NFL Scores Week 6: Most Disappointing Performances from Sunday's Early Games

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 15, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 14:  Matt Shaughnessy #77 of the Oakland Raiders pressures Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 14, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Week 6 gave us easily the most unpredictable Sunday of the year, and as such, you could legitimately find a disappointing performance from every game. 

In that case, let us simply take a look at the early games and see what teams got the day started off on the right foot. 

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Atlanta Falcons (Beat Oakland Raiders, 23-20)

Yes, the Falcons won, but they can't be too satisfied about how they got the victory.

Matt Ryan, the early front-runner for MVP, had a juicy matchup against a Raiders defense that ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per pass allowed (7.5), 27th in passing yards per game allowed (283.0) and 31st in sack percentage (1.95 percent).

Naturally, he threw for 249 yards and tossed three interceptions. Of course. 

Ryan was able to lead a last-minute drive to set up a Matt Bryant game-winning field goal, but it's hard to be excited about such a poor passing night, a complete disappearance of the running game and a secondary that let Carson Palmer have a very good game.

Oh yeah, and it was all at home, too. 


Philadelphia Eagles (Lost to Detroit Lions, 26-23 in OT)

For most of the game, the Eagles looked dominant. Michael Vick had another case of the turnovers, but the defense absolutely stifled Matt Stafford and the Lions offense, Jeremy Maclin finally looked healthy and a solid home win appeared to be inevitable. 

But the Lions scored 10 unanswered points in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter to tie it up and went on to get the game-winning FG in overtime. Stafford and the Lions looked quite horrendous for three-and-a-half quarters, yet still somehow managed to be the only road team to pull off a victory during Sunday's early games. 

The Eagles have a lot of talent, but this is just another ugly notch in what is becoming an increasingly ugly season. 


Cincinnati Bengals (Lost to Cleveland Browns, 34-24)

Winning on the road in the NFL is never easy, but it's usually a little easier against a winless Cleveland Browns team.

Not for the Bengals. 

Andy Dalton and A.J. Green were up to their normal stat-stuffing ways, but four turnovers and a poor showing in the red zone absolutely killed the Bengals, who dropped to 3-3 while the Browns secured their first win.

What makes things worse is that Cincy actually shut down Trent Richardson, who is—by a long ways—Cleveland's best offensive weapon. Essentially, the Bengals were beat by sloppy offensive play and a bomb from Brandon Weeden to Josh Gordon.