As we head into the sixth week of NFL action, the excitement level is at a fever pitch. The contenders are becoming clearer and some new leaders are emerging. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons have both managed to stay undefeated thus far, despite a close call or two along the way. The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings have turned it all around and teams like my Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints have struggled mightily.
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2012 Week Six NFL Picks and Predictions: One Fan’s Predictions (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
DENVER (CBS4) – Normally football teams want the opponent in a third and long situation when on defense, but the New England Patriots had the Denver Broncos’ number on Sunday and Von Miller agrees the defense has to play better in those situations. On one play the Broncos had the Patriots in a third and 17 situation and Danny Woodhead ended up running the ball for a first down. “It was really just like a ‘give up’ down. They ran the ball just trying to get great field position and Danny Woodhead happened to make a great play,” Miller said. “You can’t give up those types of downs and expect to win games.” Miller said he kind of had a feeling it was going to be a running play. “It was just that they executed the play really well,” he said. Something seemed to change for the Broncos at halftime. “We were just a little bit more urgent. We felt like we had a chance to win the game and everybody was trying to capitalize on the opportunity.” Miller said he thinks the Broncos made some improvements in the offseason. Last year they lost 45-10 to the Patriots in New England and this year the game was a little closer. “I think we’re making progress every week. It might not show in the wins category, but we’re definitely making progress. We’ve just got to keep taking it one day at a time.” It’s been a long time since the Broncos have beat the Patriots, but Miller doesn’t believe in the theory that one team just has another’s number. “I don’t feel that way; maybe in college, but not in the National Football League.” Watch more of the video with Miller in the Xfinity Monday Live! section .
Von Miller Says Defense Needs To Play Better On 3rd Downs
SAN DIEGO (AP) — NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth saw something wrong with San Diego Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither and predicted that New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson would sack Philip Rivers to end Monday night’s game.
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Turner unaware of Gaither’s injury on big play (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are down to their backup quarterback for the second year in a row.
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Chiefs’ Cassel with concussion, Quinn likely QB (The Associated Press)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Alex Smith had just engineered the most offense in San Francisco 49ers history and the best balanced approach the NFL had ever witnessed when the attention started to shift to this week’s NFC championship game rematch against the New York Giants.
49ers offense catching up to defense’s dominance (The Associated Press)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will have to pass all the tests in the NFL’s protocol for concussions before he’ll be allowed back on the field, leaving his prognosis for this week very much up in the air..
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Cassel’s status uncertain due to concussion (The SportsXchange)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are on track to shatter the NFL record for first downs in a season with a balanced offense that ranks first in the league.
Patriots offense on pace for record-setting season (The Associated Press)
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III felt good enough to attend something called a Rookie Success Program meeting Monday morning and seemed, by all accounts, to be doing just fine on the day after suffering his first NFL concussion.
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Redskins say RG3 ‘looks good’ after concussion (The Associated Press)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Looking for someone to blame for Denver’s latest loss?
Manning not the problem in Denver’s latest loss (The Associated Press)