NFL Week Six Recap

NFL Week Six Recap

Week Six in the NFL was a week when those teams who wanted to be taken seriously as a playoff contender won, and those who were still fighting for credibility were unable to pick up any ground. We also had a late afternoon classic between two teams, and the fan base of another team set fire to the seat of their head coach and manager. So enjoy my week six recap of every NFL game played.

Tampa Bay 28 (5-1) at Philadelphia 22 (2-4):  The Buccaneers actually admitted that Tom Brady was injured in this game, allowing their QB to take the field with a wrapped right thumb suffered the prior week. Despite having this knowledge, the Eagles defense was unable to stop the short passing game nor the balancing running attack Tampa brought to the table, allowing them to play from in front for most of this Thursday night game.  In the end, however, it was the Eagles who made their few betting supporters happen with an atypical two-point conference to make the game 28-22, providing a very strange back door cover.  Philadelphia is just good enough to annoy some people (and bettors) this season even when they lose; while Tampa Bay is proving why they are one of favorites to reach the Super Bowl this season.

Jacksonville 23 (1-5), Miami 20 (1-5):  The Jaguars went to London having not kicked a field goal this season, something they did this week. Urban Meyer’s team had also not scored on back-to-back offensive possession in the same game prior to taking their trip across the pond.  Another first that Jacksonville pulled off this week while visiting London, they won, kicking a last-minute field goal to break a tie and tally their first win of the season.  The embarrassing loss means that Miami lost to both of their fellow Florida franchises this season, and return stateside with a five-game losing streak as their dreams of being an AFC playoff team are quickly fading.

Cincinnati 34 (4-2), Detroit 11 (0-6): So, reports of this being a breakthrough week for the Lions were premature as the Bengals went to Detroit and dominated from the opening kickoff.  What started out slowly for Cincy, leading only 7-0 after one quarter and 10-0 at the half turned into a 20-0 lead after 45 minutes with garbage time seeing the teams combine for some late points to maybe make some bettors happy or unhappy in this ho-hum win for the Bengals.  This while the Lions continue to look like a team searching for anything to spark their confidence and maybe even lead them to win after a few prior close calls and a few other blowout losses like today.

Green Bay 24 (5-1), Chicago 14 (3-3):  The Packers domination of the NFC North continued against this week as they ventured to Chicago and knocked off the closely pursuing Bears. As if often the case, today’s win was another Aaron Rodgers show, with the Green Bay QB throwing for a pair of scores and adding a third touchdown with his legs, reminding those around the NFL that the potential future host of “Jeopardy!” can still beat you with his feet. Chicago QB Justin Fields did what he could against the Packers’ defense posting a touchdown early for a first quarter lead, but did little else when it mattered as he watched his own defense give up a fourth quarter score, ending any hopes of a comeback win.

Indianapolis 31 (2-4), Houston 3 (1-5):  The Colts did what they needed to do to save their 2021 season and give at least a few more games some meaning, defeat a roster worse off than they are this season.  Indy QB Carson Wentz did his part by posting two TD passes as part of his 223-yard day and RB Jonathan Taylor added 145 yards and two scores of his own in this lopsided win.  While this win doesn’t thrust the Colts back into the AFC playoff picture, they are not completely out of it yet as they creep back to respectability this season in what is still a disappointing year.

Kansas City 31 (3-3), Washington 13 (2-4):  Kansas City continues to appear to play as hard as they can for as much as they think it needed during the regular season; and after falling behind 13-10 at the half, posted a 21-0 second half to silence the critics for at least one week as they turned to .500 on the season.  Washington did their best, holding down the KC offense early, but kicking two FGs in the first half instead of posting TDs was all their visitors needed to stay in the game, and then come back and blow them out in the second half.  Kansas City needed a win in this game and got one, while Washington could have had a win, but gave it way, which is why one team is a playoff contender and the other is not this season.

Baltimore 34 (5-1), LA Chargers 6 (4-2):  The Ravens played a near perfect game against one of the hottest teams in the league this week, the visiting Chargers.  Baltimore kept LA’s offense off the field with short possessions, setting up Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense from start to finish.  Yes, the Chargers are a talented team, but they are still young, which is why they didn’t show up in Baltimore this week.  Hopefully for fans of the Bolts, this week will be a learning moment for their head coach and young roster, and it won’t happen too much again in the future.

LA Rams 38 (5-1), NY Giants 11 (1-5):  A 28-point second quarter turned this game into the one-sided affair it was during which Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense were unstoppable and the hosting Giants didn’t know what to do.  Today was the day Big Blue honored their Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots, and it is likely most of the players in attendance left MetLife Stadium shortly after the halftime ceremony in embarrassment of the team’s performance. The offseason can’t come fast enough for the Giants, who will need to take another hard look at their entire organization from the front office to the coaching staff and perhaps even the medical team as more players are falling to injury this season, making an already tough season tougher.

Minnesota 34 (3-3), Carolina 28 (3-3) OT:  Cue the conversation about the fairness of the NFL’s overtime rule after this game.  That’s because the Vikings held a 11-point fourth quarter lead before the hosting Panthers kicked an FG, and then went on to score the game-tying TD and two-point conversation.  Sadly, for Carolina and their fans, the Panthers offense never got back onto the field as Kirk Cousins three is third TD pass of the game to complete his 373-yard afternoon and win the game on the only overtime possession.

Arizona 37 (6-0), Cleveland 14 (3-3): Playing without a head coach was not a problem for the NFL’s last undefeated team as the Cardinals found out Friday they would be without Kliff Kingsbury. The game plan put in place before their trip must have been a good once since Arizona jumped out to a 20-0 lead and was a Hail Mary completion from being up 23-7 at the half. The Cardinals’ defense pitched a second half shutout while QB Kyler Murray posted a pair of his four TD passes in the second half to pour it on the Dawg Pound and stay undefeated on the season. As for the Browns, it appears their defense needs some work before Cleveland plans their Super Bowl parade now that they have giving up 49 and 37 points over the last two weeks to fall to .500.    

Dallas 35 (5-1), New England 29 (2-4):  Dallas did just enough to keep their hosts in New England in this game.  They went so far as to fail on a two-point conversation late to keep the Patriots close; they then allowed QB Mac Jones to make up for a pick-six by letting him throw a 75-yard TD pass of his own so the Patriots could take a late three-point lead.  Of course, in true Cowboys’ dramatic fashion, they would tie the game as time expired and score a game-winning touchdown in overtime to win their fifth straight.  People will say the Dallas Cowboys are good, but playing games with in a game like they do by committing bad penalties and sloppy plays might be something they can get away with in October … but they won’t in January during the NFC playoffs.

Las Vegas 34 (4-2), Denver 24 (3-3):  For an NFL team, there is nothing like being on the road during times of trouble to help refocus; and when you add in the fact there is a divisional opponent on the schedule, it makes it easier to put the off-field troubles behind them.  For Las Vegas, that’s what the schedule dialed up for them, and the results were a must needed win in Denver.  Raiders’ QB Derek Carr, the stat sheet might say he was outplayed by Denver’s Teddy Bridgewater, but when the game mattered, it was Las Vegas who controlled the game.  A 14-point third quarter allowed the Raiders to open up a 31-10 lead, with the Broncos putting up some meaning yards and points to provide the respectful final score when in reality this game was not that close.

Pittsburgh 23 (3-3), Seattle (2-4) OT:  For all those who thought the Seahawks offense was plug- and-play and didn’t need a star like Russell Wilson “cooking,” I give you Geno Smith.  The Steelers look like a shell of themselves with injuries slowing down their offense, forcing their defense to make big plays to build leads. After being down 14-0 at the half, Seattle figured out that the Steel Curtain was unable to stop the running game and stormed back to tie things up without needing Smith to throw the ball much.  The Seahawks would go on to tie the game and send this game to overtime before the Steelers did just enough to win and even their record at 3-3. As for Seattle, they go home as one of the disappointments of the 2021 season; they now reside at the bottom of the NFC West and will be without Chef Wilson for two more games in what appears to be a lost season in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

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