NFL Week Six Recap
Week six has ended, and we certainly had our fair share of fireworks. We didn’t have as many one-score games as last week, and only four were one-possession games. That doesn’t mean this week wasn’t entertaining—we just didn’t have the fireworks we had last week. There were still three overtime games and plenty of headlines. With that said, let’s dive into the recap!
Jaguars (1-5) 23, Dolphins (1-5) 20
This was a sloppy game, and it was a good thing this game was played in the morning. It was Urban Meyer who came away with the victory.
This game didn’t start well for the Jags, as the Dolphins fired out of the gates. Tua Tagovailoa had a promising outing for his first game since Week 2. He connected with his former Alabama teammate, Jalen Waddle, for an opening touchdown while the Jags struggled to capitalize on their opportunities.
Jacksonville eventually got their act together, and Trevor Lawrence made some huge plays, and they took the lead in the third quarter. Later in the game, Christian Wilkins came up big for the Dolphins strip-sacking Lawrence, his former Clemson teammate, only to follow it up with Tagovailoa giving it right back to the Jaguars with an interception.
After both teams turned it over on downs, the Jags put all of their faith on an unlikely hero—rookie kicker Matthew Wright. Wright made not one, but two 50-plus yard field goals to win the game for the Jags. Before this game, the Jags hadn’t made a field goal all season, and Wright had only been with the team for a couple of days.
For the Jags, this win ends their 20-game skid, and Urban Meyer can finally say that he has won an NFL game.
For the Dolphins, this is their fifth-straight loss since winning their first game against the Patriots. Tua was promising in this game, but is it time for the Dolphins to look elsewhere at QB?
Packers (5-1) 24, Bears (3-3) 14
“All my life, I’ve f---ing owned you! I still own you! I still own you!”
Aaron Rodgers certainly had a lot to say to the city of Chicago after running in a six-yard touchdown to seal the game for the Pack.
Aaron Rodgers overcame a sluggish start to finish 17 of 23 for 195 yards and two touchdowns, including an additional rushing touchdown. Aaron Jones gave the Packers a solid rushing attack, notching up 76 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown.
The Bears kept it interesting for the majority of the game. Rookie QB Justin Fields made some good plays down the stretch, including a five-yard strike to Darnell Mooney late in the fourth to put them within three. That all changed when Aaron Rodgers connected a deep pass to Davante Adams to put them inside Bears’ territory. Rodgers would punch it in himself, as he had a lot of nice things to say to the city of Chicago.
The Packers are now 22-5 against Chicago, with Aaron Rodgers as the starter. They have owned the Bears in recent years, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. With that win, the Packers emerged as one of the teams to beat in the NFC.
Bengals (4-2) 34, Lions (0-6) 11
The Lions are terrible. There’s not much to say about this game other than the Lions got beat from the start. After their heartbreaking loss last week, I thought for sure that the Lions would find a way to compete, but I was wrong.
Joe Burrow and company put the pedal on the gas and didn’t ease up, as they routed the Lions: 34-11. Burrow shown out so far this year, and he continues to impress in his sophomore season. Burrow finished 19 for 29, 271 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase continues to be Burrow’s go-to target, and he caught four passes for 97 yards. Running back Joe Mixon was productive as well—putting together a solid effort with 94 rushing yards.
The Bengals have been one of the bigger surprises of the season. The win on Sunday moves them into second place in the AFC North. Next week will be their biggest test of the season, as they will face the Baltimore Ravens. The winner of that game will take control of the AFC North.
As for the Lions, they have some work to do. Injuries on the offensive line have been hurting them all season, making it difficult for QB Jared Goff, who struggled on Sunday. It doesn’t get any easier for the Lions, as they have to travel to LA to take on the 5-1 Rams.
Texans (1-5) 3, Colts (2-4) 31
Just like the Lions, the Texans are a horrible football team. They were overmatched on Sunday as the Colts just dominated them from the moment the game started. After a tough start to the season, the Colts seem to have finally found something, and they delivered a knockout punch to one of the worst teams in the NFL.
The Colts finally played a complete game on both sides of the ball. The defense was forcing key turnovers, and the offense was able to capitalize on most of them.
Carson Wentz threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, but the play belongs to running back Jonathan Taylor, who now has three straight games with over 100 yards from scrimmage. Taylor finished the game with 14 carries for 145 yards and two scores.
The Colts had high expectations to start the season. Hopefully, this win can put them back on that track as they look towards a primetime matchup against Trey Lance and the 49ners next Sunday.
Rams (5-1) 38, Giants (1-5) 11
The Rams continue to prove to everyone why they are the team to beat in the NFC, as they steamrolled the Giants in the Meadowlands on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford was nearly perfect throwing the football, finishing 22 of 28, 251 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. One hundred thirty of those yards belonged to Cooper Kupp, as he is quickly becoming Stafford’s go-to receiver. Kupp hauled in two touchdowns to go with the 130 receiving yards. Darrell Henderson, once again, got the ground game rolling for the Rams, racking 78 yards and a touchdown.
As for the Giants, Daniel Jones was somehow cleared to play after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss to the Cowboys. He finished 29 of 51, 242 yards, and three interceptions. Injuries seem to be the theme for the Giants yet again this season, with rookie receiver Kadarius Toney suffering an ankle injury. The Giants are also without star-running back Saquon Barkley after he was carted off the field in last week’s loss.
On a more exciting note, this game marked the first time an NFL game finished with a score of 38-11. This is known as scorigami.
Chiefs (3-3) 31, WFT (2-4) 13
Despite three turnovers in the first half, Patrick Mahomes led three touchdown drives to pull away from Washington in the second half.
It has been a sloppy and uncharacteristic start to the season for Mahomes. We are six weeks into the season, and Mahomes has thrown eight interceptions. He finished last year’s regular season with only six.
After throwing two INTs, including one of the worst INTs I've ever seen, in the first half, Mahomes found his groove in the second half. He finished 32 of 47, 397 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Additionally, the defense for KC looked good against a struggling Washington team.
With the win on Sunday, KC has a .500 record, but they have a lot to clean up. This season, the Kansas City Chiefs have committed a league-worse 14 turnovers, a worrisome trend for the defending AFC Champions.
Vikings (3-3) 34, Panthers (3-3) 28 (Final/OT)
Kirk Cousins threw for 373 yards and 3 TDs, as the Vikings bested the Panthers. K.J. Osborn’s 27-yard touchdown catch in overtime sealed the win for the team—helping the Vikings get back to .500.
It looked as if the Panthers were in complete control after a blocked punt gave them a 17-12 lead in the third quarter. The Vikings, who hadn’t scored a second-half touchdown in their previous four games, answered with a Dalvin Cook rushing touchdown. Adam Thielen’s touchdown helped to extend the lead to 25-17.
The Vikings looked to be in complete control in the fourth quarter. However, two missed field goals by kicker Greg Joseph helped bring the Panthers back in the game. After throwing an interception on the first play of the game, Panthers' QB Sam Darnold rebounded nicely and led a 96-yard touchdown drive to tie the game with less than a minute left. That was the last time the Panthers had the ball.
It was the Vikings’ offense that got the job done. Cousins found a way to get it done with his arm. Cook finished with 140 rushing yards and a score. Adam Thielen led the Vikings in receiving yards with 126.
After starting the season 3-0, the Panthers dropped their last three. Sam Darnold didn’t have his best outing today, and they are still without Christian McCaffrey, who was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. They are expected to be without the star running back for at least two more games.
Chargers (4-2) 6, Ravens (5-1) 34
In what was initially supposed to be a back and forth offensive showdown, turned out to be quite the opposite. The Baltimore Ravens played their best game of the season, as they trounced the Chargers: 34-6.
The Ravens’ defense gave Justin Herbert all sorts of problems and they never let the young gunslinger get into any rhythm throwing the football. The Chargers were held to only 206 yards of total offense.
This was an old school win for the Ravens consisting of a relentless rushing attack and an overwhelming defense. Lamar Jackson threw for 167 yards and one touchdown, while all three veteran running backs—Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman—found the end zone.
In a game that depicted two of the best teams in the AFC, the Ravens made a huge statement. They looked to be clicking on all cylinders. They scored first and didn’t look back. Even though Lamar didn’t have his best showing today, this was a great team win for the Baltimore Ravens.
Cardinals (6-0) 37, Browns (3-3) 14
The Arizona Cardinals are still undefeated! As the Cardinals beat the Cleveland Browns, Kyler Murray led the Cards with four passing touchdowns, throwing two to DeAndre Hopkins.
The Cardinals got off to an early 20-0 lead and didn’t look back, despite not having head coach Kliff Kingsbury or star linebacker Chandler Jones, who tested positive for COVID earlier in the week.
The Browns seemed to gain a little momentum at the end of the first half when QB Baker Mayfield connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 57-yard Hail Mary to get the Browns within 13. However, the momentum ended with JJ Watt strip-sack, and the Cardinals regained the momentum and never looked back.
Kyler Murray is continuing to have an MVP-caliber season. He finished 20 of 30 with 229 passing yards and four touchdowns. With the win, the Cardinals move to 6-0 on the season and are the only unbeaten team left in the NFL.
The Browns are reeling at the moment. They lost two straight under head coach Kevin Stefansky. Baker Mayfield finished with 234 passing yards and a touchdown, but he reinjured his shoulder after falling awkwardly on it. Is it time for the Browns to start panicking?
Raiders (4-2) 34, Broncos (3-3), 24
No Jon Gruden, no problem! In their first game without their former head coach, the Raiders got a much-needed win against their divisional rivals on Sunday. Derek Carr threw for 341 yards and two scores, and the Raiders rallied around interim head coach Rich Bisaccia and got him his first win as head coach.
It was a tough day for the Denver Broncos. After starting the season 3-0, they’ve dropped their last three games. QB Teddy Bridgewater, uncharacteristically, accounted for four turnovers and the Broncos were unable to find any kind of momentum.
This win was massive in many ways for the Las Vegas Raiders. The fact that they could rally around their new coach shows a lot about the culture over there. I think that this team could shock a lot of teams down the stretch. Look out for the Raiders this season!
Cowboys (5-1) 35, Patriots (2-4) 29 (Final/OT)
In a thriller that saw five different lead changes in the fourth quarter, including three in the final 2.5 minutes, the Dallas Cowboys beat the New England Patriots in overtime.
Prescott threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns—capped off with a 35-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb to seal the victory for America’s team. It marked the Cowboys’ first victory in Foxborough since 1987.
The game was entertaining for three quarters, but it was about to get steamy. With New England clinging to a 21-20 lead midway into the fourth quarter, sensational Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs intercepted rookie Mac Jones and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-20. That was his league-leading seventh interception; he now has an interception in each of the first six games of the season.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Mac Jones hit Kendrick Bourne for a 75-yard score. Jones then connected with Jokobi Meyers on the two-point conversation.
Prescott was unphased, leading the Cowboys down the field to set up a game-tying field goal for Greg Zuerlein, which he nailed. Following the game-winning touchdown pass, Prescott was seen limping off the field.
The Patriots played them very tough but ultimately fell short. Jones finished 15-21 for 229 yards, two touchdowns, and that one costly interception. The Patriots’ defense did an excellent job holding the Cowboys’ offense in the first half, but Prescott broke through in the second half and got the job done. Now, I believe it is time to give the Dallas Cowboys the recognition they deserve.
Seahawks (2-4) 20, Steelers (3-3) 23
TJ Watt is a special player to have on defense. The star outside linebacker made two critical plays in overtime, including a strip-sack on Geno Smith, which would set up Chris Boswell to hit the game-winning field goal to help the Steelers win over the Seahawks.
Watt is proving to be worth every penny of his record-breaking extension he signed a few weeks ago.
The Seahawks looked to be dead in the water early in the game, but you have to give them credit for the way they could hang on. They were down by as many as 14, but they found a way to scratch and claw their way back into the game. Smith had a solid outing for the Seahawks—throwing for 209 yards and a score. The Seahawks are without star QB Russell Wilson after undergoing finger surgery a couple of days ago.
As for the Steelers, it didn’t always look pretty, but they got the job done. QB Ben Roethlisberger finished 29-40, 229 yards, and one touchdown. Najee Harris added 83 yards rushing and caught his second receiving touchdown of the season. This was a massive win for the Steelers, as it gets them .500 on the season. The Steelers are on bye next week, and they look forward to a huge Halloween matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Bills (4-2) 31, Titans (4-2) 34
It was the Derek Henry show yet again as the running back racked up 143 yards and three scores. The Titans’ defense came up big late in the game, stopping Josh Allen on a fourth and short in the final seconds to give the Titans a much-needed victory.
The Titans proved once again how important Henry is to the team. The Titans have one plan on offense: give the ball to Derek Henry. Believe it or not, the plan usually works because Henry is a tank. No one can stop him.
As for the Bills, Josh Allen was good but not good enough. After Henry scored his third touchdown of the night for the Titans, Allen and the Bills marched down the field looking to tie or win the game. After Allen came up short of a first down on a scramble on third down, he tried to sneak it up the middle to extend the game, but Titans tackle Jeffery Simmons offered excellent penetration up the middle and stopped Allen for no gain. Thus, the Bills came up short. Allen finished 35 of 47, 353 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
A massive win for the Titans keeps them in an excellent position to win the AFC South. It also puts them back on track because I feel they were still reeling from their loss to the Jets a couple of weeks ago. The Titans have some time to rest, but then they have to face Mahomes and the Chiefs.
The Bills have an upcoming bye before hosting Miami on Halloween.
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