The Film never lies and the film says…
Cardinals at 49ers
- Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton started this game. Moving on…
- David Johnson 27/157/2 is special. I know the Cardinals expect Carson Palmer back for MNF and the Jets are stout up front but don’t get away from this guy. Doesn’t matter how you get the ball in his hands but 25-30 touches at minimum.
- Larry Legend (6/81/2) continues to add to the legend.
- On one hand Jeremy Kerley (8/102/1). On the other Torrey Smith (zero reception on 1 target). You think Smith isn’t excited about the change at quarterback?!?
- Outside of Patrick Peterson, Markus Golden (10 tackles, 2 sacks) has been the best Cardinals defender this season. Good to see Calais Campbell (2 sacks, 1 INT) making plays. Good individual play this season but this group has to be substantially better as a unit.
Patriots at Browns
- Poor Browns… Not that it would have mattered but they caught the return of Tom Brady. Brady appeared poised to shatter every single game passing record known to man in the first half but settled for a modest 406 yards, 3!!! TDs on 28 of 40 passing.
- With Brady back in the lineup I anticipate more Chris Hogan (4/114), Gronk (5/109) to put the Kyle Rudolph talk to bed, and Marty B. (6/67/3!!!) to set a career high in receiving TDs.
- That’s 0 -5 for the Browns and the futility continues. Cleveland was just outclassed in this one and they can’t keep their quarterbacks upright. That being said Cleveland (Hue Jackson) needs to commit to running the football. They were bottled up in this one (22/27 as a team) but they are still 5th in the NFL in rushing and tied for 2nd in yards per rush (5.0). Message to Hue: You clearly can’t keep your quarterbacks healthy as your offensive line struggles to pass protect. Quit abandoning the run, protect your porous defense a little and shorten the games and you may get a win or two.
Eagles at Lions
- So the Carson Wentz (25 of 33, 238 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT and sacked 3 times) HOF talk has died down a little as the Eagles were handed their first loss of the 2016 season against an undermanned Lions defense no less. Take a listen to the CPGM Podcast @ 5:50 to hear more about the greatness that is Carson Wentz.
- I like Matthews Stafford (19 of 25, 180 yards, 3 TDs!!! and sacked 4 times). These aren’t eye popping numbers and his top receiver was RB Theo Riddick (6/33/2) in this contest but the Lions have a bad offensive line, are getting nothing from Golden Tate (3/39) and a non-existent running game. But I believe Stafford has the ability to give your team a fighting chance every week. The Jay Cutler comparisons should cease. He wouldn’t lose his job to Brian Hoyer.
Bears at Colts
- Speaking of Hoyer (33 of 43, 397 yards, and 2 TDs) what should have been a pinch hit appearance has the Bears actually competitive (albeit against poor competition). For Chicago Bears fans’ sake I hope Jay Cutler never takes another snap in the Windy City.
- Andrew Luck (28 of 39, 322 yards, 2 TDs, and sacked 5 times) is really good when healthy. Too bad his contact is making GM Ryan Grigson’s job so difficult. FOH.
- Jordan Howard (16/118) was available in 5th round… Dallas.
- Congratulations to Frank Gore (14/75) he is now 9th among all-time leading rushers. LaDainian Tomlinson (eligible 2017) is the only running back with more career rushing yardage than Gore that isn’t in the Hall of Fame. That being said, the Colts still don’t have single game 100-yard rushing performance since 2012. I feel like Ryan Grigson deserves the blame. Chuck Pagano can get it too.
- I wish I had the stones to start Cameron Meredith (9/130/1) in my fantasy leagues in Week 5. Damn.
- I can tell when a team is preparing for life without one of their notable players (pending free agency). Alshon Jeffery (5/77) had fewer targets than Meredith, Zach Miller, and Eddie Royal. It’s becoming a trend.
- T.Y. (10/171/1). One of the few bright spots outside of Andrew Luck.
- There are two reasons why Dwayne Allen isn’t viewed in the same light as a Delanie Walker or Travis Kelce. 1) He has to pass protect. 2) He has struggled to stay healthy. Allen is underrated. Surprised Grigson didn’t screw the pooch and re-sign Coby Fleener instead.
- Willie Young (3!!! sacks) quietly has been a nice find by the Bears. Late bloomer. Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevathan are on the mend it’ll be interesting to see the Bears defensively when they are fully healthy.
Titans at Dolphins
- Marcus Mariota (20 of 29, 163 yards, and 3 TDs!!!; 7/60/1) was good for fantasy in Week 5 and will likely be good for fantasy in Week 6 but I see no reason to get excited just yet.
- The Ryan Tannehill (12 of 18, 191 yards, 2 INTs, and sacked 6 times) experiment is a failure. Yeah, you can point to offensive line issues as a contributing factor without question but this organization didn’t have enough stability to turn a guy who is more athlete than quarterback into a quality professional signal caller. He has too many flaws and appears to be regressing in Year 5.
- CPGM Drew was right… DeMarco Murray (27/121) isn’t giving way to Derrick Henry (7/54).
- The Titans’ offensive line looks great. LT Taylor Lewan and RT Jack Conklin have been dominant. Neither has allowed a sack and hardly any pressure. Mariota should be better. He’s lacking weapons but I believe he is what’s wrong with the Titans’ passing game (not in this matchup though).
- On the opposite end of the spectrum OLs Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner (filling in for Laremy Tunsil and Brandon Albert) were given their walking papers after this game. Both Thomas and Turner have graded out among the worst offensive linemen according to PFF and head coach Adam Gase had seen enough. Now they are out of jobs.
- Thomas and Turner can thank Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo, and Jurrell Casey each had a pair of sacks. Money well spent. The Titans have been solid defensively and teed off against an overmatched offensive line.
Redskins at Ravens
- Both Kirk Cousins (29 of 41, 260 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT) and Joe Flacco (30 of 46, 210 yards, and 1 TD) were abysmal in this game. But someone had to win so congratulations Kirk!
- Ah… OC Marc Trestman. You’re fired! No really, he got fired. The Ravens averaged a full yard more rushing than passing per attempt in this game but only ran the football 19 times despite leading at the half and never trailing by more than 6 points in the game.
- Look! A Pierre Garcon sighting (5/56/1).
- Bad news Jordan Reed (8/53) has suffered yet another concussion and has been ruled out for Week 6.
- C.J. Mosely fumbled away the go-ahead pick SIX out of the end zone. I think the rule is silly for the offense to retain possession at the 20. Sacre’ Bleu.
Texans at Vikings
- If you’ve read any of the previous “The Film Says…” posts this season you already know what I think of Brock Osweiler (19 of 42, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and sacked 4 times). To hear what the rest of The Front Office thinks listen at to the CPGM Podcast @ 50:57.
- That Sam Bradford (22 of 30, 271 yards, and 2 TDs) trade is looking better and better every week.
- I don’t care what the score is with Osweiler as your quarterback there should never be such a gross disparity between his pass attempts (42) and Lamar Miller’s carries (8/20).
- Poor Nuk (5/56/1). This was actually one of his better games against the stingy Xavier Rhodes no less.
- Adam Thielen (7/127/1). Who?
- The Vikings play defense.
Jets at Steelers
- Big Ben (34 of 47, 380 yards, and 4 TDs) is SO good at home.
- ATTENTION! Ryan Fitzpatrick (25 of 38, 255 yards, and 1 TD) didn’t turn the football over.
- The Jets are stingy against the run so it comes as no surprise that Le’Veon Bell (20/66) didn’t get off on the ground. But what makes him so special is that his presence opens up the passing game and he is a weapon in said passing game (9/88).
- B. Marsh (8/114/1) can’t do it by himself.
- If Sammie Coates (6/139/2) didn’t have a severe case of the drops he could have had a Julio-ish type of performance. Lot of meat left on the bone but his physical tools are undeniable.
- Todd Bowles is going to have to commit more defenders to the pass and allow the likes of Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson to push the pocket. They don’t have the personnel to run Bowles’ blitz-happy scheme.
Falcons at Broncos
- Big win by the Atlanta Falcons, I think they have staying power this season.
- Paxton Lynch (23 of 35, 223 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 fumbles, and sacked 6 times) ain’t ready.
- Tevin Coleman (4/132/1) continues to excel as a receiver out of the backfield. The Falcons exposed the Broncos’ inside linebackers in coverage big time.
- Julio Jones (2/29 on 6 targets). Chris Harris and Aqib Talib are fantastic.
- Career day for Vic Beasley (8 tackles, 3.5 sacks). Slowly but surely. I think the Dwight Freeney (4 tackles, 1 sack) signing was astute on so many levels.
Bengals at Cowboys
- Cincinnati spotted Dallas a 28 – 0 lead going into the 4th quarter. Cincy’s defense seemed disinterested the entire game and the Cowboys took full advantage.
- Andy Dalton (29 of 41, 266 yards, 2 TDs, and sacked 4 times) channeled his inner Blake Bortles in garbage time.
- Dak (18 of 24, 227 yards, 1 TD, 2 fumbles and 1 lost) is a SUPER elite game manager. CPGM will discuss the Prescott vs. Romo debate.
- Ezekiel Elliott (15/134/2) had forced only 5 missed tackles heading into this game. He may have forced 1 or 2 in this one. He took one to the house for 60 yards… he wasn’t touched. Game ball goes to the oline… again.
- Vontaze Burfict (10 tackles, 9 solo) was the only Bengals defender that looked like he gave a damn.
Bills at Rams
- Tyrod (12 of 23, 124 yards, and 2 TDs) was… efficient… I guess..?
- Shady (18/150) was fabulous.
- Little known OLB Lorenzo Alexander (3 sacks) was leading the NFL prior to the Week 6 TNF matchup (Von Miller).
- Jeff Fisher found a way to lose this game. His fake punt decision was telegraphed. Bad move.
Chargers at Raiders
- Phillip Rivers continues to be one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the NFL. Imagine if he played on the east coast. But the Chargers found a way to lose yet again.
Giants at Packers
- Eli Manning has been incredibly disappointing thus far. They struggle to protect him but even with a clean pocket he has been hit or miss with his accuracy. Perhaps equally frustrating is the Giants inability to get to the quarterback. Despite re-signing JPP and adding Olivier Vernon the Giants have only managed 4 sacks thru 5 weeks even though the back end has played considerably better in 2016.
Buccaneers at Panthers
- No Cam Newton. BIG problem. This is why you play the games. Ugly.