Week 6 Recap, Notes, & Observations

NFL Week Six: The Steelers take an unscheduled bye-week

by Matt Magill

Pittsburgh, once again, went from one of the most impressive teams, to one of the biggest head-scratchers as they lost a game to the Dolphins that, by all accounts, they should have easily handled. Now, with Roethlisberger out and the Patriots up next, they are staring 4-3 square in the face.  Luckily for them, the rest of the AFC North, that was supposed to be fairly good this year, is a train wreck, as every member of that division lost this weekend.  I still think the Steelers are the class of the North, they are too talented not to be, but sure as shit don’t trust them.

My Observations:

The Chargers finally played a complete game and helped Mike McCoy keep his job for one additional week. The Broncos, on the other hand are hurting.  While you can’t make too much of a division loss, two defeats in a row is concerning.

The Bills might be legit now. Sure, they beat up on a bad 49ers team, but that’s four victories in a row.  Well done, Rex.  In a conference that seems up for grabs (at least after the Patriots) it’s entirely possible the Bills end their playoff drought this year.

The Redskins also got their fourth win in a row and the Eagles are now sinking after a fast start. They are starting to turn into what everyone thought they would be at the beginning of the year.

The Titans almost gave the game away to the Browns (who actually received decent quarterback play). Is it time to start building around Cody Kessler?

Last Thursday, I said the winner of the Giants/Ravens game would be the team with the better quarterback. I was right, I just picked the wrong quarterback as Flacco missed open throw after open throw and Eli finally realized his best option is to just throw it to Odell in space.  Speaking of Odell, the more I see with him and the stupid kicking net on the sidelines, the more I wish he would disappear.  Players like Odell are what is wrong with sports in general and the NFL in particular.

The Panthers are toast. Will it cost Ron Rivera his job just a season after being coach of the year?  New Orleans is not a good team, they just ran into one that is too dysfunctional for words.

The Rams and Lions played the Mediocre-Bowl and they both wound up 3-3 at the end of it. Coincidence?

The Patriots continued to roll, this time with 100% more Gronk.

The Jags won by a point.  Over the Bears.  That’s all I’ve got on that one.

Andy Reid is still awesome off a bye. I have no idea how this guy does it, but I’m never betting against him in that situation.  Now if they only played every other week in the playoffs…

Poor officiating in Seattle, giving a call to the home team? You don’t say.  Everyone is going to say the Seahawks at 4-1 are the class of the NFC, but I’m not buying it.

I went to bed, the Colts were up 14, I wake up and they’ve lost by three. I’d like to say I’m surprised, but really the only thing I’m surprised about is how the coaches and Gm still have a job in Indy.

The Jets are just bad at football. How Fitzpatrick can remain the starter going forward is a mystery to me.

Rising like a Viagra binge:

The Bills and Redskins are both 4-0 over the last month of games. Can they stay hot?  I tend to think so for the Bills.  The ‘Skins have a tougher schedule which makes me think they’ll come back to earth soon.  They could still be a nine win team at the end of the year.

Sinking faster than the Titanic:

The Ravens have lost three in a row, three winnable games in a row. They need to fix Flacco if they have any chance of going anywhere this year.

Coaches on the hot seat:

Mike McCoy and David Caldwell get a bit of a respite, but Chuck Pagano is most certainly gone, sooner rather than later if the Colts keep this up. I am starting to think this is the last year of Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati unless there is a dramatic turnaround as well. I would say that Gus Bradley did nothing to help his case this week with a one-point win over the Bears.  Let’s welcome Jeff Fisher back to the hot seat, and make room for new member, Ron Rivera!  Here’s one that might surprise you, is Mike McCarthy going to be blamed for the offensive woes in Green Bay and shown the door if the Cheeseheads can’t make a deep playoff run?  Something to keep an eye on.

A quick word on the Cowboys:

I’m an unabashed Cowboys fan, have been since my youth and the time of the “triplets”. So I would like to say something about the worst-run team in the NFL this side of Cleveland.

This team is the real deal, and by exorcising the Lambeau demons, they added another notch in their belt. Can they get to the Superbowl?  With a defense that is forcing turnovers like they are and an offense is probably the most consistent in football, I don’t see why not.  Of course, when you add the missing pieces back in, this could all quickly sink and with the Redskins looking like they are ready to jump back in the race for the East, there’s no room to breathe.


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