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NFL Week 6 – Recap and Analysis: Seasons Salvaged for Eagles, Jets, Falcons

FALCONS – 31, Panthers – 17

 

Atlanta (3-3) may have salvaged their season but made it interesting, to say the least. They actually trailed Carolina headed into the final stanza but put up 17 in the quarter to win going away. Cam Newton looked sharp once again, but the losses keep piling up in the Tar Heel state, with the Panthers now 1-5.

 

BENGALS – 27, Colts – 17

 

If Indy (0-6) goes winless, then Peyton Manning should win the league MVP – on R or not. Don’t look now, but Cincy is 4-2 and actually playing decent football. They blocked the potential game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.

 

49ers – 25, LIONS – 19

 

The have-nots are now the haves and both came out of this unlikely match-up of the day with 5-1 records. Detroit will have to lick their wounds after blowing an early 10-point lead at home and the handshake will get more press, but this was a good, fun battle that long-suffering fans enjoyed.

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PACKERS – 24, Rams – 3

 

The defending SB champs keep rolling along and are now 6-0. They certainly look like a good candidate to break that ‘no repeat’ chatter. As far as St. Louis goes, their record is the exact opposite and the NFL’s biggest disappointment of the year continues to pad that.

 

GIANTS – 27, Bills – 24

 

Ahmad Bradshaw had a monster game with three rushing TDs and Big Blue (4-2) rebounded after a bad loss a week ago. They now have sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Buffalo (4-2) looked tough but key turnovers late in the game shows why this team has a way to go before being considered contenders.

 

STEELERS – 17, Jaguars – 13

 

A boring affair in the Steel City resulted in the defending AFC champions improving to 4-2, but not much else. They do not look like the team that went all the way to Dallas on Super Sunday. Jax is getting in some quality reps for rookie QB Blaine Gabbert.

 

Eagles – 20, REDSKINS – 13

 

Philly left DC with a must-win and can breathe another week. It’s not like 2-4 is anything to brag about, but the division is not as strong as it has been in the past and anything can happen. Rex Grossman showed his true colors with four picks and the ‘Skins fell to 3-2.

RAVENS – 29, Texans – 14

 

Baltimore looks as of they are on a mission this season and improved to 4-1. Houston (3-3) played without two of their stars in Mario Williams and Andre Johnson and it showed.

 

RAIDERS – 24, Browns – 17

 

Losing QB Jason Campbell for at least six weeks or not, Oakland has a good shot at making the playoffs at 4-2. Sure, there’s a lot of football to be played, but these guys have seen some quality teams already in the early going and are still in good shape. Cleveland (2-3) would not fit either description and another losing season is a good bet.

 

PATRIOTS – 20, Cowboys – 16

 

Another close game for both teams but the cream rises to the top. NE squeaked by with a TD wt 22 seconds to go and improved to 5-1, while Dallas has to swallow another hard loss and is now 2-3. This is what separates these two teams – Brady does enough to get the win and Romo does enough to suffer the loss.

 

BUCS – 26, Saints – 20

 

This game was a microcosm why the NFL is so maddening. Last week, Tampa Bay was crushed by San Fran and now they come out and beat a quality team in New Orleans. The Bucs have played so inconsistent this season but yet still find themselves tied for first with NO at 4-2.

 

BEARS – 39, Vikings – 10

 

Christian Ponder came on in relief of Donovan McNabb and that should be the start of a new era in Minnesota. They have nothing to lose and will not make the playoffs either way, but Chicago (3-3) will need a healthy Devin Hester to do so. Two long TDs were overshadowed by a chest injury suffered by the exciting receiver/returner.

 

JETS – 24, Dolphins – 6

 

A lackluster start by New York gave this game an eery feeling early on, but their offense got it going in the second half. The Jets (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and did more good than bad on a fun Monday night at MetLife Stadium. Miami (0-5) looked terrible and obviously threw in the towel by the fourth quarter.

Photo by Bill Menzel

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