Poupart's Picks

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 6 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Oct. 15

N.Y. Giants (2-2) at Atlanta (3-1) — This is very tough game to call. The Falcons have run the ball on just about everybody this season, while the Giants have had success throwing the ball. Michael Vick might well make the difference in this one, but it will be close. Prediction: Atlanta, 24-21.

Carolina (3-2) at Baltimore (4-1) — The Ravens' luck ran out last Monday night at Denver, and they'll be facing another tough defense in this game. The Ravens defense, however, will keep this game close. Don't look for a lot of offensive fireworks in this one. Prediction: Carolina, 16-13.

Houston (1-3) at Dallas (2-2) — Maybe T.O. will get his wish this weekend, and Drew Bledsoe will throw his way a lot and the Cowboys will win. And then perhaps he'll quit whining. Yes on the first part, no on the second. Prediction: Dallas, 27-24.

Buffalo (2-3) at Detroit (0-5) — The Lions are bound to win a game someday, right? Truth is, they're pretty banged up right now, although it appeared as of Friday that star wideout Roy Williams would play. The Bills, meanwhile, are just a mediocre team and the perfect remedy for the Lions. Prediction: Detroit, 26-19.

Philadelphia (4-1) at New Orleans (4-1) — This is one of the marquee matchups of the weekend, but somehow we just don't see the Saints belonging in the same category as the Eagles. Donovan McNabb has been on fire all season, so why should this game be any difference given the face the Saints defense isn't that great? Prediction: Philadelphia, 30-24.

Seattle (3-1) at St. Louis (4-1) — An early showdown in the NFC West, with Seattle having to go without Shaun Alexander. But the Seahawks still have plenty enough weapons to beat the Rams, with Matt Hasselbeck, Deion Branch and returning tight end Jerramy Stevens. The Rams defense has thrived on takeaways so far this season, but maybe it won't be as fortunate this time. Prediction: Seattle, 24-17.

Cincinnati (3-1) at Tampa Bay (0-4) — The Bengals had the bye week to lick their wounds after the beating they took at the hands of New England, and it's tough to envision them losing a second game in a row, especially against the winless Bucs. Carnell Williams could help keep it close, but the Bengals have too much firepower. Prediction: Cincinnati, 27-17.

Tennessee (0-5) at Washington (2-3) — The Redskins were awful last week, while the Titans played very well against Indy. Yet we're sensing a reversal here and Washington bounces back. Prediction: Washington, 27-14.

Miami (1-4) at N.Y. Jets (2-3) — It's Joey Harrington at quarterback for the Dolphins, but the difference-maker in this one will be Chad Pennington, who will bounce back from a horrible showing at Jacksonville and light up the Miami secondary. Prediction: N.Y. Jets, 27-17.

Kansas City (2-2) at Pittsburgh (1-3) — The Steelers have major injury issues at linebacker with Joey Porter and James Harrison out, but they'll still be able to pressure Damon Huard into a couple of costly mistakes. Plus, Ben Roethlisberger will come to life. Prediction: Pittsburgh, 24-14.

San Diego (3-1) at San Francisco (2-3) — The Chargers defense is the best in the league and it will bring the 49ers back to earth after their nice outing against the Raiders. LaDainian Tomlinson will give the Chargers a nice lead, and it will be all she wrote. Prediction: San Diego, 23-10.

Oakland (0-4) at Denver (3-1) — The Broncos defense has yet to allow a touchdown, which isn't good news for a bad Raiders offense. On the flip side, Denver's offense hasn't exactly lit it up, which is why this game could be close for a while. But an upset? No. Prediction: Denver, 21-10.

Monday, Oct. 16

Chicago (5-0) at Arizona (1-4) — Matt Leinart had a pretty solid debut at quarterback last week, but he won't have nearly as much success against the brutal Bears defense. And it won't help that he won't have Larry Fitzgerald to help him out. The Bears continue to roll. Prediction: Chicago, 26-9.

Last week's record: 10-4

Season record: 49-25


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