It’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything that happens on an NFL Sunday.
Week 6 featured 13 games on Sunday, nine of which were on at the same time. We saw a lot of crazy action and you’re likely going to be talking about it today (and all week) with friends, family, and co-workers. Let’s get you caught up on the 11 things you need to know and can’t-miss moments from Sunday.
1. All hail the Ravens defense.
The Titans finished Sunday with a goose egg as the Ravens held Marcus Mariota to 10 completions for 117 passing yards. The Tennessee quarterback also had 25 yards on the ground as the Titans’ leading rusher. It’s safe to say it was a miserable afternoon in Nashville. The Ravens sacked Mariota 11 times, marking just the third time a quarterback has been sacked 11 times in a game since 1993. Coming into Sunday, Mariota had only been sacked six times all season.
2. Adam Thielen is turning into a Vikings legend.
The Vikings wide receiver is having a storybook season. Thielen has more than 100 yards in every Vikings game this season and on Sunday he added an 11-catch, 123-yard, one-touchdown performance to his stat sheet. The man is nearly unstoppable and incredibly fun to watch. On a different note, in this Vikings touchdown celebration on a Kirk Cousins rushing score, we have no idea what they’re doing.
3. Julio Jones is on pace to yield 1,885 receiving yards and zero touchdowns.
Jones is averaging almost 118 yards per game, but has failed to record a touchdown this season. In fact, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since October 22, 2017. It’s been nearly a year! For reference, the receiver with the most yards but no touchdowns last season was Terrance Williams of the Cowboys who had 568 yards on 53 catches, but no scores. As of now, Jones has 707 yards on 44 catches. Only 38 wide receivers in NFL history have 500+ receiving yards in a season without scoring a touchdown and no receiver has ever had a 1,000+ yard season without scoring.
4. James Conner is beasting and the Steelers don’t seem concerned about Le’Veon Bell’s absence.
Conner had 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ win over the Bengals and after the game, Ben Roethlisberger cracked a joke about Bell’s potential return. “What a great game, but I know it’s his (Conner’s) last game for us, because Le’Veon’s coming back,” Big Ben said.
The remark is in regard to a report that Bell will rejoin the Steelers in the coming days on the team’s bye week.
”It was nice when it lasted,” Conner also joked about his run as the Steelers starting running back. It seems like the Steelers aren’t all that worried about Bell’s absence, nor a potential return.
5. Melvin Gordon is making a case for being a top-five NFL running back.
After Gordon’s second three-touchdown game this season, the Chargers running back deserves more respect than many are giving him. He rushed for 132 yards and the three scores in the Chargers’ 38-14 win over the Browns and he made it look easy, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. His longest play of the day went for 16 yards, so it’s not even like there’s a long rush that’s inflating his average. Defenses should take notice.
6. Deshaun Watson and the Texans have won three straight games. But how?
Sunday’s least impressive win might have been Houston’s 20-13 victory over the Bills. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen injured his elbow and Nathan Peterman looked good for a few minutes before reverting to typical Nathan Peterman. He threw a pick-six and then another interception to hand the Texans the win. Watson threw for just 177 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as the Texans now are tied for first place in the AFC South.
Frank Gore had 101 rushing yards in the Dolphins’ win over the Bears, but it was Kenyon Drake who the Dolphins handed off the ball to for a third-and-1 play on the Chicago 1-yard line with the game on the line in overtime. Instead of scoring, Drake fumbled away the ball. Miraculously, the Dolphins — led by Osweiler — won the game after the Bears failed to score on the ensuing possession. The Bears are still in first place (for now) in the NFC North.
Sam Darnold has had an up-and-down season (as rookie quarterbacks typically do) but he was up in the Jets’ 42-34 win over the Colts. Darnold went 24 of 30 for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, good for a 113.9 passer rating. Jermaine Kearse was Darnold’s top target with nine catches for 94 yards.
9. Josh Norman secured his first interception since 2016 against the team that rescinded his franchise tag back in 2016.
Norman is in his third season with Washington and though he notched three interceptions in his first year with the team, he failed to record an interception last year, and through four games this year. That changed on Sunday as he had a solid outing against his former team. In addition to his interception on Cam Newton, Norman forced a fumble on rookie receiver D.J. Moore. Washington won 23-17.
10. OK, Cowboys!
Dallas put up 40 points on the Jaguars’ vaunted defense and it looks like Jacksonville is broken. Ezekiel Elliott had 106 rushing yards and a touchdown while Dak Prescott threw for just 183 yards, despite scoring on two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He also added 82 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Blake Bortles threw for a sad 149 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Things are not looking good for the Jaguars, but the Cowboys are on the rise.
It’s not often that a team scores 40 points and loses. That’s what happened to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday night as the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season. The game was back-and-forth for most of the night as the Chiefs scored first on a field goal before the Patriots scored a field goal and then touchdown of their own. The Patriots led 24-9 at halftime, but Mahomes and Co. bounced back in the third quarter with two touchdowns and a field goal. Entering the fourth quarter, the score was 27-26 with New England leading by one. From there, nearly every possession was a score for both teams. The Chiefs put up a terrific effort to fight their way back into the game, but it’s very hard to beat the Patriots at home and Brady wasn’t going to let a guy with seven NFL starts to his name beat him on his home field. With that said, not many teams will be able to keep pace with the now 5-1 Chiefs and they should get back on track quite quickly.