NFL Week 6: Winners and Losers

NFL Winners and Losers: Green Bay Looks Impressive, While the Patriots Collapse

10/15/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

October 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Green Bay scored an impressive 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Texans.


Winners:
 
Packers: Green Bay badly needed a win against the Texans on Sunday. The Packers, sitting on a 2-3 record, needed to walk into Houston and beat an undefeated Texans team that many experts considered the best in the league.
 
Green Bay took the lead early and never looked back, beating the Texans 42-24. This win does not answer all of the questions surrounding the Packers, but it does prove that they can still win a big game when it matters, and in the playoffs sometimes that’s all a team needs.
 
Giants: New York continues to prove that they are the class of the league. Heading into their rematch of last years NFC title game, very few people thought the Giants would win. San Francisco was supposed to be hungry and ready for revenge, but what did the Giants do? Completely dominate San Francisco and notch perhaps the most impressive win of any team this season on their belts.
 
 
Losers:
Oct 14, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field following a 24-23 loss against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
The Patriots gave up another late game lead and are now 3-3.

 
Patriots: New England gave up a 10 point lead late in the game vs. the Seahawks and are now 3-3 and tied with the rest of the AFC East for the division lead. Doesn’t it feel like the Pats are always giving up late game leads? It happened against Seattle this week, Baltimore three weeks ago, and in the Super Bowl last season. When was the last time the Patriots won a game from behind?
 
The unfortunate truth here is that these Patriots are no longer contenders. Sure, they will still win games and make the playoffs. But they just continue to crumble under pressure.
 
49ers: San Francisco suffered one loss, against one team, but it might be cause for serious concern. The 49ers were motivated, hungry and ready to win that game against the Giants. There was only one problem-- New York didn’t let them. San Francisco is still one of the best teams in the NFL but if they cannot beat the Giants at home during two must win games, then there is a problem.
 
 
Stalemate:
 
Texans: Houston had to lose sometime, they weren’t going undefeated. So Sunday’s loss to the Packers is nothing to be ashamed about. The team simply needs to forget about it and get ready for the Ravens next week.
 
Falcons: Atlanta may have beaten the Raiders, and a win is all the really counts, but this is the third week in a row where the team played a close game that they could have lost. The bye week might do them some good.
 
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10/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61009 respect

Pat wrote:
The team isn't new, but many of their offensive players are, including pretty much all of their running backs. And that's what it takes to run out the clock.

Coaching?

10/16/12   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
"The offense will adjust and learn how to eat up the clock and put away their opponents."

This team isn't new. These are things they need to "learn"? This is what they do, right? It's the Patriots. They have known how to win games for years. Now all of a sudden they need to learn this stuff? No. Honestly, there is no good excuse for why they are losing. They are still very good, but something is clearly lacking. You say defense isn't the problem. I think it kinda is. Relying on Brady to bring you back or bail you out every game, apparently isn't going to work this year. They need to step it up.

This also goes for Denver who may not win another game if they expect Peyton to carry them. He doesn't play defense or special teams, people. Ugh.

(pardon my triple posting)

The team isn't new, but many of their offensive players are, including pretty much all of their running backs. And that's what it takes to run out the clock.

10/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61009 respect

Pat wrote:
"nowadays do you ever feel comfortable with a Pats lead in the 4th?"

Not at the moment, but I believe Belichick will make the necessary adjustments to their offense and change this. The problem isn't even their defense, which is their biggest area of weakness. The problem is that their offense becomes impotent late in the game. I simply can't see that staying the same all year. The offense will adjust and learn how to eat up the clock and put away their opponents. There's too much talent for them to keep screwing up.
(Edited by kobe_lova)

"The offense will adjust and learn how to eat up the clock and put away their opponents."

This team isn't new. These are things they need to "learn"? This is what they do, right? It's the Patriots. They have known how to win games for years. Now all of a sudden they need to learn this stuff? No. Honestly, there is no good excuse for why they are losing. They are still very good, but something is clearly lacking. You say defense isn't the problem. I think it kinda is. Relying on Brady to bring you back or bail you out every game, apparently isn't going to work this year. They need to step it up.

This also goes for Denver who may not win another game if they expect Peyton to carry them. He doesn't play defense or special teams, people. Ugh.

(pardon my triple posting)

10/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61009 respect

Houston should still be undefeated. And I think they would be if they had bothered to make an appearance Sunday Night.

10/16/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61009 respect

Falcons.... with us every game is a close game. It's stressful, but quite normal. Unless we are replacing our secondary in the bye week, we shall be exactly the same when we return, maybe more rested. People assume we should've blown Oakland out. With us, never assume. It's hard to win games with a subpar defense. This was our worse offensive game so far, I'm not overly concerned about that. But, the defense is gonna be a problem still.

10/15/12   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

"nowadays do you ever feel comfortable with a Pats lead in the 4th?"

Not at the moment, but I believe Belichick will make the necessary adjustments to their offense and change this. The problem isn't even their defense, which is their biggest area of weakness. The problem is that their offense becomes impotent late in the game. I simply can't see that staying the same all year. The offense will adjust and learn how to eat up the clock and put away their opponents. There's too much talent for them to keep screwing up.

10/15/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

I probably should have chosen a different word other than "contender" because as long as they have Brady and Belichick they will always have be a good regular season team and go deep into the playoffs. I just believe their days as a Super Bowl threats are over. And I'm not just referring to the Pats either, I think that the flashy offensive teams that rely only on offense no longer rule the league.

So even if the Pats go deep into the Plays I see them having a lot trouble with teams like the Ravens, Texans, Seahawks and Giants and 49ers (in the NFC). I just think this version of the Pats is a far departure from years ago when you expected New England to come storming back at the end of a game, nowadays do you ever feel comfortable with a Pats lead in the 4th?

10/15/12   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

"Doesn’t it feel like the Pats are always giving up late game leads?"

Yup, it absolutely does.

"The unfortunate truth here is that these Patriots are no longer contenders."

Then... which AFC teams are contenders? The Ravens lost Lewis and Webb, the Texans got exposed a bit, and everyone else is 3-3 or worse.

I happen to believe that barring a miracle, the NFC will win the Super Bowl. But in the AFC, the Patriots' odds of making a Super Bowl appearance are pretty much as good as anyone's at this point.