2022 NFL season, Week 6: Takeaways from Sunday’s action
There were plenty of surprises and action from the Week 6 slate of NFL games, but here are four things we learned from the action on Sunday.
All 32 teams in order of how they are performing
#1-The Rams are still the best team in the league at this point.
They’re overwhelming teams every week and proving why they’re the defending champs.
#2- It is clear that the Browns are tanking this year, as they’ve been blown out by a majority of their opponents thus far.
#3-The Cowboys have been playing better as of late with Ezekiel Elliott back in the lineup and it seems like he has had a positive impact on Dak Prescott as well.
New England Patriots
The Patriots were able to break the Rams’ undefeated streak and take back the number one spot in the AFC East.
Tom Brady was excellent as always and threw for three touchdowns while running back Sony Michel had a phenomenal game with 178 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns of his own.
It was a great game for New England and they will face off against Buffalo next week.
The Dallas Cowboys are now tied for first place in the NFC East with Washington and Philadelphia after winning against Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dak Prescott led Dallas to victory after scoring both touchdowns himself and Ezekiel Elliott put up another 100+ yard game on 23 carries.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints dropped to 3-3 on the year with an ugly loss to the Bengals.
Injuries are a major concern for the Saints after losing two of their top offensive players in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.
The defense has been playing well this season and will need to continue if New Orleans hopes to make it into the playoffs.
Saints fans can take solace in knowing that Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league at age 41.
The Bengals continue to have one of the most complete teams in the league as they have won six consecutive games and now sit atop of the AFC North.
Andy Dalton continues to play well at quarterback while A.J. Green is proving he deserves consideration as one of the top receivers in football.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers had a tough game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. They lost by a score of 26-16.
The 49ers’ defense was strong but not strong enough to stop the Bills offense.
Quarterback Nick Mullens threw for just 136 yards and one touchdown with an interception.
Running back Matt Breida ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, but he was injured on his third carry of the day and did not return after halftime.
Backup running back Tevin Coleman also left the game with an injury.
Wide receiver Dante Pettis led the team in receptions and receiving yards with six catches for 92 yards, but it wasn’t enough to get their second win of the year.
The Browns were able to handle the Buffalo Bills with relative ease on Sunday.
Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield shined for the second consecutive week, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another in a 41-7 victory.
The Browns’ defense also made an impact, intercepting rookie Josh Allen twice.
Brown head coach Hue Jackson had praise for his entire team after the game, telling reporters that I thought we came out and played like champions.
Cleveland is now 5-2 heading into next week’s matchup against New England.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers had a rough start to the game with two fumbles and an interception in the first quarter.
However, they bounced back and held onto the lead for the rest of the game thanks to a strong defense.
Los Angeles will need to figure out how to avoid turnovers if they want to make it into the playoffs.
With four games left in the season, they sit at third place in the AFC West but have only one more divisional game left.
If they win their final three games, there is a chance that both Oakland and Kansas City could be tied or behind them in the standings by the end of the season.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers looked unstoppable on Sunday as they defeated the Indianapolis Colts in a rain-soaked affair in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The defense was impenetrable as they held the Colts to only three points and intercepted quarterback Jacoby Brissett four times.
However, it is not just the offense that is firing on all cylinders, their defense has been superb this year.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 27 of 35 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns while running back James Conner tallied 126 yards rushing with one touchdown.
Next up for the Steelers will be an NFC North clash against the Minnesota Vikings at home next week.
Houston is still adjusting to life without JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Their defense is still good but not elite.
They need to find a way to make up for the lack of talent on the defensive line because as we saw today against Denver, that can be the difference between winning and losing.
Alfred Blue played like an All-Pro this week with 130 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Lamar Miller should also see more playing time going forward with D’Onta Foreman out for the year due to injury.
DeAndre Hopkins was limited in this game due to some minor injuries, but he will continue to get his touches every week.
The Seahawks started off the game strong with a couple of field goals and a touchdown.
However, in the second half they were outscored by two touchdowns to one.
The team could not score any points in the third quarter.
This was not their only problem.
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson was injured after his knee collided with an opponent’s helmet late in the first half and he had to be carted off the field.
With Wilson being ruled as out for the rest of the game, backup Matt Flynn stepped up and finished the contest going 13-of-24 for 140 yards passing with no touchdowns or interceptions.
It is still unknown if this injury will affect Wilson’s status for next week.
Another key player on Seattle who suffered an injury was cornerback Justin Coleman who tore his ACL.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs had a tough day on the road against the Chargers.
Alex Smith was sacked six times for a total of 36 yards.
His top receiver, Tyreek Hill, had just three catches for 29 yards in seven targets.
However, Kansas City was able to outlast Los Angeles in overtime with a 45-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.
The Chiefs are now 5-1 and tied with the Rams atop the AFC West standings.
They’ll have a chance to make up ground next week when they face the Jets at Arrowhead Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh also went into overtime this week, but came out on top against Detroit thanks to a game winning touchdown catch by James Washington.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice as well.
Antonio Brown made his return after missing last week’s game due to injury and led the team with 10 receptions for 157 yards.
The Detroit Lions finally won a game after five consecutive losses to start the season.
The Lions took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road 27-16.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was sharp and completed 26 of his 32 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back LeGarrette Blount had his best game of the year with 103 rushing yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.
The Cowboys are still without Ezekiel Elliott due to suspension but Dak Prescott and company were still able to find a way to win on the road in Tennessee. Prescott threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score.
The defense also pitched in with three sacks and an interception. Dallas is now 5-1 and tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East standings.
It was a rough day for the Raiders on Sunday.
They fell to 2-4 on the year with a 30-14 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati.
The team has now lost three consecutive games after starting 2-1 and will have their work cut out for them if they want to make it back into playoff contention.
There were some positives to take away from this game but overall this loss is tough to swallow.
The Titans offense was led by veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota who made his first start in more than a month.
The first-year head coach Mike Vrabel had planned to use Mariota as a backup but the injury to starter Blaine Gabbert forced him into service.
Mariota completed 16 of 23 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-14 victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a successful first half of their game against the Miami Dolphins with a score of 17-14.
However, they let the Dolphins come back in the second half to win 29-17.
The Bucs were unable to stop Tannehill and his receivers.
They will have to get better at stopping the run if they want to improve on their record at 2-4.