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Another week of the NFL season has passed us by and what a week it was.
Three teams remain unbeaten: Pittsburgh (won 38-7 vs Cleveland), Tennessee (won 42-36 in OT vs Houston), and Seattle (Bye Week).
The Falcons and Giants both got victories this week, which leaves the Jets as the only winless team in football. The crazy thing is, that isn’t even a bad thing for Gang Green, as they are in sole possession with a game up on the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The coveted college player this year is Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. How Adam Gase still has a job is beyond me, but he is leading his team to a potential franchise quarterback not named Sam Darnold.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers got the better of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 38-10. This was one of the worst games you will ever see Rodgers play, as he threw for just 160 yards and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-6, something he’s done now three times in his career. The Bucs defense did not make it easy for Rodgers, sacking him five times, including one from Rodgers’ former NFC North rival Ndamukong Suh.
The Patriots dropped below .500 for the first time since 2002. New England fell to Denver, who scored 18 points all on field goals. Unbelievable. Don’t panic if you are a Pats fan. Newton had not practiced much since first testing positive for COVID-19. They should be just fine moving forward.
Browns get humbled by Steelers
I said last week that the Browns game against the Steelers in Week 6 would be the biggest game since the franchise’s return in 1999, The Browns did not play it like that and instead got humbled and embarrassed 38-7 at the hands of the rival Steelers.
Pittsburgh marched down the field on the opening drive, but Cleveland was able to surrender just three points. On the Browns first drive, it ended quickly as Baker Mayfield threw a pick-six to Minkah Fitzpatrick to make it 10-0. Pittsburgh would maintain the momentum en route to the lopsided affair. James Conner rushed for 101 yards – his third game since 2018 rushing for over 100 yards against Cleveland – and a touchdown, while rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool continued to impress with four catches for 74 yards and had a rushing touchdown.
Mayfield struggled all day against a fearsome pass rush. He finished 10-18 for 119 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, including the pick-six. He was questionable coming into the game with chest and rib injuries and he took a beating on Sunday. He was benched with a minute left in the third quarter in place of Case Keenum.
Cleveland fans were going back and forth on Twitter as to whether Mayfield is the franchise quarterback some think he is. I still believe in Mayfield. He hasn’t had the easiest road in the NFL. Remember, he is on his fourth head coach in three years. Has he played poorly? Absolutely. He must play better. The team is still 4-2 and have the easiest schedule remaining. Baker should get the entire season to see if he can develop under head coach Kevin Stefanski. If he does not progress this season, then we will revisit this conversation.
Oh, and Odell Beckham Jr. getting into his teammates on the sidelines does not mean he is unhappy in Cleveland and wants out. Who in their right mind would be in a good mood while you and your team are getting demolished in a game? Exactly. That’s called passion and leadership.
King Henry and the 5-0 Titans
At this point in the season, Derrick Henry is the best running back in football. His greatness was on full display in a wild 42-36 overtime victory over the Texans. King Henry rushed for 212 yards and two scores, one of which was from 94-yards out, while also catching two passes for 52 yards. He took the direct snap shortly after a big 50-yard reception and took it to pay dirt to end the game.
"He is the baddest man in the NFL!"
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 20, 2020
Ryan Tannehill was brilliant yet again for Tennessee. He completed 30 of 41 passes for 364 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. I still have Russell Wilson as the MVP, but Tannehill is right on his tail. Tannehill is a guy like Mayfield who was hot and cold during the early goings of his season and now he is one of the best quarterbacks in all of football since taking over under center for the Titans last season.
Deshaun Watson balled out for the Texans, throwing for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Interim head coach Romeo Crennel made a bold decision to go for two after the Texans scored to make it a seven-point game with 1:50 left. He was going for the jugular and it backfired big time as Watson’s pass was batted down. Tennessee marched 76-yards on nine plays to force overtime with 4 seconds left on the clock. They won the overtime coin toss and didn’t allow the Texans a chance to possess the ball.
Tennessee will host Pittsburgh in a battle of the unbeaten on Sunday at 1 PM. This will be a huge test for both teams and should be the game of the week. It will be a physical battle and it will pit Henry and the Titans rushing attack against one of the best units to stop the run.
Life without Dak
In the first game since Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome, season-ending injury, the Cowboys came out completely lifeless and got beat down 38-10 at the hands of the Cardinals. Ezekiel Elliott fumbled twice in the first quarter and that pretty much summed up how the Cowboys evening was going to be.
Andy Dalton, who started in place of Prescott, threw the ball 54 times, connecting on 34 of the throws. He tossed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and also threw two interceptions. There were some saying he would be just as good as Dak was because he’d be in a shootout because the Dallas defense is so lousy.
There is dissension within the Cowboys locker room and some players even voiced their displeasures with the coaching staff to NFL Network’s Jane Slater. One player said of the coaching staff, “They just aren’t that good at their jobs.” Yikes.
Luckily for the Cowboys, at 2-4 they lead the NFC Least. The division has a combined five wins this year. Six teams have five wins alone. This division could very well see the winner going 6-10. This week all four teams play one another as the Giants clash with the Eagles on Thursday Night Football and the Washington Football Team plays host to the Cowboys. Two of the teams have to win right? Oh yeah, there could be two ties. Yikes.
Quarterbacks that played well in Week 6
- Matt Ryan – ATL – 30-40, 371 yards, 4 touchdowns – W @ MIN
- Philip Rivers – IND – 29-44, 371 yards, 3 touchdowns, INT – W vs CIN
- Ryan Tannehill – TEN – 30-41, 364 yards, 4 touchdowns, INT – W vs HOU
- Deshaun Watson – HOU – 28-37, 335 yards, 4 touchdowns – L @ TEN
- Jimmy Garoppolo – SF – 25-33, 268 yards, 3 touchdowns – W vs LAR
Running backs that played well in Week 6
- Derrick Henry – TEN – 22 carries, 212 yards, 2 TDs, 2 receptions, 52 yards – W vs HOU
- Kenyan Drake – ARI – 20 carries, 164 yards, 2 TDs – W @ DAL
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire – KC – 26 carries, 161 yards – W @ BUF
- D’Andre Swift – DET – 14 carries, 116 yards, 2 TDs – W @ JAX
- Ronald Jones II – TB – 23 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs – W vs GB
Wide receivers that played well in Week 6
- Justin Jefferson – MIN – 9 caches, 166 yards, 2 TDs – L vs ATL
- Julio Jones – ATL – 8 catches, 137 yards, 2 TDs – W @ MIN
- Will Fuller V – HOU – 6 catches, 123 yards, TD – L @ TEN
- Tee Higgins – CIN – 6 catches, 125 yards – L @ IND
- Keelan Cole Sr. – JAX – 6 catches 143 yards – L vs DET
Key Week 7 Matchups
Steelers (5-0) @ Titans (5—0) 1 PM CBS
Panthers (3-3) @ Saints (3-2) 1 PM Fox
Seahawks (5-0) @ Cardinals (4-2) 4:05 PM Fox
Buccaneers (4-2) @ Raiders (3-2) Sunday Night Football NBC
Bears (5-1) @ Rams (4-2) Monday Night Football ESPN
That wraps it up for Week 6. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15 to let me know what you’re looking forward to or what you think will go down in Week 7.
Be kind. Be safe. WEAR A MASK. ARREST THE COPS THAT KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR!