matt Pryor

For the Colts to maximise no matter Ryan has left at this level in his profession, the go safety should enhance. Raimann and Pryor, Indianapolis' new offensive tackles after shuffling across the O-line, struggled mightily in Denver. Ryan was sacked a season-high six instances final week. 

Allen and Walker (the 2022 No. 1 total decide) are younger, ascending edge rushers. General, the Jaguars rank ninth within the NFL in stress share per dropback.  Will the Colts' go professional be capable to maintain up?  

Key stats: After committing just one turnover within the Jaguars' first three video games, Trevor Lawrence has dedicated seven (3 INT, 4 fumbles misplaced) of their previous two video games. However in three profession video games in opposition to the Colts, Lawrence has 4 landing passes with zero interceptions.

Prediction: Each groups have robust defenses. So this sport will come right down to the offenses — notably the quarterbacks. And I belief a rising Lawrence greater than an getting older Ryan, who has a league-high 11 fumbles and does not look comfy taking part in behind an underwhelming offensive line. 

Jaguars 28, Colts 23 —Ben Arthur 

Jacksonville Jaguars


Indianapolis Colts


Minnesota Vikings (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2) (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: Kirk Cousins is "actually taking part in quarterback" in keeping with new Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell. That line cracked me up. However I get what O'Connell is saying: Cousins is taking cost of this offense and working it on the highest stage he can. And that is sufficient for O'Connell. Cousins and Justin Jefferson, who leads the NFL with 547 receiving yards, have fueled Minnesota’s 4-1 begin. The workforce’s Achilles’ heel may simply be its protection, which is to this point permitting 20.4 factors per sport — and to not notably good offenses.

The Dolphins' capability to win this sport could come right down to well being. Can Tyreek Hill play? He exited with an damage final week. Can Tua Tagovailoa or Teddy Bridgewater play? They every have missed time with concussions. On Wednesday, coach Mike McDaniel indicated that third-string QB Skylar Thompson would begin. And what about left deal with Terron Armstead? He, too, is coping with an damage. Miami wants its star energy on offense to remain aggressive, particularly with a workforce nearly as good because the Vikings. So their damage report might be price monitoring forward of Week 6.

Matchup to observe: Vikings LT Christian Darrisaw vs. Dolphins edge Melvin Ingram

Darrisaw is the workforce's highest-graded go protector on Professional Soccer Focus. He has allowed zero sacks and 5 hurries this season. However on the flip facet, Ingram has been simply nearly as good. He has 13 pressures, two sacks, one batted go together with a scoop-and-score landing. It has been an enormous yr for Ingram. 

Key stat: The Dolphins have received eight straight dwelling video games, their longest dwelling profitable streak since a 10-game streak from 1984-86.

Prediction: I am going to body this in pretty easy however hypothetical phrases. If Tua performs, the Dolphins win. If Bridgewater performs and Tyreek Hill performs, the Dolphins win. In each different state of affairs, the Dolphins lose. Given the tenuous standing of these three Miami gamers, I am selecting the Vikings.

Minnesota 25, Miami 17 —Henry McKenna

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Miami Dolphins


Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-3) (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Overview: There appears to be an analogous sentiment to each of those groups proper now, which is probably why they've matching data. Coming into the season, each have been anticipated to be official Tremendous Bowl contenders. However that Tremendous Bowl hangover is actual and after shedding a troublesome one to Baltimore final week, are we prepared to simply accept that’s what’s occurring in Cincinnati?

The Saints have additionally not fairly lived as much as expectations to this point this season, although they’re coming off a thriller in Seattle that ended up being fairly the high-scoring affair thanks largely to no matter place it's that Taysom Hill performs.

Hill is coming off an Offensive Participant of the Week award after speeding for 112 yards on simply 9 carries, together with a 60-yard go-ahead landing, whereas additionally throwing a 22-yard landing himself. Then they've a Swiss Military Knife operating again in Alvin Kamara, who had almost 200 complete yards from scrimmage final Sunday. 

The Saints are actually 31-4 within the common season when Kamara has over 60 speeding yards. Cincinnati is letting up fewer than 100 yards on the bottom per sport, although, which threatens to restrict New Orleans and their creativity, even when they find yourself getting quarterback Jameis Winston again this week.

The Bengals nonetheless have expertise, as effectively. Quarterback Joe Burrow remains to be taking pointless sacks and sure all the time will. The Saints are smack-dab in the course of the league when it comes to sack share however defensive finish Cam Jordan was superb in opposition to the Seahawks and got here up with 1.5 sacks. We’ll see if he can do sufficient to really throw Burrow off.

Matchup to observe: Ja’Marr Chase vs. Marshon Lattimore (or whoever performs instead of him)

Chase is, far and away, probably the most utilized weapon on the Bengals. He’s the fifth-most-targeted receiver within the league with 53 passes thrown his means. It’s not translating to manufacturing, although. He has simply 343 yards, which ranks seventeenth, and two touchdowns.

Lattimore didn’t apply Wednesday and will completely miss the sport together with extensive receiver Michael Thomas. If Lattimore doesn’t play, or maybe even when he does, there appears to be extra of a bonus for Chase on this state of affairs. 

Key stat: All three of the Bengals’ losses this season have come on game-ending area targets (two as time expired within the fourth quarter, one in additional time). That would very a lot imply some drama this Sunday. 

Prediction: Each video games the Bengals have received this season have seen them rating precisely 27 factors, so I’m repeating the development. And I’m additionally predicting {that a} area aim will lastly go of their favor late within the sport to present them the sting.

Bengals 27, Saints 24 —Carmen Vitali

Cincinnati Bengals


New Orleans Saints


Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at New York Giants (4-1) (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Overview: Possibly it is time to begin taking the Giants severely? There was loads of luck, smoke and mirrors of their first 4 video games, however their win over the Packers in London was no fluke. The Packers is probably not clicking, however they nonetheless have Aaron Rodgers, and the Giants protection discovered a method to shut him down simply sufficient for the offense to squeeze out sufficient factors. 

That is form of what the Giants are doing. They're sticking round simply lengthy sufficient in video games to grind out wins. Whether or not they can try this in opposition to a Ravens workforce with Lamar Jackson actually depends upon whether or not Jackson exhibits up. Baltimore’s offense has been inconsistent and his passing numbers have cratered the previous few weeks. However he is nonetheless able to taking part in like an MVP. He does not have the weapons round him that he used to have, although, which may give the Giants a gap. In the event that they win this, there will not be any room left on their bandwagon.

Matchup to observe: Ravens TE Mark Andrews vs. Giants linebackers

What's going to Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale scheme as much as cease Andrews, the Ravens' greatest receiving weapon and the NFL's chief in receiving yards at his place (349)? Martindale has two good choices in safeties Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. Probably, there might be a mixture. The Ravens, although, will attempt to get Andrews lined up on the linebackers, the weakest hyperlink in New York’s protection. The Giants are higher at stopping tight ends than they was once, however Andrews on nearly any of their linebackers is a mismatch Baltimore would love to take advantage of.

Key stat: All 5 of the Giants' video games this season have been determined by one possession (eight factors or fewer). That is an indication of a troublesome, gritty workforce, but in addition of 1 that does not have the weapons to tug away. The Giants are good at taking part in from behind and never flinching, as new coach Brian Daboll stated. They're additionally a operating workforce that performs a grinding model that may maintain the rating down. That will not work in opposition to an explosive offense, although. They are not constructed to beat that form of workforce.

Prediction: The begin to the season has been wild for the Giants, and it has continually felt like their bubble is about to burst. There's nothing outdoors of Saquon Barkley's resurgence that may actually clarify how the Giants have gotten to 4-1. But right here they're, even with a signature, spectacular win over the Packers. 

How for much longer can this final? Effectively, the Ravens was once the form of workforce that will slap them again to actuality, however they've slipped again into mediocrity this season. Nonetheless, the Ravens are able to an explosive efficiency at any time, QB Jackson specifically. And there are actually holes within the Giants' protection for him to take advantage of. 

Betting in opposition to the Giants appears loopy at this level, although. They could not have sufficient juice to win this sport, however as famous in the important thing stat, they've one way or the other managed to maintain each sport shut. This sport might be no totally different, even when New York falls brief.

Ravens 27, Giants 23 —Ralph Vacchiano

Baltimore Ravens


New York Giants


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: The Buccaneers didn’t find yourself having fairly the approaching out get together they wished to in opposition to the Falcons final week. Regardless of leaping out to a 21-0 lead within the third quarter, they let Atlanta get again in and make issues attention-grabbing.

That being stated, Tom Brady quelled loads of concern over his manufacturing by trying a complete of 52 passes. He accomplished 35 of them for 351 yards and a landing. His lengthy was an attractive 40-yard go to Mike Evans, and he dinked and dunked his means utilizing his trusty checkdown possibility in Leonard Fournette to color a extra sustainable image of what this offense is and may be. 

They’ll now head to Pittsburgh to face a struggling Steelers workforce, which incorporates the protection within the absence of pass-rushing juggernaut T.J. Watt. Pittsburgh ranks thirtieth in complete protection, letting up a median of 416.8 yards per sport. The protection is permitting most of that via the air, tying for thirtieth within the league with the Titans and letting up a median of 287.6 passing yards every week. That bodes very effectively for the guests. 

It’ll even be an opportunity for the Bucs’ protection to get again on observe. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is now on the helm for the Steelers and might be making simply his second NFL begin. His first got here in opposition to the Payments final week. What a primary couple weeks for the child, am I proper?

Matchup to observe: Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in opposition to Dan Moore Jr.

Tryon-Shoyinka harassed Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota together with his first full sack of the season, two quarterback hits after which acquired himself a deal with for loss for good measure. He appears to be figuring issues out as a part of a Tampa Bay go rush that ranks third in sack share and so they’ll proceed that in opposition to an inexperienced rookie.

Key stat: Keep in mind when the Buccaneers didn’t permit a landing till the fourth quarter of Week 2 to begin the season? Or how they let up a median of simply 9 factors per sport earlier than they performed the Chiefs two weeks in the past? They'll get again to that as a result of, oh, the Steelers have scored solely two passing touchdowns this season, which is the fewest within the NFL.

Prediction: The Bucs are going to need to make an announcement on the highway, using their longest highway profitable streak in franchise historical past. They’ve received their final six away from Raymond James Stadium and that doesn’t cease this week.

Buccaneers 29, Steelers 10Carmen Vitali

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Pittsburgh Steelers


Carolina Panthers (1-4) at Los Angeles Rams (2-3) (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: The Panthers lastly moved on from Matt Rhule, with Carolina proprietor David Tepper firing the previous faculty coach this week. Defensive passing sport coordinator Steve Wilks, who acquired just one season because the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach in 2018, takes over as Carolina's interim.

With Baker Mayfield nursing a high-ankle sprain, third-year veteran P.J. Walker will get his first begin of the yr at quarterback. In the meantime, the Rams look to get issues getting into the best course earlier than heading to their bye week.  The Panthers personal a 13-9 benefit within the all-time series.

Matchup to observe: Rams offensive line vs. Panthers line of defense

The Rams have allowed a league-worst 21 sacks and are scoring solely 16 factors a sport, so Sean McVay must get his offense going. Los Angeles faces a Carolina defensive entrance that has simply eight sacks on the yr. The Panthers additionally permit 138 speeding yards per sport, whereas the Rams are speeding for simply 62 yards a contest. One thing has to present between these two underperforming place teams.

Key stat: Wilks is 0-2 in opposition to the Rams, shedding by a mixed complete of 56 factors whereas with the Cardinals 4 years in the past.

Prediction: The Rams have to be licking their chops with the Panthers coming to city. Sure, groups can get some new vitality after firing their coach, and Wilks ought to have Carolina able to play. Nevertheless, the Rams might be targeted this week and can play with some urgency, desirous to get a victory heading into the bye week. Anticipate McVay to give attention to getting the operating sport going with Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr.

Rams 30, Panthers 20Eric D. Williams

Carolina Panthers


Los Angeles Rams


Arizona Cardinals (2-3) at Seattle Seahawks (2-3) (4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Overview: Arizona travels to the Emerald Metropolis to tackle the Seahawks after a irritating loss at dwelling final week to the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. Each groups look to get again to the .500 mark and catch the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers.

Pete Carroll is 15-9-1 in opposition to the Cardinals, and the Seahawks lead the all-time series 23-22-1. With RB Rashaad Penny struggling a season-ending ankle damage final week, Seattle will flip to rookie operating again Kenneth Walker to hold the load. Arizona has only one week left earlier than star receiver DeAndre Hopkins returns from a six-game suspension for violating the league's coverage on efficiency enhancing medicine.

Matchup to observe: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett vs. Cardinals secondary

Arizona has struggled to cease the Kansas State product, as Lockett has 33 receptions for 480 yards and 6 complete touchdowns in his previous 4 video games in opposition to the Cardinals. Safeties Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson should assist a younger cornerback group, realizing the place Lockett is earlier than the snap to maintain him from making massive performs.

Key stat: Seattle quarterback Geno Smith leads the league in each passer ranking (113.2) and completion share (75.2). Smith's completion share is the fourth-best mark all time for a participant via his workforce's first 5 video games of a season (min: 100 makes an attempt). 

Prediction: Smith is taking part in at a Professional Bowl stage, so the Seahawks ought to put factors on the board. Nevertheless, Seattle's protection offers up 31 factors a contest, which signifies that Kyler Murray and Arizona's offense determine to maintain the sport shut. Because the begin of final season, the Cardinals are 10-1 of their previous 11 regular-season highway video games.

Seahawks 31, Cardinals 28 —Eric D. Williams

Arizona Cardinals


Seattle Seahawks


Buffalo Payments (4-1) at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (4-1) (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Overview: The sport of the week? The sport of the yr?

The Payments and the Chiefs are nearly as good as we thought they'd be and that is thanks largely to Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. After we noticed these two quarterbacks jockey for a spot within the AFC Championship final postseason, it was in all probability probably the most electrical sport of all the yr. So here is hoping they've one thing related in retailer for us on Sunday.

Proper now, the Payments are constructed higher than some other workforce within the NFL — with an elite protection and offense when it comes to expertise and statistics. They've two minor points: They're nursing accidents to star gamers, and Allen will not stop his behavior of throwing interceptions. The Buffalo quarterback has loved a big margin for error in 2022 attributable to his excellent supporting forged. However what occurs if Allen throws an interception or two in opposition to Mahomes & Co.? Would possibly the Chiefs train him a lesson about ball management?

Kansas Metropolis has found out find out how to function its offense with out Tyreek Hill. Mahomes is firing the ball to Travis Kelce greater than ever. The tight finish leads the NFL with seven receiving TDs this season. Working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire does not appear to be a complete bust. And the Chiefs’ weird forged of receivers is doing OK in the identical means that Tom Brady's receivers did OK again within the 2010s. 

Matchup to observe: Chiefs security Juan Thornhill vs. Payments QB Josh Allen

Allen blasted a pair of deep balls to Gabe Davis final week — one went for 98 yards and the opposite for 62 yards. It is fairly easy: The Chiefs cannot let that occur. So that may begin with Thornhill, the workforce's free security.

Key stats: This can be a matchup of the 2 highest-scoring groups within the NFL (Chiefs are first with 31.8 PPG, Payments are second with 30.4 PPG). However the Payments are tied for first in scoring protection (permitting simply 12.2 PPG) and second in complete protection (permitting 260.4 complete YPG).

Prediction: Can I predict electrical energy? Can I forecast greatness? This needs to be an epic sport. And if I am incorrect and overhype it, then you'll be able to ship me your hate notes on Twitter. However I feel that we see the Payments’ protection play higher than final time. I feel we see insane fourth-quarter scoring.

Payments 37, Chiefs 35  —Henry McKenna

Buffalo Payments


Kansas Metropolis Chiefs


Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

Overview: That is the kind of sport TV executives dream about when the schedule is launched. The 5-0 Philadelphia Eagles, the final unbeaten workforce left within the league, dealing with off in opposition to their fiercest division rival, a 4-1 Dallas Cowboys workforce that is using a four-game win streak. The winner of this sport could have a leg up on each different NFC workforce, and the rankings are going to replicate it.

It is an opportunity for Jalen Hurts and a formidable Eagles offense to resolve a Dallas protection that has been on a terrifying scorching streak. If they will do it, it's going to be a feather within the cap of the perfect resume within the NFL — and presumably an opportunity for Hurts to start an NFL MVP marketing campaign.

From the opposite perspective, what wouldn't it say about this Cowboys workforce in the event that they're able to taking down the unbeaten Eagles with Cooper Rush taking part in quarterback? Dak Prescott hasn't even returned from his thumb damage, and the Cowboys have claimed wins in opposition to each of final yr's Tremendous Bowl groups. If they will add Philly to that record, we simply may need to begin contemplating them a real contender. And that is all earlier than Prescott even returns — which seems to be prefer it may very well be on the horizon

Matchup to observe: Cowboys QB Cooper Rush vs. Eagles cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry

Let's be very clear: the must-see TV on this sport goes to be a ferocious Dallas go rush in opposition to a vaunted Philly offensive line. However that is a strength-on-strength state of affairs.

The deciding issue is perhaps Rush going in opposition to a bunch of top-notch cornerbacks. What Rush has achieved this previous month has been admirable, however there isn't any denying that the Cowboys' passing assault has seemed pedestrian at instances with a backup below heart. Rush is averaging simply 194 passing yards per sport because the starter, and he threw for simply 102 final week in opposition to the Rams. If the Cowboys are going to again the Eagles off the road of scrimmage and open issues up for the run sport, it will be on Rush to check and beat this secondary on a minimum of a couple of events.

Key stat: The Cowboys have received eight straight NFC East video games, together with two straight in opposition to Philadelphia. The typical margin of victory in these 2021 conferences was 23 factors.

Prediction: That is going to be fascinating on loads of ranges. Can Rush preserve his profitable streak in opposition to the perfect competitors he is confronted all yr? Much more attention-grabbing: Can Hurts proceed to thrive in opposition to the perfect protection he is confronted all yr — to not point out a workforce that is had his quantity in each of his begins in opposition to them? It may be shut, however here is guessing the workforce with the higher quarterback and home-field benefit finds a method to get it finished.
Eagles 24, Cowboys 20 David Helman

Dallas Cowboys coaches Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn deserve credit score

Dallas Cowboys coaches Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn deserve credit

Jay Glazer covers the Cowboys on this Monday's two-minute report, discussing Jerry Jones' resolution to carry again defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and an optimistic sport plan for Dak Prescott's return.

Dallas Cowboys


Philadelphia Eagles


Monday Oct. 17, 2022

Denver Broncos (2-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

Overview: Russell Wilson has didn't get on observe to this point this season in head coach Nathaniel Hackett's new offense. Wilson additionally should take care of an injured throwing shoulder that might have an effect on his velocity and accuracy on this nationally televised Monday Evening Soccer contest at SoFi Stadium.

Denver leads the all-time series 69-54-1, however the Chargers maintain a 36-26 benefit over the Broncos at dwelling. Wilson is 0-2 in opposition to the Bolts, relationship again to his time in Seattle. The Chargers are one in every of solely two groups (Seahawks) that Wilson has not defeated in his profession.  

The Chargers are hopeful to get again veteran receiver Keenan Allen, who has missed the previous 4 video games with a hamstring damage.

Matchup to observe: Chargers WR Mike Williams vs. Broncos CB Patrick Surtain II

Williams has been Justin Herbert‘s favourite goal with Allen on the mend, totaling 17 catches for 254 yards over the previous two video games. Surtain has emerged as Denver's prime cowl nook in his second NFL season and sure will match up with Williams except Allen is wholesome sufficient to play.

Denver leads the league in passing protection, permitting simply 176.6 yards per contest, whereas Herbert is second within the NFL in passing yards with 1,478.

Key stat: The Broncos are 0-6 of their previous six Monday evening video games, relationship again to 2017. Denver can be 1-10 in its previous 11 divisional video games.  

Prediction: The Bolts grounded out 238 speeding yards of their Week 5 win on the highway in opposition to the Cleveland Browns, probably the most for the franchise since 2018. So maybe Austin Ekeler and L.A.'s offense can maintain it going at dwelling. Nevertheless, the Chargers will face the perfect protection they’ve seen this season within the Broncos, who're holding groups to simply 16 factors per sport.

Broncos 23, Chargers 20Eric D. Williams

Denver Broncos


Los Angeles Chargers


FOX Sports activities’ Week 6 NFL preview was compiled by:

AFC South reporter Ben Arthur (@benyarthur)
AFC East reporter Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)
NFC West reporter Eric D. Williams (@eric_d_williams)
NFC East reporter Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano)
NFC North reporter Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV)
Dallas Cowboys reporter David Helman (@davidhelman_)

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