Last week: 8-7 (.533)
Season record: 57-35 (.620)
Seattle Seahawks (5-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3), 8:25 p.m. -- The Seahawks are suddenly showing signs of being human, losing in Indy and struggling with the Titans at home the past two weeks. It is a tough two-game stretch for the Cardinals, who get the Seahawks four days after losing in San Francisco. That's like facing Crosby and Malkin back-to-back in a shootout.
Prediction: Seahawks, 23-20
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at Steelers (1-4), 4:25 p.m. -- The Ravens have won three of the past four meetings, including the past three regular-season games at Heinz Field. But they have struggled on offense, particularly with the run game. The Steelers are trying to inch out of the 1-4 hole into which they dug themselves. Will the climb continue? Uh???.well???.
Prediction: Ravens, 16-13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) at Atlanta Falcons (1-4), 1 p.m. -- What's wrong with the Falcons? They have basically the same team from last year, when they went to the NFC title game, and they even added DE Osi Umenyiora and RB Steven Jackson in the offseason. But now they've lost Julio Jones for the season.
Prediction: Falcons, 27-13
St. Louis Rams (3-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-3), 1 p.m. -- Each team is coming off a lopsided road win, the Rams surprisingly in Houston and the Panthers in Minnesota. The Rams will need some of that D-line pressure they generate to contain Cam Newton. The Panthers have to take away all of Sam Bradford's receiving options.
Prediction: Rams, 24-23
Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Detroit Lions (4-2), 1 p.m. -- The Bengals blew a 14-point lead and were fortunate to beat the Bills in overtime. They may not have that same luxury against the Lions, who put up 31 points on the Browns in Cleveland and have found a new scoring machine in free-agent TE Joe Fauria.
Prediction: Lions, 27-20
San Diego Chargers (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6), 1 p.m. -- The Chargers might be one of those rare exceptions -- they are not who their record says they are. They've had two losses in the final 15 seconds and looked really good holding Andrew Luck without a touchdown. But the winless Jaguars have gone from horrible to bad. The Upset Special.
Prediction: Jaguars, 17-16
Houston Texans (2-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-0), 1 p.m. -- It's hard to have an interception returned for a touchdown in five consecutive games, but the Texans have managed to do that. The Chiefs, meantime, have managed to string together six consecutive victories, and that's hard to do, too.
Prediction: Chiefs, 23-19
Buffalo Bills (2-4) at Miami Dolphins (3-2), 1 p.m. -- Each team is coming off a loss to an AFC North opponent, but the Dolphins have had a week off after losing to the Ravens. The Bills have been a pesky irritant to many teams, even without rookie QB E.J. Manuel. Thad Lewis looked like more than a practice squad QB in overtime loss to Bengals.
Prediction: Dolphins, 30-20
New England Patriots (5-1) at New York Jets (3-3), 1 p.m. -- It was suggested last week by the New York media that the Steelers game was a trap, that the Jets might be guilty of looking past them to the Patriots. But they can't look past that the Patriots have won 12 in a row vs. the AFC East, including the past two in New Jersey.
Prediction: Jets, 21-20
Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3), 1 p.m. -- The Cowboys have scored more points than any other NFC team. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to have 1,600+ passing yards and 1,050+ rushing yards in the first six games. Probably a good bet that defense will be an afterthought in this battle for first place in NFC Least.
Prediction: Eagles, 30-28
Chicago Bears (4-2) at Washington Redskins (1-4), 1 p.m. -- Wonder if it has dawned on the Redskins that maybe it might be a good idea to shut down RG3 for the rest of the season? They are running the risk of ruining him by continuing to play him on his damaged knee. He doesn't have the same speed and he can't plant properly to throw.
Prediction: Bears, 27-23
San Francisco 49ers (4-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-3), 4:05 p.m. -- The Titans have the same unfortunate scheduling as the Cardinals -- they get the Seahawks and 49ers in back-to-back weeks. And they're not even in the same division. The Titans did a good job to keep it close in Seattle, where most teams get overwhelmed. Can they do it with 49ers?
Prediction: 49ers, 24-16
Cleveland Browns (3-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-2), 4:25 p.m. -- The Browns had their three-game winning streak ended last week against the Lions and are right back where they started -- having to rely on Brandon Weeden. That is OK, so long as he doesn't try any more of those ill-fated shovel passes. The Browns, though, should be more concerned about Aaron Rodgers.
Prediction: Packers, 27-19
Denver Broncos (6-0) at Indianapolis Colts (4-2), 8:30 p.m. -- There might not be another game this season with as much intrigue as this matchup. Peyton Manning makes his return to Indianapolis where he spent 14 seasons and won four NFL MVP awards. And he faces the quarterback who was drafted No. 1 overall to replace him, Andrew Luck. It should be a doozy.
Prediction: Colts, 31-30
Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at New York Giants (0-6), 8:40 p.m. -- The good news for the winless Giants: They get the equally inept (if not even more so) Vikings, who at least have one victory to their credit -- and we know were that occurred. The Giants have turned the ball over 23 times, 15 of those on interceptions by Eli Manning. Ugh.
Prediction: Giants, 24-17
First Published October 16, 2013 1:08 PM