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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 6 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 9-12

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 9

Indianapolis Colts (-2 1/2, 46) at Houston Texans 8:25 pm - Andrew Luck has the Colts rolling with three straight wins after opening the season 0-2, and led Indy to a solid, 20-13 win over Baltimore last week.

Houston suffered a tough loss at Dallas, 20-17, in overtime, but remains tied with the Colts for the lead in the AFC South. J.J. Watt and the Houston defense should slow Luck down enough to keep this one in range and score late for the win.

Prediction: Texans 23 Colts 20


Sunday, October 12

Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals (-7, 44 1/2) 1:00 pm - Shocking the Bears by outscoring them 17-3 in the second half, the Panthers grabbed first place in the NFC South with a 3-2 mark in a 31-24 win.

The Bengals were humbled at New England Sunday afternoon, 43-17, as the Patriots turned Tom Brady loose while Cincinnati players coughed up the football three times in the rout.

Cincy should rebound well with a home game against a porous Panther secondary.

Prediction: Bengals 34 Panthers 21


Detroit Lions (-3, 43 1/2) at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 pm - The Lions are favored on the road for good reasons: the offense is starting to put up solid numbers, though they were held to just seven points against the Bills in a 17-14 OT loss last week (one TD was scored on a Detroit interception return); the defense is allowing just 74.4 rushing yards per game and the Vikings don't have much of a running game without Adrian Peterson.

3-2 Lions can put some distance between themselves and the 2-3 Vikings with a road win and keep pace with the Packers.

Prediction: Lions 24 Vikings 19


Denver Broncos (-9, 47 1/2) at New York Jets 1:00 pm - Could be the biggest rout of the weekend, as Payton Manning should be able to exploit holes in a tired defense in the second half because the Jets' offense is absolutely punchless, as evidenced by their 31-0 loss at San Diego last week.

A Denver win would keep the Broncos within 1/2 game of 4-1 San Diego should the Chargers whip the Raiders, a likely occurrence.

Prediction: Broncos 38 Jets 17


Baltimore Ravens (-3, 43 1/2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 pm - Despite their 20-13 loss at Indianapolis last week, the Ravens are still a very tough out and Tampa Bay likely doesn't have the horses ready to challenge them after falling short at New Orleans, 37-31.

Baltimore's offense is beginning to jell while Tampa's defense is mostly an existential mystery, allowing 31.2 ppg, second-worst in the league.

Prediction: Ravens 34 Buccaneers 9


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Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-6, 42) 1:00 pm - 0-5 Jacksonville visits 1-4 Tennessee in this week's version of the Toilet Bowl.

A chance for the Jaguars to put a "1" in the W column, though most people won't even notice. Will take some doing as the NFL's worst defense is allowing 33.8 points per outing and the offense has only clicked for 13.4 ppg, but Tennessee is only marginally better.

Prediction: Jaguars 23 Titans 21


New England Patriots (-3, 45) at Buffalo Bills 1:00 pm - Battle for first place in the AFC East between two legendary original AFL rivals.

Buffalo's defense has been instrumental in getting the Bills to 3-2, but they will have trouble containing Tom Brady and crew. The cream rises to the top in an important road win for the Pats.

Prediction: Patriots 24 Bills 16


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Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-2, 47) 1:00 pm - Browns are looking like a real team with a shot at the playoffs after their record-setting comeback against Tennessee last week, resulting in a 29-28 victory and a 2-2 mark for the Browns.

Cleveland will be looking to avenge their 30-27 defeat at Pittsburgh in week one.

Go brown or go down.

Prediction: Browns 20 Steelers 13


Green Bay Packers (-3, 49 1/2) at Miami Dolphins 1:00 pm - Aaron Rodgers should shred the Miami secondary, just because that's what he does.

The Dolphins have had a week off since their 38-14 win over the Raiders in London, but the Raiders have the league's worst offense, scoring just 12.8 points per game. Green Bay checks in at 26.8, 7th overall.

Prediction: Packers 30 Dolphins 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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