Wrapping up: Week 6 games
Giants at Bears: New York is just a terrible football team, there’s no way around it. Eli Manning is throwing interceptions at an alarming pace and their defense couldn’t stop a high school team right now. Funny thing about football though, they’ll probably be favored next week at home against the Vikings. Chicago looked decent, but will need to improve if they want to make a playoff run. Brandon Marshall finally had a good game (2 touchdowns) and Jay Cutler played well too.
Bengals at Bills: First of all, congrats to Thad Lewis for his incredible performance in a losing effort. His 40 yard touchdown strike to Marquise Goodwin with a minute left to send the game into OT was a thing of beauty. However, it ended poorly for Buffalo with a loss and for Lewis with a foot sprain. Giovani Bernard had trouble running the ball (15 rushes for 28 yards) but AJ Green finally had 100 receiving yards after failing to reach that mark for 4 straight weeks.
Lions at Browns: Even with Calvin Johnson ailing (3 catches for 25 yards) Detroit still put up 31 points thanks to 4 Matthew Stafford touchdowns. 3 of those TD’s went to Joseph Fauria who now has 7 catches and 5 touchdowns on the season. Brandon Weeden pretty much single handedly lost this game for the Browns (along with a terrible roughing the passer call by the official). Weeden’s interception while he was doing his best Brett Favre impersonation was one of the worst throws I’ve ever seen… look for that play to be on the “Weekend’s Worst” this week.
Raiders at Chiefs: If you have the Chiefs defense in fantasy football, then chances are you’re having a great season. They posted their 4th game of the season with 20 or more fantasy points on Sunday which is by far tops in the league. Alex Smith struggled and Jamaal Charles dominated on offense for Kansas City. For Oakland, Terrelle Pryor got no help from his offensive line, but his 3 picks were inevitable playing the Chiefs.
Panthers at Vikings: This Panthers team is impossible to figure out. They crush the Giants, get crushed by the Cardinals, then crush the Vikings. The common thread between winning and losing for Carolina is Cam Newton. When he plays well they dominate, and when he doesn’t, they have no shot. Matt Cassel threw the ball 44 times for Minnesota and managed just 10 points, so expect to see Josh Freeman next game.
Steelers at Jets: Pittsburgh finally gets their first win, and it came very unexpectedly too. After Geno Smith dominated the Falcons on Monday night football, many assumed he would do the same to the Steelers. However, everyone overlooked the fact that the Steelers were coming off a bye and New York was on a short week. The Jets offense managed just 6 points and Smith threw it to the other team twice. The Steelers O wasn’t great either; Le’Veon Bell had just 34 rushing yards and no receiver passed the 90 yard threshold as well, but it was enough to get the job done.
Eagles at Buccaneers: Nick Foles was very impressive in his season debut throwing for 296 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has created somewhat of a quarterback controversy once Vick is healthy whether coach Chip Kelly will admit it or not. Vincent Jackson turned the tides in a couple of fantasy games all by himself, but that was about it in terms of good things happening for Tampa Bay.
Packers at Ravens: The Packers controlled this game all the way, but could never seal the deal because they kept settling for field goals. Baltimore only rushed for 47 yards which led to Joe Flacco being forced to make plays. While he did a fine job, Aaron Rodgers and company were too much to overcome. On a sour note: Randall Cobb and James Jones both injured themselves in the game. Cobb’s injury looks to be more serious, but both could miss some time.
Rams at Texans: This was probably the most surprising result of the day as St. Louis went into Houston and absolutely wrecked the Texans. Matt Schaub got hurt, but the game was already out of hand at that point. T.J. Yates came in and showed everything he has learned from Schaub by throwing 2 interceptions, including a 98 yard pick-six. Arian Foster had 20 carries for 141 yards but Ben Tate stole his only touchdown chance with a 1 yard run. The Rams (offense in particular) weren’t spectacular by any means (117 passing yards and 99 rushing yards) but they did everything they needed to.
Broncos at Jaguars: Jacksonville tried everything they could to win this game including a fake punt in the first quarter and going for 2 early in the game. No one expected them to win, but at least they made it close at times and put up a valiant effort. Peyton Manning had his worst game of the season by far with just 2 touchdowns to 1 interception. Knowshon Moreno made fantasy owners happy with his 3 score performance.
Titans at Seahawks – This game was close for a while, but the 12th man ultimately proved to be too much for Tennessee to overcome. The Titans failed to score a single offense touchdown as Chris Johnson struggled mightily once again; this team is really missing Jake Locker at QB too. Seattle rode the back of Marshawn Lynch and his 2 touchdowns all the way to victory to improve to 5-1 on the year.
Saints at Patriots: This was definitely the most excited game of week 6 with New England making an improbable comeback to beat New Orleans. After a series of back and forth possessions (including a failed 4th down conversion by the Pats and some terrible clock management by the Saints) New England took over with just over a minute left and 70 yards to score while being down by 4. After a methodical drive, Tom Brady delivered a perfect pass right to the back corner of the end-zone where Kenbrell Thompkins snagged it as the clock ran down to 5 ticks left. The win puts both the Patriots and Saints at 5-1 and improves New England to 33-3 in their last 36 home games.
Cardinals at 49ers: San Francisco controlled this game throughout, thanks in part to 2 second quarter touchdowns by Vernon Davis. Colin Kaepernick didn’t play outstanding, but he was definitely sufficient and left the stadium feeling good about the win. For Arizona, Andre Ellington proved his worth as a fantasy commodity (14 points) and Larry Fitz had a 76 yard TD to make owners happy.
Cowboys at Redskins: RGIII looked like his old self again as Washington ran a significant amount of designed runs for him. That site has to be encouraging to fantasy owners, but the Redskins still took a convincing loss. Terrance Williams made good on my idea to pick him up this week as he had a nice 3rd quarter touchdown. Demarco Murray was playing well before he went down with an injury and may miss more time with that too.
Chargers at Colts: Andrew Luck did not play the great game that I was expecting, but he got no help from his receivers as they dropped 5 passes on the night. One notable stat: Reggie Wayne became just the 9th ever player to catch 1,000 career passes, great stuff. Philip Rivers did not make any mistakes to let the Colts back into the game and Ryan Mathews was surprisingly electrifying in a convincing San Diego win. The loss for the Colts continues a 4 week trend of teams losing after they play the Seahawks.