Week 6 has come to a thrilling end and we have had a number of nailbiters this week. This week we recap the best of week 6 and preview the upcoming week 7 fixtures which include some very tasty encounters.
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Week 6 Results
(Evo) 20-35 (McManus)
Firstly a huge well done to Kev on being the first member of the AFC South to beat Evo this Madden. It seemed the Colts defense were the key to winning this one, containing the run beautifully aside from a few Locker scrambles, along with recording 3 picks (all to Vontae Davis), sacks and numerous pass defenses. CJ2K showed the Titans what they traded away, going for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Another pointer were redzone stops, Indy managed to hold the Titans to just two FGs in the first before going on a scoring spree themselves, and being extremely efficient on their own drives bar two Andrew Luck picks. A great win for the Colts and this makes the AFC South a very gettable division for them.
(Shatners) 24-21 (Mister Rourke)
In season 1 Shatnoir was famed for his picks. In season 2 we saw big improvements. Now we see a 4-1 team capable of making a run at the playoffs and maybe even the AFC North playoffs. The Redskins had the best of the opening however, going 14-0 up, 14-7 at the half and 21-7 up after an Amerson pick six. Little did they know they would be their last points. After a two-score comeback from Cincy, Washington were left driving for a walk-off FG but were picked and so the Bengals took the honours and moving right into the AFC North mix. Not many teams would be able to claim to stopping the dynamic duo of RGIII and Morris to under 100 yards, this was probably the key for Shatners in this one. A very good come-from-behind victory.
(Bos) 22-24 (MackemJet)
Bos came into the AFC South this year and has already recorded some good victories. MackemJet has also been going quite well so this promised to be a very close game. The Jets came away with the honours in this one, which may disappoint Bos as he finally got his game that wasn't a shootout. Darren McFadden was again superb for Mackem, as he took 181 yards and a TD from only 11 carries. The Jets run game has had many scratching their heads and is rivaling the fellow AFC East rushing powerhourse; Buffalo. Two picks of Geno weren't enough for Jacksonvillle, but they did hold him to 53% and only 172 yards, as oppose to Jags rookie QB Perez who had 225 YDS and 3 TDs. However the one pick may well have cost Jacksonville the game.
- Scotty played his last game in the XPress this week, losing 31-17 to AJ and his Vikings. 287 yards from Peterson along with 3 touchdowns probably helped along the way. I'm sure we all will miss Scott and wish him luck in the future.
- Dookie continued his great form, as his Steelers beat Oakland 38-21. Rookie QB Clifford Merchant has been playing instead of Big Ben this year, and justified that with 19/22 passes for 276 and 2 touchdowns in the win. Picking off Terrelle Pryor 3 times won Pittsburgh this one. Mention to second year running back Claudeson McGriff who had 127 yards and 2 TDs off 15 carries for the Steelers who continue to go well.
- The most dyamic QB/HB combination in the NFC East is no longer Washingtons. Orlando McKenzie's running from the QB spot has been well publisized this season but he left it all to Shady here, who had a ridiculous 309 yards and 3 TDs from 25 carries. McKenzie's passing was again impressive, going 12/14 for 161 yards and 3 TDs. This was all part of Philly dropping a 50 burger on Cleveland, winning 52-35.
- Ultra got revenge for last years AFC Championship loss to Perrin, winning 45-27 in Buffalo. CJ Spiller continued his great year with 171 yards and 3 TDs, and he worked well with EJ Manuel who went for 337 yards and 2 TDs to no picks in the win. Holding Ray Rice to 16 yards rushing along with Flacco's 2 interceptions were also key for the Bills as they look to finally break their Madden 25 Superbowl duck.
- Sovoth scored another win in which his Lions didn't play too well. This only means bad things for the NFC as what will happen when they heat up? Stafford was picked 3 times but did get 208 yards and a touchdown. Chicago really struggled to get anything going here, as they turned the ball over 4 times in the 23-10 loss.
- 5 teams are still left unbeaten, the Lions are one of them despite their slightly under-par offensive showings. Ultra's Bills are up to their usual tricks and the other one is Zoso's Cardinals who are another team who will be disappointed to have not yet reached a Superbowl. Those teams are 6-0, we do have two 5-0 teams. BTG's Saints look set to finally make a playoff berth, along with Dookie and his excellent Steelers.
- This year's rushing award looks set to be an interesting one. CJ Spiller leads the way on 1166 yards, but Shady is only 109 yards behind and with a 'game in hand' so to speak. Many will almost guarantee that he gets the lead that week. AP is also over 1000 yards, on 1040 from his six games.
Players Of The Week
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – LeSean McCoy HB Eagles, 25 CAR 309 YDS 3 TD and 1 REC 8 YDs
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Bruce Irvin ROLB Lions, 7 TKL, 1 INT 1 TD
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – CJ Spiller HB Bills, 27 CAR 171 YDS 3 TD and 1 REC 45 YDS
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Vontae Davis CB Colts, 1 TKL 3 INT 1 TD
1. Bills 6-0 (-)
2. Cardinals 6-0 (+1)
3. Steelers 5-0 (+1)
4. Saints 5-0 (+1)
5. Lions 6-0 (+1)
6. Colts 5-1 (NEW)
7. Titans 5-1 (-5)
8. Cowboys 5-1 (-)
9. Bengals 4-1 ()
10. Eagles 4-1 (-)
3 games to watch this week
(Cherries, 4-2) @ (BTG, 5-0)
A huge AFC vs NFC matchup here between two teams hell-bent on winning the division. New AFC West favourite (well, 3 of us) Almoev managed to break key Denver players Von Miller and Brian Aguilar for the rest of the regular and maybe even entire season. The loss of particularly Miller will be hard on Denver, as they are facing an elite secondary so will be looking for defensive help themselves. Can anybody step up? I predict - and hope - that Cam's Saints can take this one.
(Sovoth, 6-0) @ (Zoso, 6-0)
It is near impossible to over-hype this game. Two unbeaten NFC teams for whom the winner will probably be favourites to reach the Superbowl. Matt Stafford has been throwing a few picks of late, so the Cards D will certainly hope to capitalise on this. Starting Cardinals QB Bobby Marks has also been tossing up a few turnovers, and is averaging more than one a game. The person with the least turnovers may well take this one, and I'm predicting Zoso to take honours in this one.
(Riverman, 4-1 ) @ (Buncey, 5-1)
These three games all promise to be absolute crackers, and this one could even be the most exciting. On one side of the ball we have a team who have on of the best QBs of all time at the helm, and on another we have a young rookie who is making the entire XPress talk. We also have two very similar and dynamic running backs, although LeSean McCoy as over 400 more yards on the ground than DeMarco Murray this year. The only way I see Dallas winning this game is if they force Philly to put the game on McKenzie's back, as he averages just 180 yards a game and has always been able to rely on both his and Shady's legs. If this comes down to a game in which the QBs take centre stage, I think Dallas win. This is a huge game in deciding the NFC East title.
I think week 7 will be the best yet, come Thursday a lot will be clearer in this years XPress!