Week 6 First Impressions
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There were nine passers on Sunday (not including the Sunday night game) who threw for 300 or more yards, but six of the nine were in a losing effort. It simply shows that fantasy owners don't need, or even prefer, their quarterbacks to be on winning teams.

Meanwhile, just three runners cracked the century mark, and each of them were on the winning side.

Now on to our initial thoughts of the week's action.

Oakland at Atlanta

The Falcons are perfect and so is Matt Bryant. The 37-year-old kicker converted all three of his field goal attempts on Sunday to improve to 13- for-13 on the season.

Matt Ryan chucked three interceptions on Sunday, the first time he's done that in a game since 2009. Ryan entered the day having thrown only three picks all season.

Darrius Heyward-Bey was invisible in his return to action on Sunday, finishing with just 20 rushing yards and no catches. Heyward-Bey missed Oakland's last game because of a concussion.

On paper, this was one of Carson Palmer's better outings of the season (23- for-33, 353 passing yards) but I'm sure the Raiders certainly could have done without the costly "pick-six" he threw with under three minutes remaining.

Dallas at Baltimore

Another nail biter for the Ravens. Three of their five wins this season have come by three points or less.

Some very questionable clock management by Dallas at the end of the game. With 18 seconds to play, the Cowboys could have easily snuck in another play to make it a shorter kick for Dan Bailey (they were at Baltimore's 34). Instead they were slow to the line and forced to call their final timeout with four seconds remaining. Bailey missed the potential game-winner wide left.

Ray Rice (63 yards on 16 attempts) has only carried the ball 20 times in a game once this season. Last season he had eight games with 20-plus touches.

Dez Bryant failed to score a touchdown during the team's first four games of the season. This week he found the end zone twice while reeling in a season- high 13 catches.

Dallas ran the ball very effectively on Sunday. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones finished the day with a combined 185 yards on 32 carries. The 227 total rushing yards for Dallas were the most the Ravens have allowed on the ground in a game all season.

Cincinnati at Cleveland

With the win, the Browns were able to snap their 11-game losing streak. The last time Cleveland won a game before today was back on November 20th of last year when they beat Jacksonville 14-10.

Josh Gordon, a rookie out of Baylor, has now scored three touchdowns and caught for 181 yards over the past two weeks. He's been starting at receiver for Cleveland because of injuries to Travis Benjamin and Mohamed Massaquoi.

A.J. Green blew up for seven catches and 135 yards in this one. Two of those receptions went for touchdowns, giving the talented 24-year-old six scores on the season.

Trent Richardson came out of the game with a rib/abdomen injury and did not return. Luckily for fantasy owners, the injury isn't thought to be serious. Montario Hardesty ran the ball 15 times for 56 yards after Richardson left the game.

St. Louis at Miami

Sam Bradford hit 10 different receivers for 315 yards, but only pushed the ball into the end zone by using his legs.

A healthy Steven Jackson shared the workload with rookie Daryl Richardson nearly equally. That's a worrisome thought for Jackson's fantasy owners.

Reggie Bush must have left his game in the locker room, because four carries for four yards in the first half wasn't going to make fantasy owners happy. He caught a few balls in the second half, but when the Dolphins had first-and-goal from the 1-yard line he didn't get the call.

Brian Hartline was shut out and the great game in Week 4 is but a distant memory.

Indianapolis at New York Jets

Shonn Greene scored for the first time since Week 1, the last time both Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill were healthy. It may not be a coincidence. Greene had the best day of his career with a personal high of 161 yards and three touchdowns.

Vick Ballard was not the answer to the Colts running game.

Detroit at Philadelphia

Matthew Stafford's first half looked like he spent the bye week on a beach and not preparing for a return to action in Week 6. He and his receivers figured it out in the second half and overtime and Stafford finished with 311 yards and a come-from-behind win.

Calvin Johnson still has just one touchdown catch this season, but averaging 111 yards-per-game will keep fantasy owners happy until he finds the end zone.

Michael Vick fumbled once and threw two interceptions, but finished with 311 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 59 yards on nine carries.

Jeremy Maclin's 70-yard touchdown catch appeared to put the game out of reach. Maclin produced his first 100-yard game of the season and his best fantasy total of the season.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay

The Bucs held Jamaal Charles in check and not surprisingly Brady Quinn couldn't get the passing game going. That's why he's Matt Cassel's backup. As long as Quinn is under center, Dwayne Bowe is not a good play.

Bucs wideout Mike Williams seems to be dealing with his reduced role very well and posted his third double-digit fantasy production in five games.

Tampa Bay's top receiver, Vincent Jackson, is doing exactly as expected. In five contests he has two 100-yard games and four touchdowns including two against the Chiefs.

Josh Freeman threw the ball just 26 times, but totaled 328 yards and three scores.

Buffalo at Arizona

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely made a 61-yarder that probably would have been good from 70 yards out, but somehow shanked a 38-yarder, that would have won his team the game. Go figure.

Fred Jackson received more carries but C.J. Spiller had the better performance out of the Buffalo backfield, finishing the day with 88 yards on 12 carries. Jackson had 53 yards on 16 rushes.

William Powell proved his worth with 70 yards rushing on 13 carries. Expect him to be Arizona's featured back going forward, especially after LaRod Stephen-Howling's unimpressive performance in Week 6 (22 yards on 11 carries).

John Skelton came into the game after Kevin Kolb suffered a rib injury. He was awful, completing just two of ten passes and throwing a costly interception in overtime. Even if he's the starter next week against the Vikings, Skelton has no business being in any fantasy lineups.

New England at Seattle

You can pin this loss on Belichick. If New England had just opted for the sure thing and gone for a field goal with six seconds left in the first half, they would have won this game. Instead, they kept their offense on the field for one more play and were hit with a huge intentional grounding penalty. Seattle kept the Pats off the scoreboard to end the half and it ended up being the difference in the game.

Aaron Hernandez caught six passes and a touchdown in his return to the lineup on Sunday. Brady targeted the Pro-Bowl tight end nine times.

Another game, another 100-yard receiving game for Wes Welker. He's averaging 121.6 yards per game over his last five outings.

Stevan Ridley hit a brick wall in Week 6. After going off for a career-best 151 yards last week in a win over Denver, the second-year back out of LSU was held to only 34 yards on 16 carries Sunday against Seattle.

Did Russell Wilson outduel Tom Brady? Kind of. Though Brady finished with 395 yards to Wilson's 293 (a career-high for Wilson), Wilson committed just one turnover (a lost fumble) to Brady's two and overall, he had a much higher quarterback rating (133.7 versus 79.3 for Brady). Pretty impressive for a guy who almost chose a career in baseball over the NFL.

Sidney Rice returned to fantasy relevance Sunday with three catches for 81 yards. His 46-yard touchdown grab with a minute to go vaulted the Seahawks to a 24-23 lead.

New York Giants at San Francisco

That was the "old" Alex Smith who played from 2005-2010. We thought he was gone, but apparently those were just false rumors. Colin Kaepernick came in late in the third quarter. Smith did return in the fourth quarter, but was tentative.

The last time these two teams met, Vernon Davis had 112 yards and two scores. Today - three receptions for 37 yards.

Double-digit fantasy points from Ahmad Bradshaw against the tough 49ers run defense in Candlestick was an extraordinary gift for fantasy owners. In fact, Bradshaw's 116 rushing yards was the first visiting runner in 23 games to crack the century mark in San Francisco.

Despite the return of Hakeem Nicks to the lineup, Domenik Hixon was still effective, though none of the Giants receivers posted big numbers because New York simply didn't have to throw much after jumping out to a 20-point lead.

Minnesota at Washington

Robert Griffin III showed no signs of his concussion and the coaching staff still allowed him to run which is a huge part of his effectiveness. He rushed for almost as many yards (139 and two TDs) as he threw (182, 1 TD, 1 INT).

The Redskins pass defense is maligned and rightly so, but they have intercepted a pass in each game this season and this week ran it back for a touchdown. Of course, they also give up an average of 328.6 ypg.

Percy Harvin is an underrated scorer who is averaging more than 20.2 fantasy points-per-week.

Like so many quarterbacks before him, Christian Ponder took advantage of a weak Redskins secondary to post a season-high 352 passing yards.




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