Alleged favorites have faltered. Supposed tanking teams have surged. Picking the Super Bowl contenders might be even harder now than it was at the start of the season.
If the regular season has been wild, wait until the offseason. One thing made clear, six weeks into the season, is how many quarterback situations will be in flux heading into next year. This season, 25 teams entered Week 1 with the same No. 1 quarterback with whom they began the 2016 season. The league kept quarterback turnover to a minimum.
Rodgers threw for 288 yards, becoming the first quarterback to eclipse 250 yards since Week 12 of the regular season, and threw no interceptions against a team that ranked fifth with 21. He helped the Packers to a 31-25 win thanks to his three-touchdown effort.
Even without top scorer Collin Sexton, who is sidelined by an abdominal injury, the Tide managed to flummox the Tigers’ defense, led by John Petty’s 27 points on eight 3-pointers.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy, and I’m not really sure why,” Pearl said. “The grind of the season maybe.”
Whatever it was, it wasn’t pretty. A troubling pattern of falling behind early has emerged. Auburn had won four of five previous games in which it trailed by double figures, but not in Tuscaloosa, where it fell to 9-49 all time.
That is how the Eagles win, provided Foles does not force throws, something both he and Keenum do a bit too often. While Keenum has, as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has noted, gotten away with a few (though Keenum was burned last week), Foles might not be so lucky, especially not against the No. 1 scoring defense in pro football. Minnesota safety Harrison Smith is worthy of Defensive Player of the Year mention.