Friday, October 16, 2009
NFL- Week Six Previews
There are still five teams undefeated in the National Football League as the 2009 season enters the sixth week, and that is a new all-time record for perfection by so many teams this far into the season.
The Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts are 5-0 and the New Orleans Saints are 4-0 entering this weekend.
The only certain thing is the Colts WILL stay unbeaten because they have a bye this weekend.
The winless teams entering Week Six include the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all of which have 0-5 records to date.
A lot of that will change this week as these teams mentioned above compete.
There are some very interesting games taking place this Sunday and Monday that will help to sort out the mess that has been taking shape in the 2009 NFL Standings.
The Minnesota Vikings play host to the Baltimore Ravens in what should be a slugfest featuring two of the best run defenses in the entire league. Both these teams can run the football as well and the quarterback battle will feature Brett Favre (at 40 the oldest starting QB in the NFL) against Joe Flacco, who is among the youngest starting quarterbacks in the league.
The Chicago Bears play at the Atlanta Falcons on the Sunday Night matchup as QB Jay Cutler continues to try and prove the Bears belong with the big boys in the NFC. The Falcons smacked the 49ers on the road last week, 45-10 and at 3-1 are flying high as they chase the Saints in the NFC South.
The game of the day Sunday will feature two of the undefeated teams squaring off when the New York Giants travel to New Orleans. Both of these teams average better than 30 points per game and the defenses have been playing well for both the Giants and Saints.
The Monday Night Football game will see the Broncos, a surprise at 5-0, taking on the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. There is no love lost between these two rivals and the Broncos will once again be wearing those hideous brown and mustard yellow uniforms in another AFL "throw back" type format for this game.
Two (maybe even three) of the four winless teams have a legitimate shot at winning their first games of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs face the Washington Redskins in D.C.
The Chiefs nearly beat the Dallas Cowboys last week, losing in OT, 26-20.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers (1-3) and could knock them off. The Panthers have struggled to get going this year after posting a 12-4 record last season.
How about the lowly St. Louis Rams traveling to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars (2-3), who were absolutely destroyed 41-0 by Seattle last weekend.
There should be at least three less teams in the undefeated column following the action this weekend, but again expect the unexpected form this year's version of the NFL.
After all, Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals) is leading the league in rushing through the first five games with 487 yards. Kyle Orton has helped Denver to its unbeaten status and Tennessee, the team with the best overall record in 2008 is winless this season with one of the worst defenses in the league.
So here goes yet another week of picking the winners...
(Home teams are listed in BOLD)
Green Bay over Detroit
NY Giants over New Orleans
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
Houston over Cincinnati
Washington over Kansas City
Carolina over Tampa Bay
Jacksonville over St. Louis
Baltimore over Minnesota
Arizona over Seattle
Philadelphia over Oakland
NY Jets over Buffalo
New England over Tennessee
Atlanta over Chicago
San Diego over Denver
Last Week's record: 9-5 SEASON RECORD: 50-26