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Rine: NFL Week 6

October 12, 2011
By SHAWN RINE - Sports Editor (rine@theintelligencer.net) , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Sunday

Pittsburgh 35

Jacksonville 3

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The Steelers will be home again Sunday to entertain the Jaguars.

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Don't be fooled into thinking everything is right in the 'Burgh, because it certainly is not. However, things certainly look a lot better now that Big Ben made it through an entire game without getting decapitated. Memo to Mike Tomlin: Trade Rashard Mendenhall now, because he's not needed. This is the type of game Pittsburgh should win.

Green Bay 37, St. Louis 13

Said last week the Packers were going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, and a nice rally to victory in Atlanta does nothing to change that opinion. I think what we're finding out though, is there are a lot more pretenders in the conference than there are contenders. Feel bad for Rams QB Sam Bradford, who loses another weapon for the season almost weekly.

Philadelphia 17

Washington 13

I'm going on the assumption the Eagles have some pride in their collective belly. Not going to lie, it's fun watching this team lose every week. Unlike the Miami Heat, who were assembled in the same manner with the same intention, Philadelphia can't afford this type of slow start because there's only 16 games, and not 82. The Redskins, who might be the best team in the NFC East (yikes!), will keep it close.

Detroit 26, San Francisco 13

Wow! A matchup of the 49ers and Lions that includes all of one loss. San Francisco has been impressive, but we can't really be too sure of what it is made of considering the competition. Detroit, on the other hand, proved last week it can not only beat a good team, but did so in primetime. Barring injuries to either Calvin Johnson or Matt Stafford, this team has what it takes to make a deep run.

Atlanta 24, Carolina 18

Has Michael Turner ''The Burner'' finally burned out after all those carries the last three seasons? All we know for sure, is the former Southern Illinois star isn't averaging 100 yards and thus, his team is not winning. The Panthers have been pretty consistent so far - as in, pretty consistently just good enough to lose. The future, however, looks bright.

Cincinnati 21

Indianapolis 14

Pretty much everyone figured if the Colts were to win a game this season, last week would be the one. Since they couldn't beat the Chiefs, however, that didn't happen. The best bet looks to be a Week 10 visit from Jacksonville, but nothing is a certainty in this league. Speaking of the Jags, the Bengals knocked them off last week to improve to 3-2. Who needs Carson Palmer?

N.Y. Giants 25, Buffalo 22

Typical Eli Manning last week, throwing for 420 yards but also three killer interceptions in a loss to lowly Seattle. The Giants are probably the toughest team to figure out on a weekly basis because they're so inconsistent, and that starts with the quarterback position. That being said, you figure if they were down last week, it's back up for this one. The Bills, behind Harvard grad Ryan Fitzpatrick, have been this season's biggest surprise to this point.

Oakland 31, Cleveland 19

The Browns struggled with that pesky bye week before pulling one out in the fourth quarter. All kidding aside, it says here the Raiders are for real and Cleveland will have a difficult time containing a hard-charging ground game. The Browns are coming along nicely, but are a couple good drafts (receiver, anyone?) from being a true contender in the Black-and-Blue AFC North.

Baltimore 23, Houston 20

The real Texans reared their head again last week, albeit one too late for you Steelers fans. The Ravens also watched from the sideline last week and should be rested and ready. Perhaps Joe Flacco has heard enough about his inability to lead Baltimore to a championship, because his team - for now, anyway - appears to be a clear-cut favorite to go to the Super Bowl.

New England 36, Dallas 28

This one's going to be close, if for no other reason than to allow Tony Romo the opportunity to make another bone-headed turnover late to cost his team another game. The Patriots struggled more than was expected against a lousy Jets club, but they seem to have the ability to prevent that from happening two weeks in a row.

New Orleans 32

Tampa Bay 12

Good grief, Tampa. How do you give up 48 points to a San Francisco team that would normally have trouble getting to that number if you spotted it the first 40? That doesn't bode well when you have a Saints team coming to town that can score 30 with its eyes closed. Still a little concerned with Drew Brees' penchant for turning the ball over lately, as he's thrown five interceptions in the last three weeks.

Chicago 25, Minnesota 17

The Bears have to figure what they are, and quickly. A loss here would begin an unstoppable downward spiral, not to mention some tense moments for Coach Lovie Smith. The problems in Chicago are many. The defense is giving up real estate in large chunks, while the offense is Matt Forte and a bunch of bums. But that should be enough here.

Monday

N.Y. Jets 3, Miami 2

If there was such a thing as a lottery pick in the NFL, these two teams would surely be in the running. If we've learned anything about Pete Carroll-coached players at USC, it's that they all have turned into complete pro failures. Mark Sanchez is certainly no exception. He's got more magazine photo shoots to his credit than victories this season. The Dolphins are ... the Dolphins.

 
 

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