Around the League: Week 6 Results

Six weeks down, eleven more to go. Week 6 didn’t really provide me any insight except the perennial contenders can win ugly (New England) and sometimes, they can lose ugly(New Orleans).

Carolina Panthers 17 Atlanta Falcons 31

Nothing to see here, I’m afraid. When you don’t turn the ball over, score touchdowns on offense(as opposed to field goals), and force turnovers on defense, you should probably win. Cam Newton is vying with Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton for Rookie of the Year and had another respectable game. Atlanta’s workhorse Michael Turner had a big day, racking up 139 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Score one for the Dirty Birds. -Jared

Jared – 0 for 1

Travis – 1 for 1

Buffalo Bills  24 New York Giants 27

I feel like I’m being a tad redundant by saying if you don’t turn the ball over, score touchdowns on offense, and cause turnovers on defense, you should probably win. Ahmad Bradshaw had 3 touchdown runs and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 2 interceptions. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 2

Travis – 1 for 2

Indianapolis Colts 17 Cincinnati Bengals 27

This is getting a bit ridiculous. Cincinnati forces 3 turnovers and does not turn the ball over themselves. The Colts pass rush was ineffective, and although the Indianapolis run defense held its own, a weak secondary allowed for 12 passing first downs. This will not do. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 3

Travis – 1 for 3

San Francisco 49ers 25 Detroit Lions 19

I saw a pretty funny Tweet on Monday that said “if the only thing Jim Harbaugh needs to work on is his post-game handshake, the 49ers are going to be just fine”. I couldn’t agree more. While I’m sad to see the tear the Lions have been on come to a halt, I don’t necessarily feel like they got out-played. They were most certainly out-coached. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 4

Travis – 1 for 4

St. Louis Rams 3 Green Bay Packers 24

I am not at all surprised by the outcome of this game. I am, however, kind of shocked this game didn’t end up being a tad more lopsided as far as the score goes. Green Bay scored 21 points in the second quarter and didn’t put a point on the board afterward. They simply didn’t need to. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 5

Travis – 2 for 5

Philadelphia Eagles 20 Washington Redskins 13

Rex Grossman finally showed his true colors, threw 4 interceptions, and found himself on the bench. The Eagles finally played a manageable game, ending the first half with a 17-point lead and just kind of rode out a road win. They’re no Dream Team, but they will win some games. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 6

Travis – 2 for 6

Jacksonville Jaguars 13 Pittsburgh Steelers 17

Frankly, the Jaguars are not an awful team. The problem, outside of starting a rookie quarterback in Blaine Gabbert, is that they have absolutely zero downfield threat, which allows teams to key in on Maurice Jones-Drew. Rashard Mendenhall returned to form, rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 7

Travis – 3 for 7

Cleveland Browns 17 Oakland Raiders 24

Who would have thought the Madden curse would rear its ugly head in the form of a contract dispute? Oakland lost its signal-caller Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone and simply beat Cleveland up on both sides of the ball enroute to a win. The good news for Oakland? They gave up their first round pick in 2012 and potentially another in 2013 for Carson Palmer from Cincinnati. Flatly, this is great for both organizations. -Jared

Jared – 5 for 8

Travis – 4 for 8

Houston Texans 14 Baltimore Ravens 29

I mean, I hate to say I told you so, right? Houston’s pass rush was ineffective due to the loss of Mario Williams. The Texan passing game was a bust without Andre Johnson. With no out of body experience from Arian Foster, the Ravens beat up on the Texans, just as I predicted. I’ll drink to that. -Jared

Jared – 6 for 9

Travis – 4 for 9

Dallas Cowboys 16 New England Patriots 20

The Patriots might be 5-1 and most of the time look like they might just make another AFC Championship appearance, but man, are they struggling or what? I can’t figure out which I’m confused by more, Tom Brady throwing a mess of interceptions lately, or Dallas’ inability to win despite returning some key pieces from injury. Tit for tat, I suppose. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 10

Travis – 4 for 10

New Orleans Saints 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26

Let me get this straight, Tampa Bay gets blown out by the resurgent 49ers on the road a week ago and then beats a top 5 team in the league at home? Right. Got it. I’m still shaking my head. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 11

Travis – 4 for 11

Minnesota Vikings 10 Chicago Bears 39

Remember when Donovan McNabb was a top 5 quarterback and could propel his team to a win no matter the circumstances? Yeah? Those days are over. Chicago’s defense stopped Adrian Peterson and Jay Cutler played well enough to render Matt Forte ineffective for the day. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 12

Travis – 4 for 12

New York Jets 24 Miami Dolphins 6

Wins like this one aren’t necessarily signs that Rexy and the Jets have turned their season around. However, they are definitely signs that Miami needs to tank and hope for a shot at Andrew Luck. Miami’s defense was not awful and Daniel Thomas is more than just another running back. Matt Moore, however, is just another backup quarterback, and for good reason. -Jared

Jared – 8 for 13

Travis – 4 for 13

Another week, another win. Count it!