Let’s take a look at all the action we saw during Week Six of the NFL Season!
TITANS def Texans 42-36
During the offseason, there was some concern about the Titans handing out big paydays to Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry after the team’s surprising playoff run. The fear was these players’ future performance might not warrant that level of investment.
Well that was dumb.
The Titans are 5-0, Henry is making defenders look like 8th graders as he leads the league in rushing, and Tannehill has a 13/2 TD/INT ratio. The Titans will host the also perfect Pittsburgh Steelers in this week’s marquee game.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: David Johnson scored his second rushing TD of the season (matching his 2019 total). He has also scored 10+ points in four games this year in standard leagues.
COLTS def Bengals 31-27
Indianapolis was down 21-0 almost as soon as they got off the bus. Then Philip Rivers threw 3 TDs and the Colts defense intercepted Joe Burrow with under a minute to go to secure a comeback win.
The Colts now head into their bye week having given up the sixth fewest points in the AFC. They have a divisional grudge match vs. the Titans set up for November 12th.
For Cincinnati, Joe Burrow throwing for the 8th most passing yards in the league while getting almost nothing from AJ Green is the kind of silver lining Bengals fans are looking for.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Tee Higgins had his first career game with 100+ receiving yards and his second game of 10+ points in a standard league.
Falcons def VIKINGS 40-23
So, everything was Dan Quinn’s fault?
The Falcons looked rejuvenated under interim coach Raheem Morris as they effectively ended the Vikings season. Matt Ryan threw for 371 yards and four TD, and Julio Jones brought in two of those TDs.
The Vikings going 0-3 at home to start the year is one of the more surprising storylines of the season. On the plus side, rookie WR Justin Jefferson looks like the real deal as he had his second game of 165+ receiving yards this year.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Alexander Mattison had just three points in standard leagues while replacing Dalvin Cook. Which begs the question, do RB handcuffs really matter?
Broncos def PATRIOTS 18-12
New England needs to be done with the moral victories. The Patriots looked every bit like a team that hadn’t been able to practice together for quite some time. They also got minimal production from Julian Edelman and were missing three of their five offensive line starters from Week 1. And they still could have won the game!
The Broncos should get a ton of credit for coming to Foxboro and getting a victory regardless of the circumstances. It was odd though that their game-plan seemed to focus on targeting one of the NFL’s better slot corners in Jonathan Jones. Jones also made a terrific interception to set up a potential game-winning drive for the Patriots. Still, a win is a win.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Tim Patrick might be a thing. With his 100+ receiving yards against the Patriots, the receiver has now scored 10+ points in standard leagues over the last three weeks.
GIANTS def Football Team 20-19
The Giants won.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: No.
Ravens def EAGLES 30-28
The Ravens led 17-0 at halftime and 30-14 with about seven minutes to go. Then the autopilot was turned on and the Eagles almost tied the game. Baltimore was able to secure the win thanks to an uninspiring two-point conversion play call by Philly.
This game really didn’t say much about the Ravens other than they were able to take care of business on the road against an NFC team.
For the Eagles, this will likely only cause a deeper divide between Philly fans who do and do not believe in Carson Wentz.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Travis Fulgham had another big game and is averaging 21+ points in PPR leagues over the last three games.
STEELERS def Browns 38-7
Someone is still clearly the little brother of the AFC North.
The Steelers straight up handled the Browns in this matchup. Baker Mayfield was also benched after throwing two interceptions and being sacked four times.
Cleveland has an opportunity to take out their frustrations on the Bengals in this week’s Battle for Ohio.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Chase Claypool rewarded all the owners who spent big FA dollars on him with a rushing TD and 18+ points in PPR leagues.
Bears def PANTHERS 23-16
It’s easy to say, “I don’t know how they do it!” about the Bears being 5-1 when their offense seems so pedestrian. But the answer is because their defense has given up the third fewest points in the NFC.
Chicago also made the key play of this game, picking off Teddy Bridgewater with under two minutes to play.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: DJ Moore led the Panthers with 11 targets and had 14+ points in PPR leagues. This is after being heavily out-targeted by Robby Anderson in previous weeks.
Lions def JAGUARS 34-16
The Jaguars lost the rushing battle on both sides of the ball as the Lions piled up 180 yards on the ground while Jacksonville only had 44.
Jacksonville now has a cross-country trip to look forward to as they face the Chargers in LA this week. Detroit will visit Atlanta to see if they can get to .500.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: D’Andre Swift BROKE OUT with a 24+ point performance in standard leagues. Swift could be in-line for another big game when he returns to the state of his alma mater.
DOLPHINS def Jets 24-0
The result of this game was expected.
The Dolphins naming Tua Tagovailoa the starter on Tuesday? Less so!
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Myles Gaskin has had two straight weeks of 10+ points in PPR leagues and has a string of appetizing matchups coming up on the schedule.
BUCCANEERS def Packers 38-10
This game was the “How it started vs. How it’s going” meme brought to life.
The Packers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead. Then Green Bay stopped scoring and couldn’t stop the Bucs from scoring. Just a terrible combination for a group of guys trying to win a football game.
The Packers now find themselves looking up at the Bears in the division, while Tampa Bay leapfrogged the Saints for first place in the NFC South.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Rob Gronkowski caught his first TD of the season and his 13.8 points in standard leagues was his highest fantasy point total since December 9th, 2018.
49ERS def Rams 24-16
One those games where the line (LAR -3.5) looked too good to be true after the 49ers had looked so bad against Miami.
The 49ers led the entire way through in the War for the West Coast (this should be a thing). Jimmy Garoppolo threw for three TDs, after being benched in the previous game. He also was not sacked or intercepted.
Jimmy G returns home to New England this week in a matchup sure to have the attention (and the hearts?) of the entire country.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: There was not a rushing TD scored in this game.
Chiefs def BILLS 26-17
To confirm, the Chiefs had just been upset at home by a divisional opponent and were playing a 5pm ET game on a Monday afternoon. And they were able to get it done.
The biggest factor was Kansas City stalling the Bills ground game to 3.7ypc, while the Chiefs averaged over five yards every time they ran it.
Both teams get divisional palette cleansers this week as Buffalo visits the Jets and Kansas City goes to Denver.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: After everyone thought the Chiefs signing Le’Veon Bell meant doomsday for anyone who drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire, CEH went out and dropped a 20+ point performance in PPR leagues.
Cardinals def COWBOYS 38-10
First off, a fantastic performance by Arizona and Kyler Murray.
Second, oh boy. The Cowboys are in fairly large trouble, and at the same time, still probably the favorites to win the NFC East.
The 2020 season, am I right?
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Kenyan Drake shook off a mildly disappointing start to the season with a breakthrough game of 28+ points in standard leagues.
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