Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 6
Chicago BearsNew York Giants
The Bears needed the win quite badly after dropping two games in a row, and Jay Cutler was sharp. He completed 24-of-36 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns and he did not throw an interception.
It just keeps getting worse for Eli Manning. He threw two early interceptions, one of which Tim Jennings returned for a 48-yard touchdown. Then, as the Giants were trying to take the game in the fourth quarter, Manning’s high fourth quarter pass was turned into another interception that cost the Giants the game.
Green Bay PackersBaltimore Ravens
Both quarterbacks put fine numbers on the board. Aaron Rodgers threw for 315 yards and a touchdown, and he seemed to breathe easier because the Packers had a running game. There was nothing wrong with Joe Flacco’s 342-yard, 2-TD day. He did not throw any interceptions.
Flacco has to bear some responsibility because he can’t let these home games slip away. Great teams with elite quarterbacks find a way to win at home, no matter what. Just ask Tom Brady.
Cincinnati BengalsBuffalo Bills
Andy Dalton helped the Bengals earn their first road win of the season as he threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Dalton showed more confidence in this game than he has in recent weeks. Thad Lewis led the Bills’ comeback by throwing for 216 yards and two TDs. Not bad for a guy who was just signed this week.
The Bills let their comeback go for naught when they dropped this game in overtime. Lewis looked sharp, but he suffered a sprained foot and that could impact him in the future.
Detroit LionsCleveland Browns
Good teams find a way to win in the second half on the road, and much credit must go to Matthew Stafford who threw for 248 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Weeden did a nice job in the first half, throwing two TD passes.
Weeden and the Browns struggled in the second half. It seemed like the Browns had some momentum from their play in recent weeks, but Weeden could not find any of that late magic.
St. Louis RamsHouston Texans
Sam Bradford did not put big yardage numbers on the board as he threw for just 117 yards, but he took advantage of his opportunities by throwing three TD passes and keeping it clean in the interception column.
Matt Schaub did not throw an interception that was returned for a touchdown this week, but he suffered a foot injury and was forced out of the game after another ineffective performance. Backup T.J. Yates threw a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown.
Kansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders
Terrelle Pryor got the Raiders off to a good start with his 39-yard TD pass to Denarius Moore that allowed the Raiders to take a second-quarter lead. Alex Smith managed the game well and he did not turn the ball over.
Ryan The Chiefs may be 6-0, but what are they going to do when they face a well-rounded and powerful offense like the Denver Broncos. Smith completed 14-of-31 passes for 128 yards and that won’t get the job done against the elite teams.
Carolina PanthersMinnesota Vikings
A spectacular bounce-back win for Cam Newton and the Panthers after laying an egg in Phoenix last week. Newton threw for 242 yards and three TDs and he did not throw an interception. Newton also ran for one TD.
Matt Cassel had a chance to make a case for himself as the Vikings starting quarterback, but he came up with a halting effort. He threw two interceptions and just one TD pass.
Pittsburgh SteelersNew York Jets
Ben Roethlisberger had his best game of the year as he led the Steelers to their first victory. He completed 23-of-30 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown.
Geno Smith struggled against the Steelers after a spectacular game against the Falcons the week before. Smith threw for 201 yards, but he threw two interceptions and he did not throw a TD pass.
Philadelphia EaglesTampa Bay Buccaneers
Nick Foles was sensational in his start with the Eagles. He threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and he did not throw an interception. He made every key throw he needed to make in the second half.
Mike Glennon had decent numbers for the Bucs, as he completed 26-of-43 passes for 273 yards, but he was not able to sustain Tampa Bay’s offense in the second half of the game.
Denver BroncosJacksonville Jaguars
Peyton Manning may not have had the kind of numbers that he has put up most of the year, but he led the Broncos to their sixth win of the year. Manning threw for 277 yards and two TDs. Chad Henne threw for 229 yards and helped the Jaguars stay in the game even though they were badly overmatched.
Manning did not have the kind of special performance that has marked each of his previous five games. Even with the noticeable drop-off, the Broncos still pulled away in the second half.
Seattle SeahawksTennessee Titans
Russell Wilson did not have a special game, but he completed 23-of-31 passes for 257 yards and he also ran for 61 yards. He did not throw an interception.
Ryan Fitzpatrick did a decent job of filling in for Jake Locker, but he did not throw a touchdown pass and he tossed two interceptions.
New England PatriotsNew Orleans Saints
It seemed like all seemed lost for the Patriots when Drew Brees threw a stellar fourth-quarter TD pass to Kenny Stills and the Patriots were unable to respond on their next two drives. However, Tom Brady made the Saints pay when he got the ball back a third time and he threw a game-winning TD pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds left.
While the Saints played much better in the second half, they were fairly inept in the first as Brees threw a TD pass in the first quarter, but was unable to do anything else as the Pats built a 10-point lead.
San Francisco 49ersArizona Cardinals
Colin Kaepernick got back on track as he completed 16-of-29 passes for 252 yards and two TDs as the 49ers garnered an important home win over a division opponent.
Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two TDs, but his two interceptions kept the Cardinals from mounting a rally in the second half.
Dallas CowboysWashington Redskins
Tony Romo did not put huge yardage numbers on the board like he did against Denver in Week Five, but he played with confidence. He threw for 170 yards and one TD and looked sharp in leading the Cowboys. While the Redskins lost, Robert Griffin III looked much improved in throwing 246 yards and running for 77 yards.
RGIII may have played with more confidence, but he did not throw any TD passes and the Redskins need much more from him.