Litmus-test time in the NFL.
With only two teams on a bye this week -- the Vikings and Buccaneers, in case you're wondering -- there are plenty of matchups that will say much about the quality of teams. Look no further than the New England road trip for the Bengals, who seemingly always win games they're supposed to, but falter against premium competition. What about their AFC North foes, the Steelers, who often have slipped up against lesser teams -- uhh, like the Dolphins? That deal goes down in Miami, and oh, does it feel like a trap game.
I'm particularly intrigued by the aforementioned bout in Lambeau. And apparently, I'm not alone.
Agreed, Baldy. Would love to see Dallas get Zeke and Alf Morris going in the screen game, too.
Late-night tweets are all the rage, Ms. Sinath. Mine usually involve Star Trek.
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 9-5 on his predictions for Week 5, giving him a record of 49-28 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 6? His picks are below:
**2015:** 21 for 46 (45.7 percent), 3:3 TD-to-INT ratio, 86.8 passer rating.
**2016:** 14 for 21 (66.7 percent), 3:0 TD-to-INT ratio, 149.3 passer rating.
That passer rating is the best mark in the NFL in this category. The issue there for Ryan on Sunday will be the quality of the Seahawks' safeties, so anticipate the Falcons throwing to their running backs, much like they did so successfully in Denver. The key for the Seahawks is the return of first-round pick Germain Ifedi. The previously injured guard got his first taste of NFL action against the Jets, and the much-maligned Seattle O-line provided Russell Wilson ample time against a Jets defensive front that is much more talented than Atlanta's group. Couple that with the home crowd, and the Seahawks prevail. #ATLvsSEA
**Trivia:** Who was the last [Cowboys](/teams/dallascowboys/profile?team=DAL) rookie quarterback to start at Lambeau Field? Hint: He wore the same number as [Dak Prescott](/player/dakprescott/2555260/profile). ( [@HarrisonNFL](https://twitter.com/HarrisonNFL)) [#DALvsGB](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23DALvsGB) </content:weekly-predictions>
THURSDAY NIGHT'S GAME
**A)** The [Broncos](/teams/denverbroncos/profile?team=DEN) are going to be playing for Gary Kubiak, who will miss this game [because of a complex migraine condition](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000718389/article/kubiak-will-not-coach-broncos-thursday-vs-chargers).
**B)** Second-year pro [Trevor Siemian](/player/trevorsiemian/2553457/profile) [gives Denver a better chance to win](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000719333/article/injuries-trevor-siemian-expects-to-start-thursday) than uber-talented [but inexperienced](http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000718984/Impressions-of-Paxton-Lynch-s-first-career-start) rookie quarterback [Paxton Lynch](/player/paxtonlynch/2555316/profile). (Siemian has been in Kubiak's offense longer.)
**C)** The [Chargers](/teams/sandiegochargers/profile?team=SD) [keep finding ways to lose](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000719607/article/chargers-beat-impossible-odds-on-way-to-14-start), and they're doing it better than any team in the league.
**D)** Denver's offensive line can't play as poorly as it did [last Sunday](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2016100907/2016/REG5/falcons@broncos) -- can it?
**E)** At some point, the losses of [Keenan Allen](/player/keenanallen/2540154/profile) and [Danny Woodhead](/player/dannywoodhead/4327/profile) have to adversely affect the San Diego offense.
On that last point, it's remarkable what Philip Rivers has been able to accomplish for the Bolts thus far. His passer ratings, week by week: 97.3, 138.9, 92.5, 93.3, 122.1. His lowest rating is higher than the 2016 season-long passer ratings of Aaron Rodgers (87.7), Cam Newton (80.2) and Tyrod Taylor (88.9), to name a few. He hasn't completed less than 65 percent of his passes in a game this season. Oh, well.
**Side note:** You have my pick for Thursday night, but be sure to make yours, as well. Go to [NFL.com/budlight](http://www.nfl.com/budlight) to vote for "Which Can will Win" or use #BroncosCan or #ChargersCan on Twitter.