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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Check out my thoughts about week 6 in the NFL, and be sure to leave a few thoughts of your own in the comment section.

Hannah Foslien

1) No parent should ever have to bury their child.

Check out our sister site, The Daily Norseman, for A Request From Adrian Peterson.

2) Don't look now but the Philadelphia Eagles, who many left for dead after their initial week one buzz faded away, have won two in a row, and the Chip Kelly offense appears to be legit.

Did you know that the 2013 Eagles are only one of four teams in the history of the NFL, to have gained over 400 yards in total offense for their 1st six games. The other three; the 1983 San Diego Chargers, the 2007 New England Patriots, and this years Denver Broncos.

3) Speaking of those Broncos, they won by 16 and analysts are saying the Jacksonville Jaguars laid out the blueprint on how to beat them. This was a week after analysts claimed that the Cowboys laid out the blueprint after losing to Denver 51-48.

How about waiting to declare the blueprint for success laid out, until a team actually beats them.

Kudos to Peyton Manning for putting some people in their place for criticizing Denver "squeaking" by the Jags, 35-19.

"Sometimes, you score a lot of points and people take it for granted," Manning said, per The Associated Press. "Even people in your own building can take it for granted. It's not easy to win football games. I learned a long time ago, don't take winning for granted."

4) The Pick 6s keep coming against the Houston Texans, this time it wasn't Matt Schaub that threw it, but back up T.J. Yates. I wonder how many Chicago Bears fans were left wondering "what if", when rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree, a popular prospect on our comment treads, took the interception back 98 yards?

Ogletree has been a day one starter for the St. Louis Rams, and to go along with his pick, he also has three forced fumbles, four passes defended, and 47 tackles on the young season. I'd say the rookie is adjusting to the NFL level quite nicely.

Bears fans will see plenty of their own rookie linebacker Jon Bostic in the coming weeks, with him set to take over for the injured D.J. Williams.

5) I think it's classless to cheer a player when they are injured. The player that hurt Schaub, Chris Long, tweeted the following out.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If you were at Reliant stadium and cheered Matt&#39;s injury, you are a poor representation of your fan base and a bad example to young fans.</p>&mdash; Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) <a href="">October 13, 2013</a></blockquote>

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6) Tom Brady again showed just how money he is with the game on the line. Why would any Patriots fans leave the stadium with that guy under center?

Which quarterback would you want to have on your team with a minute left and 80 yards to go for the winning TD?

7) Sticking with New England, they held New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham without a catch. And he still leads the NFL in receiving yards.

8) The Green Bay Packers are battling through some injuries to their linebacking corps, and now their receiving corps, but they may have righted their running game. In their last two games rookie Eddie Lacy rushed for 219 yards on 46 carries (4.8 ypc). If Green Bay has a real running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers, it will be bad news for the NFC North.

The Packers are averaging the 5th most rushing yards per game so far in 2013.

The top rushing team in the NFL so far? The Eagles and their "gimmick" offense. At the heart of Philly's fast break Chip Kelly offense, beats an inside/outside zone running team.

9) Last year the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs placed four defensive players in the Pro Bowl. This year they may have even more. They added another 10 sacks on Sunday, and are now on pace for 83.

10) I don't know if you picked up on it, but Brandon Marshall caught two slant passes against the New York Giants on Thursday Night, and neither were the called play. The first was a 2nd and 10 at 2:18 in the 1st quarter, and the second was a 2nd and 5 with 7:28 left in the 3rd.

On both instances Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall saw the corner playing off, so they checked to the quick slant and picked up a first down on each.

Click here for the full B-Marsh highlight reel from TNF, and pay close attention to the two plays I mentioned. You'll see #6 and #15 simply doing their own thing, while the other 9 players are executing the run play that was called in the huddle.

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