Week 6 Matchup Predictions
49ers win 24-20.
Vikings @ Redskins: Obviously, my decision on this game wavers upon whether or not Robert Griffin III will pass his concussion test and start at quarterback for the Redskins. He looks to be on pace to get the start, so I'll assume he will. The Vikings are a surprising 4-1 with a win over the 49ers, while the Redskins two wins have come against the 1-4 Saints and the 1-3 Bucs. RG3 has yet to put in a full practice this week, and he won't know if he's cleared to play until Friday. Something few people may have realized is that Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder is just a hair being RG3 in completion percentage, yards, and quarterback rating - and Ponder has the better QBR of the two. Ponder will be facing the league's 31st ranked pass defense.
Vikings win 28-23.
Packers @ Texans: The Packers' offense has been far from what people expected this season - in a very bad way. They're ranked 18th and 21st in scoring offense and total offense. As far as the rankings, their defense is actually their better unit. They now find themselves at 2-3, and regardless of the blown call in the Seahawks game, no one would have expected Aaron Rodgers to even find himself in that situation a month ago. Heading to Houston to face one of the league's best all-around defensive units (and one of the best defensive players in JJ Watt), they'll have a very hard time beating the Texans.
Texans win 27-20.
Broncos @ Chargers: The Broncos may be 2-3 on the season, but all three losses have come at the hands of great teams (two are still undefeated) in close games. The Chargers, on the other hand, have only beaten sub-.500 teams, got blown out by the one good team they faced (Atlanta), and most recently lost to the 0-4 Saints. Peyton Manning will be too much for the Chargers defense to handle, and too much for Philip Rivers to keep up with.
Broncos win 28-20.