Week 6 in the NFL began Thursday in Chicago with a 27-21 Bears victory over the New York Giants. The Bear defense picked off New York quarterback Eli Manning three times to secure the win. Manning's last interception came in the last two minutes of the game as the Giants were driving down the field and were in Bears' territory in a six point game.
With yet another disappointing loss, the Giants are now 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine games; a stunning turn of events for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago. In six games, Manning has now thrown eight interceptions and only three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Chicago is now 4-2.
The 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the 2-3 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. After coming off a win against their division rivals the New York Giants, Chip Kelly travels to Tampa for the first time as the Eagles' head coach to take on the struggling Bucs. Michael Vick is hurt and will not start; he will be replaced by backup Nick Foles. Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster says Foles' leadership and accuracy will be something to keep an eye on.
Aside from the Eagles' quarterback situation, the Bucs will also have to focus and try to slow down the Eagles' rushing attack which ranks first in the league with an average of 186.6 yards per game. Bucs coach Greg Schiano says the Bucs are looking to improve their own running game as well.
Coming of their bye week, the Buccaneers are hoping rookie QB Mike Glennon can show some improvement and provide a lift for an offense that ranks 31st in the league in both scoring and total offense. This will be Glennon's second-career start and he hopes he will be able to manage the game and take some shots down the field while protecting the football.
The Eagles have won both meetings with the Buccaneers since 2007.
In perhaps the most ill-matched game on the slate this Sunday, the 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars travel to face the 5-0 Denver Broncos in Denver. The Jags
sit at the bottom of the league in total offense as they are only averaging 251.8 yards per game, while the Broncos lead the league with an average of 484.8 yards and 46.0 points per game. At the helm of the Broncos will be NFL's leading QB Peyton Manning, who has thrown a league-best 20 touchdowns so far this season.
It is easy to see why the Broncos are entering the game as the biggest favorites in NFL history. They have won 16 consecutive regular-season games and can easily score 51 points on a single game (as they did last week in a win versus Dallas). The Jags on the other hand have scored 51 points as well, but in all of their games this season combined.
Jags QB Chad Henne will be making his third start in place of Blaine Gabbert, who ranks last with a passer rating of 36.0 while throwing seven interceptions. Henne knows the key to winning this game will be to keep Denver's explosive offense off the field. He is confident his team will put up points and give itself a chance to win the ballgame while ignoring the negative comments about the team.
Other key match ups around the league include the 2-3 Oakland Raiders traveling to face undefeated division rival the Kansas City Chiefs who are looking to start the season 6-0 since 2003. Coming off a loss to the Bengals, New England hosts New Orleans who at 5-0, remain the only NFC team still undefeated, while 1-3 Washington travels to 2-3 Dallas in a match up between two bitter NFC East division rivals.
The Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons are on bye this week; don’t forget to adjust your fantasy football lineups accordingly.