Week 6 NFL Headlines

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Week 6 began a Big return in Pittsburgh and ended with a thrashing in Jacksonville. In between there were hard hits that the league wasn’t pleased with, more sacks by Osi Umenyiora and some disappointing results in San Diego and Dallas. Check out the Week 6 NFL headlines to read more about the big stories from around the league.

Week 6 NFL Headlines: Hard Hits

It’s a Hard Knock Life
Dick Butkus. Deacon Jones. Jack Lambert. Night Train Lane. Ronnie Lott. Remember your father’s stories about the hard hitters from his day? Well, this isn’t your father’s NFL. After hard hits from Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Falcons corner back Dunta Robinson and Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather sidelined and concussed unsuspecting receivers (in Harrison’s case, two guys), the NFL warned teams that “devastating” hits could result in suspensions starting in this weekends games. Additionally, the league upped the ante on the fines, issuing $50,000 fines to Robinson and Meriweather, and $75,000 to Harrison. Has the league stepped in and made the right decision, or are we on our way to a future of two-hand touch NFL football?

Week 6 NFL Headlines: Big Ben Ticks Again

Big Ben Ticks Again
After serving a 4-game suspension for offseason transgressions, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made his return to the starting lineup on Sunday. Introduced to a loud ovation, the two-time Superbowl Champion looked to shake off the rust from his 9 1/2 month layoff. At times, he looked like the Big Ben we all know. Other times, like a quarterback playing his first game of the season. Overall though, he played well, completing 16 of his 27 passes for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns en route to a 28-10 win over the rival Cleveland Browns. The Steelers, who went 3-1 during Roethlisberger’s suspension, look like the real deal pairing the game’s greatest improviser with what may be the league’s best defense.

Week 6 NFL Headlines: Trouble in Jerry World

Trouble in Jerry World
Sunday’s contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings was a game of inevitable crisis for one of the participating teams. Both teams needed a win after getting off to disappointing 1-3 starts. Sparked by a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown by Percy Harvin to start the second half, it was the Vikings who got off the schneid by beating the Cowboys 24-21 after a game-winning Ryan Longwell field goal in the 4th quarter. The win moves Minnesota to just one back in the loss column behind the division leading Bears, while the Cowboys are dead last in the NFC East. Heading into a match-up with the rival New York Giants this weekend, a disastrous season may be on the horizon for “Dem Boys.”

Week 6 NFL Headlines: What's Going On In San Diego?

What’s Going On In San Diego?
Okay, we’re used to it by now. The San Diego Chargers get off to a slow start, only to finish the season strong and make a push for the AFC crown. However, you have to wonder if the Chargers haven’t ran out of that magic. The losses on their schedule aren’t exactly a “who’s who” NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams? After parting with running back LaDainian Tomlinson (who’s having a stellar season in New York), trading cornerback Antonio Cromartie and failing to come to contractual agreements with wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, the team all but cut ties with linebacker Shawne Merriman this week after placing him on injured reserve. Is the Chargers run atop the AFC West finished? Do they still have the talent to catch the Chiefs and overcome the obstacles in front of them? We’ll see, as the annual Charger turnaround is due any week now.

NFL Power Rankings Top 10

1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Business as usual as they hit the tough portion of their schedule.
2. New York Jets – Wasn’t pretty, but they’ll take it against a game Denver squad on the road.
3. New Orleans Saints – They’ve scored 30 the last two weeks and have Cleveland at home on Sunday. Did James Harrison leave any Browns to make the trip?
4. New England Patriots – No Moss? No problem. That game lived up to the hype.
5. Baltimore Ravens – No shame taking an overtime loss to the Patriots in their house. Don’t tell Ray Lewis I said that, though.
6. Houston Texans – You don’t want to get into a shootout with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. Another Texans rally?
7. Indianapolis Colts – Something still doesn’t seem right about this Colts team. However, I won’t doubt Peyton.
8. New York Giants – Osi Umenyiora is back in form and the Giants are taking out quarterbacks left and right.
9. Philadelphia Eagles – Decisions, decisions, Coach Reid.
10. Tennessee Titans – They’re “leading” the AFC South, yet I have them ranked below the Colts and Texans. Justified? For now, I think so.

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