In this most-busy era for fans, where fantasy obligations run head on into team obligations, which are at odds with the urge to enjoy the NFL in total, some weeks can be tough — in particular, the past two Sundays for Bears fans have been pretty bogus given the losses in each and how neither one could be let down at any point during the day.
Thankfully, a loss to the Giants was not a factor at all. Actually, I believe had the Bears not won Thursday, we would still all be in a drunken stupor by Sunday afternoon, trying to forget the embarrassment of that situation.
As it was, this Sunday was about chilling and getting a good look at the lay of the land in the League and with only a couple of games (one actually being the unopposed Sunday night game) that really jumped out as attention-getters, this Sunday was a day to be thankful for the NFL RedZone. Be it through legal or more “independent” means (the internet always provides), the RedZone weekly asserts itself as one of the greatest innovations in sports broadcasting.
With its help I was able to take a decent enough look at each Sunday game to provide a quick hit on the entire Week 6 slate. If your team was on the losing side of any of these results, do yourself a favor and avoid any other sports media besides this website:
Green Bay 19, Baltimore 17
The Packers’ ability to make big plays — even when they aren’t making may plays in all — allowed them to pull this one off. Aaron Rodgers completed only seven passes in the second half but they went for a combined 199 yards. Going to be interesting going ahead to see how James Jones and Randall Cobb’s injuries affect the WR corps. The Ravens loss also ended a 13-game win streak at home against NFC opponents.
Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 20
The Bucs continue their horrible season (and what the hell are they doing with Doug Martin, says this guy who has him on his no-cut list on Yahoo!) and the Eagles finally didn’t look like crap while playing without Mike Vick. Eagles faithful have to be encouraged overall about their offense, this year’s team is one of only three ever to gain at least 400 yards in each of their first six games (’07 Patriots, ’83 Chargers).
Pittsburgh 19, NY Jets 6
The Jets encouraged a lot of people with their Monday night performance at Atlanta but they really don’t seem like the type of team to pull off two wins within a week’s time (at least not yet). Steelers finally show some pride and accomplish their first win of the season, also the franchise’s 600 in history, including the postseason.
Carolina 35, Minnesota 10
It sucks that the Vikings and Adrian Peterson in particular had to take such a tough loss given the events of this week but they just aren’t that good a team. Carolina, though… they know how to beat down teams they are supposed to (see: Week 3 versus the Giants) and when Cam plays, he really plays. Would be nice to see this Carolina team more, but we won’t, not often.
Kansas City 24, Oakland 7
KC also knows how to beat teams they are supposed to, they’ve done so mostly through their 6-0 start. Still, this is a good team and their defense clearly showed that Terrelle Pryor makes only slightly better choices in the pocket than Richard Pryor would. All you need to know: 4th-and-48, jack.
St. Louis 38, Houston 13
I said on this week’s D and Davis Show that there was more embarrassment to be had in Houston and I appreciate them giving me my best prediction of the year so far. The obvious storyline involves the QB play — the cheering for Matt Schaub’s injury, TJ Yates throwing like TD Jakes, yada yada. Just all kinds of negativity going on in a place that not long ago looked like the next franchise to break through as a constant contender.
Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24
Very encouraging for Buffalo to see it has a decent backup quarterback in the kid from Duke (following a recent starter from Harvard, guess they’ll start recruiting Oxford next). The Bengals straight survived and saved itself some soul-searching in regards to its offense, which finally showed up and won a game for this team.
Detroit 31, Cleveland 17
The most blah matchup as far as I’m concerned. Hate to give the Lions any props but they found another weapon in the rookie TE Joseph Fauria and Reggie Bush is continuing to look like a new, old man win that offense. Good offensive showing with Calvin Johnson still affected by his right knee and not able to produce (3 rec, 25 yards).
Seattle 20, Tennessee 13
The Titans seem like one of those teams that will provide fits to all teams this season and they played their role of near-spoiler well once again, but the Seahawks are just too strong — with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch steady eating up yards all this team needs from week to week is the defense to show up and they only have the best unit on that side of the ball.
Denver 35, Jacksonville 19
You have to be proud of the Jaguars for making this a competitive game most of the whole way through and Justin Blackmon really needs to keep himself out of BS, he can be the guy that keeps that team with some level of relevancy in the League going forward. Denver just did what they had to do, its not always going to be showy with them — Peyton with 22 TDs is still on pace for the NFL record.
San Francisco 32, Arizona 20
Another blah, though the Cardinals did show some heart. Vernon Davis was big for the 49ers, could they be finally gaining some sense in regards to using the most effective TE weapon in the NFL. Arizona actually out-gained the SF offense 403-387, surprising giving how well the Niners ran the ball– pretty good defense out in AZ, if only their offense could control the ball better.
New England 30, New Orleans 27
Tom Brady simply asserted himself once again as one of the true legends of modern-day sports — his 38th win from a tie or deficit in the fourth quarter. Much breaking down can be done of the lacking late-game decisions on both sides, this was a game featuring two superior teams neither of which are nearly as good as they should or could be, a perfect stew for mid-October football.
We found out a lot about both teams in this one but more than anything this game was about the affirmation that Tom Brady can really do no wrong — Boston is lucky as hell, Papi is one thing but he and Brady both shutting things down in a matter of hours… man.
And the Patriots fans are getting some crap for leaving early, but they don’t deserve it. It’s seemed reasonably that the Pats were ready for a big implosion, their last couple weeks of play have been horrible and for most of the Saints game Brady wasn’t doing nothing and his recievers were doing less, you can’t be mad at those folks for turning attention to the Sawx a little early. But let it be known and never forgotten — never sleep on Brady.
Or like this.
Keeping the pressure on
Not including any take on the R*dsk*ns and the Cowboys here because you obviously didn’t need RedZone or Sunday Ticket or illegal streams to watch it. Still wanted to post up Bob Costas’s halftime essay on the Washington football team’s name though.
I offer a couple clues in the previous paragraph so you know where I stand on the issue — the word in entirety will not be written on this website and I look forward to the day (and it will come) when we don’t have to worry about it any more.
Also, Costas’s halftime statements are becoming a key platform in the discussion of certain heavy sports topics, such as his take on gun control last season, and given the sadly predictable reactions he’s received in the wake of both, this is one instance where I actually agree with the belief that if you aren’t receiving hate for your actions then you aren’t doing anything — Costas is doing something here, the pressure is gaining momentum, change is on its way.
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