NFL picks and predictions: Week 6

Five weeks in, we have a decent idea of what some teams are bringing to the table in 2016.

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We picked all of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins (PHI -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Philadelphia dropped off the list of unbeatens with a loss in Detroit last week, but Carson Wentz still showed that he belongs. Washington comes in riding a three-game win streak though, and a bit of home field advantage may be enough to give them the slight edge.

Pick: Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins (PIT -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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After beating up on the Jets last week, the Steelers have the benefit of facing Miami -- whose only win came in overtime against the Browns. It might get ugly.

Pick: Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears (CHI -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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The Bears, on the shoulders of Brian Hoyer, almost managed to squeak out a victory against the Colts last week, and return home to take on a rested Jaguars team coming off its bye. Jacksonville finally logged the first win of its season in Week 4 (also against the Colts), and could creep back toward .500 with its second straight win.

All that preseason hype wasn't completely unwarranted, and we expect the Jags to finally put together a solid all-around performance in Chicago.

Pick: Jaguars

Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans (TEN -7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor -- Cleveland's top receiver this year -- may have to dust off the arm this week, as the Browns may not have a healthy body to line up under center. The Titans have struggled so far, but this is a rare occasion where they're expected to win.

Pick: Titans

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots (NE -8.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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If last week was any indication, the Patriots -- with Tom Brady back -- will display one of the most potent offenses in the league. Cincinnati is coming off a loss to Dallas in which they hardly competed. In Brady's first game back at Gillette, the Patriots are a no-brainer.

Pick: Patriots

San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills (BUF -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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It's officially Colin Kaepernick time again in San Francisco, but last we saw of him, he wasn't exactly lighting up the field. Buffalo is coming in hot, with a chance to remain in the AFC East race for the time being, so expect them to take this home matchup.

Pick: Bills

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants (NYG -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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New York enters in a rut, scoring just 26 points over the last two weeks. The Ravens, coming into MetLife Stadium this Sunday, have yet to beat a top-tier team this season. The Giants surely aren't top-tier -- they're currently at the bottom of the division. But the talent they put out on both sides of the ball should be too much for Baltimore to take.

Pick: Giants

Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions (DET -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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After a tumultuous first few weeks, the Lions defeated Philadelphia in Week 5 -- something no team was able to do previously. They now come home to face the Rams, who are fresh off a loss to the Bills. The two sides are evenly matched, but with the Rams still very much in play for the NFC West lead, expect a highly motivated bunch heading into New Era Stadium

Pick: Rams

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints (CAR -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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The Super Bowl hangover seems like a very real thing for the Carolina Panthers, now 1-4 in the NFC South's cellar. Still Looking up and down the Saints' roster, there just isn't a lot to wortk with on either side of the ball. This should serve as a chance for Ron Rivera's unit to get back on track -- if they don't, they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

Pick: Panthers

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders (OAK -1)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

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It's Week 6, and the Raiders are in first place in the AFC West. Yes, you read that right. At 4-1, they'll host the Chiefs in a matchup that will help decide each team's divisional fate. It's a close call, but the Raiders' offensive weapons could be the deciding factor.

Pick: Raiders

Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers (GB -4.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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In one of the most intriguing contests of Week 6, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys travel to Lambeau, where their legitimacy will be tested more so than in any game yet. Can Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continue their success in enemy territory against a potential Super Bowl contender? We're not ready to go there -- yet.

Pick: Packers

Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks (SEA -6.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

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Atlanta has passed its toughest tests this season, beating the Panthers and Broncos in back-to-back weeks. Now lies the most difficult one yet, in traveling to Seattle for Week 6. It's never an easy place to play, but there isn't a hotter team in the NFL than Atlanta. We're going out on a limb and expecting them to win -- even without the 6.5 points Vegas is handing them.

Pick: Falcons

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans (HOU -3)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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What seemed to be an exciting, prime-time, divisional matchup is now fairly lackluster, with Indianapolis underwhelming for the second straight year and J.J. Watt missing from the Texans' lineup. Still, it's a game with huge divisional implications. The Colts have allowed a whopping 148 points in five games this season, which is tied with Cleveland for league-worst. Houston's defense hasn't been stellar, but they'll be good enough to restrict Indy's offense from outplaying its awful defense.

Pick: Texans

New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals (ARI -7.5)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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These Jets are a far cry from the ones who won 10 games a year ago. Ryan Fitzpatrick's 10 interceptions and five touchdowns are a big reason why, and while he didn't throw any last week, it's hard to say he showed definitive signs of improvement. Arizona has gotten off to a slow start, but with Carson Palmer back under center, they shouldn't have trouble outplaying the Jets at home.

Pick: Cardinals

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32. Browns (0-5)
Last Week: 32

Josh McCown will try to return from injury to start Sunday against Tennessee, but if he can't go, nobody really knows who'd line up under center.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

27. Saints (1-3)
Last Week: 27

Coming off a bye, they've had more than enough time to focus on the Carolina Panthers. If Cam Newton doesn't suit up, a loss in Week 6 would be a bad one for New Orleans.

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26. Jaguars (1-3)
Last Week: 25

Jacksonville had the week off after finally logging its first win of the season, and they should be able to handle Chicago is Week 6 -- but a loss would probably cost Gus Bradley his job, and all but write off the Jags' playoff chances in a highly anticipated season.

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24. Giants (2-3)
Last Week: 20

At age 35, Eli Manning is showing some serious signs of decline. He's now logged back-to-back weeks averaging less than six yards per pass attempt, with QBRs of 20.3 and 21.7, respectively, in those games. That, coupled with a defense that is having tackling issues reminiscent of 2015, isn't boding well for the last-place Giants.

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23. Panthers (1-4)
Last Week: 17

Without Cam Newton, it's clear this Panthers team doesn't stand much of a chance. They're following up their 15-1 campaign of a year ago with a much less spirited showing, and with Atlanta surging to open the season, they may already be seeing their playoff chances slip away.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

22. Titans (2-3)
Last Week: 23

Marcus Mariota still isn't firing on all cylinders -- he threw for only 163 yards, but connected on three touchdowns in the Titans' win over Miami. DeMarco Murray is certainly shouldering much of the offensive load, but there's still not enough talent here to compete with most teams.

(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

21. Buccaneers (2-3)
Last Week: 24

Tampa ended a three-game skid with a Monday night, winning a divisional game in Charlotte -- though against Derek Anderson's offense, not Cam Newton's. If the Buccaneers' defense can show signs of improvement, we'd be willing to put more stock in them -- but they're not there yet.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

19. Rams (3-2)
Last Week: 15

Los Angeles suffered its first loss since Week 1 at the hands of a hot Buffalo team. They still can't seem to string together much offense, and it's only a matter of time until Jeff Fisher gives Jared Goff a real chance.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

18. Colts (2-3)
Last Week: 21

The Colts escaped Lucas Oil Stadium with a win over the Bears -- barely. It was a bit too close for comfort against one of the worst teams of 2016, leaving much to be desired as we transition out of the season's opening portion.

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17. Cardinals (2-3)
Last Week: 16

Even without Carson Palmer, the Cardinals handled San Francisco on the road in Week 5. They're not out of the woods yet, but a win against the Jets on Monday night could even up their record before a matchup with the Seahawks in Week 7.

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16. Bengals (2-3)
Last Week: 13

A team that entered the season as a presumed title contender, the Bengals are fledgling after a Week 1 win against the Jets. Cincy fell behind Dallas 28-0 before closing the deficit before time expired -- but a Week 6 date in New England could be even more lopsided.

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15. Ravens (3-2)
Last Week: 14

Balimore's 3-0 start was more a product of their weak schedule than their ability, and their two losses since are more telling of who they really are. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is out, and they'll travel to New Jersey to take on the struggling Giants this week.

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14. Redskins (3-2)
Last Week: 19

The Skins have gone on a three-win tear after dropping their first two games, placing them within striking distance of first place in the NFC East, as Dallas travels to Lambeau for Week 6. They'll be hosting Philadelphia on Sunday with a chance to bust the division wide open.

(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

13. Bills (3-2)
Last Week: 18

Just a few weeks after looking like Rex Ryan may soon be unemployed, the Bills have won three straight games and sit just one back of New England atop the AFC East. With two winnable games upcoming, there's a scenario within the realm of possibility that involves Buffalo and New England facing off in Week 8 with the division lead on the line.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

12. Texans (3-2)
Last Week: 8

Houston is in a rut, facing both the Patriots and Vikings over the last three weeks. They aren't quite in that tier, but there's reason to believe the Texans are still among the better teams in the league. Up next is a divisional matchup against Indianapolis, where a loss -- creating a tie with the Colts and perhaps Tennessee atop the AFC South.

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11. Chiefs (2-2)
Last Week: 10

After a bye in Week 5, Kansas City still has a lot to prove, and a Week 6 game in Oakland will help clear up their true identity.

(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

10. Eagles (3-1)
Last Week: 7

The Eagles finally lost their first game, and Carson Wentz finally threw his first interception. But things are still looking up for Philly, with Wentz still throwing for a pair of touchdowns and almost mounting a comeback against an early two-touchdown deficit.

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9. Raiders (4-1)
Last Week: 12

The Raiders moved to 4-1 on Sunday, but barely, as a series of Chargers miscues effectively handed Oakland the victory. Still, a win is a win, and an upcoming schedule filled with vulnerable opponents leaves the Raiders with a legitimate chance to rise up these rankings even further.

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8. Cowboys (4-1)
Last Week: 11

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott only seem to be getting stronger and more comfortable as the season goes on, routing Cincinnati in Week 5 even without Dez Bryant. They'll have their work cut out for them at Lambeau on Sunday, but by this time next week, we'll know for sure just how legit this Cowboys team is.

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

7. Seahawks (3-1)
Last Week: 5

Idle in Week 5, the Seahawks benefitted from a week of rest for Russell Wilson as he battles back from injury. A bout with the surging Falcons awaits in Week 6, in a matchup between two potential NFC title contenders.

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

6. Falcons (4-1)
Last Week: 9

We've seen enough to confidently say the Falcons are among the league's best teams -- but how did they get here? With much of the same personnel as last season, Atlanta has found a winning formula again -- with Mo Sanu acting as a viable threat opposite Julio Jones and a RB tandem of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman that's arguably the best in the NFL.

(Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

4. Steelers (4-1)
Last Week: 4

They handled the Jets with ease at Heinz Field in Week 5, and with Le'Veon Bell back in the mix, the Steelers' offense looks unstoppable. A winnable matchup against Miami this week should serve as a tune-up before a Week 7 heavyweight bout against the Patriots.

(Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

2. Vikings (5-0)
Last Week: 3

So, this is really happening, huh? Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings are 5-0, and seem to be getting stronger by the week. Entering their bye, the Vikings are guaranteed to be undefeated heading into Week 7 -- something they haven't done since 2009.

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

1. Patriots (4-1)
Last Week: 2

He's back. And despite going for over 400 yards in his first game of the season, Tom Brady admitted there was a little "rust" against the Browns. That doesn't bode well for the rest of the league.

(Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)


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