Week 6 was not a week for free-flowing offenses with only two teams scoring over 30 points in a game. We did however learn that Green Bay is still amazing, you still shouldn't give Tom Brady the ball with a chance to steal the win, the 49ers are legitimate playoff contenders and coaches need to be trained in the correct method of the post-game handshake. Let's get to this week's action!
Atlanta Falcons 31 defeated Carolina Panthers 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd1WLndlnrA&feature=relmfu Quick Analysis: After a surprisingly slow start, the Falcons found themselves trailing by 3 after the third quarter. Carolina had built its lead on the back of rookie QB Cam Newton's 237 passing yards. Michael Turner and Matt Ryan powered Atlanta over the top of the pesky Panthers with a 17-0 final quarter. Player of the Game: Michael Turner (Falcons). 139 yards and two TDs gave the Falcons a much needed victory.
Cincinnati Bengals 27 defeated Indianapolis Colts 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNxSUnL3ZDI&feature=channel_video_title Quick Analysis: The Bengals jumped out to a solid 20-7 lead heading into the final quarter as the Colts continued to struggle without Peyton Manning. Manning's replacement, Curtis Painter, rallied the Bengals to within 3, but Adam Vinatieri had a tying FG blocked. The Bengals have now equaled their wins from last season, while the Colts have matched their loss total. Player of the Game: Andy Dalton (Bengals). Continued his solid start to the season with a touchdown and 264 passing yards.
San Francisco 49ers 25 defeated Detroit Lions 19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euWZzgsX8yQ Quick Analysis: While some tipped the Lions to show improvement this season, not many would have picked the 49ers to have 5 wins after 6 rounds. San Fransico held a slender lead at halftime, but fell behind in the final quarter. On a fourth and goal, Alex Smith found Delanie Walker for the game-winning touchdown. Ugly finish to the game as the two coaches had to be separated due to Jim Harbaugh's overly zealous handshake at the end of the game. Player of the Game: Frank Gore (49ers). While Smith will get the plaudits for his last-gasp heroics, he was only in that situation because of Gore's 141 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.
Green Bay Packers 24 defeated St Louis Rams 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03rKxuXMMKw&feature=channel_video_title Quick Analysis: One assumes the Packers will eventually lose, but this first half was a clinical performance by the defending champs. Aaron Rodgers was impressive in the second quarter throwing 3 touchdowns. The Packers are now the final undefeated team while the Rams are yet to win. Player of the Game: AJ Hawk (Packers). 7 tackles, including a sack which helped hold the Rams to 3 points.
New York Giants 27 defeated Buffalo Bills 24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbZd7OAxyZ0&feature=related Quick Analysis: The Bills started out with two touchdowns in the first quarter but then struggled over the next two quarters to contain RB Ahmad Bradshaw. New York allowed Buffalo to tie it at 24 in the fourth quarter, but Lawrence Tynes kicked the Giants three points clear in the final two minutes. Player of the Game: Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants). A comprehensive day from Bradshaw as he rushed for over 100 yards and 3 TDs.
Pittsburgh Steelers 17 defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVVqPdy2XrM&feature=related Quick Analysis: The Steelers have not impressed compared to the lofty standards of the franchise, but coasted to a 14 point lead at halftime. The Steelers didn't trouble the scorers again as the Jaguars pulled within 4, but couldn't pull of the Hail Mary pass to pull off the upset. Player of the Game: LaMarr Woodley (Steelers). 2 sacks by the linebacker as the Steelers won in unconvincing fashion.
Philadelphia Eagles 20 defeated Washington Redskins 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJyt0Kjv1hs&feature=relmfu Quick Analysis: Under great pressure, the Eagles had the game handed to them by the Redskins, in particular, Rex Grossman, who threw four interceptions. The Eagles held a 20 point lead in the second quarter, but still had a nervous final quarter needing to convert a third and short with 2 minutes to go to close out the match. Player of the Game: Kurt Coleman (Eagles). Grossman's favourite target caught three of his four interceptions.
Baltimore Ravens 29 defeated Houston Texans 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVH0lnyf-Aw&feature=relmfu Quick Analysis: The Ravens seemed to have the upper hand after three quarters, but only had a 2 point lead to show for it as they had to settle for 3 field goals while the Texans scored two TDs. The Ravens defence delivered in the final quarter, holding the Texans scoreless while the offense was able to kick two more field goals and score a touchdown. Player of the Game: Ray Lewis (Ravens). The heart-and-soul of the Ravens, Lewis was brilliant in defense recording a sack and 8 tackles.
Oakland Raiders 24 defeated Cleveland Browns 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VSpmby6Io4&feature=relmfu Quick Analysis: On the day dedicated to former owner Al Davis, the Raiders did enough to just win. The Raiders were sparked by Jacoby Ford's kickoff return TD and scored 17 straight points. The Browns had a chance to win after scoring in the final minutes and recovering the onside kick, but the Raiders would not be beaten on this special day. Player of the Game: Jacoby Ford (Raiders). Contributes on special teams and the offense for the Raiders fourth win of the season.
New England Patriots 20 defeated Dallas Cowboys 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6yF-cXAVgY&feature=related Quick Analysis: In what was expected to be a high-scoring affair three touchdowns were scored in total. The Patriots offense made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes as they committed four turnovers, but their maligned defense stood up to carry the struggling attack. The Cowboys had a 3 point lead late in the fourth, but gave Tom Brady two and a half minutes to find the end zone and the reigning MVP led the perfect drive to score with 22 seconds remaining. Player of the Game: Andre Carter (Patriots). A number of defenders stood up, but it was Carter's third quarter sack that kept the Patriots in the ball game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 defeated New Orleans Saints 20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1iXFl7zfGE&feature=related Quick Analysis: Around this time of year, pressure builds on certain underperforming teams to make a statement win. Statement made. The Buccaneers were electrifying out of the gate to lead 20-10 at the halftime break. They let the Saints back in and Drew Brees had a chance in the red zone to break the hearts of the Tampa Bay fans, but he threw an interception and the Buccaneers held on. Player of the Game: Josh Freeman (Buccaneers). Going up against Brees, Freeman outplayed the Saints' QB throwing 300 yards and 2 TDs.
Chicago Bears 39 defeated Minnesota Vikings 10 http://youtu.be/Dkq7jW_Aurs Quick Analysis: Going against the trend of the week, the Bears jumped out to a 16 point lead in the first quarter and continued to pile on the points. Jay Cutler tore apart the woeful Vikings on his way to 267 yards and 2 TDs. Matt Forte also contributed in the rushing game, but Devin Hester made another explosive kickoff return and caught a TD pass for good measure as well. Player of the Game: Devin Hester (Bears). Another kickoff returned for a touchdown by Hester as the Bears blow the Vikings away.
New York Jets 24 defeated Miami Dolphins 6 http://youtu.be/U5OCoFVicTY Quick Analysis: Off the back of three losses in a row, the Jets needed a strong performance to get the season back on track. Darrelle Revis made an interception on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown and the Jets never looked back. Mark Sanchez rushed a touchdown in himself and also connected with Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter as the Jets improved to 3-3. Player of the Game: Darrelle Revis (Jets). Two interceptions for Revis holding the Dolphins to two field goals in the game.