Thursday, October 18, 2012

NFL Week 6 Recap

(AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
Note to readers: This is the first and last time the Browns will be in the article's featured picture.
Brandon Weeden helped the Browns snap their 11-game losing streak on his birthday.
This Week's Record: 9-5
Overall Record: 57-34

Steelers vs. Titans: 26-23 Titans
Steelers Player of the Week: Isaac Redman- 14 rush yards, 4 receptions, 105 receiving yards
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 91 rush yards, 23 receiving yards

Everything went wrong for the Steelers in this game. They failed to extend their lead throughout the game and when they needed their offense most, late in the fourth quarter, it failed. Pittsburgh's run game really suffered and forced the entire offense to rely on the pass. That's not Pittsburgh Steelers football and thats why they lost the game.

Raiders vs. Falcons: 23-20 Falcons
Raiders Player of the Week: Darren McFadden- 70 rush yards, 28 receiving yards, touchdown
Falcons Player of the Week: Roddy White- 6 receptions, 72 receiving yards, touchdown

The Falcons escaped another game and managed to keep their undefeated streak alive for at least one more week. Matt Ryan played his worst game of the season and to be honest, the Falcons should have lost this game. The Raiders outplayed Atlanta, but in the end Ryan redeemed himself with an ice-cold drive which led to the game winning field goal.

Bengals vs. Browns: 34-24 Browns
Bengals Player of the Week: AJ Green- 7 receptions, 135 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Browns Player of the Week: Brandon Weeden- 231 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 92.7 passer rating

The Browns had to win eventually, right? On his 29th birthday, ROOKIE quarterback Brandon Weeden led his team to its first victory in over ten games. Good news for the Bengals is that AJ Green is turning into a superstar this season. Bad news for the Bengals is that he is their only offensive threat.

Rams vs. Dolphins: 17-14 Dolphins
Rams Player of the Week: Brandon Gibson- 7 receptions, 91 receiving yards
Dolphins Player of the Week: Ryan Tannehill- 185 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 112.0 passer rating

Tannehill and the Dolphins squeezed out another win last Sunday thanks to Legatron missing three field goals (after being perfect all season). Tannehill had a turnover free game and really led the offense with the run game failing.

Colts vs. Jets: 35-9 Jets
Colts Player of the Week: Reggie Wayne- 5 receptions, 87 receiving yards
Jets Player of the Week: Shonn Greene- 161 rush yards, 3 touchdowns

Andrew Luck was the only rookie who didn't win this Sunday. Luck played the worst game of his short career, throwing two interceptions and having only a 50% completion percentage. Give the Jets some credit though, they played fantastic football. Shonn Greene had a career day which made it easier for Sanchez. They head into a tough game next week against the Patriots so we will see if they can keep it up.

Lions vs. Eagles: 26-23 Eagles (OT)
Lions Player of the Week: Calvin Johnson- 6 receptions, 135 receiving yards
Eagles Player of the Week: Jeremy Maclin- 6 receptions, 130 receiving yards, touchdown

The Eagles blew a ten point lead in the second half and are now 3-3. Michael Vick played decent (2 interceptions, 2 touchdowns) and it wasn't his fault the team lost. LeSean McCoy didn't show up and the defense didn't do their part late in the game. The Lions fought back and just as I called, they stuck it to the Eagles.

Chiefs vs. Bucs: 38-10 Bucs
Chiefs Player of the Week: Jamaal Charles- 40 rush yards
Bucs Player of the Week: Josh Freeman- 328 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 124.7 passer rating

The Chiefs played a really lousy game and absolutely collapsed in the second half. The first half was close but the Bucs outscored the Chiefs 31-7 in the second half. Kansas City has not led at any point in a game this season.

Cowboys vs. Ravens: 31-29 Ravens
Cowboys Player of the Week: Felix Jones- 92 rush yards, touchdown
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 62 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

Dez Bryant played a great game, but failed to catch a crucial two point conversion late in the game. The Ravens didn't play great, but still fought off the Cowboys. They had to pay the price though, losing Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis for the rest of the season.

Bills vs. Cardinals: 19-16 Bills (OT)
Bills Player of the Week: CJ Spiller- 88 rush yards, 22 receiving yards, touchdown
Cardinals Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald- 6 receptions, 93 receiving yards, touchdown

The Bills went from winning this game, to losing this game, to again winning this game all within a span of two minutes. The Cardinals tied the game up at 16 thanks to a 61 yard field goal by Jay Feely. Feely then missed a much shorter field goal shortly after, sending the game to OT. In OT, the Bills kicked their only field right through the uprights to win the game.

Giants vs. Niners: 26-3 Giants
Giants Player of the Week: Ahmad Bradshaw- 116 rush yards, touchdown
Niners Player of the Week: N/A

The Giants handled the Niners with ease on Sunday, showing they are the most ELIte team in the NFC. New York's defense pounced on Alex Smith and intercepted him three times. Eli played turnover free ball and balanced the Giants' pass offense with another impressive rushing day.

Patriots vs. Seahawks: 24-23 Seahawks
Patriots Player of the Week: Wes Welker- 10 receptions, 138 receiving yards, touchdown
Seahawks Player of the Week: Russell Wilson- 293 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 133.7 passer rating

Trailing 23-10 in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to an improbable victory to remain undefeated at home. Seattle's defense shut down Tom Brady in the second half as Wilson led the offense to two scoring drives in the final seven minutes of the game.

Vikings vs. Redskins: 38-26 Redskins
Vikings Player of the Week: Percy Harvin- 11 receptions, 133 receiving yards
Redskins Player of the Week: Robert Griffin III- 182 pass yards, 138 rush yards, 3 touchdowns (2 rush, 1 pass), 97.2 passer rating

The Vikings' defense, which led them to their 4-1 start, failed to show up on Sunday. Minnesota continually got torched by the Redskins's rookie quarterback. With a chance to get the ball back late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings' defense failed to stop Griffin III and instead he took it 76 yards for his third touchdown of the game.

Packers vs. Texans: 42-24 Packers
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 338 pass yards, 6 touchdowns, 133.8 passer rating
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 29 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

What did America learn from this game? Well, we learned that JJ Watt is an absolute beast, but we also learned that we can't count out the Packers just yet. Aaron Rodgers tied the Green Bay Packers' all-time record for throwing the most touchdowns in one game (previously owned by Matt Flynn, remember him?). Watt had two sacks and four pass deflections, but the Texans couldn't keep up on offense.

Broncos vs. Chargers:35-24 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Peyton Manning- 309 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 129.0 passer rating
Chargers Player of the Week: Antonio Gates- 6 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Yes, Peyton Manning broke history by being the first quarterback to lead his team to a double digit victory after trailing by 24 points, but really it was Philip Rivers who just absolutely blew this game for his team. Rivers threw 4 interceptions and coughed up two fumbles, giving his team no shot to win the game. This game was a tale of two halves, and Peyton Manning showed the world why being clutch matters.

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