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What to watch for: Viewing tips for Week 6 games

St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Texans coach Gary Kubiak will not hesitate to pull Matt Schaub if the turnovers continue on Sunday. The Texans are 3-6 in their last nine games.

Further reading:
Schaub downplays incident with fans at home
RB Zac Stacy earns second start for Rams
Further viewing:
Texans can help Schaub out of slump
Laurinaitis miked up on 'Sound FX'

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens

Green Bay is second in the league in yards per carry. The Packers haven't even been in the top 20 since 2009. Eddie Lacy makes a big difference for this team as a sustaining running back.

Further reading:
Suggs sizzling again for Ravens
Elliot Harrison's Week 6 predictions
Further viewing:
Ravens DE Chris Canty on facing Aaron Rodgers
Packers' Jolly talks candidly on suspension

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

Andy Dalton quietly took a step forward with his performance against New England last week. He made a number of critical and difficult plays on third down. This week won't be much easier against an underrated Buffalo front.

Further reading:
Thad Lewis gets start at QB for Bills
Silver: Mike Zimmer's D carries Bengals
Further viewing:
A.J. Green on Bengals' offensive progress
NFL Films previews battle of AFC hopefuls

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles has at least 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in all five games this season. The last player to do that to start a season was O.J. Simpson in 1975.

Further reading:
Around The League writers pick all Week 6 games
Brandt: Chiefs rookie CB Cooper one of league's surprises
Further viewing:
Raiders' Dennis Allen wired up on 'Sound FX'
Woodson on Terrelle Pryor, 2013 Raiders

Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns

Stephen Tulloch is more known, but DeAndre Levy is the best linebacker in Detroit. The weakside linebacker is enjoying a breakout season playing behind Detroit's deep and talented defensive line. (Translation: This is not an easy matchup for Browns new/old starter Brandon Weeden.)

Further reading:
Calvin Johnson returns to Lions' practice
Around The League writers pick all Week 6 games
Further viewing:
How long can Browns keep winning?
NFL Films previews battle in the Rust Belt

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets

If Antonio Cromartie can't play in this game, the Jets' shaky secondary could struggle to hold up in coverage. Rex Ryan bases a lot of his creative blitzes on Cromartie being able to cover the other team's best receiver one-on-one.

Further reading:
Cromartie in doubt after practice injury
Clark says Steelers will make playoffs
Further viewing:
Aditi Kinkhabwala reports on Steelers' struggling D
Geno Smith showing signs of a leader for Jets

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nick Foles did a nice job getting the ball out of his hand quickly in his relief appearance of Michael Vick last week. Foles does not throw a great deep ball, but he moves well in the pocket and is willing to be aggressive.

Further reading:
DJax on Revis: 'He can't run with me'
Riley Cooper losing playing time on Eagles
Further viewing:
Kelly: I'll wait until last second to pick starter
NFL Films previews intriguing battle in Florida

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina's offensive line is struggling, and Cam Newton doesn't help matters. He often is so impervious to pressure that he throws while literally getting hit, leading to turnovers. Newton is a great runner, but he could improve his movement in the pocket.

Further reading:
Ponder disappointed in 'dynamics' of Vikings' organization
Elliot Harrison's Week 6 predictions
Further viewing:
Will volatile QB situation split locker room?
Panthers worried about A.P., not Vikings' QBs

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos

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The Jaguars have been outscored by 112 points this season. The Broncos have outscored opponents by 91. Our tip: The Broncos will win by 203 points.

Further reading:
Billick: Undefeated, winless teams face similar challenges
Tweet sparks mini-PR feud between teams
Further viewing:
Is Broncos' offense the best ever?
NFL Films previews potentially historic mismatch

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's depth on the defensive line is scary. Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane, Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons are all playing very well. Bruce Irvin got back into the mix with 37 snaps last week. Fear for Ryan Fitzpatrick this week.

Further reading:
WR Britt's role in question for Titans
Seahawks take a tumble in Power Rankings
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews physical battle in the Pacific Northwest
'NFL Fantasy Live': Waiver-wire guarantees

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots

The Patriots are second in scoring defense, and the Saints are fourth. New Orleans is also first in time of possession on offense, and New England plays a bend-but-don't break style. That could all add up to a lower-scoring game than you expect, without a lot of possessions.

Further reading:
Around The League writers pick Week 6 games
Elliot Harrison's Week 6 predictions
Further viewing:
NFL Films previews battle of iconic QBs
Bigger impact: Gronkowski or Graham?

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Carson Palmer has received a free pass because his team is 3-2 and his offensive line isn't very good. But there's no denying he is often late throwing the ball and he throws it up into coverage too often. Palmer telegraphs throws like a rookie, and that will hurt against a peaking 49ers defense.

Further reading:
Harbaugh open to Niners' appearance on 'Hard Knocks'
Arians would fight NFL order to do 'Hard Knocks'
Further viewing:
Jim Harbaugh wired up on 'Sound FX'
Cards-Niners shapes up as defensive battle

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

The Redskins could somehow be in first place after this game if they win and the Eagles lose. This was the first time in NFL history that all NFC East teams had a losing record five weeks or more into a season.

Further reading:
Kiffin: Blame me, not Romo
Around The League writers pick Week 6 games
Further viewing:
Brandon Carr: RGIII doesn't look the same
What has happened to NFC East?

Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers

Robert Mathis is the only Defensive Player of the Year candidate that no one is talking about. The man has nine sacks in five games, and that's without Dwight Freeney on the other side.

Further reading:
Colts back among AFC contenders
Elliot Harrison's Week 6 predictions
Further viewing:
Chuck Pagano talks about facing brother John
Luck vs. Rivers: an NFL Films preview

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