ENTERS WEEK 6 WITH MORE EXCITING FOOTBALL AHEAD
The NFL enters
Week 6 after a thrilling weekend of action. In Week 5, 10 of the 14 games
(71.4 percent) were decided by six points or fewer – tied for the highest
percentage of such games in a single week over the past 25 seasons. The
average margin of victory in Week 5 was 7.93 points, the fifth-lowest mark in a
single week over the past five seasons.
competition on the field remains close, so do the standings. There are
currently 20 teams with a .500 or better record. Leading the pack is the
league’s only remaining unbeaten club, the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Since 1990,
when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 44 of the previous 50
teams (88 percent) to start 5-0 made the playoffs.
There are three
teams – all in the NFC – with four victories this season: Carolina (4-1), Green
Bay (4-1) and Philadelphia (4-1). Two other clubs – Atlanta (3-1) and Denver
(3-1) – also have only one loss through Week 5. Since 1990, 111 of the
previous 145 teams (76.6 percent) to start 4-1 have made the playoffs.
Week 6, there are four teams which have currently won at least three
consecutive games: Kansas City (five), Green Bay (three), the New York Jets
(three) and Philadelphia (three). And while not every team is on a hot streak,
there are plenty of games remaining in the season for teams to turn it around.
Since 1990, 57 teams have advanced to the postseason after starting the
season 2-3 or worse. There were three such teams last season – Miami (1-4),
Detroit (2-3) and the New York Giants (2-3).
So don’t count
anyone out. The only thing predictable about the NFL is the unpredictability.
Week 6 begins
on Thursday night with a matchup between two 4-1 clubs as the Eagles visit the
Panthers (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). The week concludes with a
pair of primetime match-ups as the Denver Broncos host the New York Giants on
Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) and the Indianapolis Colts travel to Tennessee
to meet the Titans on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN). Some of the key games
in Week 6:
EAGLES (4-1) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-1) (Thursday, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25
Eagles have won three consecutive games, including last week’s 34-7 victory
over Arizona. Phildelphia leads the NFC in total offense (397.8 yards per game)
and ties for second in the conference with 137 points scored.
quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed
21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one
interception for a 128.3 passer rating in the win over Arizona. Wentz, who
completed seven of nine passes (77.8 percent) for 121 yards with three
touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the first quarter,
is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in
the first quarter of a game.
leads the NFC South with a 4-1 record and won its second consecutive game with
last week’s 27-24 victory at Detroit. The Panthers rank first in the NFC in
total defense, allowing an average of 274 yards per game.
week against the Lions, Carolina tight end ED
DICKSON had five catches for 175 yards. He is the second tight end in NFL
history to have at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer catches in a
single game (DAVE KOCOUREK, December
10, 1961). Panthers quarterback CAM
NEWTON recorded his second consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards
and three touchdowns and has completed 48 of 62 passes (77.4 percent) for 671
yards with six touchdowns and one interception for a 137.2 passer rating in his
past two games.
BAY PACKERS (4-1) at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-2) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)
Packers have won three games in a row, including last week’s 35-31
come-from-behind victory at Dallas. Green Bay ties for second in the NFC with
137 points scored and aims for the team’s third consecutive game with at least
Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS threw
three touchdown passes in the win at Dallas, including the game-winning 12-yard
strike to wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS
with 11 seconds remaining in the contest. Adams had two touchdown catches in
the game and wide receiver JORDY NELSON
added one. Rookie running back AARON
JONES, who was drafted in the fifth round (No. 182 overall) of the 2017 NFL
Draft, rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in his first career start.
Vikings improved to 3-2 with last week’s 20-17 win at Chicago on Monday night.
Minnesota safety HARRISON SMITH set up KAI FORBATH’s game-winning 26-yard field goal with an interception
in Chicago territory with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. Vikings
running back JERICK MC KINNON
totaled 146 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 51 receiving) and added a touchdown
Week 6, the Vikings have the NFC’s top two leaders in receiving yards – STEFON DIGGS (395 yards) and ADAM THIELEN (392).
ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-2) at NEW YORK JETS (3-2) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)
Patriots enter Week 6 with the NFL’s top offense (419.4 yards per game) and
passing offense (320.4). New England defeated Tampa Bay 19-14 in Week 5. The
Patriots have won 11 of the past 13 regular-season meetings against the Jets.
England quarterback TOM BRADY won
his 186th career regular-season start last week, tying Pro Football Hall of
Famer BRETT FAVRE and PEYTON MANNING for the most in NFL
history. Brady can move into sole possession of first place this weekend. His
211 career wins (including the postseason) are the most by a quarterback in NFL
history. Entering Week 6, Brady leads the NFL with 1,702 passing yards and
ranks second with a 112 passer rating.
Jets have won three consecutive games and enter Week 6 tied for first place in
the AFC East with Buffalo and New England. New York is 2-0 at home this season,
outscoring opponents 43-26 in those games.
week, the Jets defeated the Browns 17-14 in Cleveland. New York quarterback JOSH MC COWN threw touchdown passes to
tight end AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS
(two yards) and wide receiver JERMAINE
KEARSE (24) in the victory. In the team’s last home game (Week 4 against
Jacksonville), running backs BILAL
POWELL (75 yards) and rookie ELIJAH
MC GUIRE (69) became the first pair of teammates in franchise history to
each record a touchdown run of at least 65 yards in the same game.
ANGELES RAMS (3-2) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-2) (Sunday, FOX, 4:05 PM ET)
Rams are 2-0 on the road and aim to start a season with three consecutive road
victories for the first time since 2001 when the team advanced to Super Bowl
XXXVI. Los Angeles leads the NFC with 152 points scored and have recorded at
least 35 points three times this season.
running back TODD GURLEY leads the
NFL with seven touchdowns, ranks second with 646 scrimmage yards and is third
with 405 rushing yards. Gurley is the only player in the league this season
with at least 400 rushing yards (405) and 200 receiving yards (241).
Jaguars lead the AFC South with a 3-2 record, including last week’s 30-9
victory at Pittsburgh. Jacksonville’s defense recorded five interceptions
against the Steelers, including interception-return touchdowns by linebacker TELVIN SMITH (28 yards) and safety BARRY
rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE
rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard TD run against
Pittsburgh. Fournette (22 years, 263 days old) is the youngest player in NFL
history with a 90+ yard touchdown run and only the fifth rookie in league annals
to rush for a touchdown of at least 90 yards. Fournette, who ties for the NFL
lead with five rushing touchdowns, is the fifth rookie to score at least one
touchdown in each of his team’s first five games of a season.
STEELERS (3-2) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-0) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)
Steelers enter Week 6 tied with Baltimore for first place in the AFC North.
Pittsburgh won both meetings against Kansas City last year – a 43-14 victory in
Week 4 and an 18-16 win at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
running back LE’VEON BELL has 435
rushing yards (145 per game) in his past three games against the Chiefs,
including a 170-yard performance in the Divisional Playoff contest. Steelers
wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN, who
leads the NFL this season with 40 catches and 545 receiving yards, aims for his
fifth consecutive game (including the playoffs) against the Chiefs with at
least 100 receiving yards or a touchdown catch.
Chiefs remained the league’s only unbeaten team with a 42-34 win at Houston on Sunday
night. Kansas City has scored an NFL-high 164 points, including two games with
at least 40 points.
quarterback ALEX SMITH, who leads
the league with a 125.8 passer rating, threw three touchdown passes without an
interception against the Texans. Smith, who has 11 touchdown passes and no
interceptions, is the third QB in NFL history to have at least 11 touchdown
passes without an interception in his team’s first five games of a season. Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT, who leads the NFL in
rushing (609 yards) and scrimmage yards (775), rushed for 107 yards and
finished with 116 scrimmage yards versus Houston. Hunt joined ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only
rookies in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his
team’s first five games. Hunt’s 775 scrimmage yards are the third-most in NFL
history by a rookie in his team’s first five games, trailing only Pro Football
Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (787 in
1983) and Peterson (782 in 2007).
NFL WEEK 6
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER
12, OCTOBER 15-16
Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas,
Thursday, October 12
Sunday, October 15 (cont’d)
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 PM (CBS/NFLN/Amazon)
at Washington, 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at
Arizona, 1:05 PM
Sunday, October 15
Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 PM
Atlanta, 1:00 PM
Kansas City, 1:05 PM
Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Oakland, 1:25 PM
Houston, 12:00 PM
Giants at Denver, 6:30 PM (NBC)
Green Bay at
Minnesota, 12:00 PM
New Orleans, 12:00 PM
Monday, October 16
at New York Jets, 1:00 PM
at Tennessee, 7:30 PM (ESPN)