Week 6 of the NFL’s regular season promises more drama than ever. With Brett Favre standing injured and accused, Big Ben back at the helm and Colt McCoy ready to make his starting debut, there are more than a few quarterback shakeups to get football fans excited for Week 6 action. There are plenty more reasons why NFL tickets are hot commodities this week, and here are just a few of the most anticipated games of the week that are sure to get football fans excited for the weekend.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick hasn’t yet declared whether or not he’ll return from injury for this week’s game, but the chance to play his old team will give him motivation to get back on the field at all costs. Vick certainly has something to prove this weekend as he faces the Falcons for the first time as a starting quarterback, but even in the case that he doesn’t come back from his injury Kevin Kolb will be waiting for another shot at redemption.
The Eagles face the AFC South-leading Falcons with a number of injured players, and they’ll be without Broderick Bunkley, Jason Peters, Asante Samuel and Riley Cooper. The remaining Philly team will have their work cut out for them in this Week 6 matchup against the Falcons, and especially on offense. The Atlanta D is leading the league with interceptions (with 10) so far this season and the team is going for its fifth win in a row. The Eagles have been streaky at best this season but have the ability to win this big game if they play up to the competition. You better believe the Falcons will be waiting to exploit any weaknesses, however.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots. How will the Patriots fare without Randy Moss in the lineup? That’s one of the big storylines coming out of the Patriots-Ravens matchup in Week 6. Tom Brady has a cast of young pass-catchers waiting to step up to the plate, but is this inexperienced offense any match for Baltimore’s third-ranked defense?
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens have been inconsistent on offense lately, though their Week 5 play against the Denver Broncos showed what the Baltimore rush attack can do at its best. The Ravens roll into town on a hot streak and will put New England to the test, but the Patriots have one thing in mind: revenge. The last time these two teams met was last year during the playoffs, when the Ravens dashed the Patriots’ Super Bowl dreams.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns. If for no other reason, football fans will surely tune into the Week 6 Steelers-Browns showdown only to see how Ben Roethlisberger fares coming off a four-game suspension. Big Ben resumes his post at the helm for this AFC North matchup, and the rivalry will heat up as the Steelers and Browns prepare for the big game.
While the Steelers have no doubts about who they’ll start at quarterback in Week 6, the Browns have a tougher decision before them. Veteran QB Jake Delhomme has been battling injury over the last few weeks and backup Seneca Wallace suffered a similar high ankle sprain in Week 5, leaving rookie Colt McCoy as the last man standing behind the ball. McCoy is expected to get his first start in the Steelers game, which could be brutal considering Pittsburgh’s nasty defense. Do the Browns have the fight it takes to beat the Steelers on the road? It’s all to come as Week 6 of the regular season gets underway.
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