Have you ever had a week where your favorite team loses, every division opponent wins, all your fantasy teams lose, and you get every one of your picks wrong? I hope not, but that about sums up week six in the NFL for me. It makes me questions why I love football so much. But then Tuesday hits and I’m on the waiver wire and tuning in Thursday night thinking everything will turn around this week.
Man, I love football. Now, let’s see if we can rebound from last week’s misery and look back at our mistakes, then look forward at redemption.
Biggest Takeaway: Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency
If you’re a football and political aficionado, you know about the Redskins Rule. For those who are unfamiliar with the rule, I shall explain. If the Redskins win their last home game before the presidential election, the party that currently holds the presidency will win the election. However, if the Redskins lose, the opposing party wins the election.
In this case, the Redskins were fighting for Hillary while the Eagles were battling for Trump. Since the Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20, the current party will remain as commander-in-chief. This rule has been tracked since the Redskins moved to DC. The first election to be synced with this rule was in 1940. Since then, there have been 19 elections in which 17 have been correctly predicted by the outcome of the Redskins final home game before the election. All I’m saying is 17 out of 19 is pretty damn good and I’d be pumped to receive that score on any of my tests. I’m sure we all are aware that Hillary is the favorite, so I will say that this rule is 18/20.
Best Week 6 Win: Houston Texans
All right Brock, you’ve quieted some critics and looked as if you deserve all that money you got paid. The Texans looked lackluster on offense until about the fourth quarter. They were down 14 points late in the fourth, but big Brock brought the boys back. Lamar Miller had a day and for those that watched, his receiving TD with 2:47 left to play was incredible. From there, the defense held Luck in check to give the offense a chance to tie the game.
The Texans had great field position and Brock led the offense down the field to tie the game, throwing a dime to TE Fiedorowicz. I stayed up for the whole game on a work night, mainly to watch Miller, my fantasy RB, rack in the points, but ended up watching an AFC South thriller. The Colts started with the ball in OT, but the Texans defense held them to a punt. Once they punted you just had a feeling that Brock was feeling it. He connected with Jalen Strong on a 36 yard throw and catch to set up Nick Novak for the game winning field goal. Huge win for this Texans team as they head to Brock’s old home in Denver next week.
Worst Week 6 Loss: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Dolphins are a bad football team and somehow the Super Bowl contending Steelers got trampled up and down the field. On top of that, it looks like they lost Big Ben for a month plus. This is as close to a worst case scenario outcome for the Steelers. The one positive is that every other AFC North team lost in week six, but the Steelers now have to rely heavily on Landry Jones and a strong rushing attack. Their defense will need to play a whole lot better if they want to win ballgames without Ben.
They let up 474 yards to the Dolphins in week six. Running back Jay Ajayi ran for 204 yards and two scores. That is not going to cut it for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Unfortunately, the road ahead isn’t much easier. Landry Jones will get his first start of the season against some guy named Tom Brady, heard he is pretty good. This could be a long afternoon for the backup QB as he will try to keep up with the greatest NFL QB to play the game.
Week 7 Predictions:
Can’t Miss Win: Patriots over Steelers
This is not an article that will make Steelers fans very happy. First they were in my worst loss category and now are on the wrong side of the sure win pick. In my defense, they were slotted here last week against the Dolphins. I will keep this pretty simple, would you rather have Tom Brady or Landry Jones? Besides a few hillbilly Sooner fans, I think we’d all take Brady. Landry Jones is not a good QB. The only time I watched this guy this year was when he threw four INTs against the Eagles in preseason. Well news flash, this isn’t the preseason and you’re matched up with a Patriots organization that every team is trying to replicate. Good luck.
If Ryan Tannehill and the shit Dolphins can score 30 points on the Pittsburgh defense, the Patriots can at least double it. Start your Patriots fantasy players, this one may get ugly. Pats by double digits.
Intriguing Matchup: Seattle at Arizona
Finally, someone scheduled a great SNF matchup. Two playoff contenders, two great defenses, and two teams that don’t like each other. Seattle is in first place in the NFC West, but head to University of Phoenix field to play the emerging Cardinals. I’ve said it in prior articles and I will say it again, I don’t believe in Carson Palmer. But, I do love David Johnson. This guy is an absolute beast.
The overlooked third round draft pick out of Northern Iowa has been the catalyst for this offense. He will be tested against this Seattle defense. I can’t wait to watch the run matchups for both offenses against these two top tier defenses. The game will be won in the trenches. Michael/Wilson vs. David Johnson, what offense can show up and outplay the opposing, well known defense?
These may be the two best secondary’s in the league. Sherman, Thomas, and Browner for Seattle. Patterson and Mathieu for the Cardinals. Two teams loaded on defense and colliding in the desert. Special teams, turnovers, and time of possession will be the three biggest factors for who wins this game. Both defenses/special teams can score and create turnovers, and both offenses are subpar. The team that wins will have the offense that takes care of the football and establishes the run. Establish the run and beat them with a few play actions. You can’t sit in shotgun and expect to throw all day. At the end, home field advantage will be big. I like Arizona in Arizona, but Seattle will bounce back on Christmas Eve to split the season contest when the Cards venture up to the home of the 12th man. Look at that, you get two predictions in one. Arizona by a field goal.
Biggest Upset: Eagles over Vikings
Biased…. maybe. Foolish? No. The Eagles have played great football in their two home games. The defense has let up 13 total points in those two affairs. Yes, one team was the Browns but the other was this articles popular team, the Steelers. But let’s get to the heart of this game, Samuel “Loose Sleeves” Bradford. Bradford, ex-Eagle QB and enemy number one after his offseason antics, leads the last unbeaten team into hostile Philadelphia.
Now, there’s a lot of speculation on what his reception will be like. Well, I will be serenading him with three simple letters, B-O-O. If you think you should be named the starting QB before training camp with no winning seasons, you’re not a Philly guy. I hope Fletcher Cox body slams you all afternoon.
Now, to the matchup. The Vikings defense has been nothing short of spectacular all season. The same can be said about Wentz if the rookie QB can get a block from new tackle Big V. As for the Minnesota offense, it just doesn’t scare me.
They have weapons but they don’t have AP. The Eagles defense won’t have any trouble against Bradford and the crowd noise will play a huge factor. I’m a firm believer in home field advantage, as evident with this article. The crowd will be extra juiced with Bradford in town, Wentz has been much better at home, and the Eagles will deliver the Vikings their first loss of the season keeping Don Shula’s Dolphins alone for at least another year as the only team to start and finish a season undefeated. Eagles win, Bradford throws two INTs.
Now, let’s enjoy looking forward, and hope we were right when we take a look back. Enjoy week seven everyone.