The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 6

Michael Lipscomb

The Good – Niners claim king of the NFC West.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams. Niners win 20-7.

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman dives into the endzone to score a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6, Oct. 13, 2019.
John McCoy/Getty Images

There’s only one undefeated team left in the NFC, and they reside in the Bay. The 49ers have proven to be elite after their big win over the defending conference champions. This was a statement game for the Niners and they answered the call.

San Francisco is a really fun team to watch and analyze. They have speed on both sides of the ball, and their coaches put their players in positions to be successful.

Head coach Kyle Shannan uses a zone running scheme, play action passes, and a variety of different screen plays on offense. Running backs Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert each bring a different running style to the team, and create a dynamic backfield. George Kittle is arguably the best tight end in the entire league right now, making dynamic plays as a receiver and blocker.

Defensively, the 49ers are just as much fun to watch. They have elite talent on their defensive line and have great athletes on every level of their defense. The play calling consists of a mixture of different zone coverages, with some man coverage still mixed in as well. Opposing offenses are having a difficult time moving the football.

The talent on this team is really good, but the play calling and coaching on both sides is great. The Niners took it to the Rams on Sunday, and embarrassed their division rival. This team is young and hungry. I don’t see them going anywhere, anytime soon.

The Bad – Titans get blanked by Broncos. Mariota get benched.
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos. Broncos win 16-0.

AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Can you believe it’s only been four (4) years since Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston were drafted? We were looking at these two quarterbacks to be the future of the NFL. Two icons at the college level that would put their respective professional teams on the map.

Boy, were we wrong!

Mariota may have had his lowest moment as a Tennessee Titan this week after he was benched for Ryan Tannehill. Mariota completed 7 of 18 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions. He was also sacked three times.

The offenses struggles are not entirely on Mariota. The offensive line has struggled for the Titans all season, and the offense still couldn’t find the end zone once Tannehill was inserted into the lineup. The running game was also trash in this game.

The Titans were a sleeper pick to win their division after Andrew Luck retired from the Colts. Instead of seizing the opportunity, the team has sputtered to a 2-4 start.

All isn’t lost for the Titans and they have a chance to recover. Tannehill was named the starter for their Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Let’s see if they can take advantage of another team that’s struggling early into the season.

The Ugly – A missed extra point sends the Falcons to 1-5. Sheesh.
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals win 34-33.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan finished the game 30 for 36 for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. This stat line usually means the Falcons won, right?

WRONG! The Falcons put up great numbers on offense but got next to nothing from their defense, once again.

This defense is ass, man. Safety Keanu Neal is injured for the season, but there are plenty of veteran players that this unit should be relying on. The Falcons consistently run basic pass coverages, and have holes at multiple positions in their defensive lineup.

I would like to give some credit to the Arizona Cardinals. They sit at 2-3-1 after their big win at home. Kyler Murray played well, and this is the type of win that builds confidence for a young team.

The Falcons are still terrible for losing this game, especially in the fashion they lost. After a great drive in the 4th quarter to get the score to 34-33, Falcons kicker Matt Bryant shanked the extra point attempt, missing the opportunity to tie the game. At 1-5, I don’t see the Falcons battling back into playoff contention. This loss may have sealed their fate for the season.

Underrated Performance of the Week – Chris Harris Jr., Cornerback, Denver Broncos

The most underrated corner in the league balled out again!

Harris recorded 4 tackles, 2 pass deflections, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble in the Broncos big win against the Titans.

Peep this interception out of a zone coverage!

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