Despite some ugly games (see ugly section for a taste of those) we were blessed with some magnificent contests.
Kansas City served it up to New England in Foxboro, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati fought another gritty fight and Green Bay and San Francisco rounded out week six with an almighty clash.
Here is week six’s good, great and downright ugly;
Big D – Dallas are not making any real noise this season (bookmark it) but their 40-7 beat down of Jacksonville was huge. Dak Prescott had a career rushing day with 82 yards and a TD whilst Zeke is back, amassing another 100+ yards and a TD.
Sneaky Jets – Sam Darnold is somewhat going about his business quietly – a very difficult thing to do in New York. In week six, he and his team mates put up 42 points v Indy. Darnold went 24/30, 280 yards and two touchdowns.
Money Mase – You’ve heard of Money Mayweather but Money Mase is Packers kicker Mason Crosby. After missing a staggering 4 field goals last week, Crosby received an enormous ovation when he connected on an extra point attempt early but as all good storybooks end, Crosby drilled a chip-shot game-winner on Monday Night Football.
A Bad Man versus San Fran – Aaron Rodgers is still gimpy but gee can he throw the rock. With the 49ers hanging around all night, Rodgers led a miraculous game-winning drive with glorious back-shoulder throws to ensure Mason Crosby had the easiest of FG’s. The Pack have a bye week, which will allow Rodgers to rest and ready himself for an almighty late-season charge.
Brady v Mahomes – Due to the age difference, this match-up will not happen enough but it’s first occasion is going to be tough to top. It was precision versus chaos as Tommy led the Patriots to an early lead with precise passing and a nice running game before Mahomes led a comeback to behold thanks to some outrageous throws to Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill. Brady won the battle but you get the feeling whomever earns home field in the playoffs will win the war.
Teriffic Toddy – He just keeps rolling. Jared Goff was quiet at Mile High so Todd Gurley took it upon himself to dominate. He amassed 208 rushing yards and two scores. It’s frightening how prolific and versatile this offence is.
Marvellous Melvin – Another consistent beast. Gordon steamrolled Cleveland for a hat trick of touchdowns and 132 rushing yards. Gordon has six TD’s on the deck and three more through the air. Amazing.
New York Football Giants – This place is a mess. Saquon Barkley was an inspired selection in the draft because he looks like he’s headed for Canton but everywhere else you look, this team is awful. Eli Manning is playing poorly but he’s under siege thanks to bad O-line play whilst Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard are taking turns having hissy-fits. Next game, Monday Night Football versus Atlanta, simply massive.
Jacksonville defence – Everyone was raving – including me – about this outstanding Jaguars defence. Pro Bowlers everywhere, no one could avoid the deadly pass rush and no one could throw against a ball-hawking secondary.
Last season they were second for sacks (currently 18th) and first for takeaways, this year they’re 28th. A stunning drop.
Coach Chucky – Jon Gruden has a 10-year contract which is fortunate for him because his Raiders team looks so far off what Raider Nation would have expected it’s not funny. Crossing the pond, Oakland got hammered by an average Seattle squad, 27-3. Oakland has one win in six games.
Vintage Vontaze – Reputations are earned through actions. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is considered a somewhat dirty player with a large array of cheap shots, personal fouls and subsequent fines and suspensions from the NFL. For his most recent act, Burfict tried to take of Antonio Brown’s head (again) and was fortunate he both missed and the league decided not to suspend him. He’s a ticking time bomb.
Terrible Tennessee – You just cannot be sure what you’ll get from this mob. Marcus Mariota apparently has a throwing hand he cannot feel, but his offensive line also has issues as they allowed a dozen sacks to Baltimore in a disgusting home performance from the Titans who got thumped 21-zip.