Week 6 of the NFL was full of headline news. With injuries, suspensions and trade rumors swirling, the NFL is buzzing. Of course there were still game-winning plays that led to fantastic finishes as well.
The biggest injury news came out of Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers, arguably the most valuable player in the NFL, broke his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers will undergo surgery to expedite the healing process, but it is still unknown if he’ll be able to play again this season.
Another high-profile star in the league will be sidelined due to a suspension going forward. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a suspension looming at the beginning of the season. He appealed, and was able to suit up during that process for the first five weeks. However, a recent ruling upheld the six game suspension. To make matters more confusing, Elliott will appeal yet again. However, if the current suspension remains upheld, Elliott will be eligible to return to the field on Nov. 30th against the Washington Redskins.
On the trade rumor front, there are conflicting stories coming out of Pittsburgh. Early Monday morning it was reported that a frustrated Martavis Bryant wanted a trade due to not being a focal point of the Steelers’ offense. On the other hand, Bryant refutes those claims and is saying that even if his opportunities are limited he has to make the most of them. His status in Pittsburgh is to be determined.
Week 6 Winners
New York Giants – Finally! It was time for the Giants to step up and get a win during this NFL season. It seemed like nothing else could wrong for the G Men, so things actually started to go right. Down eight starters, on the road and battling the toughest defense in the league, the Giants came out and played determined football.
Every expert picked the Denver Broncos to easily beat the Giants this week. The underdogs had different ideas. After an 0-5 start that saw New York lose every way possible, they looked like the team from last year that finished the season 11-5. Breakout performances from Orleans Darkwa and Evan Engram were complimented by incredible defensive efforts from Janoris Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Darkwa had a career high 117 rushing yards and Engram finished with a career high 82 receiving yards. As for the D, Jenkins recorded a pick six and a forced fumble. Jason Pierre-Paul dominated his match up all night long and finished with three sacks.
The Giants move to 1-5, and this all might be a little too late, but they deserve the spotlight this week after an impressive 23-10 win in Week 6.
Pittsburgh Steelers – The see-saw season for the Steelers continued this weekend in Kansas City. However, the momentum was in their favor in Week 6. They trailed 3-2 at one point after an odd first quarter, but rallied to win 19-13. The Killer B’s all contributed in a gritty road win.
A week after throwing five interceptions, Ben Roethlisberger played a much cleaner game in Week 6. He did throw an interception, but routinely found his play makers. Antonio Brown had eight catches, including a 51-yard touchdown to put the Steelers up by 9 late in the fourth quarter.
Le’Veon Bell, the final piece of the puzzle, also had an efficient day. The Steelers fed him the ball 32 times and he rewarded them with 179 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers have to be confident moving forward after knocking off the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Week 6 Losers
Green Bay Packers – In Week 6, the Green Bay Packers experienced their worst nightmare. Not only did they lose to their division rivals, but they might have lost their quarterback and undisputed leader of the team, Aaron Rodgers.
Early on in the game, Rodgers rolled out to the right. As he let the pass go, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Anthony Barr delivered a hit. With all of his weight he drove Rodgers in to the ground and broke his collarbone on the play.
The only official news we’ve heard is that Rodgers will need surgery. In his stead, Brett Hundley got thrown in to the fire. The Vikings defense is one of the most aggressive in the league. They blitzed relentlessly and beat Green Bay 23-10. Hundley threw three interceptions and one touchdown. The immediate future is foggy in Green Bay. This might not be the last time we see them in this section of Tuesday Takeaways.
Atlanta Falcons – Ouch. Atlanta is in trouble. With a match up against the New England Patriots on the horizon, they will be entering the contest with little to no confidence. In back-to-back games the Falcons had a chance to win on a last minute drive. On both occasions they came up just short.
In Week 6, they jumped out to a 17-0 lead against the struggling Miami Dolphins. Looking to coast to an easy victory at home, the Falcons crumbled. After letting up some big plays in the running game, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry caught short touchdown passes to initiate the comeback for Miami.
Atlanta continued to give the game away after that. A special teams blunder and a late Matt Ryan interception doomed the Falcons. Miami squeaked out a 20-17 win, and although they are winning ugly at least they are winning. Atlanta has a lot of questions to answer as they head in to a Super Bowl rematch in Week 7.
Week 6 Top Plays
The best way to start an NFL game is a kickoff return for a touchdown. Due to a recent change to enhance player safety, we rarely see kickoffs returned. However, Pharoh Cooper is trying his best to turn back the clocks. He leads the league in kickoff return yards, and now added a touchdown to his stat sheet.
The spin move and speed is a lethal combination.
Next up, we head to the one handed catch department. Coming out of college, a lot was expected of Laquon Treadwell. He had an illustrious career at Ole Miss that also featured a nasty leg fracture. It has taken him a little while to get his feet under him in the NFL. The lack of quarterback continuity has also stunted his growth in the league.
However, last Sunday he was able to demonstrate a flash of greatness that shows a glimpse of his full potential. With Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen complimenting each other on a weekly basis, if Treadwell enters the mix, the Vikings would have a potent passing attack.
Treadwell is best at catching the ball at its highest point. He doesn’t have to use one hand, he just wants to.
Last but not least is the most talented receiver in the NFL. With Odell injured and Julio Jones off to a slow start, Antonio Brown is back in the top spot. His durability and dynamic route running make the Steelers must-watch TV every week. With the Chiefs threatening to come back and continue their undefeated season, Big Ben threw it up and let AB do what he does best.
On a play that should have been intercepted, Brown maintains his focus. 51 yards later he dances after scoring one of the most important touchdowns of Week 6.
Week 7 Must-See Match Ups
New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers – Drew Brees and the Saints are hot after winning three in a row. We’ll see how well Green Bay can adapt without Aaron Rodgers.
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – The Super Bowl rematch is going down on Sunday night in prime time.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins – Monday night got a lot more interesting. An NFC East rivalry is renewed with first place up for grabs.
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