Week 6 featured some weird upsets across the league…..
Let’s get you recapped on the 5 biggest games from this past weekend.
San Francisco 17 @ Cleveland 19:
Here is a rule to use going forward – “No team is as good as you may think, AND no team is as bad as you think”.
At the end of the day these are all professionals, which means the games are not as much of a mismatch as we may think.
I was skeptical of San Fran going into this one – yes they had been dominant, but when you start seeing articles that say “San Francisco has no weaknesses” that is usually a sign that things are a little too good to be true.
Furthermore, Cleveland is a pretty good team, especially on defense.
Had Deshaun Watson played this one I definitely would have been skeptical of the 49ers winning.
Instead, P.J. Walker started at quarterback for the Browns, and Cleveland STILL won!
For San Fran, it’s about getting healthy and moving on to the next week.
Meanwhile, Cleveland can use this win as a building block for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia 14 @ New York Jets 20:
The Eagles had a chance to be the only remaining unbeaten following the 49ers loss, and more importantly, take sole possession of first in the NFC.
Instead, Philly threw this one away, and with it created more questions for the offense.
The Eagles could only manage 14 points in this one, and 0 points in the second half.
Philadelphia is going to have to solve their offensive issues here soon if they want to make it back to the Super Bowl.
For New York this was another step in the right direction.
I expected Zach Wilson to struggle against the Philly defense, but he was able to hold his own.
Moving forward if Wilson can avoid mistakes, and rely on a solid defense, then maybe the Jets can sneak their way into the playoff picture.
Dallas 20 @ Los Angeles Chargers 17:
Dallas had to have this one following the ugly loss to the 49ers.
They got it….. barely.
Dak Prescott had one of his more efficient games, and the defense held strong against a good Chargers offense.
The win puts the Cowboys one game out of first place in the NFC, but Dallas is still a ways off of beating San Francisco.
For the Chargers it was the same old story.
Close but not close enough.
The Chargers have been woeful in one score games under Brandon Staley, and have somehow managed to perpetually underperform despite having Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen etc…..
Essentially Los Angeles is the NFL version of Texas A&M – despite all the talent in the world it never seems to click.
Seattle 13 @ Cincinnati 17:
This one lacked the offense that I was hoping for, but it still came down to the final minute.
Neither team seemed capable of breaking it open, which meant it was up to the defenses to win this one.
Credit to the Bengals for continuously preventing Seattle from finding the end zone.
The result means the Bengals are back to .500 which is not terrible all things considered.
The Seahawks will be fine, but they don’t seem to have the makings of an elite team.
Instead, Seattle is merely a good team.
New York Giants 9 @ Buffalo 14:
Remember how I said “No team is as good as you may think, AND no team is as bad as you think”?
That applies here.
On paper, this being a close game makes 0 sense.
New York has arguably been the worst team in the NFL so far and now they had to go TO Buffalo, on a Sunday Night, against a good Bills team.
New York was supposed to have NO chance…..
And yet, the Giants were one play away from winning this thing.
This whole weekend showed the unpredictability of the NFL (2 of the 5 biggest favorites lost outright, and another very nearly lost).