Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down; week 6 NFL recap

Ole Miss starting quarterback Bo Wallace, was unable to join me on my BrooksWeekly Sports Podcast. However, no worries, I give you my word that I will have many more special guest to stop by the show. More than likely, I will host another podcast Monday. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Moving right along…

*Brooks Bits

After weeks of dominating my predictions, I’ve fallen back down to earth posting a 7-7 record. But hey, I have never gone below .500, kudos to me. I wish I could say the same for my fellow colleague Nick Eley. Nick posted a 6-8 record on his first attempt at predicting games. So far, Delonte Wooten has posted the best record out of all my guest writers.

Delonte Wooten: 10-4 (week 5)

Nick Eley: 6-8 (week 6)

Justin Long: 6-10 (week 3)

Look out for more guest writers predictions, or a return appearance from either of the three.

Time for the good stuff…

Yes! It’s time for the 2nd edition of, drum roll please…



I have been hard on the Falcons this season, and that’s putting it lightly. I know it’s the regular season, but still won’t be completely sold until this team shows up in the playoffs. However, I can’t help but to succumb to the resilient birds. Game after game they find a way to win by scratching and clawing until the final second. Even after Matt Ryan’s 3 INT performance, the Falcons still managed to pull through by banking on the leg of kicker Matt Bryant’s 55-yard game winning field goal. Now the only unbeaten team in the NFL, how long will they run the table?

Atlanta Falcons: 1 thumb up

Mr. ‘Rodgers’ Neighborhood

Ah yes, this is light show that we’re accustomed to seeing. Aaron Rodgers is fresh off a 6 TD, aerial clinic against the previously unbeaten Texans.  He is heating up right on schedule as we approach the middle of the NFL season. In a span of 3 games, he has thrown a total of 13 TD passes; a far cry from only throwing 3 in his first three games of the season.

Aaron Rodgers: 2 thumbs up

Don’t call it a comeback

Over his illustrious career, Peyton Manning has done this to many teams, time and time again. The Broncos stunned their division rivals as Peyton Manning reeled off 35 unanswered points in the second half. It tied for the fourth-biggest regular-season comeback in NFL history. Nice to have you back Peyton.

Peyton Manning: 3 thumbs up 


The Brady Quinn bandwagon

Last week, the raucous Kansas City Chiefs fans cheered, as quarterback Matt Cassel was injured during a play. That hideous display of fan support was the fans crying for quarterback Brady Quinn. You reap what you sew. Quinn went 20-38 for only 180 yards 0 TD and 2 INTs. He made no case to cement himself as the starting QB.

Brady Quinn and the Chiefs’ fans: 1 thumb down

Down the ‘Rivers

I’d hate to be on the end of one Peyton Manning’s comebacks. How did the San Diego Chargers manage to let that happen after cruising to 24 to nothing lead at halftime? Did they take their foot off the pedal? Maybe it was Philip Rivers’ 5 second half turnovers. Yep, it was definitely the 5 second half turnovers. And of course a little magic from Manning.

Phillip Rivers: 2 thumbs down

San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers holds his head down after a historic loss against the Denver Broncos.

Pointing feathers

Something had to be done after Philadelphia Eagles star CB Nnamdi Asomugha called out recently fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

“As a player, when things go so well for three quarters, is there a sense of wanting to make the other team prove that they can beat what you’re doing before you start trying to change things up?

He was referring to Castillo’s strategy of blitzing in the second half. In the first 3 quarters, Lions WR Calvin Johnson was held to one reception for 28 yards. In the 4th quarter alone, he had 5 rec for 107 yds.  Detroit rallied from 10 points down in the 4th quarter to defeat the Eagles in overtime. Not to mention another turnover plagued game by Michael Vick. (2 INT; 1 fumble)

Philadelphia Eagles: 3 thumbs down


Thanks for reading.

-Kelton Brooks

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