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Cowboys to get back on winning saddle? Get NFL Week 6 tips for Sunday

Leigh Copson 12 Oct 2019
Dak Prescott of Dallas (credit:USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

NFL predictions for Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. Can the Kansas City Chiefs bounce back from their first loss of the season to bring Houston crashing back down to Earth? Will the Seattle Seahawks pile on the misery for Cleveland? And can the Dallas Cowboys stop the rot after suffering back-to-back defeats in big games? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (18:00 BST)

Kansas City suffered a scare in week four as they staged a last-gasp fightback to snatch victory from under the Lions’ noses in Detroit, but they could not repeat those heroics one week later as they fell to their first defeat of the season. The Chiefs led 10-7 early in the first half at home to Indianapolis, but Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri took over the game to boot in four unanswered field goals from around the 30-yard mark, rendering a late field goal from counterpart Harrison Butker merely a consolation score for Kansas City. However, nobody at Arrowhead will be panicking despite that surprise defeat. Andy Reid’s team were battling with injuries in the build-up to, and during, that matchup, but they should get Tyreek Hill back for Sunday and it would be a massive surprise if the offense endured another off-day – the worst they have had since Patrick Mahomes was made the starting quarterback. They will need to come out firing too because Houston arrive on the back of a devastating offensive performance that saw them put 53 points on the Atlanta Falcons. The Texans racked up almost 600 yards as Deshaun Watson put in a sensational performance, completing 28 of his 33 pass attempts for 426 yards, five touchdowns and a 158.3 quarterback rating, and he got plenty of help from Will Fuller who snagged 217 yards and three touchdowns (while sitting on the bench for my fantasy team!). Can they reach those same levels on offense here? I highly doubt it. But can Houston make Kansas City work for a win? Yes, they can. This matchup is likely turn into a shootout and in that situation, especially at Arrowhead, you have to lean towards Mahomes conjuring up some more magic as the Chiefs squeeze past the Texans.

Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns (18:00 BST)

The Cleveland hype train has pulled into the garage and is awaiting repairs after last week’s humiliating defeat at San Francisco. The Browns came into the season with so much expectation placed upon them, but they now sit 2-3 after an embarrassing 31-3 loss at Levi’s Stadium that saw them put up just 180 total yards and turn the ball over four times. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been absolutely awful, yet he somehow continues to escape the level of negativity that appears to be reserved solely for Chicago counterpart Mitchell Trubisky. Just look at the stats – through five games he has completed less than 60% or his passes, thrown eight interceptions and just four touchdown passes, and he has a quarterback rating of 29.8 But let’s not put it all on Mayfield – from his team-mates to the coaching, Cleveland just stinks right now and they desperately need to issue a positive response to that loss to the 49ers. They also desperately need a home win because they have not managed one so far. So can the Browns steady the ship to go 3-3 this weekend? My answer is ‘no’. The visiting Seattle Seahawks have gone 4-1 through the first five weeks of the season and have looked sharp when in possession of the football. It could be argued that Russell Wilson may be the most underappreciated quarterback in the league right now – he is nearing the 1,500-yard passing mark for the season, has a 73.1% completion rate, has thrown 12 touchdowns opposite zero interceptions, has an 80.4% quarterback rating and has a couple of game-winning drives on his record. He has been ably assisted by a string of offensive weapons and it is difficult to see how the Browns will be able to keep pace with Wilson & Co. when they get rolling. Defensively they have not shone in terms of yardage and points allowed, but they have been making big plays and they have been forcing turnovers this season – that spells trouble for a Browns offense who have already coughed up the football 10 times. Cleveland will be 0-3 at home after this one while Seattle climb to 4-1 to keep the pressure on San Francisco in what is shaping up to be a highly-competitive NFC West.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets (21:25 BST)

Rewind a couple of weeks and Dallas were flying high with a perfect 3-0 record. The Cowboys had not exactly faced any notable opposition through the first three weeks, but their performances in the one-sided wins over the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins had many talking up their chances of going all the way this season. Then Dallas ran into some decent opposition and things changed pretty quickly. They dropped a defensive struggle with the Saints in New Orleans (the home team were without Drew Brees) and then fell to a 34-24 defeat when they hosted Green Bay a week ago, needing 24 second-half points to spare their blushes a little as the visitors threatened to blow them out in embarrassing fashion. So what matchup did they need right now? A meeting with the New York Jets. While the Cowboys have slipped to 3-2 on the season, the 0-4 Jets are still awaiting a first victory and it does not look like coming anytime soon. Since blowing a 16-0 lead against Buffalo on opening weekend they have endured a miserable slump that has seen them give up 84 points while scoring just 23. They have not been helped by the absence of starting quarterback Sam Darnold due to illness, but even if he had been in action it would have been difficult to have much confidence in them in any of those three games. I certainly do not have any faith in them here. Dak Prescott tossed three picks a week ago, but he should bounce back with a strong display against this poor New York secondary and he will, of course, be ably assisted by running back Ezekiel Elliott who should get back on track after a couple of underwhelming displays. Dallas should win this and they should win this in rather comfortable fashion.

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