We are almost half way through the NFL season and one thing is abundantly clear. There are a lot of bad football teams, struggling week in and week out. The AFC South may be the worst division in the league. The Tennessee Titans lost to the Baltimore Ravens 21-0. Marcus Mariota completed 10 passes on Sunday and was sacked 11 times. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Dallas Cowboys 40-7. Coming into Sunday’s match up, Dallas was averaging less than 20 points per game. The Indianapolis Colts lost to the New York Jets 42-34. Quarterback Andrew Luck threw 3 interceptions and the Colts had 4 turnovers. The Winner of the AFC South will only have to win 9 games.
5 Things We Learned About Week 6 in the NFL:
5) Eli Manning is done in New York: The Giants are 1-5 and their team looks lost on both sides of the ball. Manning was 24-43 for 281 yards and 1 interception. Manning has become quarterback Alex Smith minus the scrambling ability. He continues to check down and get rid of the ball as soon as he can. The Giants won’t win more than 4 or 5 games this season. They should have a top 3 draft pick. Look for them to take Justin Herbert out of Oregon to be their next quarterback. Rookie, Saquon Barkley had 229 all purpose yards. He is the clear favorite for rookie of the year.
4) Ben Roethlisberger continues to dominate Ohio: Coming into this season, Roethlisberger had a career record of 40-9 against teams from Ohio. Pittsburgh came back to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 28-21. With 10 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Antonio Brown caught a pass and ran 31 yards for the game winning touchdown. The Bengals are now 4-2 and the Steelers are 3-2-1.
3) There is something “off” in Green Bay: The Packers scored 10 points in the final 2 minutes to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30. Aaron Rodgers thew for 425 yards and had 2 touchdown passes. Two weeks ago in Detroit, Mason Crosby missed 4 field goal attempts. Crosby hit the game winner and made all 4 Monday night. Even though the Packers won, Mike McCarthy was thoroughly out-coached in the 2nd half. If it wasn’t for Rodgers heroics, the Packers would have lost to a 1-4 San Francisco team.
2) Jon Gruden is stealing money in Oakland: The Raiders flew to London and lost to the Seattle Seahawks 27-3. It was 27 to 0 before the Raiders scored with 8:25 left in the 4th quarter. The Raiders only mustered 185 yards of offense. Gruden is now 1-5 and his team his 28th in the NFL on offense. They are averaging 18.3 points per game. There is no reason for this team to be struggling. They have a very good quarterback in Derek Carr and a plethora of offensive Talent. At the start of the season, Gruden signed a 10 year, $100 million contract. The Seahawks are 3-3 for the first time since 2014.
1) New England and Kansas City play the game of the year: The Patiots defeated the Chiefs 43-40 on Sunday night in Foxborough. Coming into this game, quarterbacks who were under the age of 25, had a record of 1-41 at Gillette Stadium. Patrick Mahomes threw for 352 yards, had 4 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and had two total touchdowns. Sony Michel rushed for 106 yards and had two touchdowns. The Patriots have now won three games in a row and Brady won his 200th game.
If Aaron Rodgers had Bill Belichick as his coach, he would have 7 Super Bowl ring.
Ravens set a team record by sacking Marcus Mariota 11 times.
Falcons defeated the Tampa Buccaneers 34-29. Jameis Winston had two interceptions inside the Falcons 20 yard line. Tampa’s defensive coordinator, Mike Smith, was fired after the game.
Melvin Gordon ran for 3 touchdowns in the Chargers 38-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Adam Theilen of the Minnesota Vikings has 100 or more receiving yards in 6 straight games.
The Dolphins are the worst 4-2 team in the history of the NFL.
The Cowboys, Cole Beasley, had 101 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Coming into this game, Beasley had 20 catches, 0 touchdowns in 6 games.
The Redskins defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-17. Josh Norman had an interception against his former team.
The Jets scored 42 points in their victory against he Indianapolis Colts. Jason Myers had 7 field goals.
The Rams defeated the Denver Broncos 23-20. Todd Gurley rushed for a career high 208 rushing yards.
The Sports Whisperer’s top 5:
5) Los Angeles Chargers
4) New Orleans Saints
3) Kansas City Chiefs
2) New England Patriots
1) Los Angeles Rams
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