What we've learned from NFL's Week 6
There are only two unbeaten teams in the league. Some other teams cherished their first victories. Injuries piled up again. Controversy also. Guys are playing in an MVP level. High scoring games. Low scoring games. Surprises. A coach lost his job. And with so many missed fiedl goals and extra points we realise why a game played predominantly by hands is still called football.
Let's see what else we 've learned from the sixth Week of the season.
49ERS 31 – BROWNS 3
San Fransisco is the only unbeaten team in the NFC and they got to 4-0 with a bang. The thrashing of the Browns came by a dominating running game (275 yards on the ground) and a ferocious defense that harassed Mayfield all day long and the numbers support it: Cleveland's signal caller was 8/22 for 100 years, intercepted twice and got mocked by Bosa and co. The rookie was a monster, creating havoc and dismandling the Browns (2-3) offensive line.
CHIEFS 13 – COLTS 19
Nobody saw that coming. Not in KC, not with Mahomes playing like an Alien, not with a depleted Colts' secondary. Against all odds Indy put the clamps on the leagu's highest scoring team limiting them to just 13 points. It was the worst performance in the Mahomes era for the Chiefs (4-1) but the credit should go to the Colts (3-2). They suffocated KC, sacked the MVP 4 times and made his life really miserable. And with their productive running game (180 yds, 132 by Mack) they controlled the tempo and the clock.
SAINTS 31– BUCCANEERS 24
Teddy Bridgwater is the highest paid back – up QB in the league and for a good reason. After the Odyssey he has seen the still young signal caller torched the Bucs for 314 yards and 4 TDs, leading New Orleans to 4-1. The Saints are in a prime position for a deep playoff run and if they can amass enough wins until Brees comes back they will be the NFC favourites. The Bucs (2-3) had high hopes after beating the Rams but their defense surrendered 457 total yards .
TEXANS 52– FALCONS 34
A week after scoring just 10 points Houston's offense exploded. DeShaun Watson was perfect (28/33, 426 yards, 5 TDs) and torn the Falcons defense apart. The Texans (3-2) are a play off caliber team and they demonstrate that against an overmatched opponent. Atlanta (1-4) has big problens all over. I suspect that Dan Quinn is not feeling very comfortable right now.
TITANS 7 – BILLS 14
Buffalo may have the most underrated defense in football. They destroyed Tennessee's offensive line and Marcus Mariota was continuously under pressure, having ittle time to do anything with the ball. The Bills (4-1) are a serious playoff contender and Josh Allen played his best game of the season.(23/32, 219, 2 TDs, 1 INT). The Titans (2-3) has lost both their home games and they need to produce more in offense. And they waived kicker Cairo Santos who missed 4 Fgs.
REDSKINS 7 – PATRIOTS 33
When the Patriots turned to their ground game it was game over. Sony Michel gassed the Redskins and Tom Brady passed for 348 yards with 3 scores (and an ill-advised pick). New England is the only unbeaten team in the AFC (5-0) and they have (statistically) the best defense in football. Washington (0-5) is a mess in every phase of the game and Monday morning Jay Gruden was fired.
STEELERS 23 – RAVENS 26
They call it football for a reason. Justin Tucker first send the game in OT and then won it for the Ravens (3-2) after baltimore's defense created a turnover. It was a fiery battle all over the place and the Ravens are lucky to escape after Lamar Jackson threw 3 INTs. Pittsburgh (1-4) lost Mason Rudolph (concussion) and other significant players through injuries but ulimately the Steelers paid Smith – Shuster's fumble.
RAIDERS 24 – BEARS 21
Another huge surprise, another week Oakland won a game nobody expected. The first London game of the season was bizare. The Raiders (3-2) took a 17-0 lead only to see the Bears (3-2) come back and turn the thin around. Carr drove his team for the winning score from impressive rookie Josh Jacobs and the Raiders defense was better than their Bears' counterparts.
GIANTS 10 – VIKINGS 28
Adam Thielen was not happy with his team production but he is not complaining anymore. He had 7 receprions for 130 yards and 2 scores, helping Minnesota earn it's third win do the season. Cousins rebounded well (22/27, 309, 2) after a week of heavy critisism and Cook was productive as usual (21 carries, 132 yards). Daniel Jones had a rough day against a stout defense and the Giants (2-3) are depleted by injuries.
EAGLES 31 – JETS 6
The Eagles' defense scored more points (14) than the Jets. That's all you need to know about this “contest”. Philly is now at 3-2 but with big games ahead and the “offensive genius” Adam Gase is 0-4 and with the worst offense in the history of football.
PANTHERS 34 – JAGUARS 27
The Christian McCaffrey Panrthers are at 3-2 thanks to their fantastic running back and their stout OL. McCaffrey had 176 rushing and 61 receiving yards and is proving every week that he is a special player. Kyle Allen did enough (17/30, 181, 1) and did not turn the ball over foa a Carolina team that is looking dangerous. Minshew (26/44, 374, 2) and Fournette (108 yards) did everything they coud but it wasn;t enough for the Jags (2-3).
BENGALS 23 – CARDINALS 26
First win in Murray's (and HC Kingsbury's) carreer and it came from the QBs legs. Murray scrambled for 15 yards to set up the winning FG as time expired in Cincy. The Cardinals (1-3-1) have a long way to go but this was the first step. The Bengals (0-5) lost another game late and they lack too many things.
CHARGERS 13 – BRONCOS 20
Winless no more. Denver (1-4) got it's first W courtesy of its defense and a few big plays offensively.. Still they need to play a more complete game but they are not far away. LA (2-3) didn;t get anything from melvin Gordon and the defense in dysfunctional. They were considered favourites for the play offs but they don;t look like.
COWBOYS 24 – PACKERS 34
Zeke Elliott is the famous RB but Aaron Jones got the better of him. Packers' eunning back gassed Dallas' defense and tied a franchise record by scoring 4 TDs. Green bay's (4-1) defense intercepted Prescott three times and despite a late surge the Cowboys (3-2) never really had a chance of coming back.
SEAHAWKS 30 – RAMS 29
The battle of the two super powers in the NFC West was spectacular (five lead changes) and another chance for Russel Wilson to underline his MVP season. Seattle's signal caller was elusive, effective and he put on a show. He was practically perfect (17/23, 268, 4 TDs to four different receivers) and guided his team to a statement win. Whti their record at 4-1 the Seahawks are in a very good position to play January football.
The Rams (3-2) had the opportunity to win the game but the usually reliable Greg Zuerlein missed te 44-yard field goal wide right. LA had problems on both side of the ball and Jared Goff had an uneven performance. Oh, and ofcourse there was a dubious calla against Clay Matthews.