Buckeye NFL Watch: Week Six

By Corey Carpenter on October 12, 2008 at 11:00 am
Vrabel and the Patriots could be 4-1 today.

With another crazy college gameday in the books and an ugly Ohio State victory, we turn our focus Sunday to the NFL Buckeyes. Divisional races are taking shape and week six's key match ups involve teams from the AFC North and NFC South.

The Bills have their bye this week sitting atop the division at 4-1, which may allow New England to keep pace with an away win over a desperate San Diego team. Mike Vrabel and the Patriots stayed out west after beating San Francisco last week. Vrabel has recorded 14 tackles and is second on the team with 2 sacks, while Matt Wilhelm is sixth on the Chargers with 25 stops.

The Dolphins and Jets are looking to get above the .500 marks, as they face off against the winless Texans and Bengals respectively. Ted Ginn will be looking to extend his 5+ reception streak to three against a defense that has given up at least 27 points in each game this season. The Gun Show is looking to build off his 4 tackle performance of last game against a Bungals team starting Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback..

First place is up for grabs in the NFC South, as 4-1 Carolina travels down to 3-2 Tampa Bay, while Atlanta looks to keep pace at home against Da' Bears. Chris Gamble is third on the Panthers with 25 tackles, including 21 solos and has helped Carolina hold opponents to a combined 9 points in the last two weeks. Joey Galloway is still out for Tampa with his foot injury.

If your are looking for any type of fantasy help today, you might want to look elsewhere. Santonio Holmes and the Steelers are on their bye, while Anthony Gonzalez takes on the league's best defense in the Baltimore Ravens. Speaking of the Ravens, they announced this week that Joe Flacco would be the starter for the remainder of the season, delaying Troy's NFL career one more year.

Antonio Pittman is still out for the Rams with a lower leg injury and Michael Jenkins has caught only 9 balls, but according to Jack Arute at halftime yesterday, he was having a solid game on defense. Bobby Carpenter is playing in perhaps the most offensive game today in Dallas at Arizona.