Up From the Pit Fantasy Football: Week 6 Preview
The 2014 NFL season is six weeks in and some things are obvious; the Raiders are horrid, the Broncos are awesome, The Seahawks look like Champs whilst the Saints look like Chumps. Other things are hazy. Will any running back besides Demarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch be worth a damn consistently this year? Will superstar receivers AJ Green and Calvin Johnson ever be healthy? Which is the real Tom Brady, the one who dissected the Bengals or the one who could barely beat the Raiders? All will soon be revealed upon the grids of iron!
Thursday’s contest is an AFC South matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Both teams are 3-2, the Colts winning with an electric Andrew Luck led passing game and a passable defense and running game. The Texans flip the script with running back Arian Foster, backup Alfred Blue, and the ferocious JJ Watt led defense propping up a passing offense that depends on noodle armed Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gifted wideouts Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are being strangled by this passing game.
The Bengals come home after their butt whipping at the hands of the Patriots to face a Carolina Panthers team that came back from 14 down to beat the Bears last week. I like this matchup for the Bengals. Carolina is really banged up at running back so they shouldn’t be able to exploit the soft run defense of our Bengals the way the Pats did. With AJ Green out for another week with a bad toe I don’t expect a blowout. But the Bengals haven’t lost in the Jungle in forever and I don’t see Carolina changing that this week.
In other interesting games, San Diego gets their chance to star in this weeks episode of The Oakland Raiders 0-16 Nightmare Season of Horror. I dare anyone to start a Raider against what may be the best team in Football right now. The other winless team, the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Tennessee to take on a Titans team that is already thinking of turning to a third QB, rookie 6th rounder Zach Mettenburger, to replace the hurt and innefective Jake Locker. The Jags defense started to show some life against the Steelers last week and QB of the Future is Now Blake Bortles can certainly make some incredible passes. Sunday may see things start to turn around for the teal and gold?
There are some great division games this week. The surprising Browns get another crack at the Steelers, the Giants face the Eagles on Sunday night, and MNF features the 49’ers taking on the fun to watch Rams with third string sensation Austin Davis having the time of his life playing QB for the Rams.
This is a bye week for the Chiefs and the Saints, a pair of 2-3 teams that probably really appreciate the week off to catch their breath.
As always, double check the injury reports, adjust your lineups before kickoff, and have fun watching football!