Week 6 of the 2016 NFL schedule is upon us. It is hard to believe, but the NFL season is already closing in on “must win” situations for several teams, including the San Diego Chargers, who will be hosting the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.
The Chargers may be one of the strangest teams so far in the 2016 NFL season. At 1-4, they are in desperate need of a win, yet anyone who follows this team knows that they are literally two or three plays away from being 3-2 or even 4-1. In their last three games, San Diego has led in the final period of each contest, only to choke away the lead in the final minutes of play.
According to a CBS Sports report, the Chargers led last week vs. the Raiders… until the last quarter drew near. In the end, San Diego once again ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard for the third week in a row.
The hard ugly facts for Chargers fans look this way. So far, San Diego has lost three games that they led at the two-minute warning. That is football blasphemy! A loss to the 4-1 first place division rival Denver Broncos this Thursday night could put San Diego on the outside looking in when it comes to postseason play.
Another marquee game on the NFL Week 6 schedule will feature the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Green Bay Packers.
When Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was injured in the preseason, many believed that the Cowboys’ season was over before it began. Fast forward to Week 6, and the Cowboys are sitting atop the NFC East with a 4-1 record, and now many are questioning if and when Romo comes back if he should start over Dak Prescott. What a difference a few weeks (and a few wins) can make for fans to change their opinion.
Other big NFL Week 6 games include the Eagles at Redskins and the red hot Atlanta Falcons traveling to Seattle to face the Seahawks.
Atlanta will be trying to win back-to-back road games when they face the Seahawks this weekend. Last week, they shut down the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in the Mile High City. Winning on the road is tough in professional football, but right now the Falcons are making it look rather easy. They are currently 3-0 away from the Georgia Dome.
So which teams will walk off with wins this weekend? Well, one thing we know for sure is it won’t be the Minnesota Vikings or Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have the week off as the first bye weeks begin. Right now, the bye couldn’t come at a worse time for the Vikings. Minnesota may be the biggest surprise so far in 2016 as they have raced out to a 5-0 record and have looked very impressive in doing so. The last thing they need at this time is a week off! It will be interesting to see how the Vikings play next weekend.
Below is a look at the NFL Week 6 schedule, current Las Vegas odds, predictions, and TV start times. All starting times are Eastern Standard.
Thursday October 13
- 8:25 p.m. ET — Denver (-3) vs. San Diego – Over/Under – 45 (CBS)
Sunday, October 16
- 1 p.m. — New England (-9) vs. Cincinnati – Over/Under – 48 (CBS)
- 1 p.m. — NY Giants (-3) vs. Baltimore – Over/Under – 43 (CBS)
- 1 p.m. — Carolina (-6.5) vs. New Orleans – Over/Under – (FOX)
- 1 p.m. — Pittsburgh (-4.5) vs. Miami – Over/Under – 47.5 (CBS)
- 1 p.m. — Chicago (-2) vs. Jacksonville – Over/Under – 47 (CBS)
- 1 p.m. — Buffalo (-7) vs. San Francisco – Over/Under – 44 (FOX)
- 1 p.m. — Detroit (-3) vs. Los Angeles – Over/Under – 43.5 (FOX)
- 1 p.m. — Tennessee (-5.5) vs. Cleveland – Over/Under – 43.5 (CBS)
- 1 p.m. — Philadelphia (-3) vs. Washington – Over/Under – 45 (FOX)
- 4 p.m. — Oakland (-1.5) vs. Kansas City – Over/Under – 47 (CBS)
- 4:25 p.m — Seattle (-6) vs. Atlanta – Over/Under – 45 (FOX)
- 4:25 p.m. — Green Bay (-4.5) vs. Dallas — Over/Under – 47.5 (FOX)
- 8:30 p.m. — Houston (-3.5) vs. Indianapolis — Over/Under – 46 (CBS)
Monday Night Football
8:30 p.m. Arizona (-6.5) vs. NY Jets — Over/Under – 46 (ESPN)
Predictions – Washington +3, Giants -3, Seattle -6, Bears -2, Dallas +4.5
Week 6 Byes: Minnesota, Tampa Bay
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