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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 6 Picks - Early Games

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Rick Gagliano | October 10-13, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 10

(Byes: Atlanta, Miami)

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-7 1/2, 47), 8:25 pm - The 0-5 Giants are really up against it heading for a road game on a short work week.

There really isn't anything good to say about the Giants. Both the offense and defense have been shoddy to horrible through the first five weeks and there doesn't seem to be anybody or any thing to spark this team. Besides their own obvious issues, they are facing an angry Bears squad that is coming off a loss to New Orleans (26-18) and remained home after that, so the short week won't affect them as much as it will the G-Men.

The Giants are dead last in points allowed (36.4 ppg) and also last in yards rushing per game (56.8, UGH!). Can't run the ball, can't stop the run: recipe for losing.

Prediction: Bears 34 Giants 16

Sunday, October 13

Green Bay Packers (-2 1/2, 48) at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 pm - Baltimore's in a three-way tie with Cleveland and Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North, but the Packers must feel as urgent a need to win, at 2-2, 1/2 game behind the Lions and Bears, oh, my.

The Pack squashed the Lions last week, 22-9, and must be feeling good about their defense, plus, having a healthy Aaron Rodgers and a fleet of receivers bodes well for the boys from Green Bay.

The Ravens are not where they want to be either on offense or defense, about mid-pack in most categories, making this a tough game for all involved. Home field will help, but not enough to stave off a loss. Green Bay has too many weapons and may be just starting a long string of wins.

Prediction: Packers 24 Ravens 17

Cincinnati Bengals (-8 1/2, 42) at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 pm - There are the usual problems in Buffalo, at QB, where E.J. Manuel is out for at least the next two to three games and his replacement, Thad Lewis, has very limited NFL experience.

Considering what the Bengals' defense did against Tom Brady and the Colts last week, it figures to be a long afternoon for the Buffalo signal-caller, the result a huge Cincinnati win. Forget about home field advantage; the Bengals will be comfortable with the short trip to Buffalo and hammer the offense-less Bills.

Prediction: Bengals 31 Bills 10

Detroit Lions (-3, 45) at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 pm - Even though the Lions are favored here on the road, don't dismiss the Browns, who are 3-2 and have had extra time off since their 37-24 Thursday night win over the Bills.

Cleveland is allowing just 18.8 points per game and they've played some decent teams, including Baltimore and Cincinnati. They lost to the Ravens, 14-6, but topped the Bengals, 17-6 and have won - and covered - three straight.

The Lions got monkey-hammered at Green Bay last week and are on the road again, probably not the best spot to be giving points. Cleveland may continue to surprise everyone.

Prediction: Browns 26 Lions 24

St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans (-8 1/2, 43), 1:00 pm - Houston has to feel awful after their most recent loss, a Sunday night embarrassment at San Francisco, where they were routed, 34-3. Houston QB, Matt Schaub was picked off three times, the game essentially over at the half, when SF held a 21-0 lead and added to it in the second half.

The Rams are a much less-dangerous opponent, but they can play with any team in the league. They just have trouble beating most of them.

This marks an opportunity for Schaub and the Texans to get their season back on track. Oddly enough, Houston is 1st against the pass (134.2 ypg), but 27th against the run (126.0 ypg). Unfortunately for St. Louis, the're 29th in rushing yardage per game, meaning, they're doomed.

Prediction: Texans 30 Rams 13

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Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-8, 40 1/2), 1:00 pm - The Raiders made a bit of a statement last week, unexpectedly beating the Chargers when they were home underdogs in a game that was delayed until late Sunday due to a stadium conflict with the baseball A's.

Whether or not that affected the rhythm of the Chargers or aided the Raiders is unknown, but Oakland got its second win of the season and would dearly like to gain a game on AFC West rival Kansas City, who rolled to their fifth straight win without a loss in a 26-17 win at Tennessee.

These two meet twice each season, and, while Oakland has won the last three times they've played, this is a different KC team from the past two seasons. Still, the Raiders know them and divisional games are often close, as this one very well may be.

Prediction: Raiders 20 Chiefs 17

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-1, 44), 1:00 pm - The Vikings got their first win of the season two weeks ago in London, topping the Steelers, 34-27, and had last week off, plus they get to play at home against the Panthers, who are not so hot, having been shut down at Arizona last week, 22-6.

On the road for the second week in a row, their only win a 38-0 thrashing of the Giants three weeks ago, isn't saying much for 1-3 Carolina.

It's really surprising that the Vikings aren't heavier favorites. They picked up Tampa Bay outcast, Josh Freeman, this week and also have a healthy Matt Cassell and a bruised-ribs Christian Ponder, who will get the start if he's cleared to play. Any way it goes, the Vikings ought to win this by at least a touchdown.

Prediction: Vikings 27 Panthers 17

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Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets (-2 1/2, 41 1/2), 1:00 pm - The Jets were truly impressive Monday night, winning at Atlanta, 30-28, and should have no problem with the short week since they return to the Big Apple for this meeting with the 0-4 Steelers.

Pittsburgh has had a week's extra rest since their 34-27 defeat by Minnesota in London, and still haven't figured out that they have become one of the worst teams in the league, allowing 27.5 points per game while managing to score at just a 17.3 ppg clip.

The Jets are just a game behind New England in the AFC East, tied with Miami at 3-2, and must feel good about their prospects in this one, as well they should. The Steelers are dead.

Prediction: Jets 28 Steelers 14

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (even, 45 1/2), 1:00 pm - With Josh Freeman discarded, the QB job for the Bucs is Mike Glennon's to win or lose, and that may not take much, considering the Bucs are 0-4 after losing to Arizona, 13-10, prior to their bye last week.

What Tampa Bay does have going for it here is a QB with some time to work with the first team (Glennon threw for 193 yards against Arizona, but was also picked twice as Tampa blew a 10-0 half time lead), a good defense (allowing just 17.5 ppg) and home field.

The Eagles are 2-1 on the road, winning at Washington and New York (36-21, last week), losing at Denver (52-20) and no Mike Vick. Nick Foles will start at QB, and he looked good against the Giants, though everyone has this season. Look for the Buccaneers to D it up for the win.

Prediction: Buccaneers 24 Eagles 19

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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