2011 NFL Week 6 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Week 6 of the 2011 NFL Season was very exciting as teams like the Packers (6-0) and Patriots (5-1) continued to march towards the playoffs.  But all that was on every fan’s mind was talking about “Handshake Gate” as Niners HC Jim Harbaugh and Lions HC Jim Schwartz had a “misunderstanding” after San Francisco ended Detroit’s undefeated hopes

(Philadelphia,Pa) — This is one of my favorite times on the NFL calendar right before the midway part of the season.  Teams are starting to separate into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” and each week certain teams are getting closer to the playoffs while others get closer to preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft — hello Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

In looking at the current NFL standings here’s the breakdown: The “Elite” – Packers (6-0), Patriots (5-1), Niners (5-1), Lions (5-1),  and Ravens (4-1); “Teams on the Cusp” — Chargers (4-1), Giants (4-2), Bills (4-2), Bucs (4-2), Steelers (4-2), Raiders (4-2) and Saints (4-2);  “Stuck in the Middle” inconsistent teams, who are caught in the NFL’s parity-filled middle and either need to join the playoff hunt or fall back – Titans (3-2), Redskins (3-2), Jets (3-3),  Texans (3-3), Bears (3-3),  and Falcons (3-3);  The “Pretenders”, who are only a shade away from the league’s bottom rung – Cowboys (2-3), Seahawks (2-3), Browns (2-3), Chiefs (2-3), and Eagles (2-4); and lastly  the “Putrid” (i.e. These teams  should just skip to the 2012 NFL Draft) –Broncos (1-4), Cardinals (1-4), Panthers (1-5), Jaguars (1-5), Vikings (1-5), Rams (0-5), Dolphins (0-5), and Colts (0-6)

 The division leaders after 6 weeks features some unexpected leaders — NFC South: Saints and Bucs (4-2), NFC East: NY Giants (4-2), NFC North: Green Bay Packers (6-0), NFC West: Niners (5-1),AFC South: Tennessee Titans (3-2),AFC East: New England Patriots (5-1),AFC North:  Baltimore Ravens (4-1), and AFC West: San Diego Chargers (4-1).

One quick note before we move on to our game notes and awards.  You can blame the lockout all you want, but I think this season more than any other has shown that the NFL is league of “Survival of the Fittest”.  Each week the injuries mount and Week 6 was not different as several key players went down, including Oakland Raiders starting QB Jason Campbell (broken collarbone – out for season) in the “Next Man Up” NFL.  Other notable injuries were:

Rams QB Sam Bradford (high ankle sprain)

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (concussion)

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion)

Redskins TE Chris Cooley (broken finger)

Saints HC Sean Payton (broken leg, tornMCL)

Browns RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring)

F\A quarterback David Garrard (herniated disk – back surgery)

Redskins OG Kory Lichtensteiger  (MCL/ACL)

Bears WR/KR Devin Hester (chest)

Week 6 Games

Sunday October 16

49ers (5-1) over Lions (5-1), 25-19

Giants (4-2) over Bills (4-2), 27-24

Bengals (4-2) over Colts (0-5), 27-17

Eagles (2-4) over Redskins (3-2), 20-13

Steelers (4-2) over Jaguars (1-4), 17-13

Falcons (3-3) over Panthers (1-5), 31-17

Packers (6-0) over Rams (0-5), 24-3

Raiders (4-2) over Browns (2-3), 24-17

Ravens (4-1) over Texans (3-3), 29-14

Patriots (5-1) over Cowboys (2-3), 20-16

Buccaneers (4-2) over Saints (4-2), 26-20

Bears (3-3) over Vikings (1-5), 39-10

Monday October 17

NY Jets (3-3) over Dolphins (0-5), 24-6

Byes: Broncos (1-4), Cardinals (1-4), Chargers (4-1), Chiefs (2-3), Seahawks (2-3), Titans (3-2)

 

Game Balls

New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw — One week after a devastating home loss to the Seahawks, Bradshaw made sure that in Week 6 that G-Men would not have the same result.  Playing as the NY Giants sole rusher — big back Brandon Jacobs was out with a knee problem — Bradshaw ran for 104 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.  It was around the goalline that Bradshaw really showed his toughness as he bulled and jumped over Buffalo Bills defenders for three 1-yard touchdown runs.  The formerMarshall star also had a 30-yard run to help set up kick Lawrence Tynes’ game-winning field goal.  The Giants can now enjoy their bye week and now sit a top of the NFC East division with a 4-2 record

Honorable Mention: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, Ravens RB Ray Rice, Bucs RB Earnest Jackson, NY Giants CB Corey Webster, Bengals DB Nate Clements, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, Raiders Jacoby Ford, Ravens K Billy Cundiff, NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis and Saints HC Sean Payton (get well soon)

Lloyd’s Lackey

Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman — As crazy as it sounds in only 1 week of play, the Redskins went from leading their division to wondering if they even have a quarterback.  The Philadelphia Eagles solved their own problems in a tough 20-13 win overWashington, but they also cause a lot more questions and anguish for Redskins HC Mike Shanahan.  In probably the worst quarterback performance of 2011 NFL Season, Grossman lived up to his last name “GROSS -MAN”.  His line was “ugly” at 9-22 for 143 yards and four interceptions (3 INTs to Eagles safety Kurt Coleman)

Dishonorable Mention:   Lions HC Jim Schwartz and Niners HC Jim Harbaugh for the “childish” post-game handshake that gave the NFL a bad name; Saints QB Drew Brees, Minnesota Vikings Defense, Colts WR Pierre Garcon and Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Standings Breakdown

1 Teams ….6-0 — Packers

3 Teams…. 5-1 — Patriots, Niners, Lions

2 Teams … 4-1 — Ravens, Chargers

7 Teams… 4-2  — Bills, NY Giants, Bengals, Steelers, Raiders, Saints, Bucs

2 Teams…. 3-2 — Redskins, Titans

4 Teams…. 3-3 — Texans, NY Jets, Falcons, Bears

4 Teams…. 2-3 — Browns, Cowboys, Seahawks, Chiefs

1 Team …..2-4 — Eagles

2 Teams …. 1-4 — Cardinals, Broncos

3 Teams…. 1-5 — Panthers, Jaguars, Vikings

2 Teams…. 0-5 — Dolphins, Rams

1 Team…..0-6 (AKA…Andrew Luck Sweepstakes) — Colts

15 Teams with winning records including one undefeated teams (Packers, 6-0) and some other strong contenders [Patriots (5-1), Niners (5-1), Lions (5-1) and Chargers (4-1)]

14 Teams with losing including surprises [Eagles (2-4), Cowboys (2-3), Cardinals (1-4), and Colts (0-6)]

Remember 11-5 (2008 New Patriots) or 10-6 (Bucs and NY Giants in 2010) does not a guarantee making the playoffs

Division Leaders

AFC North — Ravens (4-1)….Next in this competitive division at PIT andCIN who are at 4-2

AFC South — Titans coming off a bye lead this division at (3-2)… Next are the inconsistent Texans (3-3) then the very bad Jags (1-5) and Colts (0-6)

AFC West — Chargers had their bye week to savor their (4-1) record, however the tougher-than-expected Raiders (4-2) are right behind them

AFC East — The Patriots (5-1) continue to pile-up wins as they are now a full game ahead of the “questionable” Buffalo Bills (4-2)

NFC North — Not surprisingly, the NFL’s last undefeated team are the defending SB Champion Packers (6-0)… After GB, there are the surging Lions (5-1) and the Up-and-Down Bears (3-3)

NFC South — This is a great divisional race as the Bucs and the high-flying Saints are tied at (4-2), with TB holding the head-to-head tiebreaker… right behind them are the scrappy Falcons (3-3)

NFC West — Looks like this year’s Niners (5-1) squad may run away with their division, just like the 2010 KC Chiefs…. after SF are the Seahawks (2-3), Cardinals (1-4) and the hapless Rams (0-5)

NFC East — This division looks like it will go down to the wire as currently the “frenetic” NY Giants (4-2) have the lead but by no means is anyone conceding. Next are the Redskins (3-2), Cowboys (2-3) and Eagles (2-4)

 

How 2010 NFL Playoff Teams are Faring

**Remember for 15 straight seasons there have been at least 5 new playoff teams**

AFC

Patriots (5-1)

Ravens (4-1)

Steelers (4-2)

NY Jets (3-3)

Chiefs (2-3)

Colts (0-6)

NFC

Packers (6-0)

Saints (4-2)

Falcons (3-3)

Bears (3-3)

Seahawks (2-3)

Eagles (2-4)

 

Upcoming schedules

NFC

ARI (1-4) —  PIT, @BAL,STL, @PHI, @SF, @STL,DAL, SF,CLE, @CIN,SEA

ATL (3-3)  —  @DET, BYE, @IND, NO,TEN, MIN, @HOU, @CAR,JAX, @NO, TB

CAR (1-5) —   WAS, MIN, BYE,TEN, @DET, @IND, @TB,ATL., @HOU, TB    @NO

CHI (3-3)  —    @TB, BYE, @PHI, DET, SD, @OAK, KC, @DEN,SEA, @GB , @MIN

DAL (2-3) —   STL, @PHI (SNF),SEA, BUF, @WAS, MIA, @ARI, NYG, @TB, PHI, @NYG

DET (5-1) —  ATL, @DEN, BYE, @CHI,CAR, GB, @NO, MIN, @OAK, SD, @GB

GB (6-0) —   @MIN, BYE, @SD, MIN, TB, @DET, @NYG, OAK, @KC, CHI, DET

MIN (1-5) —   GB, @CAR, BYE, @GB, OAK , @ATL, DEN, @DET, NO, @WAS, CHI

NO (4-2)  — IND (SNF), @STL, TB, @ATL, BYE, NYG, DET, @TEN, @MIN, ATL, CAR

NYG (4-2) —   BYE, MIA, @NE, @SF,PHI, @NO, GB, @DAL, WAS, @NYJ    DAL

PHI (2-4)  —    BYE, DAL (SNF), CHI, ARI, @NYG, NE, @SEA, @MIA NYJ          @DAL, WAS

SEA (2-3) —   @CLE,CIN, @DAL,BAL, @STL, WAS,PHI  STL          @CHI      SF            @ARI

SF (5-1) —   BYE,CLE, @WAS, NYG,ARI, @BAL,STL          @ARI      PIT          @SEA      @STL

STL (0-5) — @DAL, NO, @ARI, @CLE,SEA,ARI, @SF, @SEA,CIN, @PIT, SF

TB (4-2) — CHI, BYE, @NO, HOU, @GB, @TEN,CAR, @JAX,DAL, @CAR, @ATL

WAS (3-2) —  @CAR, @BUF, SF, @MIA,DAL, @SEA, NYJ, NE, @NYG, MIN, @PHI

AFC

BAL (4-1) —            @JAX (MNF),ARI, @PIT (SNF), @SEA,CIN, SF, @CLE    IND         @SD      CLE          @CIN

BUF (4-2) —            BYE, WAS, NYJ, @DAL, @MIA, @NYJ,TEN, @SD, MIA     DEN         @NE

CIN (4-2) —            BYE, @SEA, @TEN, PIT, @BAL,CLE, @PIT, HOU, @STL  ARI         BAL

CLE (2-3)  —          SEA, @SF, @HOU,STL,JAX, @CIN,BAL, @PIT, @ARI, @BAL         PIT

DEN (1-4) — @MIA, DET, @OAK, @KC, NYJ,  @SD, @MIN  CHI, NE, @BUF, KC

HOU (3-3) — @TEN,JAX,CLE, @TB, BYE,  @JAX,ATL. @CIN, CAR , @IND, TEN

IND (0-6)  — @NO, @TEN,ATL,JAX, BYE,CAR, @NE, @BAL,TEN, HOU, @JAX

JAX (1-5)  —  BAL (SNF), @HOU, BYE, @IND, @CLE, HOU, SD, TB, @ATL, @TEN, IND

KC (2-3)  —  @OAK, SD (MNF), MIA, DEN, @NE, PIT, @CHI, @NYJ, GB, OAK, @DEN

MIA (0-5) — DEN, @NYG, @KC, WAS, BUF, @DAL, OAK,PHI, @BUF, @NE, NYJ

NE  (5-1) — BYE, @PIT, NYG, @NYJ (SNF), KC, @PHI,IND, @WAS, @DEN, MIA, BUF

NYJ (3-3) — SD, BYE, @BUF,NE (SNF), @DEN, BUF, @WAS, KC, @PHI, NYG, @MIA

OAK (4-2) — KC, BYE, DEN, @SD, @MIN, CHI, @MIA, @GB, DET, @KC,  SD

PIT  (4-2) — @ARI, NE,BAL (SNF), @CIN, BYE, @KC,CIN,CLE, @SF,STL, @CLE

SD (4-1)  — @NYJ, @KC (MNF), GB, OAK, @CHI, DEN, @JAX, BUF,BAL, @DET, @OAK

TEN (3-2) —  HOU,IND,CIN, @CAR, @ATL, TB, @BUF, NO, @IND,JAX, @HOU

Week 6 Leaders

Passing

1. D. Brees NO  383 yds 

2. S. BradfordSTL  321 yds 

3. T. RomoDAL  317 yds 

4. A. Rodgers GB  310 yds 

5. J. FlaccoBAL  305 yds 

 

Rushing

1. R. Mendenhall PIT  146 yds 

2. F. Gore SF  141 yds 

3. M. TurnerATL  139 yds 

4. L. McCoyPHI  126 yds 

5. F. Jackson BUF  121 yds 

Receiving

1. A. BoldinBAL  132 yds 

2. J. Graham NO  124 yds 

3. M. Colston NO  118 yds 

4. J. Nelson GB  104 yds 

5. C. Johnson DET  102 yds 

TDS   

1. A. Bradshaw NYG  3 TDs   

1. A. Rodgers GB  3 TDs 

3. M. RyanATL  2 TDs 

3. C. McCoyCLE  2 TDs  (5 others tied for 3rd) 

Looking Ahead to Week 7

 Sun, Oct 23

SD @ NYJ 1:00 PM  (CBS)

CHI @ TB 1:00 PM  (FOX) inEnglandat Wembley Stadium

SEA@CLE 1:00 PM  (FOX)

ATL@ DET 1:00 PM  (FOX)

DEN @ MIA 1:00 PM  (CBS)

HOU @TEN  1:00 PM  (CBS)

WAS @CAR 1:00 PM  (FOX)

PIT @ARI  4:05 PM  (CBS)

KC @ OAK 4:05 PM  (CBS)

GB @ MIN 4:15 PM  (FOX)

STL@DAL 4:15 PM  (FOX)

IND@ NO 8:20 PM  (NBC)

Mon, Oct 24

BAL@ JAC 8:30 PM  (ESPN)

Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers

 

 

Lloyd Vance is the Editor  for Taking It to the House , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl

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