By Danny Cox
Being a fan of the NFL for over 30 years now, there have been some awesome sights, amazing endings, and just incredibly strange happenings. The 2011 season had honestly been one of the most unpredictable and off the wall in the history of the National Football League. No one knew what would go down week to week, and it seemed as if it was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
Well, it was once in a lifetime because 2012 is already proving to be even crazier than last year.
Things have been extremely off the wall so far, and we’re not even halfway through the season. Week six had to be the cake topper though, as just about every single team that should have won their game did not. In the same breath, just about every single that should have lost, won.
Let’s just take a look at the unexpected happenings in the sixth week of the 2012 NFL season.
The New England Patriots are sitting at 3-3 after the Seattle Seahawks came back and scored the final 14 points of the game to shock the world. Up 23-10 with just a little over nine minutes to go, the Pats seemed to collapse as Russell Wilson proved that he is no fluke rookie quarterback.
–Cleveland is no longer the only winless team in the NFL as the Browns shocked the Cincinnati Bengals with a 34-24 victory.
–Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were hoping to build off of last week’s emotional win over the Green Bay Packers, but it wasn’t meant to be. The New York Jets rebounded from a few bad weeks and destroyed the Colts 35-9.
Speaking of Green Bay, no one seems to understand what this year’s Packers team is doing half the time on the field, but it was easy to see what their plan was on Sunday night. That plan was to score and do a lot of it against the undefeated Houston Texans. Houston didn’t even seem to be on the same field as Aaron Rodgers torched them for six touchdown passes in a rout.
–The Detroit Lions have been faltering this entire season and haven’t looked like themselves at all. Everyone expected the surging Philadelphia Eagles to make short work of the Lions, but a field goal in overtime gave Detroit the victory.
–Arizona started out the season with a stunning 4-0 record, but were shocked last week by the St. Louis Rams. This week, the Buffalo Bills somehow got their game together enough to take down the upstart Cardinals.
–San Francisco had been outscoring opponents by insane amounts as the offense flourished and the defense strengthened. Little did anyone expect for the offense to falter and the defense to disappear against the New York Giants who dealt the 49ers a big 26-3 loss.
–Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have looked incredibly impressive so far this season, but then Sunday happened. Washington was able to end and eight-game home losing streak thanks to 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
There is absolutely no telling what is going to happen each week in the NFL, and that is why it’s great to be a football fan. Confusing, but great none the less.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.