Marc Griffis
Week 6: Road Rage

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All remaining undefeated teams were put to the test in Week 5 as each of their matchups was away from home. Both New England and Seattle traveled from their northern coastal homes to the central region of the country and suffered losses. The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos both traveled southeast to visit their respective opponents, and each earned their fifth wins. Despite a poor track record at Soldier Field in Chicago, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints also maintained their undefeated record.

With Week 6 around the corner, the jokes will begin about the point spread for the Denver Broncos-Jacksonville Jaguars game. In addition, New Orleans will face off against a hungry and disappointed New England squad that may have tight end
Rob Gronkowski back in Foxborough. The Kansas City Chiefs will welcome the Oakland Raiders to their home, which should be an exciting divisional matchup. Another exciting week of action is just ahead of us!

If you played against
Tony Romo or Peyton Manning last weekend, or owned Tom Brady , then I am sorry about your probable loss. Jump back in the driver’s seat and let’s get ready for Week 5!

Quarterback

Thus far in 2013, offensive matchups against the New York Giants have been rewarding. Jay Cutler welcomes the Giants on a short week to Soldier Field. Cutler has been throwing more lately and averaged more than 337 passing yards with two touchdowns in the last two contests. Look for big games from Cutler,
Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall .

Week 6 Forecast: 300 passing yards, TD

Running Back

Danny Woodhead is officially “the man” in San Diego. After another underwhelming performance from
Ryan Mathews , who also suffered a concussion, it appears that the San Diego coast is clear for Woodhead. His yards per carry were definitely lacking, but he made a significant impact in the passing game with 58 receiving yards, including a touchdown. Although the Indianapolis Colts are not a highly favorable matchup, they did just allow more than 100 rushing yards to Marshawn Lynch .

Week 6 Forecast: 80 total yards, TD


Wide Receiver

Did Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery go “Freaky Friday” on us and switch bodies? Recently, Jeffery seems to have replaced Marshall as Jay Cutler ’s top target. Jeffery’s monster Week 5 performance included 10 catches on 13 targets to rack up a franchise-record 218 receiving yards and a touchdown. He has averaged 12 targets and more than 162 receiving yards over the last two games. With the New York Giants dreadful secondary visiting this Thursday, look for another stellar performance.

Week 6 Forecast: 125 yards, TD

Tight End

The Houston Texans have frequently run two tight-end sets this year similar to New England’s former strategy. After the announcement of
Owen Danielsbroken leg, it appears that Garrett Graham will now receive the bulk of work. With Matt Schaub attempting to escape the doghouse after a rough start this season including pick-sixes in four straight weeks, look for Schaub to be airing it out at home against the St. Louis Rams this weekend.

Week 6 Forecast: 60 yards, TD

Defense/Special Teams

The Cincinnati Bengals defense has disappointed thus far, but did take a major stride in last week’s upset of the New England Patriots. Although New England receivers dropped a fair share of passes and weather worked against them, the Bengals secondary stepped up in a big way. Cincinnati battles the Buffalo Bills, who bring a strong rushing offense, but should struggle passing. With E.J. Manuel sidelined and practice squad quarterback Thaddeus Lewis running the offense, the Bengals defense should feast in Week 6!

Week 6 Forecast: 13 points

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Week 5 Results (Not too shabby!!!)


QB Eli Manning

Week 5 Forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 5 Results: 334 passing yards, 2 TD, 3 INT (good call)

RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Week 5 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Week 5 Results: 86 total yards (decent call)

WR Jeremy Kerley
Week 5 Forecast: 80 yards, TD
Week 5 Results: 68 yards, TD (good call)

TE Greg Olsen
Week 5 Forecast: 70 yards, TD
Week 5 Results: 79 yards (decent call)

D/ST St. Louis Rams
Week 5 Forecast: 13 points
Week 5 Results: 15 points (may differ by league but good call regardless)

Good luck in Week 6!