Bing Predicts: NFL Week 6

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
> Bing Predicts winner: Kansas City (53%)
> Kickoff time: 4:25 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Kansas City -3
> Matchup history: Steelers lead 22-11-0

The Chiefs (5-0) are long on talent and short on distractions. It’s why they are the NFL’s only undefeated team after five weeks and favored over the Steelers (3-2). Rookie running back sensation Kareem Hunt has run for 100 yards in four of his first five games. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is having a career season with 11 touchdown passes against zero interceptions.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown must have had a kumbaya moment after their spat in Week 4 because they connected for 157 yards in Week 5. However, Roethlisberger threw five interceptions — a career first on Sunday. Then he questioned himself, wondering if he’s done as an NFL quarterback, although after thinking about it for a day, he came to the conclusion that the end is not here. Afterward, running back Le’Veon Bell said he didn’t think they ran the ball enough. Another breakdown in communication. The drama is all in Pittsburgh. In Kansas City, it’s all about winning (and barbecue).

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Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
> Bing Predicts winner: Oakland (57%)
> Kickoff time: 4:25 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: No line
> Matchup history: Raiders lead 63-50-2

Raiders Nation were ecstatic when their beloved team started 2-0. After the third straight loss, however, they yelled obscenities at the players. Losing isn’t much fun, but the Raiders (2-3) won’t back down. They are favored in this one with quarterback Derek Carr expected to return after missing one game with a broken bone in his back. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who is off to a slow start this season, finished with 43 yards, a 10-yard catch, and a touchdown, while quarterback EJ Manuel struggled in the loss to the Ravens. At least they are not the Chargers (1-4), who are coming off their first win.

Running back Melvin Gordon provided much of the Chargers’ offense with 105 rushing and 58 receiving yards. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers tossed the winning touchdown pass to Gordon with less than three minutes on the clock in the win over the Giants. Warning: This one might not be pretty.

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New York Giants at Denver Broncos
> Bing Predicts winner: Denver (74%)
> Kickoff time: 8:30 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Denver -9.5
> Matchup history: Tied 6-6-0

David Letterman had a great line while honoring Peyton Manning over the weekend, saying Peyton and his younger brother Eli, the Giants quarterback, have the same number of wins this season. Funny, unless your name is Eli Manning. With the 0-5 start, and in his 14th season, some New Yorkers are wondering if it’s time for the 36-year-old Manning to move on. To make matters worse, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is done for the season after breaking his left ankle. (If you haven’t seen the video, don’t watch. It’s brutal.) It gets worse — wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris are also out for the year.

The freefall is likely to continue for the Giants, who are heading to the Rockies where the favored Broncos (3-1) feature the NFL’s top defense, allowing just 260.8 yards per game. Quarterback Trevor Siemian is not the second coming of Peyton Manning, but he’s been good enough to spark the offense, and he’s getting help from running back C.J. Anderson (averaging 82.5 rushing yards per game). The last time Eli Manning faced the Broncos (2013), he threw four interceptions and one touchdown pass in the 41-23 loss.

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Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
> Bing Predicts winner:Tennessee (51%)
> Kickoff time: 8:30 PM EDT (Monday)
> Game spread: No line
> Matchup history:Colts lead 31-14-0

If the NFL wanted higher Monday night TV ratings, perhaps the league should have found a better matchup than pitting a pair of 2-3 teams. Maybe it looked good on paper before the season started, but now it looks like a stinker. The Titans are favored because they’re at home and are slightly less horrible than the Colts, who are still trying to manage without starting quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts’ defense is ranked 31st, allowing an average of 397.4 yards per game.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was out in Week 5 with a hamstring, could be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Matt Cassel will get his second straight start. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Dolphins. A win by the Titans would snap an 11-game losing streak to the Colts that goes back to 2011. In football years, that’s a very long time.