NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 6)
Russell S. Baxter
NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 6)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the sixth week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 6 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: QB Sam Darnold, New York Jets
After missing three games with a bout of mono, the second-year pro led the Jets to their first win of the season against the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. With their starting quarterback under center, Adam Gase’s club jumped out to a 21-3 lead and held off a late rally. Darnold completed 23 of his 32 throws for 338 passing yards and two touchdowns (1 interception). Is he the spark this team needed to get on track?
BE: QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
The improving signal-caller hit on 21 of his 33 throws for 236 yards. Jackson also finished with 152 yards on the ground on 19 carries, to go along with one score. Baltimore ran for 269 yards on Cincinnati’s troubled defense. And the Ravens are the only team in the AFC North with a winning record after six weeks of play.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: Carolina Panthers’ defensive line
Recently, it’s been especially hard to pick a defensive player of the week. Simple solution. Why not an entire unit? The Panthers’ defensive line was dominant in the team’s 37-26 win over the Buccaneers in London. Led by Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler, Ron Rivera’s team finished with seven sacks and 10 quarterback hits. That kind of pressure resulted in seven turnovers by the Bucs, including five interceptions at the expense of Jameis Winston.
BE: ILB Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers
At 1-4 and on the road with a young quarterback making his first NFL start, Mike Tomlin’s team needed its defense to step up and the club’s 2019 first-round pick came up big, most notably early in the game. Early on, he picked up an errant behind the line of scrimmage pass by Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers and returned it nine yards for a touchdown and also picked off Philip Rivers later in the quarter. While he struggled with some missed tackles as well, Bush also finished with seven stops and one pass defensed.
Team of the Week
VI: Houston Texans
The Texans faced Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and apparently found the formula on how to stop the reigning MVP – exploit their weak defense. Just as the Colts did one week earlier, Houston had no problem gashing Andy Reid’s team on the ground – running for 192 yards and rallying from a 17-3 first-quarter deficit. And maybe it’s time that Deshaun Watson was in the discussion for NFL MVP.
BE: Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer’s team answered a few questions in an impressive victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 333 yards and four scores (1 interception) and wideout Stefon Diggs was on the receiving end of three of those touchdowns, totaling seven grabs for 167 yards. The defense did its share by making the big plays when it counted most. The Viking won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.