NFL Week 6: What we learned
Bears 27, Giants 21
In Chicago, Eli Manning again struggled mightily, throwing three interceptions as the Giants lost to the Bears and fell to 0-6. The Bears' cause was helped greatly by the continued success of the Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall connection as the pair hooked up for two touchdowns.
Bengals 27, Bills 24
In Buffalo, the Bengals controlled much of the game before allowing the Bills to tie the contest in the fourth quarter and send it to OT where Mike Nugent won the game for Cincinatti on a 44-yard FG. The Bills' quarterback woes continued, and early this week they signed recently released former Raider Matt Flynn.
Lions 31, Browns 17
In Cleveland, the Browns went into halftime with a 17-7 lead, but were outscored 24-0 by the rallying Lions in the second half. Lions rookie TE Joseph Fauria broke out in the contest, catching three touchdowns from Matt Stafford.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 7
In Kansas City, after leading by seven for much of the first half, the Raiders slowly crumbled, giving way to a Chiefs team that is firing on all cylinders. Terrelle Pryor had a shaky outing, and was hyper-critical of his performance in post game interviews, giving Raider fans hope he will turn things around.
Panthers 35, Vikings 10
In Minneapolis, Cam Newton put on a clinic, accounting for four touchdowns as the Panthers picked apart the Vikings in all three phases. Newton's stellar play Sunday sheds light on just how spectacular he can be when the QB plays to his full potential.
Steelers 19, Jets 6
In East Rutherford, the Steelers comfortably won their first game of the season behind a solid performance from Ben Roethlisberger and a shaky one from his counterpart, Geno Smith. While the Jets sit at 3-3, both teams looked to be dangerously close to bottom-feeder status in this game.
Eagles 31, Buccaneers
In Tampa, Nick Foles filled in for Michael Vick and produced like a top-flight NFL starter, throwing three touchdowns and running for another. The Buccaneers fell to an abysmal 0-5 and have officially eliminated themselves from meaningful football for the remainder of the season.
Packers 19, Ravens 17
In Baltimore, the Packers defense loomed large, carrying the injury-plagued team to a win despite a below-average offensive performance. The Packer O did have one bright spot, as rookie Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards and solidified himself as the starter.
Rams 38, Texans 13
In Houston, the Rams turned in the most surprising performance of the weekend, thumping the Texans behind a three touchdown performance from Sam Bradford. The Texans, now at 2-4, lost their troubled QB Matt Schaub to injury as rabid fans cheered his removal from the game. Schaub's status is still uncertain for this week's game.
Broncos 35, Jaguars 19
In Denver, the season's highest pre-game spread actually yielded an interesting contest. The Jaguars had a two-point lead at halftime, but Knowshon Moreno's three second half touchdowns proved to be too much for the Jags, and vaulted the Broncos to their 6-0 mark.
Seahawks 20, Titans 13
In Seattle, the Seahawks stumbled often en route to their win against the Jake Locker-less Titans but two Marshawn Lynch touchdowns and two Steven Hauschka FGs were enough to garner the victory. The Seahawks escaped with the victory and remain atop the NFC west at 5-1.
Patriots 30, Saints 27
In Foxboro, the Patriots won a thrilling shootout marked by late-game heroics from familiar faces Drew Brees and Tom Brady. After Brady had put forth a sub-par performance, he converted in the clutch, throwing a touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins with just 5 seconds remaining after some questionable clock management from Sean Payton and the Saints. The result sent both teams to a 5-1 record.
49ers 32, Cardinals 20
In San Francisco, Vernon Davis turned in a career performance, catching eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers handed the division rival Cardinals their third loss.
Cowboys 31, Redskins 16
In Arlington, a huge special-teams day propelled the Cowboys to their third win. Return-man Dwayne Harris had am 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, and added a 90-yard kickoff return to set up another.While the Redskins lost again, the team can elicit hope from Robert Griffin III's day, as he ran for 77 yards and appeared healthier.
Chargers 19, Colts 9
In San Diego, the Chargers kept Andrew Luck and company out of the end zone, and that was enough to handily beat the Colts and vault their team to 3-3. Rookie receiver and Cal alum Keenan Allen had his best NFL game yet, posting 107 yards and a touchdown on nine catches.