NFL’s Week Six Big Winners
Quarterbacks: Recently when talking MVP choices, excluding Matt Ryan, shying away from quarterbacks has seemed to be the “cool thing to do.”
Whether it be Percy Harvin’s ability to do it all, Arian Foster’s total ground dominance or J.J. Watt’s mastery of the swat down, MVP talk took a slightly different turn to begin this season.
That however all changed this past week as the quarterback once again took center stage in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers catapulted his way back into MVP consideration with a cheeky six touchdowns against the Texans – none of which to Jermichael Finley, thankfully winning me my fantasy game.
Robert Griffin III displayed a steady arm and ridiculous athletic ability that netted him over 300 all-purpose yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run.
The Peyton Manning of old was on show against the Chargers as he overcame what seemed to be cruel acts of the Football Gods including two fumbled kickoffs, a receiver miscommunication and Eric Decker tripping over on a sure-fire touchdown.
Peyton would go on to throw for three touchdowns on the way to a 35 point turnaround victory in the second half.
However, I did leave one particular quarterback out of this list and he is the man they call…
In Seattle, talk had begun about how far the 5’11 Wisconsin Badger could take the Seahawks.
Fans were clamouring to see what they had in backup Matt Flynn and the Russell Wilson experiment seemed destined for an early cancellation.
However, after trailing by 13 with a little fewer than eight minutes to go Wilson led the comeback with touchdown passes to Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice to ice the game 24-23 against the Patriots and Tom Brady.
Another positive? This fourth quarter comeback win didn’t come with questionable baggage like a certain other victory the Seahawks had earlier this year… But let’s not get into that.
Todd Bowles, Eagles Defensive Co-Ordinator.
Firstly, coming from experience in which family members have been collateral in the cut-throat world of professional sports, I don’t wish this upon anyone.
In saying that, where there is loss there is also opportunity to be gained.
As Coach Andy Reid followed through with his plans to ‘tear things apart’ and released defensive coordinator Juan Castillo of his responsibilities the real winner in this situation is former defensive backs coach Todd Bowles.
Bowles was the interim coach of Miami last season and did quite a respectable job while at the helm going 2-1 in his last three games, all of which against division rivals.
What does work in Bowles’ favour is that usually changes in coaches are reflections of the talent available.
A team has poor talent that the coach cannot achieve with, a new coach is brought in and all of a sudden mediocre players and performing that little bit harder as their jobs are officially on the line at that stage.
Never before has a defensive coordinator come into so much talent on the defence and Bowles’ whom already has defensive experience (unlike Castillo) should be able to make use out of Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Trent Cole and DeMeco Ryans to name a few.
With a respectable performance, Bowles will be able to secure his position as defensive coordinator for next year.
With a complete turnaround, don’t be surprised to see Bowles short-listed for head coaching positions come January.
Rex Ryan’s best friend, perennial underachiever and bane of every fantasy owner in the world, Shonn Greene finally had the breakout game we have been waiting for since his 2009 divisional playoff performance against the Chargers.
Naturally, this probably means he will do very little to nothing next week however this one game alone has stemmed the flow of those calling for backup Bilal Powell to receive more reps in the running game.
His three touchdown performance against the Colts could not have come at a better time for the Jets who’s only television time the entire week was regarding at what point in the game Tim Tebow would replace Mark Sanchez.
And so Shonn Greene, for slightly improving your fantasy status, contract leverage, and prolonging the Tebow talk for another week, congratulations.
Actually come to think of it, not too sure about that last one.
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