Week 6 has arrived and some teams are beginning to break away from the pack, while others are still looking for hope. Finally, this week will provide quite a few matchups where both teams have winning records. Making my task of choosing this week’s best matchups a little more difficult than week’s past.
Philadelphia vs. New York
What can be better than a division rivalry game on a Monday night? I got nothing. The New York Giants will be traveling to Philadelphia to take on an unpredictable Eagles team. There are many story lines here such as the Eagles secondary matching up against Odell Beckham, or the fact that Chip Kelly is 3-1 against the G-Men. But what is intriguing in this game is that the Giants’ second ranked run defense will face not one running threat, but three against the Eagles in Demarco Murray, Darren Sproles, and Ryan Mathews. On paper this matchup looks one-sided, but if you don’t remember anything from the past just keep in mind last year around this time when these two teams took the field.
Arizona @ Pittsburgh
Both the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off big wins entering into week 6. This week the top ranking Cardinals offense which averages 38 points a game will be put to the test. They are facing a scrappy Steelers defense which only gives up 19 points a game, and in their last game they held the Chargers offense to four third down conversions. Still, both teams have issues of their own with key players not being able to suit up, which can change the dynamics of the game. With Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger is still unable to return to action, and the Cards are looking to play without Mike Lupati, Tyrann Mathieu, and Alex Okafor. If the Steelers offense can come out playing like we saw the week before, then this game will be closer than most expect.
New York vs. Washington
The New York Jets are playing their best football since the 2010 season, coming into Sunday’s game with a record of 3-1. However,the Washington Redskins have one advantage over their opponent and that’s being on the road The Jets have never beaten the Skins when they traveled to New York. Let’s infuse some stats into this discussion. The Jets defense has 13 takeaways over four games, they’ll be licking their chops at the opportunity of facing a Skins offense which has had a problem with turnovers this season. There have been games where we have seen potential out of the Skins, and if they bring that against the Jets this game will be surprisingly engaging. There are several ups and downs in this game, but whether you believe in trends or stats this match up will be sure to keep your attention on Sunday.