What We Learned: NFL Week Six

The SportmeistersAnalyst IOctober 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is congratulated by Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the Saints defeated the Giants 48-27  at the Louisiana Superdome on October 18, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By Ryan of The Sportmeisters

Blowouts and close calls highlight another week in the NFL. Let’s look back at some of the key moments of week six.

A Perfect Brees

When two undefeated teams meet, it is usually talk of a big game. There was a big game, but it came from the home team, as the New Orleans Saints decimated the New York Giants 48-27. The Giants, who came into the game with the top ranked defense, looked completely outmatched by the Saints, led by Brees’s 369 yards and four touchdowns.

While many Giants, including QB Eli Manning, were coming home for this game, I’m sure they left skid marks to get out of Louisiana as fast as possible. For the Giants, this exposes a team who played an easy schedule thus far throughout the season. They will need to bounce back and play at a competitive level next week.

A Game Of Titan-ic Proportions

It’s hard to wonder which story is bigger in New England’s 59-0 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans. On one hand, there is Tom Brady, playing like his 2007 form with six touchdowns, three to WR Randy Moss. Or one could bring up the un-retirement of Junior Seau.

Instead, the focus needs to be on the collapse of the Titans, now 0-6 with no real hope of success this season. For a team that went 13-3 the year before, it’s hard to imagine Coach Jeff Fisher not being on the hot seat, but we feel it’s still too early for that.

Instead, the Titans need to overhaul and see where they can find success. The only change was the loss of Jim Schwartz and Albert Haynesworth, but that shouldn’t breed this ineptitude. QBs Kerry Collins and Vince Young combined for -7 yards, and the lone bright spot was RB Chris Johnson, who had 128 rushing yards.

40 Is The New 25

When Brett Favre came back to play for the Minnesota Vikings, I was a skeptic, predicting them to finish under.500. While it’s still too early to crown them Super Bowl champions, the Vikings are playing like a team expecting to make a deep playoff run. Their latest conquest was a 33-31 victory over Baltimore, won thanks to a missed field goal at the end of the game.

In Green Bay, Favre didn’t have a dominant running game, but he does now, thanks to Adrian “All Day” Peterson, who became the second running back in as many weeks to have over 100 yards on the ground against Baltimore. Teams will still stack eight in the box, allowing Favre to throw quick passes to WR Sidney Rice and TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who are both benefitting from their new QB.

Contenders and Pretenders

Who’s the best, and who’s hoping for a job next year?

Who dat say they gonna’ beat them Saints? Right now, no one, as New Orleans is off to their best start in years at 6-0, highlighted by beating previously unbeaten New York.

The Atlanta Falcons are right behind the Saints in the NFC South, and could make for an interesting battle as the season wears on. The Falcons defeated the Bears 21-14 last night, thanks to a solid team performance.

While some teams are perfect, others are perfectly inept:

The Washington Redskins has removed play-calling duties from Jim Zorn, but how long until they remove the coach from his job? A third straight loss to a previously winless team highlights their 2-4 record.

The Philadelphia Eagles put up less points than the Philadelphia Phillies, and it showed in a 13-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders.