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[FTB] Oct 12, 2017

NFL Top Matchups: A glance at Week 6

By Gracenote

Each week, we break down some of the most intriguing matchups in the NFL, giving you an inside edge when gauging the schedule and placing your weekend wagers.

New England Patriots at New York Jets (+9.5; 47.5)

The Patriots and Jets have identical records through five games. Even more surprisingly, the team's point differentials aren't that far off - thanks in part to New England's weak pass defence, and the Jets effectively limiting opposing pass attacks.

Nothing has come easily for the Patriots. They escaped Tampa with a 19-14 triumph over the Buccaneers, but still surrendered 319 passing yards in doing so and have allowed 1,615 yards through the air on the season.

The Jets can't hope to exchange offensive firepower with New England but they certainly boast a more formidable secondary. The Jets rank in the middle of the pack league-wide in passing yards against per game (212), but are allowing the eighth-lowest passer rating (81.9).

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5, 45.5)

The Steelers are looking for answers after last week's 30-9 loss at the hands of the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs have been the class of the league so far, due in large part to an offence that has been much better than anyone expected it to be.

The Steelers came into the season with high hopes on the offensive end. But Pittsburgh is averaging fewer than 20 points per game. The Steelers enter the weekend averaging 7.8 second-half points per game - sitting in the bottom quarter of the league in that category.

Alex Smith and the Chiefs have scored a league-best 164 points through five games. Kansas City was a below-average second-half scoring unit in 2016 but has exceeded expectations so far this season.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos (-11.5; 38.5)

You can find several reasons to fade the Giants this weekend - just look at the state of the New York receiving corps. The Giants lost both Odell Beckham and Dwayne Harris for the season in last week's loss to the Chargers, while Brandon Marshall will miss multiple games and Sterling Shepard is also banged-up.

Quarterback Eli Manning will face a Broncos defence that has been positively brutal on opposing offences facing third down. Denver has allowed foes to complete just 25.9 percent of third-down opportunities.
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