NFL Week 6: 5 Most Exciting Games You Have to Watch

NFL Week 6 begins tonight with a fantastic match up of 4-1 teams on Thursday Night Football. It’s one of the few times a year you might get excited for a Thursday game, which tend to be on the boring side. That won’t be the case tonight with the red hot Philadelphia Eagles taking on the resurgent Carolina Panthers. There are some other exciting match ups to watch as well. These are our five favorite in Week 6.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) at Carolina Panthers (4-1)
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This might be the most exciting game and you’re getting to watch it on Thursday night. That’s not something that is said very often, so take advantage. The Eagles having come firing out of the gates and sit atop the NFC East at 4-1. Their only loss so far is to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on the road. They’ve won three in a row and are doing it with potent offense. The first two wins in the streak came with a dominant rushing attack, where as last week they game planned to take advantage of the Arizona Cardinals‘ weakness in pass defense. They can beat you any number of ways offensively, and that is scary.

On the flip side, Carolina’s defense has been playing extremely well all season and is the primary reason the Panthers are 4-1. They are third in yards per game allowed and ninth in points per game allowed. The offense struggled early but have gotten back on track with 33 and 27 points in their last two games — both wins. The Eagles pass defense has been poor — mostly due to injuries — so Cam Newton will have to step up. Philadelphia is only allowing 62.8 yards per game on the ground, good for second best in the league.

Green Bay Packers (4-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
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With three teams in the NFC North each battling for the top spot, all division games are super important. The Packers have won three straight since losing to the Atlanta Falcons and Aaron Rodgers has been his usual dominant self despite his weapons going in and out of the lineup with various injuries. He’s got the Packers at sixth in the league with 27.4 points per game.

The Vikings have kept the ship afloat with Sam Bradford dealing with another knee injury and their defense is playing great. They are in the top 10 in both yards and points allowed and have only allowed more than 20 points once this season. They won a tightly contested matchup with the Packers at home last season, but if Bradford doesn’t play that will significantly impact their chances.

Detroit Lions (3-2) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)
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This has the potential to be a shootout, which is always fun for the casual football fans. Detroit has two losses but they are to the 3-1 Falcons and the 4-1 Panthers. This is a good football team that has been playing better than expected defensively and running the ball more after making improvements to the offensive line. They went into New Orleans in Week 13 last year and put a hurtin’ on the Saints, winning by a final score of 28-13, so they aren’t scared of the Saints’ home field advantage.

This year’s game could be a closer contest as the Saints have picked it up defensively over their last two games. They dominated the Panthers 34-13 on the road then blanked the Miami Dolphins 20-0 in London. One shouldn’t expect Drew Brees to throw three interceptions at home again either. In fact, the Saints are the only team in the NFL without a turnover this year.

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
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Both of these squads have impressed in 2017 thus far and been fun to watch. The Rams are second in the NFL in points per game, and that includes their 10 point effort against the Seattle Seahawks last week. This is a top five offense in both yards and points and as balanced as they come. They rank fifth in passing yards and 14th in rushing yards per game.

What is the Rams strength on offense is definitely the Jaguars strength on defense. Jacksonville is third in passing yards allowed and first in both sacks and QB rating against. The revamped unit is flying around and just made Ben Roethlisberger look like a rookie with five interceptions. This isn’t a one-sided team, however. The Jaguars and Leonard Fournette are getting after people on the ground. They lead the league with 165.2 rushing yards per game and are No. 5 in points. This has shootout written all over it.

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
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When will the final remaining undefeated team get taken down? You’d be hard pressed to say this week with the Chiefs playing at home, but don’t count Big Ben out even though he threw five interceptions last week. He is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation and should be able to bounce back against a soft Chiefs pass defense. Kansas City also allows 118 yards per game on the ground, so expect Le’Veon Bell to get involved early and often.

This Chiefs team has definitely been winning with offense. They rank first in points per game, second in yards per game, second in rushing yards per game, ninth in passing yards per game and second in turnovers with just one. They don’t have a weakness. Given the Steelers just gave up 231 rushing yards to the Jaguars, you can expect Andy Reid‘s game plan to feature his dominant rushing attack as well.

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