Here is our review of Week 6 of the NFL Season
Player of the Week: Vernon Davis (SF) – 8 catches, 180 yards, 2 TD in 32-30 win over Arizona
Honorable Mentions: Tim Jennings (CHI), Alec Ogletree (STL), Nick Foles (PHI), Eddie Lacy (GB).
Goat of the Week: (Too easy, but…) Eli Manning (NYG)
– The Giants lost again. The New York Football Giants, with their star quarterback Eli Manning, salsa dancing WR Victor Cruz, magenta-faced Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of the crew, have no wins. They are 0-6 after falling to the Bears, 27-21. Chicago improved to 4-2 with a quality performance from Jay Cutler – 24-36, 262 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INT – with some big help from Brandon Marshall, with 9 catches for 87 yards and 2 TDs. Eli threw three picks and his running back tried to make up for it as Brandon Jacobs ran for 106 yards and 2 TDs. Cornerback Tim Jennings had 2 INTs for the Bears, including one ran back for a TD. The Bears play at the Redskins on Sunday, and the Giants will feature on Monday Night Football as they host the Minnesota Vikings.
– The Browns – also – finally lost. Why is this a big deal? Well, the Browns traded their big name running back, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts and then managed to string together three wins. This week, they fell to the Detroit Lions, 31-17. The Browns put their lack of running game on display, but Josh Gordon was impressive, with 7 catches on 9 targets for 126 yards. Matthew Stafford had four touchdowns, one interception and threw for 248 yards. Lions Linebacker DeAndre Levy, a 3rd round draft pick out of the University of Wisconsin in 2009, had two interceptions. Detroit will host Cincinnati this Sunday, while Cleveland visits the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field to take on the Packers.
– The Chiefs improved to 6-0 with a 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in front of a raucous 76,394. Neither quarterback was very impressive as Alex Smith only threw for 128 yards and Terrelle Pryor threw 3 interceptions. But for the Chiefs, Jamaal Charles had 22 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns along with 5 catches for 50 yards, and CB Marcus Cooper had 5 tackles and an interception. The Raiders will be on a bye this next week, while Kansas City will host Houston.
– The Pittsburgh Steelers – of whom we’ve gotten accustomed to being one of the better teams in the NFL – finally won a football game, defeating the New York Jets 19-6. Ben Roethlisberger played fairly well, completing 23/30 passes for 264 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT, whereas Jets rookie QB Geno Smith returned to his turnover ways, throwing two picks and going 19/34 for 201 yards and 0 TDs. Neither team’s rushing game was very impressive, and Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham came through when called upon, putting all four field goal attempts through the uprights including two over 45 yards.
– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the other hand, are still winless, this week again going with rookie Mike Glennon at QB (26/43, 273 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT). Nick Foles stepped up well for the injured Michael Vick, completing 22/31 passes for 296 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INT, and LeSean McCoy also contributed 116 yards on 25 rushes. On offense, a bright spot for Tampa was Vincent Jackson who caught 9 passes for 114 yards and 2 TDs.
– The Houston Texans, who I (Dylan) picked to win the Superbowl, have fallen to 2-4 after a 38-13 humiliation to the St. Louis Rams. The story here? The Rams defense, who recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes from the hand of substitute T.J. Yates, including a pick six returned 98 yards by Alec Ogletree. St. Louis plays at Carolina this week, while Houston visits Kansas City.
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