5 NFL Games Worth Watching In Week 6
The Big Game
Arizona at Pittsburgh – Sunday, October 18th 1:00 PM ET
With Cincy running away with AFC North at the moment (5-0!), the pressure’s on Pittsburgh to keep pace even with Big Ben still on the shelf. The Steelers are considered a three point home underdog as they face the frightening Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer and the 4-1 Cards bounced back from a disappointing loss to St. Louis with an absolute blowout of Detroit in Week 5. Arizona’s remained an offensive juggernaut in 2015 scoring a league best 38 points-per-game. Can Michael Vick keep up as a substitute starter? It’ll be a tall order for the veteran QB, but having Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams as rushing options makes Steeltown a threat to light up the scoreboard every single night.
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Cincinnati at Buffalo – Sunday, October 18th 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo’s offense hasn’t been bitten by the injury bug. No, it’s been completely mauled by it. Starting QB Tyrod Taylor is rumoured to be dealing with an ailment and that could have him on the sidelines. LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Sammy Watkins have all dealt with injuries that have led to games missed, so keeping players healthy would be a big boost in Buffalo. The 3-2 Bills will host the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals (who are favoured by a field goal) on Sunday. The last time the Bengals went 5-0 they went to the Super Bowl, so optimism is high in Cincy. Also boosting hopes: Andy Dalton’s stellar season that now includes a 4th quarter comeback from a 24-7 deficit versus Seattle.
Carolina at Seattle – Sunday, October 18th 4:05 PM ET
After a gutpunch of an OT loss to Cincinnati, Seattle’s now 2-3 and battling to find their path to the playoffs. The next test for Pete Carroll and his Hawks squad is a home date versus undefeated (really!) Carolina. The Panthers head into this contest fresh off a bye week and possibly with recently injured linebacker Luke Kuechel in tow. The opposing secondary probably won’t be too much of a worry for Carolina as they’ve managed a measly 190 yards-per-game this year and will be making the necessary ball travel via the ground game. Oddsmakers have Seattle as the favourite by a touchdown at home.
New England at Indianapolis – Sunday, October 18th 8:30 PM ET
An underwhelming start for Indianapolis hurts the mystique of this Sunday Night Football contest a little, but it’s still the AFC East leading Pats coming to the Hoosier State to face the AFC South leading Colts. New England’s looking every bit like the defending Super Bowl champs with four straight wins to start the season and Tom Brady an MVP contender with 11 TDs and zero INTs this year. The Colts are trying to readjust their course and some quality sub work from 40-year-old pivot Matt Hasselbeck has provided a big boost and two wins in Andrew Luck’s absence. Speaking of Luck, he’s been in practice with the Colts, but nothing’s been hammered out publicly on his Sunday status. New England head into the contest as eight point favourites.
New York at Philadelphia – Monday, October 19th 8:30 PM ET
The perplexing NFC East is in the spotlight in primetime yet again because when is the NFC East not in some sort of evening slot? The Giants can start their season 4-2 if they knock off Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles in Philly. DeMarco Murray was provided with more touches last week and the spin-off was more Murray-based yardage and an Eagles thumping of New Orleans. Speaking of players getting to where they need to be, Giants QB Eli Manning has gotten into a nice groove after his club started the season 0-2 and has the 4th most passing yards in the league this season. The visiting G-Men head into this division rivalry game as a four point road underdog.
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