Week 6 NFL Game Previews: Late Games




Los Angeles Rams (5-0) vs. Denver Broncos (2-3)


Preview

This matchup between the Rams and Broncos could be one of two things: a blowout win for the Rams or a very close game. The undefeated Rams have looked unstoppable so far on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, the Broncos have lost their last three games after getting off to a hot 2-0 start. If the Broncos want any chance in this one, their defense must have a huge game, as the Rams defense will likely shut down the Denver offense. If that defense comes to play, we could be in for a good one.


Players to watch

The key player in this one for the Rams will be running back Todd Gurley. With injuries to wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, the Rams will likely lean on their All-Pro running back a lot more. Also look for Robert Woods to get a lot of targets in their absence. Rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton will also be a guy to watch. With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders likely being the focal points of this Rams secondary, Sutton should have room to get open.


Keys to the game

Los Angeles Rams

  • Feed Gurley

  • Put pressure on Keenum

  • Capitalize on big play opportunities

Denver Broncos

  • Protect Keenum

  • Shut down the run

  • Get Courtland Sutton involved


Injury list

Los Angeles Rams

  • Greg Zuerlein, K - Groin (Out)

Denver Broncos

  • Adam Jones, DB - Thigh (Out)

  • Jared Veldheer, T - Knee (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Todd Gurley, RB (LAR)

  • Jared Goff, QB (LAR)

  • Robert Woods, WR (LAR)

  • Demaryius Thomas, WR (DEN)

  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR (DEN)


Prediction

I strongly believe that the Rams will continue their winning ways this week. Denver may get a couple early scores to keep the game interesting, but the Rams will pull away. I simply don’t see the Broncos having enough fire power on offense to put up a lot of points on this Rams defense. I have the Rams winning by multiple scores and continuing to prove that they are the best team in the NFL.


Final Score: Rams 35, Broncos 14


Written by: Ryan Lippert



Baltimore Ravens (3-2) vs. Tennessee Titans (3-2)


Preview

Both of these teams are coming off hard fought defensive battles that nonetheless ended in losses after game-winning field goals by the opposing teams. after the opposing teams kicking the field goal to win the game. This is a very important game for both teams given the possible long-term effects. A win here could help each get in the playoff race as we get closer to the end of the year. The Ravens just need to find a way to create touchdowns and stop settling for field goals. The Titans are still looking to establish an identity on offense, and if they don’t, their fast start could quickly fade away.


Players to watch

Joe Flacco will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly to avoid the Titans pass rush. Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley will need to keep tabs on Marcus Mariota so he doesn’t beat their defense with his legs. Tennessee needs to figure out their running game, and Derrick Henry should help sustain drives by finally delivering with his powerful running style. While we has seen some of Baltimore’s packages with Lamar Jackson, we haven’t seen any of that pay off in major success yet. I am going to make a prediction and say that Jackson finds himself in the endzone in this game.


Keys to the game

Baltimore Ravens

  • Contain Mariota

  • Convert touchdown drives

  • Mix things up on offense

Tennessee Titans

  • Establish the run

  • Pressure Flacco

  • No costly turnovers


Injury list

Baltimore Ravens

  • Anthony Averett, CB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Brandon Carr, CB - Knee (Questionable)

  • Anthony Levine, SR., DB - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Michael Pierce, DT - Foot (Questionable)

  • De’Lance Turner, RB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Tim Williams, LB - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Tavon Young, CB - Hip (Questionable)

Tennessee Titans

  • Will Compton, LB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Kenny Vaccaro, S - Elbow (Out)

  • Wesley Woodyard, LB - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • Robert Spillane, LB - Knee (Questionable)

  • Bennie Logan, DT - Elbow (Questionable)

  • Kamalei Correa, LB - Foot (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Corey Davis, WR (TEN)

  • John Brown, WR (BAL)

  • Derrick Henry, RB (TEN)

  • Alex Collins, RB (BAL)

  • Dion Lewis, RB (TEN)


Prediction

This game has defensive battle written all over it. It will come down to which offense can figure out how to put the ball in the endzone. Baltimore has things figured out more on their offense then Tennessee. I see the Ravens finding ways to convert when it matters and walking out of Nashville with a win.


Final Score: Ravens 20, Titans 13


Written by: Cody Manning



Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)


Preview

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys are each coming off tough road losses from a week ago at Kansas City and Houston, respectively. This game will feature two of the better defenses in the league, with each defense ranking in the top-5 in scoring defense and top-10 in overall defense (Jaguars, 4; Cowboys, 7). That does not bode well for a Dallas offense trying to find any sort of rhythm in the passing game, as they are currently ranked 30th in the NFL. Jacksonville, on the other hand, recorded almost 500 yards last week and come in as the 10th best team in total offense, even without star RB Leonard Fournette for three of the first five games (soon to be four of six this Sunday).


Players to watch

The quarterbacks in this game are going to have their work cut out for them, and it could be a matter of one or two big plays, or a redzone conversion of a touchdown instead of a field goal, that makes the difference. Blake Bortles will be without Fournette once again and will need to take care of the ball this week after throwing a career-high 4 INTs against the Chiefs. Dak Prescott is now under a microscope to most Cowboys fans due to lack of success in the air so far this season, as he has only one game in which he’s thrown over 250 yards, and three games that he didn’t reach 200. That’s why Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher, must continue moving the chains and being the engine of the offense. The Jaguars’ pair of ultra-athletic linebackers, Myles Jack and Telvin Smith, need to be up to the task of containing Elliott. Another name is to watch is Cowboys’ DT David Irving, who will be active for the first time this season on Sunday. Last year after missing the first four games, Irving returned to the lineup and sacked Aaron Rodgers twice, so he is capable of making an early impact.


Keys to the game

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Take care of the ball (Bortles)

  • Contain Ezekiel Elliott

  • Make Prescott uncomfortable/keep him in the pocket

Dallas Cowboys

  • Create turnovers

  • Feed Zeke - find ways to get him the ball

  • Stay ahead of the chains/avoid 3rd and long situations


Injury list

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Leonard Fournette, RB - hamstring (out)

  • DJ Hayden, CB - toe (out)

  • Tre Herndon, CB - hamstring (out)

  • Josh Wells, OT - groin (out)

  • Jalen Ramsey, CB - knee (questionable)

Dallas Cowboys

  • Sean Lee, LB - hamstring (out)

  • Joe Thomas, LB - foot (out)

  • Chidobe Awuzie, CB - ankle (questionable)

  • DeMarcus Lawrence, DE - shoulder (questionable)

  • Randy Gregory, DE - knee (questionable)

  • Maliek Collins, DT - knee (questionable)

  • Deonte Thompson, WR - hamstring (questionable)

  • Brice Butler, WR - groin (questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB (DAL)

  • TJ Yeldon, RB (JAX)

  • Blake Bortles, QB (JAX)

  • Dede Westbrook, WR (JAX)

  • Geoff Swaim, TE (DAL)


Prediction

This is going to be an ugly game from start to finish. The difference in the game is going to be whichever offense can rise to the challenge put points on the board when the opportunity is there. Field position is going to be the most important battle all day. Despite Bortles coming into the game tied for second in the NFL with 7 INT’s, the Cowboys only have one INT as a team this entire season, so they have yet to prove they can flip the field for their offense, which needs all the help it can get in this game. With that said, the Jaguars will lock down the Cowboys’ struggling offense and leave town with a hard-earned win, handing Dallas their first home loss of the season.


Final Score: Jaguars 23, Cowboys 16


Written by: Greg Lehr



Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) vs. New England Patriots (3-2)


Preview

Both of the teams are currently rolling. The Patriots have reeled off two very convincing back-to-back wins that showcased both their offensive and defensive prowess. New England started the year off pretty slowly, but have seemed to have finally found their identity on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs look like the AFC’s best team and have one of, if not the, most powerful scoring offense in the league. They have had no trouble moving the ball and had no issue scoring against the league’s best defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their defense leaves a bit to be desired, but have not held them back just yet. This bout in Gillette should be a shootout of epic proportions, pinning the best quarterback in NFL history against a very promising up-and-comer.


Players to watch

You may think that this game relies squarely on the shoulders of Tom Brady, but as we saw in their wins against both the Colts and Dolphins, the Patriots have become more of a run-centric team. Sony Michel and James White should be heavily utilized on both the ground and through the air against a Chiefs team that allows a league worst 5.8 yards per carry, and a 9th worst 118.9 YPG. But still don’t count out Rob Gronkowski, who will face a team that’s allowed opposing tight ends to catch 33 receptions for 453 yards and one touchdown. Patrick Mahomes will likely make mincemeat of the Patriots passing defense by utilizing Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins, while the Patriots try their hardest to stifle Tyreek Hill’s speed with a combination of Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty. If Kareem Hunt can exploit the Patriots’ slow linebackers, led by Dont’a Hightower, it should be a long day for New England.


Keys to the game

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Pick on the Patriots defensive backfield

  • Stop the run

  • Pressure Brady up the middle

  • Go for big plays

New England Patriots

  • Control the game with the run

  • Make Mahomes uncomfortable & keep him in pocket

  • Utilize Gronk immensely

  • Shutdown both Kelce and Hill


Injury list

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Eric Berry, SS - Heel (Doubtful)

  • De’Anthony Thomas, WR - Lower Leg (Out)

  • Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Justin Houston, OLB - Hamstring (Doubtful)

New England Patriots

  • Danny Shelton, DT - Elbow (Questionable)

  • Josh Gordon, WR - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Sony Michel, RB - Knee (Questionable)

  • Chris Hogan, WR - Thigh (Questionable)

  • Rob Gronkowski, TE - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Eric Rowe, DB - Groin (Questionable)

  • Geneo Grissom, DE - Ankle (Questionable)

  • John Simon, DE - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • Malcolm Brown, DT - Knee (Questionable)

Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Patrick Mahomes

  • Rob Gronkowski

  • Sony Michel

  • Kareem Hunt

  • Sammy Watkins


Prediction

This has potential to be the best game of the NFL season. It has playoff implications that could affect the AFC’s #1 playoff seed. But even in Gillette Stadium, I believe the Chiefs will come away with a win in this one. While I don’t think the Patriots will struggle on offense, the defense has too many holes to keep up with this high powered offense. Mahomes, along with his rocket arm and his plethora of weapons, will be too much for Bill Belichick and his defensive scheming to handle. The Chiefs take this game in Foxboro, in thrilling fashion, and establish themselves as the best team in the AFC.


Final Score: Chiefs 38, Patriots 31


Written by: George Haraktsis