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NFL Split 10 – Week 6

A Clock Dodgers Weekly Feature Article

NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 6 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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The curse is broken! Well, that was short lived. My number one overall team losing streak has ended with the Vikings beating the Texans this week. A win, that was overshadowed by the return of one, Thomas Brady. You said he would throw for 500 yards and five touchdowns!!! I guess we’ll have to settle for a 400 yard three touchdown performance from Captain America, but Tom better pick up the pace next week! Brady returns to football just in time for the Browns to wish he’d been handed a five game suspension. Speaking of the Browns, can it get any worse for football fans in the city of Cleveland? I’m pretty sure I saw a wanted ad for anybody willing to take a harsh beating on a Sunday afternoon that will be sure to end in serious injury. Cheer up guys, you can ride that NBA Championship high for the next few years to get you through the football season. Let’s take it back a week!
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Top 5
1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Denver Broncos
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. New England Patriots
5. Philadelphia Eagles
Bottom 5
28. New Orleans Saints
29. Chicago Bears
30. San Diego Chargers
31. New York Jets
32. Cleveland Browns
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Week 5 brought with it quite a few twists and turns for the weekly Split 10 rankings. We’re past the quarter mark of the season, and we’re beginning to get a good feeling of what these teams really are. Let’s take a look at who made the cut for this week:
Top 5
NFL Split 10
  1. Minnesota Vikings 5-0
    What can we say about them that hasn’t been said? Go to any team in the league, take their starting quarterback and Hall of Fame running back away. That should spell disaster right? Apparently that spells 5-0 and final undefeated team for the the Vikings. After a dominant win that now has Texans management wishing they had written a refund clause in Brock Osweiler’s contract, the Vikings are the undisputed number one team in the league.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers 4-1
    After what seems to be just a stumble on the road of contention, the Steelers have rebounded with two dominant wins. The addition of Le’Veon Bell has this Pittsburgh offense running at full capacity. Now, the league has to be noticing the emergence of their defense. While it won’t dominate in yards or points allowed per game. They put their offense in good situations to have solid, time consuming drives.
  3. New England Patriots 4-1
    We are all witnesses! Wait… no, that’s Cleveland’s thing. Whatever, he’s back! As we all predicted, the revenge tour has begun. Brady and the Patriots will look to hoist the Lombardi trophy this year as a symbolic, obscene gesture in the direction of commissioner Goodell. Look for them to run the score up and be surprisingly violent in an already violent sport. The league has been warned, the Patriots are coming
  4. Atlanta Falcons 4-1
    Here’s another one of those surprise turnarounds. After dropping a game to the Buccaneers in week one, Atlanta has been on roll. Knocking over their next four opponents in impressive fashion, they look to be one of the main opposers to the Vikings in the NFC. If this squad stays healthy, expect them to turn some heads en-route to a top seed in the playoffs. Welcome Atlanta to the Top 5 for the first time this year!
  5. Denver Broncos 4-1
    Yeah, yeah I know. They lost. You should know by now that wins and losses don’t dictate where I place my teams (see how long it took me to take Carolina out of the Top 5). The fact is, the Broncos lost to a good team while their starting quarterback and right tackle were out. Heads up to John Elway, you draft great but, Michael Schofield is NOT a pro lineman. The following things come to mind while watching him attempt to block NFL pass rushers: Cottonelle, pillow-top mattresses, marshmallows, those Modal underwear that ESPN keeps advertising. You know Schofield as the turnstile that Khalil Mack had to pass through to get the five sacks he racked up in Denver last year. Either way, I expect the Broncos to bounce back on Thursday night with Trevor Siemian expected back in the lineup against the Chargers.
Outside looking in:
 
Oakland Raiders – They had a good showing at home against the Chargers last week. Expect them to rise to the Top 5 shortly. Their absence from the Top 5 was due more to Atlanta looking so impressive than it was to them not looking the part.
Philadelphia Eagles – A disappointing loss drops them out of the Top 5 this week. However, they are still a talented young team that I expect to make waves in the league this season.
Dallas Cowboys – MAN does Dak Prescott look good. The NFC East looks to be young quarterback central as him and Wentz continue to show out. The Cowboys are fielding a solid team week in and week out even in the absence of Tony Romo.


Bottom 5
NFL Split 10 Week 6
  1. Miami Dolphins 1-4
    I think the time has come to move on from calling Ryan Tannehill a, “young guy with potential.” It’s safe to say that he is a physically talented guy that doesn’t seem to have the pocket awareness or decision making skills needed to succeed in the NFL. All that we can hope for is that the Dolphin’s brass knows they have a solid guy in Adam Gase, and take the necessary steps to help him succeed.
  2. Chicago Bears 1-4
    Admittedly, they have looked better with Hoyer under center than Cutler. However, that’s like saying the last time I threw up was slightly less traumatic than the time before that. Either way, you’re in a terrible place and you stink. Bright spots on this team continue to be the talent of their receivers and newly discovered running back, Jordan Howard. Still not enough to move out of the Bottom 5.
  3. New York Jets 1-4
    Ryan Fitzpatrick is somewhat a hero of mine. We should all be so lucky to get paid millions of dollars to be terrible at what we do. Unfortunately, we’re not NFL quarterbacks or Fortune 500 CEO’s. The Jets have always been that laughing stock of the NFL that still had a solid defense. Now, outside of their defensive line, there is really nothing to be impressed with. Forte is starting to look more and more over the hill, and Brandon Marshall can only do so much.
  4. San Francisco 49ers 1-4
    Right back where they started in week one. Chip Kelly and his coaching staff have some soul searching to do about who is leading their team. Blaine Gabbert showed us what he really was through his tenure in Jacksonville. Nothing has changed since then. He’s a powerful arm that can’t hit the open receiver and isn’t supremely athletic. At some point, his royal afro-ness needs to get his shot under center. At least he’s proven he can succeed with a strong running game and stout defense.
  5. Cleveland Browns 0-5
    Is it too early to start working on next season? Browns ownership and management must have known this is a two to three year process when hiring Hue Jackson. This is the definition of polishing a turd. I don’t think even Hoodie himself could muster more than two or three wins out of this squad. Let’s hope for Hue’s sake, things turn around in Cleveland.
In danger of falling:
San Diego Chargers – The Chargers had a much better showing than what could have happened on the road in Oakland. Now without their Pro-bowl cornerback Jason Verrett, their already ailing defense seemed to be sure to give up 50 points. However, the debut of Joey Bosa proved to be the arrival we all anticipated. The rookie looked solid, but his team still suffered from yet, another late mistake.
Carolina Panthers – What a fall for the defending NFC champs. Now 1-4 and with no bright spot to make us think things may get better. They drop a game against a not overwhelmingly great Buccaneers team. With no pass rush, a terrible secondary, and a sputtering offense, the Panthers will need to change quite a bit to get back in the running.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Let’s see if the Jags have manged to make some adjustments in the bye week. The defense they paid so much money to be stout is about as menacing as a newborn puppy. They seem to be tough in the media though!


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There we have it, the week 6 Split 10 is in the books. Is anybody else completely loving being immersed in the football season?! This is what I wait for the second after the Superbowl is finished. Let’s continue to enjoy it while it’s here. Before we know it Valentines Day will be here to disappoint us all.
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

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