The NFL is a never-ending soap opera with its own spin offs, but one thing has been constant: the unpredictability. From blowouts to nail-biters, no game was every ruled out until the final whistle blew. This week’s games highlight both extremes of that sense of uncertainty
The “ultimate sports network jobs” is a recap of the Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season. It includes blowouts and nail-biters, as well as the top 10 most popular players in each position.
Blowouts and nail-biters in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL Season
The sixth week of the NFL season in 2021 has come to a close. This is the first week when four teams have byes. Atlanta, New Orleans, the New York Jets, and the San Francisco 49ers are all sitting out this time. So, although there were two fewer games, the totals revealed that there were enough of points to go around to compensate for their absence.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) on Thursday Night Football (28-22 TB)
In what turned out to be the Philadelphia legend’s last game, Zack Ertz caught the Eagles’ lone passing touchdown. The following day, Ertz was traded to the Cardinals, who are still undefeated (spoilers) and will face the pathetic Houston Texans at home next week in their quest for their first Lombardi Trophy. Jalen Hurts scored a few of touchdowns on the ground, but the less said about his throwing ability, the better.
On the opposite side of the field, Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Leonard Fournette rushed for two more to put the Thursday night game to bed early.
Sunday’s matchup pits the Miami Dolphins (1-5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) (23-20 JAX)
The streak has come to an end. With the game tied at 20, the Jags eventually got a victory, but it was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in merry old England, so does it really count? Regardless, Matt Wright kicked a 53-yard field goal on the game’s last play to break the tie and put the game out of reach. Urban Meyer can now return home and celebrate with anybody he wants for the rest of the week, since the Jaguars have a bye week.
The game was full of pranks, with spectators storming the field before start to rough up the players and a bizarre blown call. Tua Tagovailoa made his comeback to the starting lineup. He was excellent, completing 33 of 47 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while running for an extra 22 yards on the ground. His counterpart in Jacksonville had the finest day of his short career. Trevor Lawrence completed 25 of 41 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown with NO INTERCEPTIONS! It was against the Fins, so don’t start planning the parade just yet; you still need to make sure the coach doesn’t act up for two weeks in a row. Steps in the right direction.
Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) vs. Detroit Lions (0-6) on Sunday (34-11 CIN)
The Bengals got back on track by keeping the Lions winless in a catfight as ferocious as two stray dogs fighting at the SPCA. Joe Burrows shredded the Detroit secondary for 271 yards and three touchdowns, while Joe Mixon snatched 94 yards on the ground to keep the Blue and Silver down for another week.
The Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) will face the Baltimore Ravens (5-1) on Sunday (34-6 BAL)
Justin Herbert had a bad game, and the Chargers follow him everywhere he goes. Justin was the day’s top rusher and passer, although his total yardage was just 207 yards. It’s simply that wonderful in Baltimore.
Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell all punched in running touchdowns. Lamar Jackson threw for another touchdown while also throwing two interceptions, but the Ravens’ running offense outscored them 187 to 26. You hate seeing it.
The Raiders (4-2) take on the Broncos (3-3) on Sunday (34-24 LV)
Despite the circus around the Silver and Black, they managed to get it done — notably, Derek Carr, who threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard bomb to Henry Ruggs in the first quarter to set the tone. With a 51-yard catch by Bryan Edwards, the Raiders weren’t going to allow the outside world get in the way of their quest to recapture the AFC West title, which appears a lot more achievable now that the Chargers had laid an egg.
Teddy Bridgewater, to his credit, did his hardest to lead the Broncos to victory on his own, but it’s difficult when you’re dropped five times and throw three interceptions.
Sunday’s matchup pits the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) against the Washington Football Team (2-4). (31-13 KC)
With a terrific second half, Patrick Mahomes moved the Chiefs back to.500, scoring 21 points to keep pace with the rest of the AFC West. Mahomes completed 32 of 47 passes for 397 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, but his offensive line has to improve, as he was downed three times by a mediocre Washington pass rush.
Minnesota Vikings (3-3) at Carolina Panthers (3-3) on Sunday (34-28 OT MIN)
Finally, the Vikings win one of these tight games. Kirk Cousins connected with K.J. Osborn in overtime to cap off a day where the offense came to play — Cousins threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns via the air, while Dalvin Cook returned from an ankle injury to rush for 140 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown.
The Panthers didn’t have many offensive standouts, but Kenny Robinson’s block of a punt in the third quarter and return to the house set up Robby Anderson’s insane ass to tie the game with 42 seconds left on the clock, forcing overtime, which they eventually lost.
Houston Texans (1-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) on Sunday (31-3 IND)
The Colts blasted the doors off those morons from South Texas from toes to titties in a matchup only a mother could enjoy and the Texans providing an effort only a quadriplegic could envy.
Davis Mills, God bless him, forced two interceptions on 43 tries, and Mark Ingram is kicking himself for not re-signing with the Ravens after gaining 73 yards as the defense slept.
Carson Wentz delivered two touchdown passes, one of which was a 51-yard bomb to Parris Campbell, while Jonathan Taylor did his best to carry the weight by scoring two touchdowns and running for 145 yards. Given that T.Y. Hilton, the offense’s most deadly weapon on the wing, was out with a quad injury, it wasn’t a horrible day.
Los Angeles Rams (5-1) against. New York Giants (1-5) on Sunday (38-11 LAR)
Being without Saquon Barkley due to an ankle injury suffered last week in Dallas was going to be difficult for the G-Men, but gosh, someone’s gotta pick up the burden. Daniel Jones displayed his arm power while throwing for 242 yards and three interceptions. Thank you for hosting a fervent Rams team; it was a pleasure.
The Rams are a frightening team, and Matt Stafford senses a championship ring is only a few months away. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 4 touchdowns and one interception. These Rams have a lot of talent.
Green Bay Packers (5-1) vs. Chicago Bears (3-3) on Sunday (24-14 GB)
After crushing another can, it’ll be fascinating to see how good the Packers actually are. So far, they’ve only defeated one club with a winning record, Cincinnati last week. Next week, they host the Football Teamers for the last easy victory before heading to Arizona to play the Cardinals in the beginning of a string of challenging games in November. However, Ellen threw two touchdown passes for the Pack against their long-time rivals, who are going through some growing pains to say the least.
Right now, Justin Fields would rather be anywhere else. He’s being beaten up week after week like he’s making money. He had four more sacks, but he was able to receive some aid on offense by passing the ball off 19 times to Khalil Herbert, who gained 97 yards. Please provide assistance as soon as possible.
Arizona Cardinals (6-0) vs. Cleveland Browns (3-3) on Sunday (37-14 ARI)
If you think the Rams are excellent, consider that the Cardinals have only lost once and are just growing better. At this rate, Kyler Murray will win MVP, throwing for four touchdowns, and the defense got to Baker Mayfield five times, putting him out of the game for a brief minute. They whipped those youngsters into shape and fed them to the Dawg Pound.
Dallas Cowboys (5-1) at New England Patriots (2-4) on Sunday (35-29 DAL)
What about those Cowboys? The back-and-forth battle, which culminated in a CeeDee Lamb 35-yard reception in overtime, was the game of the weekend. There’s nothing wrong with Mac Jones or the Patriots’ future; one of these tight games will ultimately go their way.
With 2:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, Damien Harris broke the 100-yard running barrier for the Patriots, and Mac fired a 75-yard bomb to Kendrick Bourne for a temporary lead. Playoff Football will return to Foxborough at some point in the future.
Dak Prescott is enjoying a breakthrough season. 445 yards passing, three touchdowns, and CeeDee Lamb was the main benefactor on the day, scoring another touchdown before the game-winner and accumulating 149 yards on nine receptions. There are some lethal teams in the NFC.
Seattle Seahawks (2-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) on Sunday Night Football (23-20 OT PIT)
The Seahawks are in serious danger without Russell Wilson. Geno Smith had a strong start under center, completing 23 of 32 passes, but he was sacked five times and lost the game-winning fumble in overtime, which was a bitter pill to chew. According to reports, Seattle has reached out to Cam Newton in the hopes that he might help them save their season.
Big Ben is still staring backwards a few paces. Although he didn’t have a spectacular game, he did enough to keep the Steelers in the AFC North race.
The game’s main plot is an unhappy one. Darrell Taylor, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, was momentarily paralyzed and had to be carried off the field. The good news is that he was able to move all of his limbs the next day, but no timetable for his return has been set.
Buffalo Bills (4-2) vs. Tennessee Titans (4-2) on Monday (34-31 TEN)
The Boys in Double Blue had a big night. Derrick Henry returned to his world-beating form, scoring 21 points and carrying for 143 yards for the Titans. Ryan Tannehill threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones, but he also threw a 48-yard bomb to Julio Jones to set up a touchdown. Not the longest play of the game, but Henry wreaked havoc in the second quarter with a 76-yard run that would haunt the Bills for the rest of the week.
Josh Allen attempted to do it all on his own, throwing a trifecta of touchdown passes, but the Titans defense brought him to the grass three times. They’ll get a week off in Week 7 before facing the Dolphins on Halloween.
There were a lot of points, and there were a lot of tight games down the line, but it was a terrific week for interesting games. Only one unbeaten squad remains, while one winless team is at the bottom of the standings. However, it would be remarkable if the Lions went winless in a season for the second time in two decades.
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