Welcome to Week 6 featuring two of the perfect matchups of the 2022 season. We now have Bills at Chiefs, a repeat of last 12 months’s AFC divisional game, which featured each teams combining for 25 points in the ultimate two minutes of the fourth quarter, the second most in any game within the Super Bowl era. And we’ve Cowboys at Eagles battling for NFC East supremacy with Micah Parsons and a stellar Dallas defense attempting to decelerate Jalen Hurts and Philadelphia offense. Should you love offense, it’s best to get loads of it in each of those games.
So prepare for an additional crucial week on the NFL schedule.
To get it kicked off, Albert Breer and Conor Orr will take you thru the Sunday and Monday games, noting the perfect matchups and what they’ll be watching.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
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Bills at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday: The sport of the week, this Bills-Chiefs matchup comes at an interesting time slightly greater than 25% through the season. While it can tell us little about who is definitely the perfect team within the AFC, it provides a pleasant benchmark as to where each teams are when it comes to getting over last 12 months’s playoff game and forging ahead with recent identities. Sean McDermott has been ahead of the curve when it comes to defending Patrick Mahomes, so it’s value watching what he rolls out defensively. — C.O.
Cowboys at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday: While the Cowboys are still playing somewhat one-handed sans Dak Prescott, seeing this defense against a flexible Eagles offense will set the table for the late-season jockeying almost definitely to happen within the NFC East. Jalen Hurts has been masterful on the move this 12 months, but what happens when a player similar to Micah Parsons, who can transcend most protections, steps into the backfield? — C.O.
Jets at Packers, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: The Jets appear like they’re on the way in which up, with three wins of their last 4 games, an improving young quarterback and what looks like a incredible rookie class. The Packers, meanwhile, have struggled to seek out their stride, as a loaded defense has underperformed and the offense has taken its lumps in breaking in a young group of receivers. So this might be an interesting checkpoint for each teams. — Albert Breer
Vikings at Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: Without clarity on the quarterback position, it’s unattainable for the Dolphins to right the ship with any consistency. Facing a potent Vikings team, this game might be about Miami’s ability to creatively deploy the running game and play sound defense, not small tasks against a team with Justin Jefferson. — Conor Orr
Ravens at Giants, 1 p.m. ET Sunday: Whether or not the Ravens defense holds up against Brian Daboll’s versatile, creative scheme must be interesting. But to me, the most important attraction is Lamar Jackson’s offense against defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who was in Baltimore through Jackson’s first 4 years. Jackson’s playing at an insanely high level, and also you’d think if anyone had the important thing to slowing him, it is perhaps Martindale. — A.B.
Broncos at Chargers, 8:15 p.m. ET Monday: If it appears like every game is a referendum on the trade for Russell Wilson. Well, that’s life in the massive city—it’s how the Rams lived all 12 months last 12 months after dealing for Matthew Stafford, and that one worked out in time. This one will even be interesting from a game-management perspective, given all the eye Brandon Staley and Nathaniel Hackett’s in-game decisions have commanded. — A.B.
FANTASY BOLD PREDICTION OF THE WEEK
Rhamondre Stevenson will rush for over 100 yards in Cleveland. Stevenson ran wild last week within the absence of Damien Harris, posting 161 yards in a 29–0 win over the Lions. Predicting him to rush for 100-plus yards may not seem too daring in consequence, nevertheless it is for the Patriots. Actually, just three Latest England running backs have rushed for 100-plus yards in back-to-back weeks within the last 14 years. I’ll also predict that Stevenson will finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in what’s a plus matchup. — Michael Fabiano
• Fabiano’s Week 6 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em: QB | RB | WR | TE | K/DEF
What’s your one big prediction for Week 6?
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Orr: While I think, deeply, that the Packers will eventually return to form and potato-smash every opponent from Halloween on to win the division comfortably, I also consider that we’re shorting the Jets a bit, who’ve played very well in moments—like, for many of the season opener against the Ravens—but have won games deemed ‘flukey’ in nature. It contributes to a general unease some can have in picking them to win big games. So, here it goes, a full-scale flip-flop from my weekly pick: The Jets get a start-to-finish quality win against probably the greatest teams in football.
Breer: That Geno Smith will outduel Kyler Murray in a wild shootout. Neither team has looked just like the ’85 Bears on defense, and each quarterbacks are plenty capable—and I’m beginning to buy slightly bit on Smith being higher than everyone thinks. Give a while to operate behind his rookie tackles, which I feel Smith will get, there are matchups for him to take advantage of on this one. So mark me down for 300 yards, three touchdowns and a win for ol’ Geno.
Which team most needs a win in Week 6?
Orr: The Cardinals. With one week to go until DeAndre Hopkins’s return and the birth of a more functional offense, it might be huge for Kliff Kingsbury to be sitting at 3–3 and never 2–4. Beating the Seahawks ensures a fertile competitive ground from which to construct.
Breer: The Steelers. Pittsburgh’s 1–4, starting a rookie quarterback and waiting for its best player to return from injured reserve. It hosts the Buccaneers this week, so getting a win is loads to ask. But moral victories aren’t going to do it for for much longer, not with the Dolphins, Saints, Eagles and Bengals after Tampa, and the thought of the season slipping away becoming very real.
Which coach or player is most under pressure in Week 6?
Orr: Matt Rhule type of took the bullet for everybody, though the sense I got from the coach-hiring community this week was “it’s gonna be a protracted season; higher put the coffee pot on.” Which suggests, with Sean Payton on the market, and really, a small handful of truly ready, obviously strong candidates for 2023 available, teams seeking to make a change might be higher served getting a head start. So, I’d say any serially underperforming coach—and you realize who you’re—best look alive this weekend.
Breer: Matt Ryan and Frank Reich. The Colts survived in Denver, and Ryan mainly willed the team to victory. Frank Reich’s betting big on rookie left tackle Bernhard Raimann to prove him right, while moving Matt Pryor to right tackle, and massive money right tackle Braden Smith inside, and all of that can put slightly more on the quarterback to maintain the train on the tracks. And after last season resulted in a meltdown in Jacksonville, getting swept by the Jags wouldn’t be the perfect look. So all of this appears like a crossroads for coach and quarterback.
Which team will everyone be talking about after Week 6?
Orr: The Commanders, and really, for all of the incorrect reasons. ESPN’s investigative piece, which dropped Thursday before Washington’s matchup with the Bears, seems to have set the table for the culmination of a bread-and-butter war between owner Daniel Snyder, the NFL and the owners who apparently despise him.
Breer: I’d agree with Conor on this one. And rightfully so. Apart from that, I feel it’ll be the end result of Chiefs-Bills, no matter what it’s.
Who’s your Coach of the 12 months through five weeks?
Orr: TIE: The Latest York Guys (Daboll and Saleh) and Mike McCarthy. Three coaches doing more with less than simply about anyone within the NFL.
Breer: Mike McCarthy. We will’t sit here killing the guy for 2 years after which not recognize him for what’s happened in 2022. He has navigated injuries to his quarterback, left tackle and receivers, had Cooper Rush, Tyler Smith and a plan to work across the absences of Michael Gallup and James Washington able to go. And shoutout to Dan Quinn, too, for having his defense where it’s to support the good work McCarthy’s done.
Which underdog has the perfect shot to win outright in Week 6?
Orr: My only true path to happiness goes through the concept the Saints hand their entire offense over to Taysom Hill again and permit him to upend the Bengals. A few of us can function only in complete and utter chaos.
Breer: I feel the Patriots are a troublesome matchup for the Browns, especially Cleveland’s run defense. So give me Latest England to slow Nick Chubb, put the ball in Jacoby Brissett’s hands and ride Rhamondre Stevenson back to .500.
Surprise, surprise: The NFC East is back within the highlight as probably the greatest divisions in football, and two of its best teams will take center stage in prime time on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles are the NFL’s only undefeated team (5–0) and can host the Cowboys (4–1) in a battle for first place.
We cooked up a juicy same-game parlay using SI Sportsbook’s bet builder that provides a +240 payout. Bet $100, win $240; bet $10, win $24.
While the Eagles have the higher straight-up record, the Cowboys are more impressive against the spread. Dallas boasts a 4–0 ATS record with Cooper Rush starting rather than Dak Prescott. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is 3–2 ATS. The overall sits at 42.5 with Eagles games going over in two of 5 while Cowboys games have gone over in only one. The last 3 times these NFC East rivals met, they over-cashed, but this 12 months their defenses are playing a lot better. The Eagles are No. 7 in points allowed per game, and the Cowboys are No. 3. Actually, the Cowboys haven’t allowed a couple of touchdown in each of their five games. Take the under (42.5), grab the 6.5 on the Cowboys and prepare to money in on a +240 wager. — Bill Enright.
Orr: Today we wrote a story concerning the psychology of recovering from a difficult loss within the NFL. One doctor I spoke with for the piece said it was his hope that speaking about athletes recovering from difficult (in relative terms, in fact) situations could provide some semblance of comfort to anyone on the market fighting their mental health, that there’s a process and a treatment for you. The doctor acknowledged that access stays the most important barrier to those that need mental health support and services. Here’s a helpful list of charities that will help improve such access, should you are feeling generous this Friday and would really like to assist make a difference.
Breer: We’d like more rivalries like Eagles-Cowboys, where you could have legit trash talk and T-shirts and edgy crowds … and the entire rattling thing. I don’t want these teams to be polite with one another. And, yes, I prefer it if you hear players similar to DeMarcus Lawrence (“Y’all will see it Sunday”) put their mouth where their money is.
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