NFL Week 6: Trends which will decide each game

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 11: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers runs the offense against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Every team in the NFL has (finally) played at least four games this season.

Five weeks and 77 games into NFL 2020 and there are only three teams in the league – the Bears, Broncos and Steelers – that have not allowed at least 30 points in at least one game this season. The list of undefeated teams is down to Seattle (5-0), Pittsburgh (4-0), Tennessee (4-0) and Green Bay (4-0). Meanwhile, the Jets, Giants and Falcons (who fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff this past week) are all looking for the first victory of 2020.

NOTE: All times ET

Sunday, Oct. 18

Chicago Bears (4-1) at Carolina Panthers (3-2), 1:00 pm

Bears: Keep an eye on Matt Nagy’s team when they come out of the locker room following intermission. Five games into the season and the Bears have not scored a point in the third quarter. Nick Foles has thrown five TD passes but has been picked off three times, bad news against a Panthers’ team that has totaled eight takeaways.

Panthers: A season ago, only the division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41) turned over the football more than the Panthers (35). During the team’s season-ending eight-game losing streak, Carolina gave up the ball 22 times. This year, Matt Rhule’s team has totaled just five turnovers in as many games, four in the Week 2 loss at Tampa Bay.

Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (3-2), 1:00 pm

Bengals: For the first time this season, Zac Taylor’s club was pushed around by an opponent as the club fell to the Ravens at Baltimore by 24 points. Cincinnati’s run defense, the worst in the league in 2019, is currently ranked 30th in the NFL and allowing 159 yards per game. So Colts’ rookie running back Jonathan Taylor bears watching.

Colts: Five weeks into the season and Frank Reich’s team has still allowed the fewest total yards and passing yards per game in the league. And only the Buccaneers and Steelers have allowed fewer yards per outing on the ground. Worth noting that the defense (2) and special teams (1) have combined for three of the Colts’ 11 touchdowns.

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