Our Thoughts – 2015 NFL Week 6 Recap

Our Thoughts - NFL Game Summary Week 6 2015

Val’s still in Germany and Michelle is still confused by the Colts botched fake punt from Sunday Night.

Yup, that pretty much sums up our lives this week.

Here’s what we thought about week 6 in the NFL…

Atlanta (21), New Orleans (31) – The Falcon’s undefeated start to their season was brought to a halt by their division rivals. Saints TE and all-around good guy Ben Watson had a career-night, with one TD and 127 yards. Falcons fans shouldn’t panic yet – the team has RB Devonta Freeman, who continued his hot streak in this game with two more TDs, as well as one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league.

Cincinnati (34), Buffalo (21) – The Bengals remain undefeated after their o-line kept Buffalo’s dominant defense from collecting any sacks of QB Andy Dalton. Both teams suffered some injuries in this one. Bengals LB Vincent Rey went out with an ankle injury. Bills WR Sammy Watkins sprained his ankle and watched the rest of the game from the sideline. Backup QB EJ Manual didn’t do anything that will lead the Bills coaches to consider starting him in place of injured QB Tyrod Taylor when he is ready to return, as was rumored to be the case prior to the game. The biggest loss was at the post-game press conference, where Tyrod and his snazzy attire did not make an appearance.

Denver (26), Cleveland (23) (OT) – The Broncos managed another win with a lot of support from their defense as the offense continues to struggle. QB Peyton Manning threw 3 interceptions, but was fortunate strong play by the o-line opened the running game and the defense put points on the board with a pick six. The Browns defense actually played well, but their offense couldn’t get it together. They somehow managed to force OT, and even when they ended up within field goal range, they actually lost 18 yards when QB Josh McCown got sacked twice.

Chicago (34), Detroit (37) (OT) – The Lions got their first win of the season! QB Matt Stafford bounced back pretty well from being benched last week. He got better protection from his o-line and got WR Calvin Johnson (a.k.a. Megatron) involved with some deep throws. The Lions still turned the ball over, and the Bears were able to put up 18 points from their turnovers in the second half. Bears QB Jay Cutler was helped by the return of WR Alshon Jeffery, but still threw an end zone pick and left plenty of points on the field for Chicago.

Houston (31), Jacksonville (20) – Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins stole the show with 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. QB Brian Hoyer played for the Texans after Ryan Mallet was benched last week, and was helped with strong play from a healing RB Arian Foster. J.J. Watt only showed up in the stats with two tackles, but he basically wreaked havoc chasing Jaguars around in the backfield. JAX QB Blake Bortles already has thrown more touchdowns then he did all of last year, but once in a while makes a mistake that makes you just want to do a palm slap on your forehead. He threw an interception at the goal line before half time and threw his 6th career pick six.

In other news, the Texans picked up Charles James II after he was cut from the Ravens this week. James and his fancy socks were the unlikely star of Hard Knocks this summer.

Kansas City (10), Minnesota (16) – This was the first game for KC without RB Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL last week, and it didn’t look good. The Chiefs have now gone over four quarters between the last two weeks without scoring. It didn’t help the offense that leading WR Jeremy Maclin left the game with a concussion. KC’s defense did have a strong game – the kept Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson in check to the tune of only 60 yards. The Vikings needs better play from second year QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has only thrown 3 touchdowns over 5 games.

Washington (20), New York Jets (34) – The Jets scored 17 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter to wrap this one up. Washington has a lot of injured players right now – 6 of their 7 inactive players for the game are starters. The Jets took advantage with RB Chris Ivory lighting the Washington defense up for 196 yards and a TD. Brandon Marshall because the first Jets WR in 47 years to go over 100 yards receiving in 4 straight games.

Arizona (13), Pittsburgh (25) – Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw for 421 passing yards, but they didn’t convert to points, and 3 turnovers doomed the team. Steers back-up QB Michael Vick started the game, but only managed to put up one passing yard (not a typo) over the first half. He was evaluated for a head injury, and then left the game after tearing his hamstring, which will probably sideline him for next week. Third-string QB Landry Jones entered the game and led the Steelers to 5 straight scores.

Miami (38), Tennessee (10) – Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell made his coaching debut. The former player is the complete opposite in demeanor of prior coach Joe Philbin – loud and outwardly energetic. The defense seemed to benefit most from the change as they dominated the Titans (made easier when Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota sprained his MCL, the center broke his leg, and the right tackle got benched) and in Mariota’s first 22 drop-backs, sacked him 5 times and hit him 8. Ouch. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill is still playing inconsistently; he got a big contract extension this past summer and needs to make the leap.

Carolina (27), Seattle (23) – Wow. Most people didn’t see this one coming. Panthers QB Cam Newton led back to back touchdown drives to beat the Seahawks for the first time in his career (he lost first 5 tries), in Seattle nonetheless. He struggled in the beginning (he could really use some more playmakers on offense to help him out) and at one time the Panthers were down by two scores, but he threw for 162 yards in the fourth quarter and the game winning touchdown with 32 seconds left. That touchdown to TE Greg Olsen happened when there was a miscommunication in Seattle’s secondary and he was left uncovered. On the bright side for Seattle, RB Marshawn Lynch looked good after fighting through injuries the past few weeks, and TE Jimmy Graham had his best game of the season. However, now the Seahawks are 2-4 after blowing another fourth quarter lead, which has happened in all 4 of their losses. Bottom line – take Carolina seriously, allow yourself to question Seattle.

San Diego (20), Green Bay (27) – Chargers QB Philip Rivers set franchise records by throwing for 503 yards and 43 completions on 65 attempts, yet the Chargers still couldn’t pull out the W. He and WR Keenan Allen were on fire until Allen left for the fourth quarter with a hip injury. He led the team down the field in the last two minutes but Green Bay held them at the 3 yard line to secure the win. Even the Packers players were impressed by Rivers’ performance. The Packers bye week now comes at a good time because they are struggling with injuries on both sides of the ball.

Baltimore (20), San Francisco (25) – Don’t think many predicted Baltimore would start the season at 1-5, but here we are. Their offense has been decimated with injuries. WR Steve Smith went for 137 yards and a touchdown – with fractures in his back, and 3 months away from retirement. No other Baltimore receiver had more than 40 yards in the game. The 49ers defense held Baltimore to 77 rushing yards and QB Colin Kaepernick took advantage of the Raven’s leaky secondary to throw for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns.

New England (34), Indianapolis (27) – No game this week had more build-up than this rematch of the AFC Championship game from last year that triggered the Deflategate incident. Pats fans hoping for a blowout win had to settle for a 7-point win (jeez, no wonder everyone outside of New England hates Pats fans) that was secured by a dominant second half, despite injuries to key starters. Everyone is talking about the Colts’ botched fake punt, which was probably the most mind-boggling thing we’ve seen on a football field in a long time.

New York Giants (7), Philadelphia (27) – There were 7 turnovers in this game (4 for NYG, 3 for PHI), and 21 penalties. With the win and a 3-3 record, the Eagles now own first place in the always entertaining NFC East division. The Eagles underrated defense played a great game, they dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and their running game is finally clicking into gear. There’s concern about QB Sam Bradford though, who threw another three interceptions. Giants QB Eli Manning came out hot, going 10/10 for 87 yards and a touchdown, but then went 13/27 for 123 yards and two interceptions the rest of the game. The Giants also have a lot of injuries and are hoping to get some key playmakers back over the next few weeks.

Aaaaaand here are this week’s standings in our Weekly Pick ‘Em league.

Weekly Pick 'Em 2015 - Week 6

– Val and Michelle

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2014 Season Team Profiles: San Diego Chargers

 NFL 2014 SEASON TEAM PROFILES San Diego Chargers

Team Name: San Diego Chargers

Division: AFC West

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)

2013 Record: 9-7

Head Coach: Mike McCoy (2013 – present), currently the youngest active head coach in the league, previously coached for the Panthers and the Broncos

Quarterback: Philip Rivers (2004 – present), or as our mom calls him “Phillip ‘Cry Me a’ River”

 

3 Offensive Players You Should Know:

Antonio Gates, Tight End (85) – Growing up as a basketball player, Gates never played football in college. After being told that he wouldn’t find success in the NBA, he held a private workout with the Chargers and the rest is history. This year (his 12th year with the team), he became the Chargers’ all-time leader in receiving yards. After a disappointing 2013 season, most people counted him out this year, but this 34-year-old had some monster games, proving naysayers wrong.

Ryan Matthews, Running Back (24) – Selected at the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Matthews has missed games because of injuries every year with the exception of 2013. He grew up as a Chargers fan – sometimes dreams do come true.

Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver (13) – Drafted in 2013, Allen had a super impressive rookie year and was viewed as first-round talent, even though he was actually selected in the third round. He’s a fun toy for Phillip Rivers to have.

 

3 Defensive Players You Should Know:

Eric Weddle, Safety (32) – I read an article that referred to him as one of the “most versatile and smartest” safeties in the league. He’s got a mohawk-type-hair-thing going on right now and a sick beard, and it’s all kinds of awesome. (Seriously, his Twitter handle is @weddlesbeard.) He’s known for his charitable efforts, including a jewelry line where portion of the proceeds go toward battered women charities.

Corey Liuget, Defensive End (94) – He may not be the biggest name in the NFL, but he’s a huge part of the Chargers’ defense and usually leads the team in at least one defensive statistic category.

Dwight Freeney, Outside Linebacker (93) – It’s still weird for me to see Freeney in a Chargers uniform after he spent 11 years in Indianapolis. A Hartford, Connecticut native, Freeney likes to sack quarterbacks. He’s a seven-time Pro-Bowler.

 

What Happened This Offseason:

– After Ken Whisenhunt (“Whiz”) was hired away to be the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was promoted to the offensive coordinator position.

– Everyone was pretty high on the rookies from last year – Keenan Allen (WR) and Ladarius Green (TE).

– Dwight Freeney (OLB) was put on IR in 2013 after tearing his quad. He’s back this year.

– Qualcomm Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in the league. The team has the right to leave San Diego starting February 1 of 2015 and have until May 30 to make that decision. This is interesting because the Raiders are also in a similar situation. Everyone is saying that Los Angeles wants to bring 2 NFL teams to town and the Chargers name is being thrown around with the Raiders and Rams. The team is staying mum on what their plans are. Should be an interesting situation to monitor in the upcoming offseason.

– Overall, it was kind of a boring offseason for them.

 

Why You Should Cheer for Them: Philip Rivers has 7 kids. (Seven!) If this interesting fact isn’t enough to get you to hop on the Chargers bandwagon, you should know that he’s also a pretty good quarterback. If that doesn’t do it for you, Weddle’s beard is a good reason to cheer for the Bolts.

 

2014 Theme Song: Middle of the Road (The Pretenders) – The Chargers’ records the last few years are as follows: 9-7 (2013), 7-9 (2012), 8-8 (2011), 9-7 (2010). They always seem to have potential to be great, but end up falling in the middle of the pack.

 

The Last Word: I used to work with a kid who was a huge Chargers fan. He left the job suddenly, resulting in a lot of extra work on my desk. Right now, I’m not a huge fan of the Chargers. Tried not to take this out on them in this post.

 

– Michelle and Val