In the 2006 movie, Rocky Balboa, Rocky is talking to his son and he says the following, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
After seeing all the injuries happen in the NFL in the first six weeks, this is my theme for all teams. Almost every organization is losing players weekly. They are getting knocked down and in most cases knocked out. Who ever can “get back up” and have other players step up, will have a great chance to contend for a playoff spot. That is how winning is done.
5 Things We Learned About Week 6 in the NFL.
#5) It is Carson’s world… We are all just living in it.
In the pre-season, I wrote… if I had to pick one team and one quarterback over the next 5 years out of the NFC East, it would be the Eagles and Carson Wentz. The Eagles defeated the Carolina Panthers on the road 28-23. In just 22 games, Wentz has not only become the leader of this Eagles team but he could be the next face of the NFL. Going into this game, Wentz has proven to be posed beyond his years. He is ranked 1st on 3rd downs in passing yards… 607, 6 passing TD’s and 32 first downs. As of week 6, the Eagles are the best team in the NFL.
#4) Alex Smith will always be Alex Smith.
In the 2003 movie, The Matrix Reloaded, Morpheus says, “There are some things in this world that never change, and some things do change”
This is the Kansas City Chiefs under quarterback Alex Smith. Yes, the Chiefs have a better offense and more weapons, This year but as we witnessed Sunday against the Steelers, Smith is not an elite quarterback. Rookie Kareem Hunt was held to 21 yards rushing and Smith struggled to score points. When the Chiefs play from the lead, Smith can be very effective, but when his team trails he continues to struggle. As long as Andy Reid and Smith are paired up, KC will never win a Super Bowl.
#3) Joe Flacco has retired, but didn’t tell anyone.
The Ravens lost at home to the Bears 27-24. Flacco was 24-41 for 180 yards with 2 interceptions. To say the Ravens QB has been terrible is an understatement. In six games he has 4 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and a QB rating of 66.1. Over the past 22 games, the former Delaware standout, has 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. If Baltimore doesn’t turn it around over the next few weeks, look for Flacco to be benched.
#2) Houston… We DON’T have a problem.
For years, Texans fans have screamed that their defense was good enough to win but their offense, their quarterback, was holding them back. Houston has tried numerous players under center over the past few years.
2013: Matt Schaub.
2014: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum.
2015: Bryan Hoyer.
2016: Brock Osweiler.
2017: Tom Savage.
The wait is finally over. Houston has found themselves a franchise quarterback. Deshaun Watson is leading the NFL with 15 touchdown passes. On Sunday, against a terrible Browns (0-6) team, Watson looked like a veteran. The rookie was 17-29 for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. I would be shocked if Watson doesn’t win rookie of the year.
#1) Aaron Rodgers is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Aaron Rodgers will undergo surgery to repair his injured collarbone. I had the Packers getting to the Super Bowl and Rodgers winning the MVP. In 5 games, Mr. “Discount Double Check” was well on his way. He had13 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 1,385 yards and his completion percentage was 66.3. The NFL has an injury problem but how do they make the game safer? Unfortunately, for Packers fans, their season may be over.
Dolphins won a tough road game in Atlanta 20-17. The Fins defense has stepped up over the past few weeks and they will face the surprising New York Jets (3-3) team at home next week. If the Dolphins can defeat New York, they can get back into the AFC mix.
The Raiders are 2-4. No one saw this coming. Getting quarterback Derek Carr back should help them but they are facing a must win situation Thursday night, at home against the Chiefs.
The Titans scored 10 points in 6 quarters without quarterback Marcus Mariota. On Monday, the former Oregon Ducks quarterback led his team. The Titans broke an 11 game losing streak to the Indianapolis Colts, winning, 36-22. Mariota threw for over 300 yards despite having a hamstring injury. Mariota has not thrown an interception inside the Red Zone in 107 passing attempts. That is second only to Aaron Rodgers 134 attempts. It was the first time in 12 games that the Titans beat the Colts.
Welcome to the 2017 Season:
The New York Giants won their first game of the season Sunday Night over the Denver Broncos,23-10.
Adrian Peterson rushed for over 100 yards and had two touchdowns for his new team, The Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Power Rankings:
#5) Steelers 4-2.
#4) Los Angeles Rams 4-2.
#3) New England Patriots 4-2.
#2) Kansas City Chiefs 5-1.
#1) Philadelphia Eagles 5-1.
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