Greetings, readers. Week 6 was another tough one for me personally; my picks stunk! I guess that's becoming the usual refrain around here with two bad weeks in the first six. So let's get to the stories and ignore the rest of the mess.
First up is the Thursday night game. I don't know about you, but I barely remember what happened. What I do remember is that the Titans won; Rob Bironas hit his FG after Shawn Suisham missed his. Whoops! I hate to get on my high horse and be all judgmental about what is usually a very good team...but let's be serious here: the Steelers got issues. Not only are they weak on the O-line again (how does this happen three years in a row?) they're losing RB's and Roethlisberger doesn't seem to have the usual magic. They're a disappointing 2-3 so far. As for the Titans, I don't know how they pulled that out after being smoked by the Vikings. I guess Matt Hasselbeck really does have something left in the tank. I should really listen to Mayock on these things...the guy knows his stuff and is an excellent analyst.
We're down to one undefeated team in the NFL. It's the Atlanta Falcons. Hurrah! Better them than the Texans. Bias aside, Atlanta has had a couple tough games that probably should have been easier. So I'm not sure they've really rounded into form yet. It looks like they could play better, but as always, I've got to see it first. Being undefeated after the squeakers they've had is pretty impressive, though. Mike Smith is a heck of a coach and thanks to new OC Dirk Koetter, Matt Ryan is probably playing the best football of his career thus far.
Thankfully, there are no more winless teams in the NFL. Cleveland got "off the schneid", as they say, by beating AFC North rival Cincinnati. I really just have one thing to say to this: WTF, Cincy? That encompasses my feelings quite well.
Philly and Arizona both went to OT in their games; surprise, surprise, they both lost. And I look like a moron for picking them. Arizona is still 4-2, so they have the appearance of "goodness", whereas Philly is mediocre and has the record to prove it. The Eagles fired Juan Castillo, their embattled DC, today. Surely, there is no way to interpret that other than scapegoating. When the offense (read: Michael Vick) has as many turnovers as it does, firing anyone not coaching the offense will obviously fix nothing. The move is completely reactionary; a change made simply for the sake of it.
New England and San Francisco had big games on the left coast. The Pats went into Seattle, while the 49ers had the Giants at home. Not surprisingly, both lost. At least New England showed up, though. San Francisco didn't bother playing any offense and was even worse on the defensive side of the ball. They still look decent at 4-2, while the Pats are 3-3. It's a little funny, and a little weird, to see Tom Brady slumming like this.
Also, thanks to Denver's win, there are 11 3-3 teams. Let us never forget that parity rules this league. That also means there are only nine "good" teams. Although, to be honest, it's hard to say that anybody is worth a darn after six weeks. That includes Atlanta.
Here are the Rankings for Week 6:
1.) Atlanta (6-0) [no change]
Rolling into the bye week 6-0. Doesn't get much better than that.
2.) Baltimore (5-1) [+1]
Another squeaker, but injuries are mounting.
3.) Houston (5-1) [-1]
Beat 'em down! The first loss for the Texans was a bad one.
4.) Chicago (4-1) [+1]
They moved up on a bye. That says a lot about the rest of the league.
5.) NY Giants (4-2) [-]
An impressive win. Can they keep it going? Or will "bad" Eli show up again?
6.) San Francisco (4-2) [-2]
A slight move downward after a home loss where they didn't show up.
7.) Arizona (4-2) [-1]
With Kevin Kolb out, is it Skelton's team again?
8.) Minnesota (4-2) [-1]
Two steps forward, one step back. Allowing RGIII to carve them up like that is inexcusable.
9.) Seattle (4-2) [-]
A solid win propels Seattle into the Rankings. Much like the Giants, I doubt them very much.
10.) Green Bay (3-3) [-]
Beating a previously undefeated team is worth entry, for this week at least.
That's all for this week. See you next week.
Three Games to Watch (Week 7):
Seattle @ San Francisco (Thursday, NFL Network)
Baltimore @ Houston (Sunday, CBS)
Arizona @ Minnesota (Sunday, FOX)