Ready for some scorching Week 6 action in the NFL? Our free-to-air previews will have you sorted.
Welcome to Week 6, NFL fans. Unfortunately it’s a bit quieter this time around, with Channel One electing not to broadcast a game at 4am like they usually do. Nonetheless, there are still two electrifying contests for you to tune into this Monday morning, and you are sure to be entertained from start to finish.
New Orleans Saints @ New England PatriotsWhen and where: Monday October 14, Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts Coverage: LIVE on Channel One, 7:15 AM AEST Kicking off your (later than usual) Monday morning, the New Orleans Saints (5-0) hit the road to take on the New England Patriots (4-1) in a high-profile matchup. Both teams have enjoyed good starts to the season, and should deliver a ripping contest. New Orleans has undergone a noticeable rejuvenation this season, with head coach Sean Payton returning after being suspended for the entire 2012 season. The Saints' undefeated start includes wins against strong outfits such as the Bears, Dolphins and Falcons. Star QB Drew Brees has been in top form, throwing 12 TDs to just four INTs and is completing 69.7% of passes. Their defence is also firing at a very high level, which currently ranks fifth in scoring and is allowing just 14.6 points per game. In other words, the Saints are definite Super Bowl contenders. The Patriots on the other hand are a tough team to judge this season. Despite their 4-1 record, they are yet to look completely in sync. Their wins have come against opponents whose combined record is 6-13, and it showed as they were downed last week by the Bengals, failing to score a single touchdown. QB Tom Brady is off to a slow start compared to previous seasons, and the entire team will need to band together and lift its game in order to at least maintain a winning record. Look out for: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. The former college basketballer has at least 100 yards in four of five games this season, and is tied for second in the league with six receiving TDs. While the Patriots' defence has been solid this season, Graham will still find a way to make an impact. Final word and prediction: The Saints are on fire, and I don’t see them slowing down any time soon. While the Patriots should challenge them, New Orleans will still prevail. New Orleans wins 28-21.
Washington Redskins @ Dallas CowboysWhen and where: Monday October 14, AT&T Stadium, Texas Coverage: LIVE on Channel One, 11:20 AM AEST In our primetime contest this Monday morning, the Washington Redskins (1-3) come fresh off their bye week to take on the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) in an exciting NFC East matchup. Both teams have struggled at times, but still have the talent in place to recover from their slow starts and make a strong push through the rest of the season. The Redskins faced a rough start after dropping to 0-3 before managing a win against the Raiders just prior to their bye. QB Robert Griffin III has changed his gamestyle, attempting to operate more as a pocket passer after completely tearing his ACL and LCL in his right knee last season. The result has been lacklustre, however, with the young playcaller struggling to find consistency. And, the reality is, it falls on the former No. 2 overall pick to elevate his game if the Redskins are to return to the playoffs. The Cowboys were on the brink of knocking off the Broncos last week before a late interception by QB Tony Romo set Denver up for a winning field goal as time expired. Despite that late miscue, the often-criticised Romo had perhaps the best game of his career, throwing for 506 yards and five TDs. The offence has been strong all season and the onus will rest on the defence this week, which allowed 51 points to the Broncos and has conceded over 30 points in three of their contests this year. Look out for: Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware totalled four sacks through three weeks before being held out in his last two games. On a day where the defence needs to be better, expect Ware to step up and make an impact. Final word and prediction: It’s hard to go past the Cowboys in this one. Dallas’ offence looked great last week, and the Redskins’ offence is nothing compared to the Broncos. Romo will put on a show, and the Cowboys will improve their standing as NFC East contenders. Dallas wins 31-24. There it is, all the action you can expect to see on Channel One this week. How do you think these games will turn out? Are the Cowboys true contenders, and do the Patriots have what it takes to knock off the Saints?