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NFL Week Six: Winners and Losers

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Week six saw statement wins and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown as well as late defensive stops helped the Steelers hold off the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Defense led the way for the Vikings as they defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-10, can the Vikes take advantage of the NFC North?
  3. Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw 222 yards and three touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions as the Eagles defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-23. Eagles are now 5-1.
  4. Miami Dolphins: Trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Dolphins scored 20 unanswered points as they rallied to upset the Atlanta Falcons 20-17.
  5. Arizona Cardinals: Looks like a change of scenery was just what the doctor ordered for running back Adrian Peterson as he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with Arizona. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 138 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-33.
  6. Los Angeles Rams: The Rams scored two touchdowns via special teams as wide receiver Pharoh Cooper started the game off with 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. They also blocked a punt that wide receiver Malcom Brown returned for a touchdown. The defense had five sacks and a key interception by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman helped the Rams seal their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-17.
  7. New York Giants: Quarterback Eli Manning threw for touchdown. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a pick six as the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 23-10 to get their first win of the season.

Winners:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: They were held to just 28 rushing yards and the defense gave up too many big plays in their loss to Pittsburgh, knocking them off the ranks of the unbeaten.
  2. Green Bay Packers: They lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone, which could be season-ending in their loss to Minnesota. We’ll see how far the Packers can go without him.
  3. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons weren’t able to hold onto a lead against Miami leading to a rare home loss.
  4. New York Jets: Yes, there was a bad call that took away a touchdown but also two interceptions by quarterback Josh McCown cost the Jets in their loss to the New England Patriots 24-17.
  5. Baltimore Ravens: Despite two special teams touchdowns, a 96-yard kick-off return by wide receiver Bobby Rainey and a 77-yard punt return by wide receiver Michael Campanaro, the offense was their undoing in their loss to the Chicago Bears 27-24 in overtime.
  6. Oakland Raiders: A missed extra point by kicker Gorgio Tavecchio came back to bite the Raiders as Los Angeles Chargers’ Nick Novak nailed a 32-yard field goal as time expired as the Chargers defeated the Raiders 17-16.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: They gave up two special teams touchdowns and an ill-timed interception by quarterback Blake Bortles cost the Jags in their loss to the L.A. Rams.

Storylines Going Into Week Seven:

Kansas City meets Oakland. Tampa battles Buffalo. New Orleans goes to Green Bay. Arizona faces the Los Angeles Rams. The New York Jets play Miami.

Minnesota hosts Baltimore. Fresh off a bye, Seattle goes cross-country to play the Giants. Cincy plays Pittsburgh. Denver meets the Los Angeles Chargers. Atlanta faces New England in Super Bowl LI rematch. Washington travels to Philadelphia.

Cincinnati Bengals

Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game

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Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.

“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”

The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.

The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.

“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.

“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”

The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.

The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.

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Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury

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Baker Mayfield, Freddie Kitchens

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..

“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”

Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.

“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”

“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”

Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.

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Eagles’ Doug Pederson Upset After Loss to Dolphins

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Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles are reeling after another loss, this time to the “tanking” Miami Dolphins, and yet another blow to their playoff hopes and chances to take the division crown.

The Eagles entered halftime with a comfortable lead only to see it evaporate in the second half with the Dolphins passing game and trick plays propelling them to an improbable 37-31 victory in Miami on Sunday.

Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t too thrilled with how things played out, especially after their strong start, saying he was “disgusted” and “angry”, mostly at himself, for the game.

During a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said the Eagles “self-destructed” adding that they were now a “long shot” to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7 on the season.

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson said (h/t ESPN). “Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team.”

Pederson believes that the struggling Dolphins played harder than his team did on Sunday.

“That’s why I’m disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t,” he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well coached the Dolphins were.

Pederson was also miffed about the 10 penalties that the team drew.

“Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it’s not who we are, it’s not who I am as a coach, it’s not how we teach things,” Pederson said. “It starts with me and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game.”

The Eagles will now look to snap a three-game losing stream next Monday night when they play host to the New York Giants.

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