Quick Six: NFL Week 6
Tommy Aldrich gives his quick six for week six in the NFL, as well as his prediction for tonight's Monday night game between the Jets and Cardinals.
Heading into last Thursday night’s matchup between Denver and San Diego, the Broncos had won a ridiculous 15 straight away games against fellow NFC West opponents. Let’s take time thank the Chargers for breaking that streak as well as congratulate them for delivering Denver its first loss of the season. No one needed it more than the unfortunate Chargers, whose four insanely improbable comeback defeats have been a tough pill to swallow.
Props go to:
Josh Lambo: Whose four field goals were the real difference in Thursday night's ugly offensive showing.
Melvin Gordon: Who is becoming the number one option in Philip Rivers’s attack. The young back ran for 94 yards and stands out on the field in terms of quickness and power.
Philip Rivers: Because why not give some credit to the guy who is 9th all time in passing touchdowns and whose consistently solid play has allowed the Chargers to stay afloat these past few years.
And now a quick six from this week’s Sunday action:
I: On Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo: Following yesterday’s performance in Lambeau, I can't find any way in which Jerry Jones would be justified in pulling the rookie QB when Tony Romo is ready to come back. Here’s why: Dak allows the Cowboys to play towards their strengths as a football team. With Tony Romo under center (and Dez Bryant out wide), the Cowboys face too much pressure to be a pass heavy team. What we are instead seeing now is run early and often scheme highlighted by the best offensive line in football and a stud running back - if Dak can continue to be the game managing, low risk passer in that system, then he should by all means stay as so.
II. A guy who I really liked coming out of the 2015 draft class finally showed us what he is capable of doing on Sunday. Jay Ajayi, the Boise State product, dashed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive individual performance against Pittsburgh. The Steelers, who came into the game playing solid against the run, weren't able to stop a guy who could end up being huge for Ryan Tannehill and in Adam Gase’s plans.
III. Speaking of, things are seemingly always up and down for the Steelers. One week they look like a top five team in the league, throwing the ball up and down the field to Antonio Brown, while the next week Big Ben goes down and is out for the foreseeable future. It was the latter in Miami as Pittsburgh dropped one to a team they expect to beat. We shall see what Roethlisberger’s prognosis is with that left knee in upcoming days.
IV. Who would've thought that Carolina would be 1-5 to start the season. And who would’ve thought that one cornerback could have that much influence on a defense... I’m not actually sure if it’s Norman’s absence at the root of the unit’s poor play, but it’s hard to point to anything else. Cam got it done when it mattered against New Orleans, can’t say the same about Luke Kuechly and this star studded defense. Makes you wonder.
V. What a day it was for Odell Beckham Jr., who exploded for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the second half of Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Ravens. Beckham single handedly changed the game for New York when he took catches of 66 and 75 yards to the house yesterday on pure speed - making Eric Weddle and then Lardarius Webb give up in trying to catch him well before he reached the end zone. It’s Odell’s ability to take any route to the house at any moment that makes him the best player on the field nearly every time he steps on it... the Giants just can’t rely on him to do it every time.
VI: Both the Redskins and Bills have won four consecutive games to make it to 4-2. The two teams have different styles of play, but both seem to be getting the job done. The Bills are not a very balanced team, stampeding over their opponents in an old school brand of run-heavy defensive football (props to you, Rex Ryan) - while the Redskins have been getting it done by being a top five passing team through six weeks as well as a top twelve rushing team. Either way, it's good news for two coaches who badly needed it.
Monday Night Prediction: 1-5 on the season.
If nothing else, tonight's matchup between the Cardinals and Jets is a star studded game...even by NFL standards (think Brandon Marshall, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Chandler Jones). But there’s more to the game as well: with the Jets at 1-4 and the Cardinals at 2-3, both teams have significantly underwhelmed in the early part of the season and therefore each face a must win in tonights battle in the desert.
In what is sure to be a good game, I’m looking most forward to watching the matchup between Patrick Peterson and Brandon Marshall, as well as David Johnson - who is in my opinion the most impressive runner in the entire league (with respect to Le’veon Bell).
Arizona should be able to win this one at home. 31-27 Cardinals.