The Seahawks are trying to hand the Panthers their first loss, while the Packers and Chargers are in a battle in Green Bay. Earlier, the Lions picked up their first win of the season, in overtime, and the Broncos stayed undefeated with an OT win in Cleveland. On Sunday night, the Patriots and Colts meet for the first time since DeflateGate.
If you survived last week’s games with all your fingernails intact and no serious damage to your walls, then you deserve a huge congratulations, because it was a wild ride in the NFL from Thursday through Monday night.
Eleven of the 13 games were won by teams that trailed at some point in the contest, including seven teams that overcame fourth-quarter deficits. If we learned anything from the Week 5 roller coaster, it was that you never ever want to turn off the television when watching a game, and if you don’t have the NFL RedZone channel … well, what are you waiting for?
Although we saw a ton of comebacks last week, this season has hardly been a model of parity. The standings are still stratified, featuring six unbeatens at the top and nine teams with one or fewer wins fighting to avoid last place. That can create a slew of lopsided matchups each week, which seemingly might make it easier to pick games … if only games were played on paper.
With nearly one-third of the season in the books and six perfect teams still remaining, the 1972 Dolphins are officially on the clock. If there is any year that we might see a team run the table, this could be it. We’re already entering uncharted waters in terms of the number of unbeatens at this point in the schedule. For the first time in NFL history, six teams have started 4-0 in the same season.
However, the odds are still stacked against anyone going 16-0. Football Outsiders gives the Patriots the best chance at 9.4 percent, followed by the Packers (4.2), Bengals (1.4), Falcons (1.4), Broncos (0.4) and Panthers (0.1).
Each of the Spotless Six teams are in action in Week 6, and five of them will be tested on the road. Yet only the Carolina Panthers, facing a tough game in Seattle, are expected to fall from the ranks of the unbeatens. The experts have the other five teams as unanimous or near-unanimous picks to remain perfect for another week.
Here are the full picks for Week 6:
|Week 6||Ryan Van Bibber||Stephen White||Joel Thorman||David Fucillo||Danny Kelly||Matt Ufford||PFT Commenter||OddsShark|
|ATL vs NO||ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||NO|
|WAS vs NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ||NYJ|
|ARZ vs PIT||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ||ARZ|
|KC vs MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN||MIN|
|CIN vs BUF||CIN||CIN||CIN||CIN||CIN||BUF||CIN||BUF|
|CHI vs DET||DET||DET||CHI||DET||CHI||DET||DET||DET|
|DEN vs CLE||DEN||DEN||CLE||DEN||DEN||DEN||DEN||DEN|
|HOU vs JAX||JAX||HOU||HOU||JAX||HOU||JAX||JAX||JAX|
|MIA vs TEN||MIA||TEN||MIA||TEN||TEN||TEN||MIA||TEN|
|CAR vs SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA||SEA|
|SD vs GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB|
|BAL vs SF||BAL||SF||BAL||SF||SF||BAL||BAL||BAL|
|NE vs IND||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE|
|NYG vs PHI||PHI||PHI||PHI||NYG||PHI||PHI||NYG||PHI|
Our panel consists of: David Fucillo, SB Nation’s fantasy guru; Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL contributor; PFT Commenter, SB Nation’s hot takes expert; Joel Thorman, SB Nation NFL blogs manager; Matt Ufford, editorial producer; Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation’s NFL editor; and Stephen White, retired NFL defensive end and SB Nation NFL contributor.
Our panel’s record from Week 5 and for the entire season so far:
|Ryan Van Bibber||Stephen White||Joel Thorman||David Fucillo||Danny Kelly||Matt Ufford||PFT Commenter||OddsShark|
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