Which Week 6 games can you check out on Foxtel this week? Here are our previews -- enjoy!As we roll into Week 6 of the regular season, we find ourselves in the midst of some interesting storylines. Will teams like the Buccaneers, Jaguars or Steelers get their first victory? Which undefeated team will fall victim to its first loss? The games on Foxtel don't feature any winless or undefeated teams but do feature some interesting matchups. As always, don’t forget to check out our full TV Guide here. Note: there are no early games on Foxtel this week due to MLB playoffs and cricket ODIs.
Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks
When and Where: 14th October, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports (via Foxtel), 7:00 AM AEST.
The first game of the day for Foxtel viewers is between the 4-1 Seahawks and the 3-2 Titans. The Titans are fresh off a loss to the undefeated Chiefs and have to travel to CenturyLink Field, home of the vocal 12th Man.
The Seahawks have never lost at home (10-0) under star second-year QB Russell Wilson, and after a tough road loss to the Colts they'll be roaring to go. Despite the loss, Seattle was still very impressive in many facets of the game. The ability of Wilson to make plays with his legs (he rushed for over 100 yards last week) should not be overlooked. He has an uncanny ability to extend the play and move the chains, something the Titans will struggle with. Bruising RB Marshawn Lynch has finally hit his straps this season too, recording his maiden 100-yard game this year.
Helping those two key players on offense will be the "Legion of Boom" -- in other words, Seattle's secondary -- who will be eager to bounce back after allowing T.Y Hilton rip them for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks' secondary managed no interceptions last week but backup Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is no Andrew Luck, so expect possibly two or three to come in this one.
The 3-2 Titans are a real surprise team this season. Many analysts and "experts" predicted a draft pick inside the top 10 in next year's draft but the Titans have managed to play tough and produce some upset wins. In the process they've also put up gallantry efforts against Houston and Kansas City. This is a must-win clash for the Titans if they want to remain in the race for the AFC South divisional title or that last AFL Wild Card spot (Denver or Kansas City will get the other one, no doubt).
A positive for the Titans is that they have three wins without a CJ2K-rushing touchdown. The addition of Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre on the OLine has them ranked 13th in the league in rushing.
Watch out for: Titans CB Alterraun Verner. Verner is not a big-name player but after the first five games of the season he should be. He has recorded four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 11 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles. He's fast becoming a bona finde shutdown corner.
Final word and Prediction: I will never tip against the Seahawks at home. I expect the Seahawks to win and to win comfortably. As tough and physical as the Titans have been in previous weeks, Seattle at home is whole other level. Seattle 38 - 14.
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
When and Where: 14th October, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Coverage: LIVE on ESPN, 11:15 AM, AEST.
NBC's Sunday Night Football this week features NFC East divisional rivals with huge playoff implications. The Cowboys are clearly the best team in the lowly NFC East but RG3 has finally finished his unofficial preseason and will be fresh and ready to roll after Washington's bye week. A win for Cowboys will increase their lead in the division, while a win for the Redskins could turn their season around. Yep, it's a big one.
Last week the Cowboys matched it with the best team in football, the Denver Broncos. Tony Romo, despite that fourth quarter interception, played admirably. WR Dez Bryant is playing better than any wideout in the NFL, and the emergence of rookie receiver Terrance Williams is helping Dallas form one of the elite passing offenses in the league. Romo should be able to put up similar numbers against a fragile Washington secondary. The Cowboy defense was able to put pressure on Peyton Manning at times last week, but may struggle if RG3 is back to his agile self.
As for Washington, its last game was a 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. No, it wasn't as impressive as Dallas' loss to Denver, but it was certailny an important game in terms of getting the offense on the right track for the remainder of the year. The week off has enabled more time for RG3 and the offense to knead out the kinks and hopefully get back to creating the most exciting offense in football. A positive for the Skins is the impressive play of a healthy WR Pierre Garcon, who's averaging over 80 yards per game even with the offense not firing at 100%.
Watch out for: Washington RB Alfred Morris. In his last game against the 'Boys with a playoff spot on the line, Morris came up huge rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns. "Moz" puts up career-best numbers against America's Team so look for him to take a huge chunk of the workload this weekend.
Final word and Prediction: Again, Dallas was impressive against the Broncos but I just have a feeling that the real Washington will turn up after the week off and finally get it together. I expect a high-scoring affair and am taking Washington 41- 35. (Whatever you do, make sure you catch the intro to the game, that Carrie Underwood is a delight!)
How do you think these games will work out? Let us know in the comments below.