This NFL Regular season week 6 had its share of brutal injuries, the most notorious Aaron Rodgers’ injury that leaves the NFC North wide open for the remaining 10 games. As there were unexpected wins this Sunday of week 6 —Giants’ being one of them— maybe they should stick to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan for play-calling duties.
Now, there’s no more unbeaten team left, as Chiefs were held off by Steelers on Sunday. And did you hear the Ravens converted only 3 of 18 third downs on the day?
Let’s go through all games in week 6.
Monday Night Football
Finally! Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win
Marcus Mariota shuffled around the pocket, carefully protecting a strained left hamstring that already cost him one game this season.
So the quarterback known for his legs showed off his arm.
Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL’s longest active losing streak against one team.
Mariota was 23 for 32 for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor’s tiebreaking score.
The Titans (3-3) stopped a two-game slide and moved into a tie for the AFC South lead with Jacksonville and Houston.
Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first-down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left before going toward midfield to celebrate.
The Colts’ 11-game win streak had been tied with Denver for the longest active streak in the NFL. Now Denver stands alone with its 11-game streak over Cleveland, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Bears beat Ravens 27-24 in OT
When the Chicago Bears weigh the good and bad facets of their performance against the Baltimore Ravens, it’s likely they will come up with this conclusion: Who cares? We won.
After blowing a 14-point lead, allowing two long kick returns and committing two turnovers, the Bears used a 40-yard field goal by Connor Barth in overtime to secure a 27-24 victory Sunday.
Jordan Howard ran for 167 yards, including a 53-yarder that set up the game-winning score for the Bears (2-4), whose two wins this season have come in overtime.
Howard’s long run in OT put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Barth delivered the decisive kick.
Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before capitalizing on special teams play to get back in the game.
Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score to begin the comeback and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful, setting up overtime.
Chicago forced three turnovers and frustrated quarterback Joe Flacco throughout the afternoon. Operating without injured receivers Jeremy Maclin (inactive) and Breshad Perriman (second-quarter concussion), Flacco went 24 for 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions.
Vikings cruise past Packers 23-10
Harrison Smith led Minnesota’s defense in a thorough dismantling of Green Bay, as the Vikings knocked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the game on Sunday with a broken collarbone during a 23-10 victory that drastically altered the course of the NFC North.
Smith had 1½ sacks on safety blitzes, a diving interception and two pass breakups, helping the Vikings (4-2) limit the injury-depleted Packers to a season-low 227 yards.
Anthony Barr, who later left with a concussion, delivered the game-changing hit on Green Bay’s second drive when he took Rodgers hard to the turf as the two-time NFL MVP followed through on a pass.
Rodgers fell on his throwing shoulder, and the Packers (4-2) announced he could miss the remainder of the season.
Brett Hundley threw his first career touchdown pass in relief, connecting with Davante Adams in the second quarter after a 63-yard return by Clay Matthews of Jerick McKinnon’s fumble gave the Packers the ball at the 18.
Hundley was picked off three times and sacked four times. He finished 18 for 33 for 157 yards. The Packers had five first downs and 102 yards over the first three quarters.
Case Keenum, making his fourth start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, went 24 for 38 for 239 yards without top wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He threw 13 times to Adam Thielen, completing nine for 97 yards.
Cousins inconsistent as Redskins hold on to beat 49ers
Kirk Cousins and the Redskins sweated it out and barely held on to beat past — and possibly future — mentor Kyle Shanahan’s winless San Francisco 49ers 26-24 on Sunday. The Redskins (3-2) blew a 17-point lead amid injuries and a pair of turnovers and survived a last-minute drive by 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Cousins, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and had an interception against the team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection with Shanahan. Gruden called Cousins’ play “efficient” after the quarterback was 25 of 37 for 330 yards passing and added 27 yards on the ground.
Despite the inconsistencies, Cousins came away smiling.
Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer for Beathard, who threw for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception and nearly led an impressive comeback.
Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa and grandson of former Redskins Super Bowl-winning general manager Bobby Beathard, took over for Hoyer with about six and a half minutes left in the first half and the 49ers (0-6) down 14-0. After Hoyer was 4 of 11 for 34 yards, Beathard went 19 of 36 in his first NFL action.
San Francisco is now the first in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or fewer — a combined 13 points.
Ingram-Kamara tandem blossoms in Saints’ win over Lions
Saints running back Mark Ingram wasn’t entirely happy with his end zone dance, saying it wasn’t quite TV ready. Ingram was pleased, however, to have scored twice in a 52-38 triumph over Detroit on Sunday and see the normally pass-happy Saints win a game with more yards on the ground than through the air.
The tandem combined for 237 yards from scrimmage. Ingram had 114 yards rushing on 25 carries, and 36 yards receiving on five catches. Kamara gained 75 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 12 yards. The Saints (3-2) had 186 yards passing against Detroit (3-3).
Lions QB Matthew Stafford, noticeably hobbled by an injured right ankle, was sacked five times, hit often and had about a dozen passes deflected. The result was five turnovers on three interceptions and two fumbles . The Saints defense scored on three of the turnovers.
Still, Stafford said he “absolutely” never considered leaving the game. And the Lions, who were down five TDs in the third quarter, threatened to pull off the largest comeback in NFL history.
Looking lost after a pair of double-digit losses to start the season, the Saints have now won three straight by no less than two touchdowns. They are above .500 for the first time since 2013, the last time they made the playoffs.
Dolphins rally from 17-point deficit to stun Falcons 20-17
Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons totally fell apart. The result: a stunning 20-17 victory for the Dolphins.
Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and Miami rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit, rekindling memories of Atlanta’s epic collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.
Cutler, who struggled in his first four games as the Dolphins’ fill-in starter after putting off retirement, completed 19 of 33 for 151 yards, including scoring passes to Landry and Kenny Stills. Jay Ajayi had a big game on the ground, rushing for 130 yards. Parkey put the Dolphins (3-2) ahead for the first time with 2:30 remaining, booting a 38-yard field goal after a gutsy play by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was hit by six players but still managed to power ahead for a crucial first down.
The Falcons (3-2) appeared headed for an easy victory, especially against a team that had scored only three offensive touchdowns all season. Ryan, who had five interceptions in the two previous games, threw another crucial pick with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a tying field goal.
The Falcons don’t look so great at the moment. Ryan is just one interception away from his total for all of last season, when he was the league’s MVP. The Falcons have also been outscored 72-40 after halftime this season.
That lack of a finishing touch has led to two straight home losses. This was much worse.
Watson, Texans bash Browns
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 16, 2017
After setting two rookie touchdown records in a win over Cleveland on Sunday, Watson wasn’t completely satisfied. Watson threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games, in Houston’s 33-17 victory.
Watson has thrown 15 touchdown passes this season, the most in NFL history by a rookie in a team’s first six games. It equals the number of TD throws Brock Osweiler had in 15 games last season.
Watson threw TD passes to Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and DeAndre Hopkins as the Texans (3-3) set a franchise record by scoring at least 30 points for the fourth straight game.
The Browns lost their 16th in a row on the road.
Cleveland made yet another change at quarterback this week, benching rookie DeShone Kizer, who had thrown a league-high nine interceptions, for Kevin Hogan. The results were much the same as Hogan threw three interceptions in his first NFL start to keep the Browns (0-6) winless and drop coach Hue Jackson’s record in Cleveland to 1-21.
Jackson said he didn’t consider benching Hogan at halftime despite his terrible first half.
Cleveland quarterback woes have long been an issue, with Hogan becoming their 28th starter since 1999. But the longstanding problem seemed even worse Sunday when the Browns faced a quarterback they could’ve drafted.
Patriots hold off Jets
Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th as the New England Patriots held on for a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday to claim first place in the AFC East.
The Patriots (4-2) were playing their first game in 10 days after beating Tampa Bay 19-14 on Oct. 5, and appeared a bit rusty early as they fell behind 14-0 in the second quarter against the surprising Jets (3-3).
New York had a chance to tie the game after getting the ball back with 1:53 remaining, but the Patriots’ 32nd-ranked overall defense held on — forcing Josh McCown to throw incomplete on a desperation heave on fourth-and-17 from the 50, and ending the Jets’ three-game winning streak.
Brady finished 20 of 38 for 257 yards with two touchdowns to Gronkowski and an interception. Dion Lewis also had a 1-yard TD run.
After Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-14 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown.
But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball as he went out of bounds on the side of the end zone, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets’ sideline irate.
But after the Patriots went three-and-out, the Jets were able to cut it to a one-score game on Chandler Catanzaro’s 28-yard field goal with 3:40 left. But their last-minute comeback attempt fell short.
Buccaneers’ comeback falls short in 38-33 loss to Cardinals
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell into a big early hole, appearing as if they were headed toward another ugly loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Buccaneers managed to put together a second-half charge, but got the comeback going a bit too late to pull out a road victory.
Overmatched while falling into a 31-0 hole, Tampa Bay snapped to life under backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before falling 38-33 to the Cardinals on Sunday.
The Buccaneers (2-3) looked awful in the first half, allowing Carson Palmer to pick them apart and Adrian Peterson run right through them while falling into a 24-0 hole. The Cardinals (3-3) went up 31-0 early in the third quarter on Palmer’s third touchdown pass — 17 yards to John Brown — before the Buccaneers finally found a spark.
The Buccaneers’ early hole proved was just too big for them to finish the comeback.
Tampa Bay came into the desert with the NFL’s third-worst defense in total yards, giving up 396.2 yards per game. The Cardinals and the newly acquired Peterson took advantage of the Buccaneers’ deficiencies, carving them up a week after a lackluster loss to Philadelphia.
Rams score twice on special teams, beat Jaguars 27-17
The Los Angeles Rams have won games with offensive prowess, defensive stops and Greg Zuerlein’s leg. Now, they can add special teams to the list.
Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards, one of two special teams touchdowns that helped the Rams beat the up-and-down Jacksonville Jaguars 27-17 on Sunday.
The Rams (4-2) also blocked a punt for a score — Malcolm Brown returned the loose ball 8 yards in a pile of teammates — and improved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2001.
Jacksonville’s defense did its part, holding the high-scoring Rams to 249 yards and 12 first downs. But the unit got little help outside of rookie Leonard Fournette’s big run to open the game.
The Jaguars botched a decent chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when Blake Bortles fumbled on one play and then threw an interception on the next. It cost Jacksonville a shot at ending its inconsistent ways to start the season.
Los Angeles essentially sealed the victory on Greg Zuerlein’s 29-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining.
The back-to-back scores to open the game made history. The consecutive touchdowns marked the first time in the Super Bowl era that any game had two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the first 30 seconds of play.
Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders 17-16
Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio after a bad snap to beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 on Sunday.
The Chargers (2-4) had been done in by poor kicks this season, losing twice on misses by former kicker Younghoe Koo. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, but delivered when it counted most.
Carr, who missed last week’s game with a broken bone in his back , threw for just 171 yards and a touchdown. He also had two interceptions on miscommunications and mostly settled for short passes.
Rivers went 25 for 36 for 268 yards with one touchdown. Gordon gained 150 yards from scrimmage and scored twice.
Steelers’ ‘Killer Bs’ back on track in win over Chiefs
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it.
Running back Le’Veon Bell subtly criticized the Steelers’ play-calling this week, and wide receiver Antonio Brown was just a couple of weeks removed from his own sideline temper-tantrum.
The “Killer B’s” had become the “Dysfunctional Dudes.” Well, they got back to normal Sunday.
Roethlisberger ripped apart the Kansas City Chiefs for 252 yards and a touchdown, forcing the ball into some near-impossible windows. Bell hammered away for 179 yards and a score, his patient running style causing Kansas City headaches all afternoon. Brown hauled in eight passes for 155 yards, the big highlight a tipped 51-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
That game bore plenty of similarities to Sunday, too. Bell churned for 170 yards. Brown caught six passes for 108. And the Steelers’ defense held the Chiefs in check in an 18-16 victory.
The fact that Pittsburgh’s biggest stars shone the most brightly should be no surprise. That’s what they’re paid to do. Roethlisberger is making nearly $22 million. Bell’s franchise tender makes him the league’s top-paid running back at $12.1 million. Brown is the top-paid wide receiver at $17 million.
The trio earned those paychecks against the Chiefs.
Manning, Pierre-Paul and rest of Giants stun Broncos 23-10
Eli Manning ignored the loss of four wide receivers, and the reeling New York Giants capped a stormy week of injuries and infighting by stunning the Denver Broncos 23-10 on Sunday night.
The Giants (1-5) pulled off one of the season’s biggest upsets by dominating Denver in every phase from start to finish. The Broncos (3-2) blew a golden opportunity to close in on Kansas City in the AFC West after the Steelers knocked off the last unbeaten team in the league earlier Sunday.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian was knocked out of the game briefly, and he lost his right tackle Menelik Watson (calf) along with receivers Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie to ankle injuries.
The biggest came when Siemian, who earlier threw into triple and even quadruple coverage while overlooking open targets, threw a pick-six to cornerback Janoris Jenkins. His 43-yard interception return for a touchdown with 48 seconds left before halftime gave New York a two-touchdown cushion and left Siemian writhing in pain.
Brandon McManus’ miss from 35 yards out, his fourth missed chip shot of the season, was an ominous sign for Denver. He also had a 53-yard attempt that was blocked.
Thursday Night Football
Carson Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles beat Panthers 28-23
Carson Wentz said he saw some things from the Carolina Panthers he hadn’t seen on film leading to three first-half sacks and plenty of pressure. It didn’t bother the Philadelphia Eagles’ second-year quarterback.
Wentz came up big in a huge game, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns against one of the NFL’s top defenses, and the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 on Thursday night to improve to an NFC-best 5-1.
Cam Newton threw three interceptions for Carolina (4-2).
Carolina had one last shot to win, but turned it over on downs at midfield.
Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was placed into the concussion protocol after his body crumpled following a collision with Eagles pulling guard Brandon Brooks. Kuechly missed nine games over the past two seasons with two concussions. All of the Eagles’ touchdowns came after Kuechly left the game late in the second quarter.
If it hadn’t been for Newton, the Panthers would not have had any running game to speak of against the Eagles. Newton ran for 71 yards and the touchdown, but running backs Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whittaker were limited to 1 yard on 13 carries.