Week 6 in the NFL brought us some real pro football action over the weekend, as well as several outstanding performances by stand out players in both leagues. There were some upsets and some downright beat downs that few saw coming.
The Cards Roll Over The Boys
The previously struggling Arizona Cardinals, led by Heisman Trophy winning Kyler Murray, in just his second year in the NFL, just walked all over the Dallas Cowboys in their home park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys are in the process of trying to get reorganized under a new quarterback since the season-ending ankle injury to their Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott last week. Obviously, he is sorely missed.
On paper, Prescott’s backup should be able to step in and do the job. It’s another three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Andy Dalton, who quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals for 8 years. Dalton is from Katy, TX, so playing for the Dallas Cowboys must be a bit like coming home for the redheaded QB. But the team is riddled with injuries and just has not gelled under Dalton so far.
The team that made the strongest case to be the best offense in the NFL in Week 6 was the Tennessee Titans when quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 4 touchdowns racking up 364 yards and no picks. His teammate, running back Derrick Henry, has turned out to be a one man wrecking crew, running over defensive backs and finishing the game with 212 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Titans defense however was not so great. They allowed the hurting Cowboys to score 36 points and tie the game which then required an overtime in which Henry finally punched the ball into the end zone to secure the victory for the Titans.
The Chiefs Shift And Score
The matchup between the high flying Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills figured to be a shootout. The over and under was set at 55 which surely attracted a lot of over bettors. But it was not to be. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen were both impressive at quarterback. Fresh off of the LSU national championship team, Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds a solid running game to the Chiefs offense, putting up 161 rushing yards against the Bills.
However, the low scoring game (26-17) is good testament to the quality of both defenses. These are two of the best balanced teams in the NFL and either one may well end up in the Super Bowl.
Now, after Week 6, only three undefeated teams remain in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers are beginning to resemble the Steelers of old, while the Tennessee Titans featuring the dynamic duo of Tannehill & Henry are the talk of pro football with their ‘exceeds expectations’ offense. Sneaking in almost unnoticed are the Seattle Seahawks who remain undefeated themselves as Russell Wilson continues to make his case for Canton.
But watch out for some very good one loss teams who are clawing to get into the mix. The Baltimore Ravens with young Lamar Jackson at the helm are capable of beating any team in the league. So are the Kansas City Chiefs featuring Patrick Mahomes and Clyde Edwards-Helaire on offense and looking like a very good football team. Journeyman quarterback, with a strong record of success, Nick Foles is now leading the Chicago Bears who have only been beaten once, inexplicably by the Colts, the Bears are fresh off a victory over Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 23-16.
Early odds out of William Hill on the Super Bowl has the Kansas City Chiefs as favorites at +400, the Baltimore Ravens at +550, the Seattle Seahawks at +800, the Pittsburg Steelers at +1100 and the New Orleans Saints at +1200, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.