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2017 SQ Insiders: Week 6

Austin Taliaferro

Week 6 kicks off on a high. Will the Eagles soar or the Panther claw their way to victory? And how will the other 13 NFL games go this week?

After another wild week in the NFL, where our insiders didn’t do too poorly, fans are again treated to a great Thursday game with the Philadelphia Eagles traveling to take on the Carolina Panthers. This game should be close, however we are all on the Panthers, and by an average score of just under a touchdown. Cam may be returning to MVP form, and it will be tough for the second year quarterback to outduel him on a short week.

Another interesting matchup in Week 6 will take place between the Steelers and the Chiefs. Kansas City is trending up, while there are major questions remaining for Pittsburgh. By a split decision, our insiders have the Chiefs coming out on top by five points. Check out the rest of the picks below!

Matchup

Mitch B

Nick C

Adrian N

Philadelphia at Carolina
Miami at Atlanta
Green Bay at Minnesota
Detroit at New Orleans
New England at NY Jets
San Francisco at Washington
Chicago at Baltimore
Cleveland at Houston
Tampa Bay at Arizona
LA Rams at Jacksonville
Pittsburgh at Kansas City
LA Chargers at Oakland
NY Giants at Denver
Indianapolis at Tennessee



Matchup

Avg Score

Winner

Why They’ll Win

Why They May Not

Philadelphia at Carolina23-29Carolina seems to be finding the groove that landed them a 15-1 record and a trip to the Super Bowl just two years ago. Cam Newton is healthier than he was last year and the defense is back to playing at a high level. At 4-1 and with a home game on a short week, the Panthers should have the advantage in this one.The spread of this game is only Panthers -3 which means that on a neutral field it would be a pickem game. The Eagles are 4-1 as well and have shown the ability to win close games with wins by three and two points in Weeks 3 and 4. Wentz is firing on all cylinders and if he can bet the better quarterback on the field on Thursday night, the Eagles can more than easily win.

Miami at Atlanta13-28The Falcons will be rested after their bye week and ready to prove their loss to the Bills was just a small bump in the road. Atlanta currently has the fourth-ranked offense in the NFL, and will have an easy time outpacing the Dolphins, who rank dead last in offense. The Dolphins have three offensive touchdowns in four games this season. That’s right, three. Across the league, there are 15 individual players with more touchdowns. The Dolphins have a shot at winning if Julio Jones is ruled out, and Jay Cutler actually starts taking shots downfield. The chances of things coming together for Miami are slim.

Green Bay at Minnesota30-20You can’t get much of a bigger discrepancy in quarterbacks than Aaron Rodgers and either Case Keenum or a hobbled Sam Bradford. In addition to having the offensive advantage, the Packers are 11th in total defense, a much more respectable showing than they have had in years past.

Minnesota always plays better at home. They were 5-3 at home last year and are 2-1 so far in 2017. The Vikings have a very good defense, ranking eighth in points given up per game. If they can take advantage of Thielen and Diggs then they have a shot to keep Green Bay close and steal one from their division rivals.
Detroit at New Orleans32-31With Matthew Stafford at quarterback, the Lions are always in the game. The last time these teams played in 2016, Stafford threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns against zero picks in a 28-13 win in the Superdome. The biggest surprise of 2017 has been the Lions’ defense, which has the third-most expected points from defense behind Jacksonville and Denver.While the Saints still have future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, they are a formidable team. Riding a two-game winning streak and coming off their bye week, the 38-year-old Brees should be fresh for this matchup at home.
New England at NY Jets33-19To nobody’s surprise, the Pats are first in both total offense and passing offense so far. The Jets have been a surprise this year, but have also dropped five of their last six games against New England. Tom Brady and co. should have no trouble against New York’s 25th-ranked defense. The Jets have gone 2-2 in their last four home games against the Pats, which is a positive considering how lopsided the overall series has been lately. New York will have to hope Tom Brady’s game is off on the road, while routinely exposing the Patriots’ suspect defense throughout the game to have a chance in this divisional showdown.

San Francisco at Washington16-26The Redskins competed with the undefeated Chiefs in Kansas City two weeks ago, before falling behind late in the fourth quarter. This defense looks better than anticipated, and Chris Thompson has been unstoppable as a pass-catching back.Though the 49ers are 0-5, their defense has looked decent this year and has a chance to stop Kirk Cousins and his offense. If Carlos Hyde can get it going against Washington’s inexperienced defensive line, the 49ers chances look good.

Chicago at Baltimore17-19Baltimore’s defense is facing a rookie quarterback in his second start. If Trubisky plays similar to Monday night, the Ravens’ formidable D will be all over him.Trubisky only has one start, a small sample size to say the least. Chicago’s defense looked good against the Vikings, and they could very well stop the struggling Ravens offense. If Trubisky and Jordan Howard produce on offense, this could be anyone’s game.

Cleveland at Houston17-27DeShaun Watson is second in the league in passing TDs, ahead of guys like Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, and Russell Wilson. Meanwhile, Cleveland is winless and has been the cure to anemic offenses so far. Houston should bounce back at home after their loss to Kansas City. Houston has allowed 26 points per game so far, and that was before the team lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the year. If newly-promoted starter Kevin Hogan can give the offense a spark against Houston’s depleted defensive unit, Cleveland could steal a win on the road. Defensively, Myles Garrett will have to follow up his impressive debut with another huge game and disrupt Watson in the pocket.

Tampa Bay at Arizona28-18Tampa Bay has been up and down this year, but gave the Patriots a run for their money last week. Doug Martin looked explosive in his first game back from suspension and will take some of the load off of Jameis Winston. Arizona was a mess in Philly last weekend and showed they have far more weaknesses than strengths. The Bucs have enough weapons to handle the Cardinals on the road. Arizona’s defense has to force Jameis Winston into the boneheaded errors that have plagued him early on in his career. Offensively, the line must give Carson Palmer enough time to get the ball to his receivers, which hasn’t happened much this season. If Adrian Peterson can get enough carries to get going and wear down the Bucs depleted defense, the Cards have a solid chance to win this one.

LA Rams at Jacksonville17-20Jacksonville’s defense crushed the Steelers’ powerhouse offense and picked Big Ben off an incredible five times. The league’s best secondary so far will make Sunday difficult for Jared Goff’s passing attack.Though the Jaguars boast the league’s best cornerback duo in A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, the Rams’ best player on offense has been Todd Gurley. If Gurley can break through Jacksonville’s front seven, and the Rams’ D can attack Blake Bortles, the Rams can take this one.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City23-28The undefeated Chiefs have been the best team in 2017. Alex Smith has been playing the best football of his career, Kareem Hunt has been electrifying in his rookie season, and the defense is just as good as usual. With the Steelers coming off a disappointing loss to the Jaguars, Kansas City will take advantage of this matchup at home.

Everybody talks about the high-powered Steelers’ offense, but their defense has been much improved this season, allowing the third-fewest yards of any team without a bye so far. If the defense plays well, and Big Ben rebounds from his disaster last week, the Steelers can beat anyone in the league, including the Chiefs.
LA Chargers at Oakland20-21EJ Manuel has actually played well despite quarterbacking the Raiders to two losses in about six quarters of relief duty. Last week against the Raiders he actually posted the 7th highest QBR of the week. Against a bad Chargers team and playing at home, the Raiders have enough talent on both sides of the ball to make up for the absence of Derek Carr.

Three of the Chargers losses this season have come by three points or less. The Chargers truly are in every game and this Sunday should be no different. Rivers seems to have exorcised some demons with a clutch win last week. They can build off of that momentum against a team missing their primary signal caller.
NY Giants at Denver13-25The Broncos are always tough to beat at home, but when their defense is rolling like it is now, it’s nearly impossible. With both Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall done for the season, the Giants will be lucky to crack double digits against the league’s top defense through five weeks.

If Aqib Talib, Von Miller, and Chris Harris all get the flu the day of the game then New York might have a shot. The Giants are 0-5 for a reason, and a road date with the 3-1 Broncos is extremely unlikely to cure their woes.
Indianapolis at Tennessee16-21With Marcus Mariota likely out for the Monday night matchup, this game will feature Matt Cassel and Jacoby Brissett. Neither team has the advantage at quarterback, but Tennessee does have the advantage at running back with a Murray/Henry platoon that is much better than Gore/Mack. The Titans can control the clock and control this game.We could be in for a shootout, in which anything can happen. The Titans are ranked 30th defensively in points per game and the Colts are last. Whoever has the last possession in this game could win, so all the Colts need to do is win the coin toss … I think.


Edited by Coleman Gray.

SQuiz
As of Week 6 2017 which of the following teams does not have at least four wins?
Created 10/11/17
  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Carolina Panthers
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Philadelphia Eagles

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