NFL 2013: Week 7
Week 6 Thoughts:
* OK, things aren't quite *that* bad in Tampa. Mike Glennon can make some throws. The fade to VJax couldn't have been much better. So far, he looks like a rookie learning the NFL game. At least he throws better than Tebow.
* Good for Brandon Marshall. Outside of homosexuality, mental health is probably one of the biggest taboos in sports, and even more so outside the locker room. That he's taken his diagnosis and allowed himself to be vulnerable in the public eye is a testament to his character. His story rings true, as his past issues were always so strange and inexplicable, and came to an apparent halt once he received his diagnosis and underwent treatment. Both sports and the public at large have a long way to go in understanding mental health issues, and accepting those that struggle with them. Marshall will hopefully serve as a positive example for a long time.
* I still really enjoy watching Jay Cutler play, flaws and all.
* Brandon Jacobs had more production this week than I expected for the whole season. I don't know if he can do that for a full season, but he appears to have a bit more left in the tank than expected.
* I'm impressed with Terrelle Pryor's demeanor. He very strongly put the blame for the team's 10 sacks on himself, saying, "I didn’t get the ball out, and on one play I called the wrong protection. You make mistakes like that, you deserve to get pile-driven into the ground.” Sunday was not a good game for him, but it's the kind of game he can learn from, if he's committed enough to do so. I didn't think he had any chance as an NFL QB after seeing him at Ohio State, but at least he throws better than Tebow.
* You know your quarterback play is bad when Vince Young tweets an offer of help. The craziest part is that I'm not so sure that the current backup options behind Schaub are in fact better ones than VY. At least Young throw better than... wait, not really...
* Holy sh*t, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. I cannot wait to see them get after Peyton Manning.
* Some interesting things when looking at PFF's QB pressure numbers:
- Peyton Manning, to no one's surprise, is the least pressured QB in the league
- The second least pressured QB is Andy Dalton. But he has the 6th highest percentage of getting sacked on plays where he is pressured
- Brandon Weeden is the least accurate starting QB when pressured
- While Peyton Manning is 3rd best at not getting sacked on pressure plays, two QBs have fared even better at avoiding sacks under pressure: Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler. They're also the 4th and 7th most accurate QBs, respectively, under pressure
- Chad Henne actually has the 10th lowest sack percentage on pressure plays, and the 12th best completion percentage under pressure.
Buccaneers @ Falcons: From the "someone has to get the W (unless they tie)" department. Atlanta's season has crumbled around them, and the bye week could not have come soon enough. Will we see an adjusted Falcons team capitalizing on the talent they still have, or does the flat spin continue? Tampa has been even worse, but against the Eagles, they at least showed some offensive signs of life, as Glennon connected to VJax for a pair of touchdowns on some nice throws, and Doug Martin bounced back partway after a disastrous game against the Cardinals.
Bears @ Redskins: The Redskins offense feels like it's trapped in a box, ready to break loose any minute, but straining against its constraints. The Bears may be 4-2, but their last 3 weeks have included two losses, and an unacceptably close win against a winless Giants team.
Chargers @ Jaguars: Jacksonville chalked up a moral victory last week, playing against the Broncos like a competent NFL team, while ultimately not endangering their top draft spot. History suggests, though, that the Jaguars will undermine their own best interests with some trap wins, and a West Coast team flying out on a short week is a common recipe for them. Also, the Jaguars will be wearing teal for the first time this year. It all adds up to an ambush of the Bolts, one so shameful that the team has to leave home and relocate to LA. Right?
49ers @ Titans: Tennessee gave Seattle a scare at the no-longer-loudest stadium in the league last week, even though it involved Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for only 171 yards (as well as matching CJ0.8K's 33 rushing yards). The Titan defense has held their own all year, though, and will give the 49ers another challenge as that team continues to get healthy on some weaker teams after the two-game beating they took a few weeks ago from Seattle & Indy.
Broncos @ Colts: Manning! Irsay! Fox! Old people smack talk! No introduction needed here.
Last Week's Results:
Secret Asian Man: 3-2
Season to Date:
Jolly Bill: 16-4
Secret Asian Man: 15-15
FSeven: 12 13
lostlobster : 3-2
Tempest Blayze: 2-3