Av's "Looking West" - Week 6
Two out of three picks last week - would have been 3 for 3 if my soon-to-be-benched fantasy team QB, Cam Newton, could have managed to run the ball in from the one yard line against the Hawks.
On to Week 6!
I think the Rams will be able to force some turnovers this week and, with a short field to work with, will be able to get to the end zone with more frequency than in recent weeks. Don't discount Brian Schottenheimer's familiarity with the Dolphins' defensive personnel, as he game-planned for them twice a year with the Jets. Cameron Wake is the X-factor. The Rams need to account for him on every passing play to keep Sam's jersey clean.
I don't see another blowout for the recently dominant Niners, but the combination of the home field advantage and the revenge factor should carry them to another win. It will be interesting to see if the Giants' pass rush can get to Alex Smith and, if so, how that impacts the Niners' offense.
The Bills have had big troubles on defense, but the Cardinals can't run the ball or protect the passer. I think that 4-0 start is going to melt away very quickly. This is a "should win" game for Arizona, but I'm seeing an upset.
The classic battle of unstoppable force (Patriots' offense) against the immovable object (Seahawks' defense). Right now, Brady, Welker and company are firing on all cylinders because the running game is working. That balance will overwhelm the Hawks, despite their 12th man advantage.
San Francisco 5-1 (0-0)
St. Louis 4-2 (2-0)
Arizona 4-2 (1-1)
Seattle 3-3 (0-2)