This week in football, the theme of defenses bending but not breaking was evident. Numerous quarterbacks and running backs put up some serious numbers, only to see their team score way less then those individual numbers would suggest. That is not to say players were stat padding, but it does say that the players that made winning plays, are the ones that should be celebrated.
Best team of the Week
Don't look now, but the New York Jets are 4-1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. At the beginning of the season, the Jets were projected to be last in the AFC East, especially when Geno Smith was injured by his own teammate; however the defense has been all world and the offense does just enough to just get the win. This week followed a different script as the Jets beat up on Washington in the third quarter. While Washington is not the greatest team ever, the Jets still looked in control and are now 1 game back of the lead in the AFC East.
Worst Team of the Week
The Kansas City Chiefs are in a bad place right now, especially offensively. This week was no different as the Chiefs were only able to muster up 10 points as they lost 16-10 against Minnesota. Offensively, Alex Smith and company need to figure it out or serious changes might need to be made to that team.
Best player of the Week
Shout out to Philip Rivers for putting his heart into the game against Green Bay but unfortunately it was a loss. The Best Player of the Week is a player by the name of Antwon Blake. He had 12 tackles, 10 were solo and he plays cornerback. 12 tackles at linebacker is good let alone at cornerback. Granted, his tackles may have been as a result of Carson Palmer going to work on the secondary, but in an age where some corners look like they're scared to tackle alone, it's nice to see a corner who gets his hands dirty.
Worst Player of the Week
After having a 400+ yard passing day last week, Eli Manning did not have his best foot forward against the Eagles. He struggled to move the ball downfield, finishing with 189 passing yards, one touchdown pass and two interceptions. The NFL is a funny league. One week a guy could look all world and the next week he can look absolutely garbage. This was the case for Eli Manning.
Game of the Week
From one Manning to another. Peyton hasn't exactly had his usual career year; actually, at the risk of speaking blasphemy, you could say he's sucked this year. With that being said, his Denver Broncos are 6-0 after this week. He fought through what looked like another bad game this year, and put together a game winning drive to beat the Cleveland Browns 26-23. The scariest part about the Broncos was exhibited this game, and that's they are winning despite Manning not playing well at all. That is what made the game intriguing. If Manning can find it then the rest of the NFL will have to watch out.
Surprise of the Week
E.J. was not all that terrible this week. I was expecting him to get too excited up and mess up his chance; however, he was not bad at all. He was okay, not great, but good on him for playing well enough.
Game to watch next week
Say what you will but neither the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers are as terrible as their record would suggest. Those two are squaring off next week and the way both team's offenses have been clicking, this has the potential to be a shootout.