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Saturday, October 15, 2005 

Quick Slants - Week 6

Five weeks into the season, and it's clear that 2005 is going to be another wild year in the NFL. For example, there are 7 teams in the NFC at 3-2 or 3-1 across three divisions, while in the NFC North the Detroit Lions are at first place at 2-2 ahead of a pack of also-rans. Need to blog and run today, so I'll keep this short.

NY Giants (3-1) at Dallas (3-2)

This is a big game for Eli Manning. He'll be facing a tough crowd and an improving defense. Dallas's easy win over Philadelphia last week shocked me, and there's no reason why they can't continue their streak against the Giants

Jacksonville (3-2) at Pittsburgh (3-1)

While a big question mark in this game is the health of Ben Roethlisberger, if any team can survive the loss of their QB, it's Pittsburgh. Tommy Maddox has won his share of games for the Steelers, but the Jaguars will no doubt focus on stopping the Pittsburgh running game. After an impressive victory over previously unbeaten Cincinnati last week, Jacksonville has to be feeling confident.

New England (3-2) at Denver (4-1)

Two unpredictable teams meet in Denver late Sunday afternoon. The Patriots are due for a loss given their track record so far this season, while the Broncos have been just as inconsistent: a horrible season opening loss to Miami, and then they nearly blew last week's game against Washington. But in between they were brillant, so this is an impossible game to call.

Monday Night
St. Louis (2-3) at Indianapolis (5-0)

In past years, the question for this game would be: who will outscore whom? But Monday night the Colts defense hopes they can answer their critics and stop the high-flying Rams. I won't be convinced the Colts are for real until they win a few games against quality opponents, but a solid defensive outing in this one will go a low way to impress me.

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