NFL Week 6 Previews

On Sunday, it’s…
ATLANTA (4-1) at SEATTLE (3-1) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Let’s see if last week’s bye really helped Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson (1,064 yards passing with 5 TD chucks) get rehabbed from early-season ankle/knee woes and one major task here is to challenge the Falcons’ deep secondary that can be toasted.

Okay, so the “real story” here though is Atlanta’s major rise to the top of the otherwise beleaguered NFC South but can QB Matt Ryan (1,740 yards passing with 12 TDs and 2 INTs) stay on fire with fav target WR Julio Jones (yes, we know that 300-yard receiving game was two weeks ago)?

Spread Notes – Seattle is 36-18-1 ATS (against the spread) at home since the start of the 2010 season while Atlanta’s covered four in a row this year and the Falcons are an electric 9-2 ATS as underdogs the past year-plus.

On Sunday Night, it’s …

INDIANAPOLIS (2-3) at HOUSTON (3-2) – 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

The Las Vegas oddsmakers have the host Texans a mere 3-point betting favorite for this under-the-lights clash – isn’t that a wee bit “short”? Fact is Houston remains without pass-rushing whiz J.J. Watt and “new” QB Brock Osweiler has been a bit erratic lately with just 19-of-42 completions and four sacks against albeit the great Minnesota defense a week ago. If Osweiler doesn’t pull off some big “vertical pass plays” here with rookie WR Will Fuller, than the Colts likely sneak out of town with the win providing QB Andrew Luck doesn’t get sacked another five-or-more times.

Spread Notes – Indianapolis is 7-3-1 versus the vig in its last 11 showdowns against Houston; meanwhile, the Texans have covered six of their last seven AFC South games dating back to the start of last year.