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Hawks in the NFL: Week 6

October 16, 2018

Written by Sean Neugent

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QB C.J. Beathard went toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football and had a late lead. However, the 49ers defense could not fend off Rodgers and company, who tied the game at 30 with 2 minutes to go.

Despite a tie ball game, things looked good when the 49ers started at their own 47 with 1:49 left to go. On third down at the Packers 46, Beathard threw up a deep pass to Marquise Goodwin that fell just short of the receiver and was picked by Kevin King. Still, the Packers were on their own 10 with no timeouts and only 1:07 on the clock. But, at the expense of CB Greg Mabin, Rodgers drove them right down the field to secure the winning field goal.

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In San Francisco, Beathard was impressive. The QB hit on 16 of 23 for 245 yards, two TDs, but he also threw an interception late. Additionally, he ran three times for 21 yards. He looks greatly improved from a season ago, but his untimely turnovers have hurt the 49ers late in games. Beathard enjoyed having his top target Goodwin back and hit him with two touchdowns:

TE George Kittle was held in check, but did muscle his way to a big first down on their last series before Beathard threw the interception. Kittle entered the game questionable with a banged up knee. He ended up with four receptions for 30 yards.

The 49ers are dinged up, so much so CB Greg Mabin was defending the Packers No. 1 WR Davante Adams in the final series of the game. It was only just recently Mabin made his way into the SF lineup after hardly receiving any time before.

For whatever reason CB Richard Sherman, who was on Adams, switched with Mabin. Rodgers took advantage with an eight-yard catch out of bounds. The next play, Mabin was on Equanimeous St. Brown and Rodgers made a back-shoulder throw for 18 yards and again out of bounds. Back on Adams, Mabin moved to press coverage and Adams won the route for 19 yards with 11 seconds on the clock. With six seconds, Rodgers tried to throw a quick-fade to Adams in the end zone against Mabin again, but it sailed incomplete. K Mason Crosby came on and kicked the game winner. In total, the Packers burned Mabin for 46 yards on the final series.

In Buffalo, S Micah Hyde was back after missing last week due to a groin injury. He had one tackle and two assists in a 20-13 loss to Houston. The Buffalo defense is much better than the Bills 2-4 record indicates. The offense has been brutal thus far scoring only 76 points, the least amount in the league.

In Denver, LB Josey Jewell and the Broncos defense held the Los Angeles Rams to its lowest output of the year. The Broncos still lost 23-20, but it was nearly 12 points under the Rams average points per game. Jewell earned two tackles and one assist on the day.

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In Cleveland, LB Christian Kirksey followed up a 12-tackle performance with only one on Sunday in a crushing defeat to the Chargers. However, he did defend three passes, stuffed one run and had an interception in the game. The interception was off a good pass from Philip Rivers that Melvin Gordon tipped up to him in the Red Zone.

“We’ll see what type of men we have on this team,” says Kirksey.

In Los Angeles, CB Desmond King has the game of his life with two interceptions, defended three passes, made two tackles and a QB hit in a 38-14 dismantling of the Cleveland Browns. It was the first two interceptions of the year for the second year player. The Chargers defense has been stifling over the last two weeks allowing 14 to Cleveland and 10 the week prior to Oakland as they move to 4-2. King also continues to perform well in the return game with one kick return of 27 yards and two punt returns for 36 yards.

In Los Angeles, the Rams offensive line with OG Austin Blythe continue to lead the way as one of the top units in the league. They helped RB Todd Gurley to a career day with 208 yards and two touchdowns this past weekend. During the game, Blythe shifted from right guard to left for Rodger Saffold who sustained a knee injury. The Rams are now the only undefeated team in the NFL.

In Kansas City, LB Anthony Hitchens recorded six tackles and eight assists in a high scoring affair with New England. His 14 total tackles are two tackles shy of the NFL leader, which is Colts LB Darius Leonard at 63. Despite a 5-1 record, the Chiefs defense has struggled this year allowing 29 points per game.

In Green Bay, RT Bryan Bulaga was questionable going into Monday Night Football with a knee injury, but ended up starting. He was unavailable for the second half with an injured shoulder and missed the rest of the game. On defense, CB Josh Jackson and DE Mike Daniels were each credited with a tackle.

In New England, DE Adrian Clayborn recorded one tackle on Sunday Night Football as the Patriots handed the Chiefs their first loss of the year.

In Minnesota, DT Jaleel Johnson had one assisted tackle during the Vikings 27-17 victory over Arizona. OT Riley Reiff was ruled out with a foot injury.

Byes: Lions (Andrew Donnal)

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HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 6 Game Ball:

It looked like it would be a tough call between Desmond King and C.J. Beathard, but Beathard’s mistake at the end of the game was costly. King shined in the victory over Cleveland and deserves this week’s game ball.

HawkeyeNation.com Game Balls:

Week 1: George Kittle, 49ers

Week 2: Josh Jackson, Packers

Week 3: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 4: C.J. Beathard, 49ers

Week 5: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 6: Desmond King, Chargers

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