NFL: Week 6 Duds

Houston Texans

The favorites to win the AFC and go the Super Bowl, looked like a team that never played football before. Arian Foster was in effective on the ground and the injury to middle linebacker Brian Cushing really showed that without Cushing, J.J. Watts is a non-factor. Giving up six touchdown passes doesn’t happen too often, but the Texans had it happen on them. Is the beginning of a slope downward for Houston or are the Packers that good?

Cincinnati Bengals

After pulling off three straight victories, the Bengals have managed to drop two straight to two teams that had rookie quarterbacks starting for them. The worst thing is losing to the Cleveland Browns who lost five straight games, but finally pulled out a victory in week 6. Is it Andy Dalton’s fault or the defense? Either way, both are tanking the team right now.

San Francisco 49ers

Trying to get revenge for last year when the New York Giants defeated them in the NFC championship game, the 49ers came out on Sunday and failed. Alex Smith threw three interceptions after throwing one in five games before that. The defense gave up a 100-yard rusher and a rushing touchdown at home, which is something that hasn’t happened in two years. Much like the Texans, the 49ers are favorites out of the NFC to go to the Super Bowl. This was less than a “super” performance.

Juan Castillo

The former Eagles defensive coordinator found himself unemployed this week, when he was fired after the Eagles blew a lead to the Detroit Lions. While many jokes have been made about Castillo being a bad defensive coordinator, I do feel bad for the guy, considering his defense has been a lot better than the Eagles offense. Why not fire offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg or why not head coach Andy Reid? Maybe bench Michael Vick for rookie quarterback Nick Foles. The Liberty Bell isn’t the only thing with a crack in it in Philly.

Phillip Rivers

Unlike other duds on this week’s list where I blame the whole team for the lost, I save this last dud for one man. That man is Phillip River. Yes, the defense couldn’t stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos from scoring, but Phillip Rivers had six turnovers. He threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles. I must say, Rivers is a very cocky quarterback. Why? I don’t understand. He has struggled since his breakout year in 2010 where he threw for 4,710 yards and 30 touchdowns. Rivers is 30 years old. If I’m the Chargers and the struggles continue, I may look to draft a quarterback in next year’s draft.