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NFL Week 6 Thoughts – Inside The Wheelhouse

Jim Harbaugh, Jim SchwartzLet’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 6 in the National Football League!

– The Atlanta Falcons go from team that could be in “high alert” mode to a team who can breathe a little bit easier after their Week 6 victory puts them back at .500 on the season. This team has been underachieving for most of the season and this victory may possibly spring them into a place where they should be.

– What is with Roddy White lately? Two receptions when you are the lead wide receiver?

– Carolina loses their first game of the season where they haven’t loss by 7 or fewer points. When you look at it that way it’s very impressive for this team that can contend in the next 1-2 years.

– The Cincinnati Bengals have quietly improved to 4-2 on the season and as discussed on the Week 6 edition of The Wheelhouse (at, they could legitimately go 10-6 to finish the season.

– The Colts are so bad this season that the people who hated Peyton Manning all these years are now realizing just how important he is to the franchise.

– In the game of the week by far, the San Francisco 49ers improve to 5-1 on the season knocking off the unbeaten Detroit Lions. The Niners have the defense and are playing terrific Football right now but when will Alex Smith’s flaws hurt them? Stay tuned.

– How bout that handshake?

– Despite losing I still feel more confident in the 2011 success of the Detroit Lions then I do in the San Francisco 49ers.

– The New York Football Giants now lead the NFC East with a record of 4-2 thanks to a victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. The defense looked great, the running game was great and Eli Manning even threw great. Maybe we have undersold how good this team truly can be, I’m intrigued by what the Giants continue to do.

– This appears to be the start of the decline for the Buffalo Bills. I’m looking at an 8-8 season as of right now.

– Pittsburgh nearly edges out the Jacksonville Jaguars which begs the question: are the Steelers good? I don’t think so. As of right now this Steelers team may be a lame duck in that AFC North Division, I would not be shocked if they finish 3rd behind the Bengals, yes I said it.

– Andy Reid is saved from sports talk bashing for this week as they win in Washington and improve to 2-4 on the season. A win is a win but it certainly did not look pretty. I’m not sold on this win being a “turn around game” for the Eagles on the season; I want to see them play a little better against competitive teams.

– Remember when I said this appears to be the decline of the Buffalo Bills? Same can be said for the Redskins. When do you hear of a QB controversy for a team that is first place in their division at any point in the season, never.

– Green Bay is the last undefeated team in the NFL and the Packers looked great against the Rams in Week 6. It’s safe to say that with a 1/3 of the season under our belts that the Green Bay Packers are the best team in the NFL right now.

– I liked the Brandon Lloyd to the Rams deal a lot. Finally gives Bradford a legit weapon to use and Lloyd should do well with McDaniels as his offensive coordinator. Great move by St. Louis.

– Oakland loses quarterback Jason Campbell for the season but wins against the Browns and improves to 4-2. I think that come the next couple of weeks this team will start to have a Bills/Redskins-like decline and I can’t believe it’s because they lost Jason Campbell.

– Looks like the relationship between Peyton Hillis and the Browns is not that good now does it?

– The Baltimore Ravens look to be the best team in the AFC after Week 6 with a convincing victory over the Houston Texans. The Ravens are playing terrific football and continue to prove why I picked them to be the AFC representation in this year’s Super Bowl. If not for Aaron Rodgers, I’d put Ray Rice as the early NFL MVP lead candidate.

– Does Houston strive to be an 8-8 team every season?

– If you are a Patriots fan, despite the loss, are you concerned about the way they have played lately? Granted they are 5-1 but I don’t ever remember a time where Tom Brady had to do this much to win football games in New England.

– Dallas is the best team with a losing record this season so far. They have the weapons; they just haven’t been healthy to utilize them. Despite the loss I expect to see the Cowboys to get “streaky” soon and get back into the NFC East hunt.

– Tampa Bay gets a huge victory over the Saints after being blown out by the 49ers the week before; you have got to love the NFL.

– Josh Freeman looked like an NFL caliber quarterback against the Saints, this kid is good.

– I really believe this loss for the Saints can easily be a result of their head coach’s injury in the first quarter. That is something you don’t plan for at all but affects the entire team. Don’t know if the Saints were prepared for something as freaky as that.

– The Bears win in primetime and the Chicago fans had something to cheer for when it comes to Jay Cutler. I still believe the Bears miss the playoffs and have a 7-9 record to wrap up the year.

– Is this the end of the Donovan McNabb era in Minnesota, already?

– The New York Jets save themselves from having a “red alert” atmosphere for the rest of the week thanks to their win Monday Night against the Dolphins. I will be interested to see if this is the start of a turn around or the Jets just aren’t that good. San Diego will be that test.

– I think it is safe to say that Tony Soprano will be the first head coach to be fired during the season. “Suck for Luck” is in full effect in Miami right now.

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Jeff Peck is the producer for the “Wheelhouse Radio” program that airs every Sunday at

Jeff also co-hosts “The Still Real to us show” with Eric Gargiulo which can be available at and can be downloaded in the “Real Guy Radio” section of the site.

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