Week 6 of football has been on gone in a flash just like the previous 5 weeks have flown by, the football cognoscente knows the NFL as standing for ‘ Not For Long ‘ and it sure feels that way. This week teams had the chance to stamp authority on their respective divisions with some grabbing the opportunity with both hands and others seeing playoff hopes slip away.
One team that stands out as having had the chance to create some breathing room was the LA Chargers who traveled to Baltimore to face the Ravens. The Ravens set the tone in the trenches all day long restricting an Austin Ekeler led LA run attack to just 26 yards, whilst the home side ran all over the defense for 187 yards. the trio of veteran running backs of Freeman, Bell, and Murray each crossing for a TD with the elusive QB Lamar Jackson running for over 50 yards. Baltimore running out 34-6 winners.
Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Raiders had a rough week with head coach Jon Gruden handing in his resignation after some unsavory emails were uncovered in the NFL-led search into team affairs. It would of been easy for the Raiders to let that drag them down but with Derek Carr leading the offense and Mad Max Crosby, the defense wasn’t going to happen. The Vegas pass rusher was terrorizing Teddy Bridgewater all game long amassing 3 sacks for himself taking his season total to 5 on the year. On offense Carr continued to show a growing connection with 2nd-year flyer Henry Ruggs hooking up on 3 catches for 97 yards and a TD, Carr himself only took 18 completions to gain his 341 yards of passing taking him close to 2k for the year. Raiders 34-24 Broncos.
in the final London game for the year the Trevor Lawrence led Jacksonville Jaguars left it late to beat Miami in front of 60k fans in Tottenham, the boot of kicker Matthew Wright who nailed a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jags their first win in 20 games. The Colts took care of business at home against Houston with the highlight of the game being the 83 yard run from Johnathan Taylor helping them to a 31-3 win. There were also resounding wins for the impressive Bengals against the Lions and the LA Rams over New York Giants,
Game of The Week
The game of the day had to be Monday Night Football between two high-powered offenses when the Bills and Titans came up against each other. Buffalo opened up the scoring late in the first quarter after a great balanced-looking drive stalled and ended up with a chip-shot field goal from Tyler Bass. Tennesee tried to hit back almost immediately with Ryan Tannehill going deep downfield only to be picked off by Jordan Poyer.
Buffalo was first to score in the second quarter again through the boot of Bass, however, it should have been so much more with Allen’s pass dropping a few yards short of a despairing Stefon Diggs in the endzone. The Titans had to be the next team to score and that’s exactly what they did in the form of a 76-yard touchdown run from superstar running back Derrick Henry. Buffalo regained the lead with Allen this time connecting on his pass with Diggs in the endzone only for Ryan Tannehill to power over for a TD for Tennessee. The Bills would go into the break in the lead though after Josh Allen hit a wide-open Cole Beasley in the endzone.
Just like the previous 2 quarters of football, it was the Bills and the boot of Tyler Bass that opened up the scoring in the second half, after a play that showed onions to keep the drive alive from Tannehill on 4th and 2 it was Henry again who ran his way into the endzone to give his side a 24-23 lead. Buffalo retook the lead after a scrambling Josh Allen hit back up tight end Tommy Sweeney in the back of the endzone, a little playbook trickery ended with Dawson Knox completing a short pass to Allen for the 2 point conversion.
The Titans broke the tradition of Buffalo opening the scoring in each quarter with kicker Randy Bullock hitting a 38-yard field goal of his own. Derrick Henry ran in for his 3rd touchdown run of the game to cap off an impressive box score of over 150 scrimmage yards to go with his 3 touchdowns and give the Titans a huge win at home.