NFL Week Six Stock Report

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NFL Week Six Stock Report

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NFL Week Six Stock Report

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Week Six of the NFL regular season promised blockbuster action and delivered blockbuster action. Great plays, X-Factor moments, and unpredictable results littered the NFL land. NFL analysts Tayyib Abu and Marissa Myers take a look at who is trending up and down after Week Six. 

NFC Stock Up: 

Marcus Mariota

The Atlanta Falcons and Marcus Mariota are a bizarre case study. Mariota threw just 13 passes in the Falcons’ win over the San Francisco 49ers. Despite his fleeting throwing performances, Mariota played superbly as he guided the Falcons to another victory. Mariota threw two touchdowns and rushed for one as he excelled in the RPO-heavy game plan. Mariota was the first player since Walter Payton to have two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, 50 rushing yards, and one incompletion. Mariota labeled himself a point guard in his post-game interview, and right now, he is the Trae Young of this Falcons offense. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles Secondary

The Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary stole the show on Sunday Night Football. Darius Slay and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson bagged an interception each, while veteran James Bradberry played excellently. Bradberry allowed just 2.7 yards per target. In tandem with Slay, the Philadelphia cornerbacks gave up four catches on 13 targets, forced four incompletions, and surrendered a passer rating of 12.7. The Eagles played a lot of Cover-1, and their experienced corners won their one-on-one matchups with complete control. 

 

New York Giants

The New York Giants are 5-1, and a big blue tidal wave is stirring within the Meadowlands. The Giants once again outlasted and out-fought a favorite as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants continue to hang in games, force mistakes, and capitalize on them with a competent offense. Big Blue is channeling every Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin mantra with a Brian Daboll-infused twist. Be in no doubt; the Giants are back!

NFC Stock Down:

Green Bay Packers Offense

The Green Bay Packers are playing like the Chicago Bears. The Bears are 24th in offensive EPA per play, and the Packers are 23rd. Matt LaFleur’s team looked like a racecar with no engine in the defeat to the New York Jets. Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers completed 26 passes for an average of six yards. Rodgers’ QBR of 16.9 underlined his ugly performance. Moreover, the Packers converted just three first or second downs into a new set of downs. The Packers look impotent, erratic, and overwhelmed on offense. Head coach Matt LaFleur and Rodgers are in trouble. Big trouble. 

 

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray truthers will point to Kliff Kingsbury’s incompetence as the reason for the quarterback’s struggles. However, even in dire situations, uber-talented players can make things happen. Murray has incredible talent, but is selling himself and his organization short. Murray threw one ugly interception against the Seattle Seahawks and mailed in a block while Rondale Moore was running. Murray averaged six yards per attempt in this offensive nightmare and is 23rd in EPA per play for the season. He is underplaying his contract, and something needs to change. 

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz’s starting job is under threat. The experienced quarterback toiled as the Washington Commanders beat the Chicago Bears in a game where the world lost all hope. Wentz picked up a finger injury and, per Ian Rapaport, will miss at least a month of action. Taylor Heinicke will step in, and Wentz might not get the job back. 

AFC Stock Up:

-Indianapolis Colts Offense

It seems as if the Colts finally figured out how to run the offense with Matt Ryan. For the most part, they asked him to throw short, quick throws, and it ended up working. He completed 42-of-58 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. The quick passing game set up Ryan to be able to occasionally throw deep passes down the field, as he did on the game winning, 32-yard pass to Alec Pierce. The offensive line even did a better job of protecting Ryan, as he finished the day with no sacks and only took six hits. If they can continue this with Ryan, and get Jonathan Taylor going when he returns, this offense could continue to see drastic improvements. 

 

-New York Jets Coaching Staff

The receipts had been kept and this New York Jets team responded to them. Robert Saleh has been able to keep this young team focused and motivated, because of that, they are 4-2 with another upset win this time over the Green Bay Packers. Mike LaFleur was able to adjust in the game, as Zach Wilson was struggling to throw the ball, so they went to a run-heavy approach which worked. It continued on the defensive side of the ball as Jeff Ulbrich called a great game as it looked as if the defense was in the heads of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers all day. They sacked Rodgers four times, with Quinnen Williams getting two, and had nine quarterback hits. Then there was Brant Boyer’s special teams unit that blocked a punt and a field goal. Each coordinator called a great game and the players executed perfectly as the Jets continue to soar upward. 

-Joe Burrow 

There’s just something about the Bayou. Returning to the area of Louisiana to face the New Orleans Saints and Joe Burrow looked like he did back in his college days at LSU. He was evading pressure in the pocket, looking as elusive as ever, especially when he avoided a sack and turned it into a 19-yard touchdown run. He was able to take what the defense was giving him, and took deep shots down field. One of those deep shots was to Ja’Marr Chase, who looked great in his return to Louisiana as well, hauling in seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns. This was the best game Burrow has had this year, and all it took was a return to the place where he won the 2019 National Championship. 

AFC Stock Down:

-Baltimore Ravens In The Second Half

The Ravens in the first half of games looks like a team that can contend in the AFC playoffs, the second half version of the team looks like the one that is currently 3-3. The second half woes have plagued the team, and it struck again in their game against the New York Giants as the Ravens had a 10-7 lead going into halftime. Lamar Jackson on the Ravens’ two final drives that could’ve led them to victory, instead ended with him throwing an interception and fumbling the ball. The defense also didn’t help again, as the unit that allowed only seven points in the first half allowed 17 in the second half. 

 

-Jacksonville Jaguars Defense 

This unit started off hot with eight turnovers and seven sacks, but since Week Four they’ve only gotten three sacks and one turnover. Against the Colts it looked as if the Jaguars were going to narrowly escape with a win as Trevor Lawrence rebounded from a rough couple of weeks having no turnovers and relying more on the run game. He even led a great 18-play drive that took eight minutes off the clock that ended up in a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 27-26 lead with only two minutes left. Except the defense couldn’t hold up on their end, as they allowed Matt Ryan to hit Alec Pierce for a 32-yard touchdown to win the game. They also weren’t able to create any turnovers like they did when these two teams met back in Week Two. The defense has regressed, and they need to find a way to claw their way back up to help the team have any chance at the AFC South title this season. 

 

-Miami Dolphins Offensive Line

After starting the season undefeated, the Dolphins have been on a three game losing streak since. In that time, they have had three quarterbacks play, all of which have gotten injured. There was first Tua Tagovailoa who has been out since the Cincinnati Bengals game, then Teddy Bridgewater who missed most of last week’s game having to enter concussion protocol. This led to Skylar Thompson being the starter this week against the Minnesota Vikings. The Dolphins offensive line didn’t help the rookie at all, as there were plenty of great plays Thompson made that set the team up to score, but were called back due to penalties on the offensive line. After Thompson exited the game with a hand injury, Bridgewater took over, and he was sacked five times. The current state of the offensive line for the Dolphins is one that resembles a revolving door, just letting defenders by easily. 

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