Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NFL Week 6: Top 3 Performances

Contributed by Sam Cheetham.
Area Manager, USA Sport Group.

Denver 35 - 24 San Diego
A great first away win for Peyton Manning, with Manning throwing three touchdown passed in the second half, which allowed Denver to overcome a 24-0 deficit at the half. Manning was near perfect in the second half with 13 of 14 passing for 167 yards. However, credit needs to go to the Denver defense, with Tony Carter and Chris Harris both scoring off Rivers' turnovers. Denver where aided by Rivers' four turnovers and fully capitalized on the opportunity, who have now tied with Chargers at the top of the AFC West. Rivers said he wanted Manning in his division, after Monday night's game I’m not so sure if he still wants to face Manning so regularly.

New England 23 - 24 Seattle
The NFL’s top offense versus the NFL’s top defense was always going to be a great contest, and this time the defense won, with the help of a great performance from Rookie Russell Wilson. Wilson now has wins versus Green Bay and New England, which is impressive for any rookie, however with Wilson being picked 75th overall looks like Seattle could have had the steal of the draft. Seattle rode their luck at times but their defense made plays at big times, none bigger then at the end of the first half when New England opted to go for the touch down with 6 seconds left inside of kicking the field goal, but Seattle D forced Brady into intentional grounding the ball allowing the time to runoff, but this could also be seen as a big blunder on Belichick’s behalf.

New York Giants 26 - 3 San Francisco
The Giants managed to end the 49ers 8 game home winning streak. The Giants beat the 49ers at their own game; they went there and had great success with the running game. They managed to win at the point of the attack with different players having success. It helped that Smith threw 3 interceptions, however great defense from the Giants aided this. The Giants showed other teams need to start taking note as they showed a different way to winning a tough game and should they be considered as Super bowl contenders?

Play of the Week
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens
Week 7 was full of top plays however if you tie a NFL record the top play has to go to you. This week the award goes to Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones who returned a kick off for 108 yards, whose points where vital as the Ravens survived a scare and just managed to beat Dallas. Now with the Ravens plagued with injuries the win is even more vital.

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