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NFL Week 6 Recap: And Then There was One

By: Jonathan Goad

Coming into this week, we had two undefeated teams. Both teams played in three point games this week. Now, only one undefeated team remains.

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In addition, this week, we had several pretty competitive games and a handful of shootouts as well. Week 6 did not disappoint.

Philadelphia Eagles        34

New York Giants              13

Philly got out to an early lead and didn’t look back. They scored early and often in the first half, and the G-Men couldn’t recover. Despite the loss, Saquon Barkley had arguably his best game so far. He finished with 13 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown and nine catches for 99 yards. Go ahead and give him the Rookie of the Year award now.

Indianapolis Colts            34

New York Jets                   42

Sorry, Colts fans. Your defense sucks. Andrew Luck is good, but he has to rely on outscoring his opponent. That’s difficult for him to do when the Colts defense can’t stop anybody. The Jets sit at .500 through six weeks. I have to admit I thought they’d be much worse than they are.

Pittsburgh Steelers         28

Cincinnati Bengals           21

The Steelers got a much needed win against a division rival. The Bengals could have taken control of the AFC North, but decided to let Antonio Brown put the Steelers up for good late in the game. Cincy, you should guard AB a little better next time.

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Los Angeles Chargers     38

Cleveland Browns           14

Cleveland must have still been celebrating their second win of the season because they didn’t bother showing up against the Chargers. Melvin Gordon had a very nice game (18-132-3) as he outscored the Browns by himself. Cleveland, you’ve already overachieved this season. Just coast the rest of the way.

Buffalo Bills                        13

Houston Texans               20

The Bills defense sacked Deshaun Watson seven times (the 2nd most this week) and Nathan Peterman threw a TD pass. He also threw two more interceptions. The “just ok” Houston Texans beat the “pretty poor” Buffalo Bills. At least it was close?

Chicago Bears                    28

Miami Dolphins               31

Brock freakin’ Osweiler, ladies and gentleman. He had a day filling in for Ryan Tannehill, 28/44, 380 yards and 3 TDs. Frank Gore once again found the Fountain of Youth as he ran 15 times for 101 yards against a pretty good defense. Albert Wilson will probably be the hottest waiver wire addition this week (if he’s not already owned). He caught six passes for 155 yards and 2 TDs. Get him while you can. Khalil Mack had his first poor game in Chicago, at least stat-wise. But Oakland still could have used him this week.

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Arizona Cardinals            17

Minnesota Vikings          27

Surprise, surprise! The Cardinals lost again. Sure, the Vikings are good, but Arizona has to figure something out. Latavius Murray filled in nicely for Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen went over 100 receiving yards for the sixth straight game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29

Atlanta Falcons                 34

Did anyone else pick up Jameis Winston this week and start him? Congrats if you did. Going forward, start quarterbacks against the Falcons defense. Four TD passes from Winston along with 395 yards but it still wasn’t enough as the Falcons won the shootout we all were hoping for. Although, Julio Jones still can’t find the end zone. Hey Matt Ryan, you’ve have one of the top receivers in the game. Maybe target him in the end zone.

Seattle Seahawks            27

Oakland Raiders               3

Live look in at the Raiders:

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(Insert your own Khalil Mack joke here)

Carolina Panthers            17

Washington Redskins    23

Alex Smith is the ultimate game manager. He got an early lead and did just that. He didn’t turn the ball over and gave him team a chance to win. That’s exactly what game managers do. The Panthers would probably like to have this one back.

Los Angeles Rams            23

Denver Broncos                20

One of the undefeated teams remained undefeated after week six. However, it didn’t come without a scare. The Broncos attempted a comeback and were an onside kick recovery away from making things really interesting. Todd Gurley also continued to show why he is the best back in the league. He set a career mark in rushing yards with 208 on 28 carries. He added two rushing touchdown for good measure. The Rams are legit, but you already knew that.

Jacksonville Jaguars        7

Dallas Cowboys                40

What exactly did Conor McGregor say to the Dallas Cowboys before this game? Maybe something like, “do the opposite of what I did in my last fight.” Well, the Cowboys listened. Da Boys flat out dominated the Jaguars.

 

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Baltimore Ravens            21

Tennessee Titans             0

Don’t you love the feeling of picking up a defense, and then they pitch a shutout? Yeah, me too. Having them rack up eleven sacks doesn’t hurt either. The Ravens gave up pretty much nothing to the Titans.

Kansas City Chiefs           40

New England Patriots    43

This game was everything we hoped it would be. Mahomes overcame a rough first half to come up just short of a comeback victory. Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt did all they could to help, but in the end Tom Brady taught the young gunslinger one final lesson. Sony Michel helped, too.

 

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San Francisco 49ers        30

Green Bay Packers          33

Well, we got another shootout. And with the way games are officiated now, we shouldn’t be surprised. When you can’t hit players, teams are going to score points in bunches, like they have. This one came down to the wire as Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers-like things and drove down the field to set up a maybe somewhat surprising field goal from Mason Crosby as time expired. The Pack got a much needed with to go to 3-2-1 on the year and stay in the NFC North race. Go Pack Go! 

Lessons learned in Week 6:

  1. The Rams are the only unbeaten team, but barely.
  2. Patrick Mahomes couldn’t overcome the one player standing in his way of becoming the G.O.A.T.
  3. Good defense beats bad offense all day, every day.
  4. Khalil Mack decided to stay on his bye week, but the Raiders still miss him.
  5. The division races are all within one game except the NFC West. Things are going to be getting very interesting very quickly.
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