Bing Predicts: NFL Week 6

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San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
> Bing Predicts winner: Washington (77%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Washington -9
> Matchup history: 49ers lead 20-10-1

Is the season over for the 49ers? Well, not yet, but San Francisco (0-5) is still looking for its first win. The 49ers came close with an overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, in which Brian Hoyer passed for 353 yards and a pair of touchdowns. They aren’t likely to get that elusive victory playing the favored Redskins (2-2), who have lost four straight to the 49ers.

Washington is coming off a bye week after a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. That was wide receiver Terrelle Pryor’s best game of the season, with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was effective (220 passing yards) but not splashy in that loss. Even the losers sometimes get a chance, but this looks like a great setup for the Redskins.

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Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens
> Bing Predicts winner: Baltimore (67%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Baltimore -7
> Matchup history: Bears lead 3-2-0

Amazingly, even after quarterback Joe Flacco has simply not played well in the first five games, the Ravens are 3-2. Flacco has thrown four touchdowns and six interceptions. Ouch. He’s ranked the 29th best quarterback with 823 passing yards, but still the Ravens are favored. They’re at home and facing the Bears (1-4) who will start rookie Mitchell Trubisky for the second game.

In Chicago they’re calling it Mitch-a-palooza. Trubisky had one touchdown and one late pick in Monday’s loss to the Vikings. Judging from his composure, pinpoint accuracy, and arm strength, the kid has a future in the NFL. He’s starting at square one, and has to bring the previously moribund offense to life. Mike Glennon couldn’t do it, but Trubisky appears to have the tools and football smarts. However, he’s not likely to get that first win against the Ravens.

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Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans
> Bing Predicts winner: Houston (74%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Houston -12
> Matchup history: Texans lead 5-3-0

For years, the Browns have been without a franchise quarterback. They’ve tried but failed to net one in the draft and free agency. The Texans, on the other hand, have rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson (12th overall pick), who has been remarkable with a dozen touchdowns and just four interceptions in his first five games. He’s the first rookie in the NFL to throw nine touchdown passes in a two-game span — he had five in the Sunday night loss to the Chiefs. Of course, the Texans will be without defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus who were injured Sunday and are out for the season. Two huge losses, but heck, they’re playing the Browns so those absences should not be a major factor.

Quarterback Kevin Hogan has played in three games for the Browns with no starts, but he might be their best bet to get the offense going. The Browns’ defense is actually rated fifth in the NFL, allowing just 304.8 yards per game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
> Bing Predicts winner: Tampa Bay (61%)
> Kickoff time: 4:05 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Arizona -1
> Matchup history: Cardinals lead 10-9-0

If only Jameis Winston — or anyone on the Bucs’ roster — could kick field goals. The Bucs (2-2) basically lost in Week 5 to the Patriots because Nick Folk was 0-for-3 in field goals. Still, the Bucs have the edge on the road in Arizona. Winston has gone two games without throwing an interception, although Tampa’s defense is ranked 30th in the NFL, allowing a whopping 396.2 yards per game. Running back Doug Martin scampered for 74 yards and a touchdown against a somewhat pathetic Patriots defense.

Cardinals (2-3) quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown for a bunch of yards (1,573), second in the NFL to Tom Brady, but his touchdown/interception ratio is 6 to 5. Looks like Palmer’s age (37) may be starting to show. In his defense, he’s been sacked 19 times. No quarterback has been taken down more often. Running back Adrian Peterson was acquired by the Cardinals this week. Expect Peterson to get more touches than he did in New Orleans, when he had 27 carries for 81 yards in four games.

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Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars
> Bing Predicts winner: Jacksonville (55%)
> Kickoff time: 4:05 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Jacksonville -2.5
> Matchup history: Rams lead 3-1-0

These Jaguars (3-2) are one of the NFL’s toughest teams to read, but this week they’ve got an edge over the Rams (3-2), who are coming off a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Jacksonville has looked like a world-beater and potential NFL cellar-dweller all in one month. But the Jags are saving face with quarterback Blake Bortles (seven touchdowns, four interceptions) and rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who is averaging 118.8 combined yards per game plus five touchdowns.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff had zero touchdowns and three turnovers (two interceptions, one lost fumble) in the loss to Seattle. The Rams couldn’t get much offense going with running back Todd Gurley rushing for just 43 yards, while tight end Tyler Higbee had four receptions for 98 yards.