Poupart's Picks: Week 6

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 6 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, October 14

Minnesota (1-3) at Chicago (2-3): The Bears got back on track with a big win over Green Bay last Sunday, and should be able to keep rolling with Brian Griese at quarterback. Chicago, 21-13.

MIami (0-5) at Cleveland (2-3): Cleo Lemon gets the start at quarterback for the Dolphins, whose bigger issue will be stopping the Browns' passing game. But the Cleveland run defense is bad, which means a big game for Ronnie Brown. Miami, 27-24.

Washington (3-1) at Green Bay (4-1): This is a pretty good matchup. The Redskins have been good on defense this season, but they have major injury problems at wide receivers. That might be enough to help the Packers overcome its lack of a running game. Green Bay, 24-21.

Cincinnati (1-3) at Kansas City (2-3): It looks like Damon Huard will play for the Chiefs, but it shouldn't make a difference because Carson Palmer and the Bengals offense should be able to put up big numbers in this one. Cincinnati, 27-17.

Tennessee (3-1) at Tampa Bay (3-2): The Bucs have been a surprise this season, but they're without their top two running backs, and that will be too much to overcome against a good Titans defense. Tennessee, 17-13.

St. Louis (0-5) at Baltimore 3-2): Steve McNair was a question mark all week, but the bigger issue here is what the Rams offense will be able to do against the Ravens defense. We're guessing not much. Baltimore, 13-10.

Houston (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-1): The Texans were able to sneak one in last Sunday against the Dolphins, but this is another game where the absence of Andre Johnson really will hurt. The Jaguars defense is playing very well again. Jacksonville, 19-13.

Philadelphia (1-3) at N.Y. Jets (1-4): The Eagles are 11-0 after the bye under Andy Reid. They've owned the Jets through the years. Brian Westbrook should play. End of story. Philadelphia, 27-13.

Carolina (3-2) at Arizona (3-2): Vinny Testaverde very well might start at quarterback for the Panthers, and that's bad news. Kurt Warner starting for the Cardinals actually is good news for them because he's been better than Matt Leinart all season. Arizona, 31-16.

Oakland (2-2) at San Diego (2-3): The Raiders actually lead the AFC West right now, but the Chargers might have gotten back on track after last Sunday's big victory at Denver. San Diego, 31-14.

New England (5-0) at Dallas (5-0): The big showdown in Big D. We've learned not to go against the Patriots in a game like these; besides, they're just better than the Cowboys across the board. New England, 28-24.

New Orleans (0-4) at Seattle (3-2): The Saints are bound to win a game this season, aren't they? Yes. But not this week. Seattle, 27-20.

Monday, October 15

N.Y. Giants (3-2) at Atlanta (1-4): The Giants are on a nice little roll, and there's no reason to think that won't continue against the overmatched Falcons. N.Y. Giants, 24-14.

Last week's record: 9-5

Season record: 45-30


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