Time to clear the mind and forget about it like an elite quarterback who erases a pick-six from memory.
Week 6 features a matchup between the only team in the league to be leading a division with a losing record hosting one of its most prominent rivals.
The 1-3 Washington Redskins come into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a five-point underdog as they tangle with the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys, a team hanging onto the top of the NFC East standing by their fingertips.
Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan needs to take the training wheels off quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has struggled to bounce back from his knee injury suffered late last season.
In two wins against the Cowboys, RGIII excelled through the air, completing 28 of 45 passes for 404 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He added 92 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
But RGIII isn’t the only player in his sophomore campaign who needs to step up his game. Redskins running back Alfred Morris gashed the Cowboys’ defense in both 2012 battles, rushing 57 times for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys play tough against the run, ranking fourth in the league in rushing yards per game allowed, but their passing defense is the second-worst in the league.
If Shanahan is smart, he’ll take advantage of the aggressive run defense by calling some play-action bootleg plays and taking what the Cowboys give up through the air. With the right game plan, he could call passing plays to help loosen up the defense, creating inside running lanes for Morris.
If they can get their offense going early and keep the game close, it’s only a matter of time before Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo gift-wraps the game for them.
Final Score: Washington 28, Dallas 24
The Best of the Rest
Minnesota Vikings 27, Carolina Panthers 24
In the wake of the tragedy involving the death of Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son, it honestly won’t matter whether AP plays or not because the Vikings will support whichever decision he chooses and play inspired football against an inconsistent team with or without him.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Buffalo Bills 17
Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green is a lock to top 100 yards receiving and score a touchdown against a weak Bills’ secondary.
Detroit Lions 28, Cleveland Browns 20
If there are any holes in the Browns’ run defense, Lions’ running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are sure to find them.
Kansas City Chiefs 30, Oakland Raiders 17
The Chiefs have a dominant team this season and some of the loudest fans in football, so the Raiders will be physically and mentally taken out of this game.
New York Jets 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 16
Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan is doing his best ringmaster impersonation as he has completely taken control of a Jets team that closely resembled a circus.
Philadelphia Eagles 27, Tampa Bay 14
Even with question marks as to who will start for the Eagles at quarterback, Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly should have no trouble besting the Buccaneers.
Green Bay Packers 27, Baltimore Ravens 20
Despite not having their best pass rusher to harass Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco, the Packers pull off the close win to stay alive in the NFC North race.
Houston Texans 33, St. Louis Rams 17
If Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub somehow finds a way to lose this game or throws another pick-six, he’s going to have more angry fans on his lawn – and they may be carrying pitchforks and torches.
Denver Broncos 56, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
If Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning plays the entire game, he could kill two birds with one stone by breaking the single-game passing touchdown record and the single-game passing yards record.
Seattle Seahawks 34, Tennessee Titans 14
Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson plays exponentially better at home versus on the road, so mark this one down as an easy win for Seattle.
New Orleans Saints 31, New England Patriots 23
The Saints’ quarterback-tight end combo of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham should continue to show why they’re dominating the league in 2013.
San Francisco 49ers 31, Arizona Cardinals 10
If Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer throws three interceptions this week, he won’t get a free pass like he did against the Panthers in Week 5.
San Diego Chargers 27, Indianapolis Colts 23
Monday Night Football can bring the best out of many players, and this very well could be the game we all see Chargers’ running back Danny Woodhead at his full potential.
Bye Week Breakdown:
The 1-4 Falcons enter the bye week nowhere near where they anticipated being at this point. Injuries have decimated the Falcons’ receiving corps, backfield and defense. Tight end Tony Gonzalez has to be wondering whether it was really worth it to come back for one last ride. They’re not completely out of the playoff picture yet, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to be checking who’s available for trade or in free agency. It would be a shock if they didn’t attempt to contact wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
After a 3-0 start, the Dolphins have dropped two straight games, but currently remain tied with the New York Jets for second in the AFC East. Head coach Joe Philbin needs to talk with offensive coordinate Mike Sherman and figure out why wide receiver Mike Wallace hasn’t been utilized effectively. Expect the Dolphins to work on getting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in perfect sync with Mike Wallace so they’re ready for the two-game divisional opponent stretch coming out of the bye.
Picks record for the season: 41-31
Upset pick record: 3-2