* The debate has begun on whether or not the Cowboys QB job belongs to Dak Prescott or not. What we do know is that he will still start at least one game after the bye, as Romo apparently won’t quite be ready to go. I don’t really have an opinion at this time. I recognize that Prescott has played well, and I also recognize that Prescott has not been called upon to routinely make the kind of game-changing throws Romo is capable of. Prescott has played very good play-from-ahead football on a team built to play from ahead, and he’s done it against a soft schedule. But at the same time, playing within limits does not automatically mean Prescott can only succeed within those limits. Romo has played plenty of conservative game-manager games when that’s what the situation has called for. It’s up to the Cowboys offensive staff to put Prescott’s capabilities in perspective.
* Speaking of QB controversies, there’s a tiny one brewing in Chicago. Jay Cutler should be returning from thumb injury soon, but Brian Hoyer has done that Brian Hoyer thing where he plays a stretch of good football and muddles up the QB picture. Cutler, of course, hasn’t exactly been a strong enough starter to ward off this kind of challenge, especially without the hand of Adam Gase framing him into a more successful version of himself. His 2 starts this year were not great, while Hoyer has been on a relatively hot streak (6 TDs, 0 INTs, 100 passer rating).
* See Garion, it's not that BORTLESMANIA only tears it up in garbage time, he simply starts up in the 4th quarter no matter what the score is. It’s just that most Jaguar games are out of reach by then.
* Prince Amukamara has allowed only a 35% catch rate, lowest in the league.
* What a day for Eddie Lacy. First a report that he’s ballooned up to 255-265 pounds, and then the announcement that he's going on IR for ankle surgery. With James Starks out from knee surgery, the Packers RB depth chart is now Knile Davis (fresh from trade with Kansas City) and wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb. Reportedly, Montgomery is going to get the lion’s share of RB duties this week.
* Julio Jones getting away with a little head slap at the start of the play doesn’t erase the egregiousness of the non-call against Richard Sherman.
* Joe Thomas still does not want to be traded away from Cleveland. In case you were wondering. Because apparently this was a minor story again this week. I guess the media is just going to ask Thomas every time Cleveland loses 5 more games and print each denial.
* There’s a long list of teams that should want to trade for Joe Thomas if he became available, though.
NY Giants at Los Angeles (in London): After starting 3-1, the Rams have sunk to 3-3, which puts them on pace to be right in striking distance of 7-9. Interestingly, Case Keenum continues to be not-a-disaster, keeping Jared Goff on the bench. Keenum had his best game of the season this past week, although it still included an INT on the final drive that sealed the one-score game. The Giants also had their best offensive game of the season, in which OBJ, recently left for dead in these very threads, exploded for 222 yards and 2 TDs, including the game winner. I have more faith in the Giants.
Oakland at Jacksonville: Oakland comes to town to face off against a red hot Jacksonville team, riding high on its 2 game win streak. Only the third 2-game win streak of the Gus Bradley era. Vegas has caught BORTLESMANIA, as the Jaguars are actually favored by an entire 1 point. Jacksonville has a ton of key players that may miss the game, though, including both starting tackles and a starting guard, both starting safeties, and a starting cornerback. That’s not good news because DEREK CARR FRESNO STATE DEREK CARR Oakland.
Baltimore at NY Jets: The Geno Smith era begins… again. And yet, Baltimore has struggled so much that the Jets are favored by a point. Remember, in a draft class that has seen rookie QBs getting on the field early and having success, the Jets targeted Christian Hackenberg with their 2nd round pick. Hackenberg apparently is nowhere close to the starting job, firmly locked in at 4th on a terrible 4-man QB depth chart. In Baltimore’s first game since firing abandon-the-run OC Marc Trestman, they ran the ball 26 times but for only 98 yards. Of course, they were missing Marshal Yanda, who remains doubtful for this game. This seems like the kind of game Baltimore could easily drop, but I can’t possibly pick Geno.
Tampa Bay at San Francisco: Aww yeah, let’s do this. San Francisco got an OK game out of a rusty Colin Kaepernick. Nothing special, but it was a run defense that was destroyed which set that game out of reach. Tampa, however, comes to town without Doug Martin, who suffered a “setback” in his recovery, and with Charles Sims on IR, so it’s still Jacquizz Rodgers time, who juuuust crossed the 100 yard mark against Carolina after being fed the ball 30 times. And with Tampa’s D-line still MIA, this is a good week for the 49ers to roll hard with Carlos Hyde. I’m predicting a 17-13 win for San Francisco (with Tampa's 13 coming from 2 TDs but a missed XP).
Houston at Denver: The revenge of Brock Lobster! Vegas has no faith, putting the Texans as 7.5 point underdogs… and of course they’re right. Osweiler managed to rally the Texans late to beat the Colts, but he was ineffective for most of the game up to that point (something wholly unprecedented among AFC South quarterbacks). Lamar Miller, of course, played a huge role, including dodging nearly the entire Colts defense on the TD that turned the contest back into a game. Denver is coming in off a loss in which they couldn’t do anything offensively, but it was a Thursday game, you gotta throw those out. Denver wins and shows the local fans why they didn’t spend that money on Osweiler.
Week 6 Results
Running Man: 4-1
Rat Boy: 3-2
Season to Date
Rat Boy: 16-14
Running Man: 7-3