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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 6


1. The Dolphins Are Back!

 Following the coaching change during their bye-week, the Dolphins looked strong in week six against the Titans. After having only one sack to their name in the first four weeks, they played aggressively and tallied six sacks, four of which came from Cameron Wake. Reshad Jones also took an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. This is the defense we expected to see in Miami this season, and let’s see if they show up next week against Houston.


2. The Chiefs Miss Jamaal Charles

 We all knew that the loss of Jamaal Charles was going to hurt the Chiefs, but I’m not sure anyone predicted what we saw on Sunday against the Vikings. The team finished with only 18 carries for 57 yards. Charcandrick West received the most carries with nine, but was only able to get 37 yards from them. He also was benched late in the game after a costly fumble. Their second running back, Knile Davis, looked terrible running for 13 yards on five carries. Although they both were bad, the main issue the whole season has been the offensive line. Charles was able to make plays by himself, and these guys have not been able to thus far.


3. Only Two Players Can Stop Antonio Brown

 Antonio Brown is arguably the best wide receiver in football, and he is not able to be guarded by one player. You have to double cover him to be able to limit him at all. There are, however, two people who can stop him: Michael Vick and Landry Jones. After a three-catch 24 yard performance on Sunday, all Antonio Brown owners are praying for Big Ben to return this week.


4. Aaron Rodgers is Basically Unbeatable at Home


 What does Phillip Rivers have to do?! Rivers passed for 503 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and STILL lost! All he has to show for it is a sore arm after passing 65 times and an “L” next to week six. Well…I guess he also set franchise records for pass completions (43), attempts (65), and yards (503). While all of this was going on, Rodgers became the fastest quarterback to reach 30,000 passing yards, breaking Johnny Unitas’ record.


5. Eddie Lacy Owners Can Panic a Bit

Yes, Eddie Lacy has started out slow. Yes, he did the same thing last year. Yes, I am slightly more worried than last year. After having less snaps than Starks for the third game this year, the bye-week couldn’t have come at a better time for Lacy. I have heard different things regarding his ankle (McCarthy says he’s banged up, Lacy says it’s not an issue) but either way, this will be a good time for him to rest and get his mind right. He is definitely a buy-low candidate. He faces Denver then Carolina in week eight and nine, but then has DET, MIN, CHI, DET, DAL, OAK. He should be able to rack-up a bunch of yards in there, especially when the Packers are leading.


6. I Have No Clue What a Catch Is

What exactly is a catch in the NFL anymore? Don’t ask me. Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown after bobbling the ball and not completing the catch in the end zone, like the rule says he needs to.


7. Five Undefeated Teams Entered Sunday, Five Undefeated Teams Remain

 After the Falcons lost on Thursday, we were left wondering which of the other undefeated teams would fall, but none of them did. All of them besides the Bengals struggled, especially Denver, but they all came away victorious.


8. There is Reason For Concern in Denver

 The Broncos are the worst of the undefeated teams left, but they are undefeated. Peyton Manning has now thrown three pick-sixes this season, and he is really struggling. It is interesting to note that when the game is in crunch-time, Peyton continues to go back to his old-style of offense, and he make it work. The Broncos have very specific things to accomplish in the bye-week: Get Peyton rested up, implement Peyton’s style into the offense more, name Hillman the starting running back, and get the defense healed up, because they are the ones winning the games.


9. Was There a Good Team on Monday Night?

I know that the Eagles won 27-7, but wow that was brutal. The Eagles committed four turnovers and nine penalties for 72 yards. The Giants committed three turnovers and 12 penalties for 92 yards. It was just painful to watch, and these are the top-two teams in the division?


10. The Saints Are Money During Primetime


Even though the Saints have struggled at home lately, they are now 19-2 at home during primetime games. I have learned in the past to not bet against Brees in primetime at home, and that is why I didn’t in the “Thursday Night Preview” this past week.

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