The New York Giants have gone from cellar dweller to frontrunner in the NFC East title race.
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Following an embarrassing Week 2 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Giants looked like one of the worse teams in football – if not the worse. But a home win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans followed by a Thursday Night trouncing of the division rival Washington Redskins topped with a Week 5 win over the Atlanta Falcons have given the Giants not only a winning record for the first time since 2012, but a legitimate chance to take control of the NFC East.
On Sunday Night Football the Giants head to Lincoln Financial Field for a game against their bitter division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. A win in the game would give the Giants their first 1st-place ranking in the division in nearly two years. While many people speculate – rightly or wrongly – that 2014 could be the final season for 2-time Superbowl winning coach Tom Coughlin, the 10-year head coach of the Giants certainly looks like he won’t go down without the fight of his life.
Here are the picks for Week 6 of the NFL season:
Tennessee Titans over Jacksonville Jaguars – This is probably the best chance the Jaguars have all season of picking up a win. The Titans are reeling after 4-straight losses, have lost their starting QB and starting RB and are an outright mess. But as bad as Tennessee looks, Jacksonville still looks like it doesn’t belong in games.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns – The Browns just don’t have enough heart to beat the teams they absolutely need to beat to get over the hump. And the Steelers very quietly have one of the best rushing attacks in football.
Green Bay Packers over Miami Dolphins – Both teams are returning from extended time off after blowout wins, but Green Bay gets the edge for the better overall offense.
Baltimore Ravens over Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Ravens are a team that has just enough talent in every level of the team to win. It will be close, but the Buccaneers offensive line problems will likely come back to bite them late in the game.
Denver Broncos over New York Jets – That 9.5 spread may get covered in the first 5 minutes if you go by the trends of these two teams.
Cincinnati Bengals over Carolina Panthers – Without Marvin Jones or possibly A.J. Green, it may be slow going for the Bengals offense, but they have more than enough weapons in the running game and on defense to avoid their 2nd loss
Detroit Lions over Minnesota Vikings – This is the kind of game that will test just how much depth the team has with Calvin Johnson scheduled to sit out.
New England Patriots over Buffalo Bills – This is the game where the Patriots take control of the AFC East and never give it up for the rest of the season.
San Diego Chargers over Oakland Raiders – What a terrible game for Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano to begin his sure-to-be brief tenure with.
Arizona Cardinals over Washington – The “Backup Bowl” between Cardinals QB Drew Stanton and Washington QB Kirk Cousins will likely be an audition for two QBs that may be pursued heavily for a starting job in 2015. This will be an aerial circus.
Atlanta Falcons over Chicago Bears – A battle between two wildly successful but seemingly underachieving QBs and two of the best receiving corps in football? Hard to pick, but the home team Falcons get the edge.
Seattle Seahawks over Dallas Cowboys – Nobody outside the NFC West is beating Seattle at home this season. Nobody.
New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles – This is the game where head coach Tom Coughlin proves to the world that he may be on his way out of New York, but he’ll deserve a spot in Canton down the road.
San Francisco 49ers over St. Louis Rams – The 49ers haven’t played a complete game on the road yet. This should be the one.