It’s hard to believe, but yet another week has gone by in the National Football League. This week was dominated by the home teams, as they won 12 of the 15 games that were played were won by the home team. The three teams to win on the road were the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs. Speaking of the Chiefs, head coach Andy Reid improved to 15-2 after his team had a bye week. Now, here is what caught my eye in Week 6.
The Cowboys defense deserves some credit
Dallas improved to 5-1 after winning their fifth-straight game, this time in Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. Again, the team was led by the rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott threw for 247 and three scores while Zeke rushed for 157 yards, his fourth-straight game with at least 130 rushing yards. While those two continue to eat, the defense continues to get slept on. Against the Aaron Rodgers-led offense, the Dallas defense forced four turnovers – three fumbles and an interception. Something isn’t right with Rodgers and company, and the Dallas defense took advantage of that, limiting to Packers to just 16 points. The defense isn’t great by any means, but they continue to compete and make plays.
Pass interference calls should be reviewable
Pass interference gets called in every single game. Some calls are outrageous and don’t appear to be PI, while other times the referees swallow their whistles and don’t call it. The latter potentially cost the Atlanta Falcons a big win against the Seattle Seahawks. After Seattle took the lead with under two minutes to play, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense took over, down 26-24. Ryan did not complete a pass on either of his four attempts, but the last one is the newsworthy one. Julio Jones went up for the pass, but had his arm held by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. No call. This sent Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn into a livid frenzy on the sideline. In the Giants/Ravens game, the Giants were flagged late in the game for pass interference, when there was clearly no such penalty. Pass interference calls should be reviewable, so the refs can get the call right. Until then, defenses and head coaches will have to deal with the calls or non-calls. These refs want to throw the flag quick as lightning for celebrations, but not always on pass interference calls.
Vontaze Burfict should have been suspended
Vontaze Burfict is considered the dirtiest player in the NFL. He struck again with the dirtiness this week against the New England Patriots. First, he stomped on the leg of running back LeGarrette Blount while Blount was on the ground. Burfict was suspended $75,000 by the league on Wednesday, something he plans on appealing. Later in the game, he hit tight end Martellus Bennett below the knee on a play where Bennett wasn’t involved. That is blatantly dirty, yet Burfict wasn’t disciplined for that. With his track record, he should have been suspended for a second time this season. Head coach Marvin Lewis has to be held accountable in some way as he is either allowing this to continue to coaching it. He needs to be a leader and stop his defensive player from doing something like this again.
New England won the game 35-17. Tom Brady threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, while also going over 5,000 completions for his career
Buffalo and Washington are streaking after 0-2 starts
Both of these teams started the season 0-2 with a ton of questions. Those questions are now a thing of the past as both team have won four in a row.
Buffalo defeated the visiting San Francisco 49ers in dominant fashion, 45-16. Running back LeSean McCoy led the offensively with 140 rushing yards and three scores against his former coach, Chip Kelly. The Bills rushed for 312 yards collectively. Tyrod Taylor tossed a pair of scores in the rout. San Francisco was 3-13 on third down, while Buffalo was 8-13. The Bills have a chance to extend their streak this Sunday against the 2-4 Miami Dolphins.
Washington was able to knock off a divisional foe in the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20. Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception all without his favorite target, tight end Jordan Reed, who was out with a concussion. Matt Jones tore the Eagles run defense up to the tune of 135 yards and a score. Rookie Carson Wentz was held to just 179 yards passing. Washington was 7-13 on third downs and the Eagles were 4-12. The Redskins can continue their steak as they travel to Detroit for a matchup with the 3-3 Lions.