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Bradley Stewart, Sports Writer

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Week Five of the NFL season was filled with a plethora of close games.  Eleven of the fourteen matchups ended up as one-score games.  In a match-up of winless teams, the Chargers knocked off the Giants to earn their first win of the year.  The Giants suffered something worse than a loss, Odell Beckham broke his ankle and was out for the year.  OBJ wasn’t the only key player injured in week five. Texans defensive players JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus both suffered significant leg injuries and are out for the season. Chiefs superstar Travis Kelce sustained a concussion on Sunday night.  These are just a few of the significant injuries that many teams suffered, which should lead into an eventful Week 6.  Here is your Week 6 Preview:

 

Bradley Stewart’s Prediction Record: 36-26

 

Chicago 20 at Baltimore 17

Chicago promoted UNC alum Mitch Trubisky to the starting role for last week’s matchup against the Vikings.  The Bears liked what they saw against the solid Minnesota defense.  Despite the loss, things should be on the rise for Chicago, if Trubisky continues to improve.  Baltimore snapped a two-game losing streak last week against Oakland.  What seems like an impressive win is minimized when one considers that two-time pro-bowler Derek Carr was out.  With key injuries on the Baltimore defense and the astonishing improvement of the Bears’ rookie quarterback, I expect Chicago to pull the upset on the road.

 

Pittsburgh 24 at Kansas City 27

Historically, Pittsburgh has dominated Kansas City, winning five of their past six match-ups against each other.  However, of the three of those match-ups that were played in Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs have outscored Pittsburgh by more than a touchdown.  It is worth noting that this is the best Kansas City team we have seen in the decade.  The Chiefs remain the only undefeated team in the league, but have suffered a key injury in Travis Kelce. The Steelers have not scored more than 20 points vs the Chiefs, on the road, in their past three tries and the way the Steelers’ offense has been struggling (Roethlisberger’s five interceptions last week) is not a good premonition for their Week 6 match-up.

 

LA Chargers 13 at Oakland 17

Without Derek Carr, Oakland had no offense in last week’s crushing loss against the Ravens.  The Raiders are currently on a three-game losing streak and have not scored more than twenty points in those games.  The LA Chargers won their first game of the year against the winless Giants.  The win was not impressive considering the Giants have not won this year and their top four receivers were all injured in the game.  Los Angeles is renowned for losing close games, and this match-up won’t be any different. Oakland should extend their four game winning streak against the Chargers.

 

Philadelphia 23 at Carolina 30

Miami 13 at Atlanta 27

Green Bay 34 at Minnesota 13

Detroit 21 at New Orleans 20

New England 37 at NY Jets 23

San Francisco 9 at Washington 24

Cleveland 21 at Houston 28

Tampa Bay 20 at Arizona 16

LA Rams 10 at Jacksonville 31

NY Giants 10 at Denver 27

Indianapolis 24 at Tennessee 17

 

Fantasy Football Start/Sit

 

Player, Position, Team, Opponent, (Opponent’s Positional Rank)

Start: Elijah McGuire, RB, NY Jets, vs New England (32nd)

Start: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona, vs Tampa Bay (32nd)

Start: Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Washington, vs San Francisco (25th)

Start: Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota, vs Green Bay (19th)

 

Sit: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina, vs Philadelphia (4th)

Sit: Keenan Allen, WR, LA Chargers, at Oakland (10th)

Sit: Legarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia, at Carolina (5th)

Sit: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver, vs NY Giants (4th)

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