1. New York Giants (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (4-1)
Two good defences go at it again in the rematch of the NFC title game. But both offences are much more prolific now. The Giants lead the NFL in scoring on 51.8% of their possessions. No. 2? The Niners, at 49.1%. If 49ers WR Randy Moss is to have a breakout unretirement party, this could be it. Four times in six career games vs. NYG, he has both caught two TDs and had 100+ yards.
2. Green Bay Packers (2-3) at Houston Texans (5-0)
The last time these cross-conference teams played, in 2008, Texans QB Matt Schaub threw for 414 yards. But Packers QB Aaron Rodgers normally chews up AFC pass defences as snacks; he’s thrown for 14 TDs against only three picks in his last five vs. AFC. Will either QB have the time to throw, though? These are two of the NFL’s Top 3 sack defences.
3. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
You know where to put your money should the Ravens get to the Super Bowl under coach John Harbaugh. He’s 11-6 vs. the NFC. And QB Joe Flacco is not only 30-5 (.857) at home, but 8-0 at home vs. the NFC , throwing 13 TDs against only 3 INTs. Tony Romo needs to bounce back in a big way, but he cannot do it on his back.
4. New England Patriots (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
Something’s gotta give. This one pits the league’s best offence at racking up total yards, New England’s (439 per game), against the defence that’s best at disallowing them, Seattle’s (259 per game). The Patriots are on fire, offensively – 10 TDs and two FGs in the past six quarters. Hard to see how Seahawks and Russell Wilson can keep up, even if he has been a much better QB at home.
5. Denver Broncos (2-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-2), 8:30 p.m. EDT
From Drew Brees to Peyton Manning. The Chargers defence isn’t catching any breaks these days. Manning seldom plays well against the Chargers, or at least he didn’t when he was an Indianapolis Colt. Chargers head coach is 4-1 vs. Manning since 2008. Think he has Peyton’s number? Naw, neither do we. Look for the Broncos to figure out a way to win in this important AFC West showdown.
The team that must win, or else
NEW YORK JETS (2-3)
Think the odds are pretty good that rookie Colts QB Andrew Luck shows up Jets QB Mark Sanchez? Sure they are. The only question, will it be enough to win? Even without Darrelle Revis in the secondary, the Jets D make big plays. But should Sanchez have another brutal game throwing, and if the inspired, playing-for-their coach Colts drop the Jets to 2-4, hooooboy. Arise, Tebowsaurus Rex.
WEEK 6 SCHEDULE & CANADIAN TV TIMESâ¨
-- 1 pm EDT games
Oakland Raiders at Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Atlantic, CTV BC, CTV Alberta, CTV Winnipeg, CTV Saskatchewan)
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets (TSN2)
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (CTV Ottawa)
Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-- 4: 05pm EDT games
Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals (Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Pacific, Citytv)
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Citytv)
-- 4: 25pm EDT games
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins (FOX)
-- 8:20 pm EDT game
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans (TSN/NBC)
-- 8:30 pm EDT game
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (TSN)
(BYES: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans)
NOTE: Local American Fox and CBS affiliates carry games as well, which might be in addition to the above.