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2011 NFL Football – Week 6 Best Games

Week 6 has some pretty interesting games to keep track of. The marquee matchup of course is Lions/49ers which I hope everyone will be watching, but there are quite a few other games that could have significant impact. At this point we are getting to the halfway mark of the season so in the media’s mind the games are going to become more and more important. Obviously my readers are way too smart for that nonsense, but the matchups do become more intriguing when teams have actual records. Let’s take a look!

The 49ers have established themselves as one of the elite teams in the NFL. They’ve done this by being a NASTY defensive team and letting Frank Gore pound the rock while Alex Smith throws 5-yard passes. This will be the best defense Detroit has seen so far this year and I doubt that the Lions can spot SF 20 points & come back for the win. A win here puts Detroit at 6-0 & what else can you say about them? For the 49ers the game might be a bit more meaningful. A road win against Detroit could point SF to a 12-13 win season which almost will certainly give them a bye week in the playoffs & a divisional home game. Jim Harbaugh is going to be NFL Coach of the Year. Current Line: Lions (-4.5)
Dallas cannot catch a break with scheduling! The first 4 games were brutal & now they play in NE for Week 5! Nice. Note that the Vegas line started out at -7 for NE so apparently bettors believe the Cowboys are going to keep this one tight. New England has a terrible pass defense which is right up Dallas’s alley with Romo at QB. I believe Rob Ryan will have something in store for New England so I don’t think the Patriots are going to go nuts offensively. Still, Tony Romo cannot keep choking. Current Line: Patriots (-6.5)
The line here is AMAZING! Despite Buffalo coming off a win over Philly while NY lost last week at home to Seattle, Vegas believes the Giants are the favorite to win the game! This has to do with the odds makers not believing the G-Men will drop two straight in front of the home crowd. I can buy that which is why this could be a gigantic statement game for the Bills. New York will come out fighting hard, but remember that the Bills secondary has forced Tom Brady & Mike Vick into a total of 8 picks! Eli just threw 3 against Seattle so it must feel like Christmas for the Buffalo DBs! A great win for Buffalo if they can get it. Current Line: Giants (-3)
Wow. Vegas seriously doesn’t believe in Washington, installing the Eagles as 3 point home favorites despite the fact that Washington is 3-1 & Philadelphia is 1-4! This game provides a good chance for Philly to come out of their funk. The Redskins still have Rex Grossman as their QB & as good as the Washington defense has been, it’s a big susceptible to the run. Vick really started running last week so if he keeps that going then Philly should be back on the road to turn their season around. At this point Washington still isn’t being taken very seriously. A win here I think propels Washington a bit more into the spotlight. Current Line: Eagles (-3)
A tough game for Houston to play after losing at home to the Raiders last week. Houston could drop to 3-3 which drops them out of the top spot in the South due to Tennessee being 3-2 & on bye. As for Baltimore this is another game to showcase how dominant they are. By all intents & purposes, people still feel the Texans will come out of the South which means this could be a potential playoff game. The Ravens have the ability to turn it on and steamroll teams. Putting a severe beating on Houston only reinforces the notion that Baltimore truly is the best team in the AFC. Let’s see if they can get this done against a Texans team with their backs up against a wall. Current Line: Ravens (-7)
This game actually started at NO (-5) which goes to show you what people are thinking of Tampa Bay. It’s an interesting game because of playoff implications, but really it’s a game about both squads. For the Saints a win here doesn’t mean a ton as TB isn’t one of the NFC’s best anyway. It’s a game they should win. For the Bucs they are still looking to be in a game with an elite team that has something to play for and actually come out with a victory. Is this that kind of game? I think so because a TB win puts the Bucs in first place in the South. Let’s see what TB can do with that kind of premise on the line. Current Line: Saints (-6.5)
Really interesting game I think. Andy Dalton is showing us a little something in Cincinnati & I think Colt McCoy might do the same thing in Cleveland if given enough of an opportunity. The Browns seem content with him and they are 2-2 so far. It’ll be interesting to see if Oakland hammers Cleveland with a steady diet of Darren McFadden & Michael Bush, because Oakland has the ability to beat Cleveland through the air as well. Given the matchups here I would think Oakland should roll over Cleveland, but the Browns have shown me a bit this year & could keep it close. If the Raiders are serious this season, they should roll. Current Line: Raiders (-6.5)
Speaking of Andy Dalton, the Bengals welcome in the Colts who have the worst record in the NFL at 0-5! The Colts secondary is frighteningly bad which means Dalton & AJ Green should have a field day. The Bengals defense is actually pretty darn good so Cincy should blow out the Colts with relative ease. Games like this are important for the Bengals because they could make some noise if everything breaks right. A convincing win today helps that cause. As for the Colts, it’s probably as hard to go 0-16 as it is 16-0 so it becomes a watch on which team is going to fall. I don’t think it will be Cincinnati, but I don’t think it would be surprising either if Indy got their first win. Cincinnati has to guard against that sort of let down. Current Line: Bengals (-6.5)

October 16, 2011 - Posted by | Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins

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