5 winners and 3 losers from Week 6 in the NFL

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The Ravens person been flying nether the radar. That ends now.

It’s hard to pinpoint erstwhile the Ravens became underrated, but it’s decidedly felt similar that this season. I deliberation it’s a premix of the rampant disapproval of Lamar Jackson, paired with genuine concerns astir their receiving corps that astir apt did it. I mean, present we person a squad that’s been to the playoffs for 3 consecutive years, won their part doubly implicit this clip — but erstwhile it comes to the expansive communicative of the 2021 play everyone has been talking “Bills oregon bust” successful the AFC, particularly considering the aboriginal struggles of the Chiefs.

Losing successful Week 1 to the Raiders firmly placed Baltimore successful the recesses of a batch of peoples’ minds, and it mightiness conscionable beryllium the champion happening to hap to them. Without watching eyes picking them apart, the Ravens person gone connected a 5 crippled tear, and present find themselves astatine 5-1, entering the midpoint of their play with a precise existent anticipation they could determination to double-digit wins earlier different loss. Oddly capable the Bengals look similar the lone existent contention Baltimore could look successful the adjacent six weeks.

Sunday was precise overmuch the infinitesimal the Ravens made a statement. The constrictive wins, the seeming aerial of “struggling,” each a facade covering a ascendant squad that’s ever been laying dormant. Baltimore perfectly bushed the brakes disconnected the Chargers successful Week 6, there’s nary different mode to accidental it — and that was a squad that legitimately looked similar it could beryllium a challenger for the AFC crown. Heck, I bought into it, truthful did a batch of different people, but Baltimore reminded america that if you privation to bent with the large dogs successful the conference, you gotta bushed 1 of them, and the Ravens weren’t acceptable to rotation over.

It’s not conscionable that the Ravens won, it’s how they won. Absolutely ascendant successful each 3 phases, the stout defence made Justin Herbert’s beingness a surviving hell, forcing him into his worst crippled of the season. Holding Los Angeles to 208 yards of discourtesy and lone 28 rushing yards enactment excessively overmuch unit connected Herbert to present from the pocket, particularly erstwhile the Chargers fell down and had to propulsion to get backmost into the game. It’s present the once-questionable Baltimore secondary thrived, showing disconnected the endowment the squad has softly been gathering to broad the tract with sum and let the second-year backmost to lone summation 5.0 yards-per-attempt.

On discourtesy possibly the top compliment you tin springiness the squad is that they thrived connected an day Lamar Jackson was conscionable okay. It conscionable wasn’t large crippled from the 2019 MVP, who threw 2 interceptions, and was effective, but not transcendent connected the ground. Instead Baltimore relied connected its genuinely ridiculous unchangeable of moving backs, with Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray and LeVeon Bell each scoring a touchdown en way to a 34-6 beatdown. Too often there’s been this consciousness with Baltimore that unless Jackson is lights out, the squad doesn’t person a accidental connected offense. Perhaps that’s unfair, but if we proceed to spot much players prime up the slack erstwhile he’s not astatine his best, well, we could beryllium successful for thing special.

I truly don’t cognize what to deliberation of the Ravens this season. Obviously they’re really, truly bully — but it goes against modern NFL reasoning to spot a squad with a top-tier tally discourtesy and middling passing discourtesy and ideate they tin bent with the likes of the Bills (and the Chiefs if they tin get a defense). I cognize it’s dumb falling into archetypes similar this, but it’s similar there’s a artifact successful my encephalon that tells maine a squad can’t triumph it each that mode — but I’m wholly alert this requires maine to re-shape my thinking.

Baltimore is simply a damn bully squad that has been flying nether the radar for excessively agelong this season. I expect this to continue, astatine everyone else’s peril.

A speedy enactment ...

Before we commencement digging into the remainder of the week I privation to connection good wishes to Seattle walk rusher Darrell Taylor, who suffered a precise scary cervix wounded connected Sunday Night Football. At the clip of penning it was reported that helium was moving his extremities, which is evidently fantastic news, but the wounded itself sapped immoderate involvement I had successful the crippled truthful it volition not beryllium included here.

Get good soon to Taylor, and I anticipation those archetypal reports are accurate.

Winner: THE JAGUARS, WHO ACTUALLY WON A GAME!!!

Should anyone observe a 3 constituent triumph implicit the Dolphins successful London? No.
Are the Jaguars “anyone”? Also no.

Sometimes you person to observe the small victories, and ending Jacksonville’s horrendous losing streak deserves immoderate recognition. Every spot of recognition to the players, due to the fact that I’m not giving thing to Urban Meyer.

This was a monumental juncture for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars, who person been dying to triumph a game, and it’s cosmically hilarious that the triumph came successful London and not Duval. I’m not attaching immoderate anserine “relocation” joke, due to the fact that that was truthful NFL Twitter circa 2015, but it’s conscionable truly funny. We besides present person a accidental to widen the streak and enactment connected erstwhile their adjacent triumph in Jacksonville happens. For present we’re conscionable going to fto the squad admit the moment.

So kudos Jaguars fans, y’all person earned your ... cocoa spot cookies and mimosas?

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— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) October 17, 2021

So weird, and I wouldn’t person it immoderate different way.

Winner: My buddy Justin

It’s ever a peculiar juncture erstwhile the Panthers and Vikings meet, due to the fact that my person Justin and I get an accidental not to speech smack to 1 another, but vie implicit whose squad volition screw up the crippled more.

For a agelong clip connected Sunday it appeared this rite of transition would travel to a close, due to the fact that astatine the extremity of the 3rd 4th with the Vikings up big, and Carolina looking similar ass I sent him a connection that said “that’s ballgame.” His reply, BEFORE THE FOURTH QUARTER HAD EVEN STARTED said it each ...

Minnesota would spell connected to springiness up 11 points successful the 4th quarter, and miss the game-winning tract goal. Sure, the Vikings won successful overtime, arsenic they should person — but I gotta springiness him a outcry retired for knowing his squad would bash their champion to botch it.

Winner: The 6-0 friggin’ Arizona Cardinals

They’ll support getting recognized until they nary longer merit it. This week was a truly convincing triumph implicit the Browns, a 2020 playoff squad that’s struggled this play — but inactive inherently dangerous.

I’m inactive waiting for the big, marquee “this is it” triumph — but I’m not truly definite that volition travel astatine each during the regular season. The lone squad that could springiness Arizona a existent tally for their wealth are the Packers and a 2nd crippled against the Rams, but extracurricular of that I’m not seeing a crippled this squad shouldn’t win.

I don’t cognize if that’s a bully thing, oregon perfectly terrifying.

Loser: Sam Darnold

It was an awful, horrible, bad, nary bully time for Darnold successful Carolina arsenic helium struggled to propulsion for 207 yards connected an abysmal 41 attempts. Die-hard Darnold stans (if that’s thing that really exist) volition constituent retired the horrid extortion the Panthers gave him, arsenic good arsenic galore costly mistakes by his receivers — but this present marks the 2nd truly level crippled for the QB successful a row.

The honeymoon is coming to a adjacent aft a whirlwind romance, and it’ll beryllium absorbing to spot if helium tin crook it astir erstwhile Christian McCaffrey is backmost successful the fold.

Winner: The Las Vegas Raiders

It was unfair past week erstwhile the Raiders were forced to support Jon Gruden earlier and aft their level nonaccomplishment to the Bears, but this week had to person been ludicrously tough.

Somehow the players and remaining coaches navigated the choppy waters to bushed the Broncos 34-24. This full Gruden happening is truthful disgusting, and the unfair byproduct of it each is seeing Las Vegas person to woody with it erstwhile the squad yet turned the country and looked solid.

I don’t cognize if this is thing the squad tin genuinely determination past and get backmost to their signifier earlier each this crap began, but I truly anticipation for the players they can. I’m rooting for them.

Loser: Daniel Jones

The Daniel Jones “prove it” twelvemonth has been mediocre, but Sunday was an abject disaster. The Giants were embarrassed successful the nonaccomplishment to the Rams, and it took 51 attempts for Jones to propulsion for 242 yards — helium besides had 3 interceptions.

This was expected to beryllium the twelvemonth helium truly showed everyone. New York spent large successful escaped bureau to springiness Jones weapons, and portion I don’t deliberation anyone expected the Giants to bushed Los Angeles — they expected a hellhole of a batch much than this.

As it stands here’s Jones’ projected 2021 stats:

368 for 589 (62 percent), 4,318 yards, 11 TD, 11 INT — 82.43 passer rating

That’s fundamentally connected par with Taylor Heinicke. That’s bad.

Losers: Everyone progressive successful this

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— Eli Jones (@EliJones20) October 17, 2021

Y’all are warring aft a crippled that took some teams to a 3-3 grounds and was a garbage game. Idiots.

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