Poupart's picks: Week 6

The NFL continues to offer a few surprises every week, so count on an upset or two this weekend. There are a few marquee matchups this week, including the Giants at Dallas, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh and New England at Denver. Here are this week's predictions.

Sunday, October 16

Cleveland (2-2) at Baltimore (1-3): The Browns are a lot better under Romeo Crennel than many would have thought. Baltimore has no offense and its defense isn't as good as it's cracked to be. Still ... Baltimore, 17-13.

Minnesota (1-3) at Chicago (1-3): A clash of the titans in the NFC North. OK, we're joking. It's team turmoil against team with no offense. Something has to give. Chicago, 16-14.

N.Y. Giants (3-1) at Dallas (3-2): The Cowboys aren't nearly as good as they showed last Sunday against the Eagles, while the Giants have things rolling pretty good with their high-powered offense. N.Y. Giants, 27-20.

Carolina (3-2) at Detroit (2-2): The Panthers still haven't been that impressive this season and Julius Peppers still is looking for his first sack. Both get corrected. Carolina, 24-10.

Washington (3-1) at Kansas City (2-2): The Redskins actually looked better in defeat last week than they did in their three victories earlier. But the Chiefs are coming off a bye, during which they had time to steam over their come-from-ahead loss to the Eagles. Kansas City, 26-17.

Atlanta (3-2) vs. New Orleans (2-3): The loss of Deuce McAllister was all the poor Saints needed after last Sunday's embarrassing loss at Green Bay. Doesn't matter if Matt Schaub or Michael Vick is playing quarterback. Atlanta, 34-16.

Jacksonville (3-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1): It's looking like it will be Tommy Maddox at quarterback for the Steelers, who are going to have a tough time on offense. But their defense will be too much for Byron Leftwich and Co. Pittsburgh, 17-14.

Miami (2-2) at Tampa Bay (4-1): The Dolphins really should have won last week at Buffalo and they've got a great opportunity against a Tampa Bay team that's nowhere near as good as its record. Miami, 20-17.

Cincinnati (4-1) at Tennessee (2-3): Jeff Fisher finds a way to make the Titans competitive, but the Bengals actually have a very good team this year and they'll bounce back from the loss at Jacksonville. Cincinnati, 28-16.

N.Y. Jets (2-3) at Buffalo (2-3): The battle of the replacement quarterbacks. The Bills have two big advantages in that they're playing at home and Kelly Holcomb is better than Vinny Testaverde. Buffalo, 24-14.

New England (3-2) at Denver (4-1): Never, ever, ever count out the Pats. The Broncos, meanwhile, really should have lost to Washington last week. Still, winning at Atlanta and Denver on back-to-back weeks is a major challenge. Denver, 27-24.

San Diego (2-3) at Oakland (1-3): There should be a lot of offense in this one. Randy Moss could have a big day against a mediocre secondary, but the Chargers have too much firepower and their three losses have been by four, three and two points. San Diego, 35-31.

Houston (0-4) at Seattle (3-2): Is there any reason to believe the only winless team in the league will win on the road against a good Seattle team coming off a big road victory at St. Louis. Seattle, 34-17.

Monday, October 17

St. Louis (2-3) at Indianapolis (5-0): The Colts' rejuvenated defense will get a big test here against a Rams offense that makes a lot of mistakes but also can score a lot of points. But the bottom line here is that St. Louis just isn't very good on defense. Indianapolis, 37-24.

Last week's record: 7-7

Season record: 43-31

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