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Inside The Wheelhouse: NFL Week 6 Thoughts

Rex Ryan New York JetsOne third of the NFL season is in the books as is Week 6 in the NFL. We saw a big return in Pittsburgh, we saw the Vikings get back to their winning ways and we saw the Dallas Cowboys quite possibly be the best team to be 1-4 in the NFL. It was the week that was and here are some of my thoughts for Week 6 in the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger returned to the NFL to a massive amount of cheers from the Steeler faithful. I’m not sure if people actually expected Pittsburgh to boo “Big Ben” when he made his return and I’m not sure why he receiving a great ovation was such a big deal in Week 6. Despite everything he allegedly did off the field that cause him a suspension in the first place; people tend to forget that when you’re a 2-time winning Super Bowl quarterback.

It’s sad that people tend to cheer more the player of Ben Roethlisberger then the person of “Big Ben.” Because quite frankly he should be in the same category as Michael Vick with the exception being we gave “Big Ben” a 2nd chance after his first alleged altercation with a female. After he was assumed to have done something similar again to a female he should have never been brought back to the NFL. But due to a horrible investigating job by the Police Department we get Roethlisberger going to work for another day. Had it been you or me we would have never gotten our jobs or a reception like that.

[adinserter block=”2″]Despite it all Ben Roethlisberger should be able to carry the Pittsburgh Steelers to potentially at least another AFC Championship game. Through one third of the season so far, the Steelers and the Jets continue to pull away as the favorites in the AFC. But this is the NFL and things change so rapidly so before you start giving rings to the Jets or Steelers be aware that we still have plenty of Football left to be played this season.

Speaking of character issues quarterbacks, Brett Favre led the Minnesota Vikings to their 2nd win of the season, something you thought I’d be writing in Week 2 and not in Week 6. The victory was a close one and possibly handed over by the Dallas Cowboys who fall to 1-4 on the season. The Vikings still have a great chance to make the playoffs in an NFC North Division that isn’t living up to expectations at all this year while the Dallas Cowboys may be on the fast track out of contending in the NFC East.

The drama continues as people in Dallas want Wade Phillips out of Big D and rightfully so. Despite getting the monkey off the back last season and getting a playoff victory, the team just doesn’t look like there is any leadership in Dallas. The team gets ridiculous penalties for conduct issues on the field that costs them in the long run for the 2nd straight week, no leadership at the helm creates issues and that’s what Dallas has. At this point it appears Dallas season is on life support.

A team that I bashed weeks ago as not having any leadership was the New York Football Giants who have looked like a team that is starting to take notice in the NFC East. The defense is starting to play a big part in their wins again which is trouble for any opponent the Giants face for the rest of the year and Brandon Jacobs is happy in New York…for now. It looks like the NFC East at this point is a three team race with Philly, Washington and New York. If I had to pick a favorite in the NFC East right now it’s a toss up between Washington and New York due to some quarterback problems in Philly.

For the 2nd time this season we have a Quarterback problem in Philadelphia. Kevin Kolb is playing fantastic while the injured Michael Vick is on the sidelines and looks to have won his Quarterback job back from the former #1 draft pick. As much as Andy Reid may hate it, the team appears to be in a better offensive scheme when Kolb is on the field behind center. The kid has a cannon of an arm and is getting the victory at the end of the day for Philadelphia.

[adinserter block=”1″]The biggest problem for the Eagles may be the controlling of the sports media when it comes to this Quarterback issue. If Kolb plays bad in Week 7 then look for the media to get Reid to turn to Vick the following week. It’s a reoccurring cycle that will plague the Eagles until one of the two Quarterbacks is traded to another team. That doesn’t appear to be happening this season and it may become a hot topic in 2011.

Mike Singletary has a job for at least another week as the San Francisco 49ers was able to get their 1st win of the season. Disappointing as many people had the Niners on the radar as the team to beat in the NFC West. While that Division is still wide open due to the lack of competition in it, the Niners will have an uphill battle to get back in the race. If there is any run left in them, now is the chance.

The New York Jets continue to prove that they are going to fight to be the best team in the NFL as they improved to 5-1 after a Week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos. The win wasn’t pretty at the slightest but the Jets got the W at the end of the day. New York is proving critics wrong that despite the hype at the start of the season they are certainly still doing their best at living up to it.

Week 6 is in the books and Week 7 looks to be poised to continue to give us great Football this Sunday. Many questions heading into Week 7 as the playoff pushes for 2010-2011 become clearer as every game passes.

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