If you’re a fan of defense, this week — and quite frankly this season — is not for you. Look no further than the Patriots/Chiefs Sunday Night Football game, where there was a total of 83 points scored. Then you had two of the league’s top defenses in Chicago and Jacksonville getting the snot beat out of them by inferior offenses. What a week!
It honestly felt like a week of opposites most of the time. Dominant defenses letting up. The Cowboys blowing out the Jaguars. Brock Osweiler dominating the Bears defense. Jameis Winston putting up impressive numbers. The Falcons winning. Mason Crosby making a game-winning field goal instead of missing five kicks.
Let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers from Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season:
You feel for a player like Saquon Barkley because he’s so damn talented, and that talent is being wasted because this is a horrible Giants team he’s playing on. Barkley has amassed over 100 yards of scrimmage in his first six games this season. In the Giants 34-13 loss to the Eagles, Barkey had 133 yards on just 13 carries and 99 receiving yards on 9 receptions. This kid remains the lone bright spot on this struggling Giants team.
A game against the struggling Giants was just what the doctor ordered for the Eagles. Everything was clicking for Philly in a 34-13 rout of the Giants, where quarterback Carson Wentz had perhaps his best game since returning from injury. In this NFC Least division, every team that’s not the Giants (hell, maybe even them) are in the hunt.
The Cowboys aren’t sure whether they’re an okay team or a bad team. But Sunday against the Jaguars, Dallas looked like an actual good football team. The defense made Blake Bortles look like Blake Bortles circa 2016 and Dak Prescott and this offense actually put up some points. 40 to be exact.
I can’t believe I’m typing this. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew. We can all agree that Brock Osweiler is a terrible quarterback, but somehow this terrible quarterback has managed to get the best out of the Bears three straight times. But he did put up impressive numbers that should in no way sway you from believing the honest truth that Osweiler is still a terrible quarterback.
Thielen’s sixth straight 100-yard game has this fantasy owner pleased. Thielen had 11 receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown in Sunday’s 27-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Oh, and not to mention that he currently leads the league in receiving yards, receptions, and is projected to shatter Vikings records.
Well, it’s good to know that somewhere in this offense-heavy league that defense still exists. But usually, especially in instances like this, it’s at the expense of a team like the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens defense ate the Titans alive sacking Marcus Mariota 11 times in the 21-0 win. Mariota completed just 10 passes while taking 11 sacks. He was sacked more than he completed passes. Wild.
Damn, was that a fun game. 80+ points, two powerhouse offenses, and not a defense to be found. This was one of those games that is already a candidate for Game of the Year. Just an amazing game to watch for a fan of football.
an, it’s been awhile since the Falcons have been on my winner’s list. Or won a game for that matter. But while I won’t be giving out awards to the Falcons defense — which was again atrocious — this time Matt Ryan and the offense managed to come out on top with the win. And a win makes them winners, technically.
Guess he silenced the Ryan Fitzpatrick noise real quick. Jameis Winston took advantage of one of the worst defenses in the league — and I’m not talking about the Buccaneers. Winston threw for 395 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort, which for right now is enough to earn a spot on this list.
Talk about redemption. Mason Crosby was emasculated in front of the football world last week after missing four field goals and an extra point. But this week he redeemed himself connecting on all four field goals against the 49ers, including the game winner as time expired.
Chicago Bears Defense
How do you let Brock Osweiler throw for nearly 400 yards on you? How do you let an old and slow running back look young again? How do you look that bad at tackling? Look, I know the heat played a huge part in the Bears’ performance, but that was just atrocious.
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
Speaking of embarrassing defenses, the Jacksonville Jaguars laid an egg against Dallas in a 40-7 loss. While Blake Bortles being retro Blake Bortles was to be expected, that defense giving up 40 points to a struggling Cowboys team was unexpected to say the least. I mean, they allowed a Dak Prescott-led offense to pile all over them, including 206 yards on the ground alone.
You have to wonder when the end is coming for Giants quarterback Eli Manning. There’s no denying what he’s done for this franchise — winning two Super Bowls and filling in as a franchise quarterback — but he just seems to have lost it. He looks lost out there. He looks old and slow out there, which is saying something when Tom Brady, who is older than him, looks 26.
Patriots Fan That Threw a Beer on Tyreek Hill
Another classic example of a loser that thinks he has the right to throw beer on a player because said player just ran all over his team. Entitlement personified. To that Patriots asshole that threw a beer on Tyreek Hill after he scored a touchdown, f*** you. And I’m glad Hill and co. are seeking to press charges.
Who else is surprised it took this long for the Buccaneers to fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith? After Mitch Trubisky and the Bears made the Tampa defense their b***h, the Falcons laying it on was the final straw apparently. I’d say good luck finding another job, but you don’t have a chance nor do you deserve it.
Things just continue to spiral for the Oakland Raiders. Jon Gruden needs a bye week for his own personal well-being. Gruden loses in London just like he loses in the United States.
It doesn’t get much worse than it did for the Titans on Sunday. Marcus Mariota was manhandled the entire afternoon, including 11 sacks. Mariota’s 10 completions were less than the 11 times he was sacked by the Ravens defense in the 21-0 shutout.
Just when you think things can’t get much worse for the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen is hurt and it’s Nathan Peterman time again! Get ready, defenses, it’s dinner time!
The Denver Broncos nearly beat the best team in the league in the Los Angeles Rams, but they did lose. Their fourth straight loss. Ugly. When is too early to fire Vance Joseph?