posted on October 16, 2011 08:55
Here we are in Week 6 and six teams are off again in the second bye weekend. Several teams are in dire need of wins including Philadelphia, at 1-4. There are also six teams coming off byes and remember that not all teams that come off byes are ready to play. Let's take a look at the top three matchups and most interesting games going into Sunday.
1)San Francisco (4-1) at Detroit (5-0), 1
pmET on Fox. Detroit is a 4.0 point favorite. This should be a prime-time game. The Lions are coming off a short week, after downing Chicago on Monday night. This probably isn't the league's biggest surprise team based on their talent on both sides of the ball. There isn't a better DL than Ndumokong Suh and WR Calvin "Megatron" Johnson has nine TDs catches through five games. San Francisco is the surprise team of the league based on their lack of talent, esp. on offense. QB Alex Smith has done a great job of managing the game but will now be without top WRs Braylon Edwards and Josh Morgan due to injuries.
2)Dallas (2-2) at New England (4-1
), 4:15pmET, Fox. The Patriots are a 7-point favorite at home. Dallas is coming off a bye after blowing double-digit losses to the Jets and Lions. The good news for Dallas is that WR Miles Austin and RB Felix Jones are back at full strength. That's bad news for a shaky New England defense that is worst in the league statistically. When Tom Brady last faced Dallas, he had five touchdown passes. But the Cowboys didn't have Rob Ryan as the def. coordinator, who has had some success against New England when he was in Oakland along with his brother Rex with the Jets, who runs a similar defense.
3)Buffalo (4-1) at NY Giants (3-2), 1pmET on CBS.
The Giants are a 3-point favorite. This is kind of a battle of New York, though the Giants play in New Jersey. The Giants were awful at home last week against Seattle. Buffalo runs a spread offense led by RB Fred Jackson, who averages 5.3 yards per carry. That's good news for the Bills, who have allowed 478 rushing yards the last three games. Buffalo misses WR Donald Jones (ankle), who has the speed to stretch the defense. The Giants' ground game has been underachieving, as they are averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. QB Eli Manning can be great and bad at the same time.