NFL Week 6 Recap: 5 Things I Think
1- A $100 million dollar collarbone breaks just as quickly as yours and mine.
Injuries remained a huge story this week with the loss of Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. In my game picks I mentioned the oh-so-steady Green Bay signal caller, which effectively ended his season. Sorry I put the kiss of death on your season Packer Nation. Another high profile injury happened in the Tampa-Arizona game as Famous Jameis went down with a shoulder injury (although it bears mentioning that Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in admirably). On TNF, the Panthers lost All-pro LB Luke Kuechly to a concussion which Danny would tell you is a big reason they lost that game at home against Philly. For a more comprehensive rundown of the week’s injuries, check out the NFL’s website.
2- Bill Belichick clearly has compromising photos of every official in the league.
I think there is zero chance that the officials decided to gift that game to the Patriots, but you have to admit that these breaks always seem to go their way. If you haven’t heard, you really just have to watch, because it’s impossible to explain. Crib notes version: Jets score TD. Play is overturned after replay review. Ball is given to the Patriots with the explanation that the Jets player, who DID NOT drop the ball, somehow “fumbled” the ball out of the endzone resulting in a touchback. F@$ing Patriots, man. Anyway, the replay system is flawed, but we already knew that.
3- Anthem protesting reached . . . a new high? a new low? a new level?
Actually we’ll just say it reached a new audience. In Germany’s top soccer league, club team Hertha Berlin made headlines by kneeling before their match to express solidarity with their fellow professional athletes in the US. For the first time in a long time, a story about the anthem protests made me snicker. Whatever, guys. In actual protest news, Kaepernick has officially filed suit against the NFL for collusion. That story is not going away anytime soon.
4- If your quarterback isn’t close to 40, you better hope he’s 22.
The notion of playing a rookie QB has completely changed in the last 10-15 years. For the longest time it was just completely out of the question. The NFL game was considered too fast, too complex; and learning the “language” required years in a system. NFL history is littered with the bodies of high-potential QBs like David Carr, Ryan Leaf, and Todd Marinovich who took a beating as rookies and never figured it out at the game’s highest level. But then you started to see a change. Peyton Manning in 1998. Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco both succeed as rookies in 2008. Cam!! Luck!! RG3!! Rookies all over the place!!!! Fast forward to 2017 where drafting a QB in the top 10 now means that the youngster HAS to start real soon. This year the Bears and Texans conservatively awarded the job to more experienced QBs only to press their rookies into action within the first few weeks of the season. So far it looks like they were both right to do so. Deshaun Watson is having the best start to a career that football has ever seen and Mitch Trubisky is buoying a bad Bears team higher than anyone could have predicted. (For the record, Chris has been on both of these young talents since the offseason.)
5- In this new NFL, we all get a trophy for sucking.
Are we all happy with the NFL having “parity” if that means that everyone sucks? Stick and ball sports fans in America have long praised the NFL for a model that supposedly fosters parity. You can finish last one season and win your division the next . . . theoretically. I do concede that maybe we’re still in the part of the season that coaches and players don’t care about, but I don’t feel like there is a really good team out there. Everyone has at least one loss and we’re barely halfway through October. Almost everyone has lost a key player to injury. It feels like we’re just kinda going through the motions because it’s still “early.” That said, it’s compelling theater and I will absolutely be locked in for next week just like I was this week!