After one of the more perplexing and controversial off-seasons maybe in NFL history, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts' rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game that began the “Deflategate” scandal highlights Week 6’s intriguing matchups.
The Patriots are one of six undefeated teams left in the league, and are coming off a 30-6 shellacking of Dallas. The Colts received a second-straight victory, 27-20 over Houston, with 40-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck filling in for Andrew Luck and veteran receiver Andre Johnson scoring his first two touchdowns of the season.
But 4-0 New England enters the “Sunday Night Football” matchup as 7.5 point favorites, and this week five of the six undefeated squads are favored. The 5-0 Bengals are 2.5-point favorites over Buffalo on the road, while 5-0 Atlanta’s been given 3.5 points over rival New Orleans, 5-0 Denver’s favored by 4 points over Cleveland, and 5-0 Green Bay rules atop with a 9.5-point spread over San Diego.
Only the 4-0 Carolina Panthers are underdogs as they hit the road to face 2-3 Seattle. The Seahawks are 7-point favorites due to their raucous fans and one of the NFL’s best home-field advantages.
You can get in on the intrigue by playing our very simple pool game. Circle each team you believe will win, and tally up all of your correct answers. The player who picks the most games correctly wins Week 6. In the event of a tie, e.g. two pool players have the same number of correct picks, the total combined score for the “Monday Night Football” matchup will serve as the tiebreaker.
This week the first-place New York Giants stare down the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, and however much each team scores those numbers will be added together. The player whose guess is closest to the tally wins.
Below is the full schedule for Week 6’s games, and you can click here to download a printable version of the document.