The outlook is becoming quite Halloween-like around the New York Jets these days, with consecutive losses and an awful quarterback. The Jets' path to a Super Bowl championship right now has the credibility of a Mark Sanchez 50%-plus passing day. Most teams, though, are still within reach of the Jets, so hope remains alive. There are a number of teams to consider that stand firmly in the way of a playoff berth, of course - too many to cover here. In the NFL's 6th week, here's a sampling of some compelling matchups:
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens have only one loss and could have won that game easily. Somehow, though, they don't seem as intimidating as all that. The defense is good, certainly, but not invulnerable. At some point, the Cowboys will have one of those games that compels you to think they are championship material before letting you down the next week. This might be the upset special of the week, with Tony Romo having a big day. Cowboys by three.
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks - Every team is aware that the Seahawks play inspired ball at home, so the Patriots will be prepared as they travel west. The Seahawks' pass rush can haunt the backfield, as Aaron Rodgers knows all too well. Tom Brady will be at his quick-release best this week to short-circuit that Seattle advantage, which is really the only one they have. The Pats may not lose again this year. New England by 13.
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans - This is the game the Texans were contemplating as they were sleepwalking through the Monday Night victory against the New York Jets. Here's a big problem for the Packers. The Texans love to pound the quarterback, and Aaron Rodgers has been regularly pounded - not a good combination. The Packer defense has been sieve-like this year, as they were last, and Andrew Luck shredded them last week - not a good sign with the Texan offense in high gear. But it's really hard to imagine the Packers at 2-4, and the Texans have to lose to somebody, don't they? Packers by seven.
Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 42 years, after all.
· Yahoo! Sports New England Patriots page
· Yahoo! Sports Tom Brady page
· Yahoo! Sports Houston Texans page
· Yahoo! Sports Matt Schaub page
· Sean Brennan, New York Daily News, Inside the Matchups
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