Here are some random thoughts about Week 6 in the NFL…

  • Fairly certain that in all his years as Baltimore’s head coach, John Harbaugh has believed his Ravens have never committed a penalty.  Ever.
  • Maybe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should have spent more time preparing for the Arizona Cardinals instead of debating how they were going to protest against Donald Trump and the NFL.
  • No team in the NFL is better playing desperate or with their backs against the wall than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Someone needs to remind Jim Caldwell and the Detroit Lions that their games start at 1:00 p.m.  In their first six games, Detroit has been outscored by their opponents 92-62 in the first half while holding a 99-57 scoring advantage in the second half.  It’s amazing the Lions are 3-3 considering their first half struggles.
  • If there is such a thing, San Francisco is the best 0-6 team in recent NFL history.  The 49ers have lost their last five games by a total of 13 points, including two in overtime.  Despite their record, first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan has the franchise moving in the right direction.
  • You have to wonder why the Oakland Raiders paid running back Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement if they are only going to hand him the ball less than 10 times a game.
  • Thanks to the NFL’s typical modus operandi of over-legislating and over-complicating any change in their rules or policies, no one, not even the replay officials, knows what a catch is anymore.
  • If you said before the season began that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson would lead the NFL in touchdown passes after six weeks of play, then you need to move to Las Vegas immediately.
  • Heaven help Eli Manning.  Going into his game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, the four active receivers on the Giants roster had a grand total of 19 NFL receptions.
  • Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFC.  More importantly, even though the season is only six games old, they’re in the driver’s seat to obtain home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  The Eagles are 5-1 after playing four of their first six games on the road which includes wins at Washington and Carolina.  They’ve already played the always physically demanding Thursday night game and beginning this week, they play three straight games at home against Washington, San Francisco and Denver.  Even if the Eagles play .500 football the rest of the season, they’ll finish 10-6, a record good enough for at least a wild card playoff spot.  But with quarterback Carson Wentz leading the offense and tackle Fletcher Cox leading the defense, an NFC East Division title and a high seed in the playoffs seems more likely.
  • Pardon any Bengals fan for having a Vietnam flashback when watching the Cardinals game against Tampa on Sunday after they heard game analyst Charles Davis state, “That was a bad series for Jermaine Gresham.”
  • In case you aren’t fluent in French, the name Fournette means “fragile” or “injury-prone”.
  • Is it too early to ask if State Farm’s next commercial starring Aaron Rodgers will feature health insurance?
  • Not so long ago, the Monday Night Football game was the NFL’s premier match-up of the week and must-see TV.  Recently, however, the Monday match-up is a game no one wants to watch, even if they have the NFL Ticket and the evening has become must-see Monday Night Raw.

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