Vikings 33, Ravens 31
The addition of Brett Favre is the biggest reason the
are unbeaten after six games. The wily veteran has been the ideal complement to Adrian Peterson and the rushing attack. Minnesota's newfound balance has made its offense seemingly impossible to stop. The
to get away from their customary eight-man fronts by throwing downfield to
and Visanthe Shiancoe. With
unable to hover around the box, Peterson found plenty of running room in the late stages of the contest. The
have emerged as one of the frontrunners in the NFC thanks to a superbly balanced offense.
Patriots 59, Titans 0
silenced his critics with his scintillating performance against the
. He connected on 29 of 34 for 380 yards and six touchdowns. Brady displayed the trademark accuracy that had been missing in recent weeks and also rediscovered his superb deep-ball touch. Brady connected with Randy Moss on three touchdowns and repeatedly found
on an assortment of underneath throws. With their star quarterback on point in all aspects, the
finally showcased the diversity that made their offense such a difficult unit to slow down in 2007. If Brady is able to build on the momentum gained in the team's 59-0 romp, then the rest of the league should be worried about the potential offensive juggernaut coming together in New England.
Raiders 13, Eagles 9
' refusal to run the ball allowed the
to pull off an unlikely upset.
's offense called just14 runs and the decision to throw 46 times allowed the
to load up against the passing game. Defensive coordinator John Marshall used a mixture of man and zone coverage with two-deep safeties over the top. The frequent use of the two deep safeties prevented Donovan McNabb from taking shots down the field and allowed the
to suffocate the
' attack. Additionally, Oakland played physical with Philadelphia's receivers at the line of scrimmage, which allowed Richard Seymour and Co. more time to get after McNabb in the pocket. With the
amassing six sacks and only allowing nine points, the
' one-dimensional game plan played into Oakland's hands.
Saints 48, Giants 27
completely dismantled the
by showcasing a versatile passing game out of multiple formations and personnel groupings. New Orleans' ability to routinely switch from conventional two-back sets to three- and four-receiver formations kept New York off balanced. It also enabled
to attack a defense that was sitting back in conventional coverage. With the
playing a heavy amount of two-deep zone, Brees repeatedly attacked the middle of the field with seams and deep crosses. The
' underneath defenders were unable to disrupt the timing or release of the receivers' routes, which allowed Brees to routinely find an open target in the zone. Brees capitalized on the
' tactical error, and the
topped the 40-point mark for the third time this season as a result.
Texans 28, Bengals 17
's spectacular performance keyed the
' surprising win at Cincinnati. He completed 28 of 40 for 392 yards with four touchdowns. Although Houston normally attacks opposing defenses with the deep ball, the
used a "dink and dunk" strategy to exploit the
' soft-zone coverage. Schaub repeatedly found
on short passes over the middle and used an assortment of screens to get the ball to Steve Slaton. The
routinely gained too much depth in their drops and the
' playmakers racked up a ton of yardage after the catch before the defense could corral them. Given Houston's inability to run the ball consistently, the effective use of the short passing game led to a big road win.
Packers 26, Lions 0
relied on a host of big plays to overcome the sloppiness of their offense.
completed 29 of 37 for 358 yards with two touchdowns. Green Bay connected on five passes over 20 yards and exploited a defense that was unable to find an answer. Although the effort was marred by the
' numerous penalties (13 for 130 yards), the output provided a glimpse of the offensive potential when Rodgers and Co. are clicking.
Jaguars 23, Rams 20 (OT)
Jack Del Rio
request to put the offense on his shoulders. The
gave him the ball 38 times (33 rushes and five receptions) and he responded by tallying 178 yards from scrimmage with three scores. Jones-Drew did the majority of his damage on an assortment of power runs from the I-formation. His success between the tackles eventually allowed David Garrard to repeatedly throw outside to
and Mike Sims-Walker off play-action. Although Garrard had two interceptions, the
' suddenly balanced offense was enough to thwart the
' upset bid.
Steelers 27, Browns 14
The offense is absolutely horrible with
at the helm. The former
er is erratic as a passer and his inability to make simple throws prevents the
from moving the ball consistently. In addition, Anderson's penchant for turnovers forces Cleveland to play a conservative style that results in few points or big plays. The offensive output was so bad, that the
resorted to using
as a "Wildcat" quarterback to generate some production. While Cribbs gave the team a little spark with his running skills, the
were unable to use the gimmick to upset the
. Until Cleveland gets better play from its quarterback, the
will continue to rank as one of the NFL's worst offensive units.
Panthers 28, Buccaneers 21
turned to their running game to boost an offense reeling from Jake Delhomme's inexplicable turnover woes. With Delhomme struggling to take care of the ball, Carolina ran the ball 48 times and threw the ball just 17 times.
combined for 262 rushing yards. Turning to the running game also made sense with the extra attention the
. With only seven men in the box on some downs, the
were able to exploit the bubbles in the Bucs' front by running an assortment of powers and leads between the tackles. On the winning drive, the
put the ball in the hands of their runners on 15 of 16 plays.
has always been an advocate of smash-mouth football, but his quarterback's shaky play is making the coach rely on it now more than ever.
Chiefs 14, Redskins 6
's controversial decision to bench
at halftime in favor of Todd Collins failed to spark a unit that has been inept for the entire season. While Collins quickly connected on a 42-yard strike to
on his first pass, he failed to continue to attack down the field and settled for the same check-down passes to the running backs that Campbell had been criticized for by the
' coaching staff. With the decision failing to yield better results or a win, Zorn has not only crippled Campbell's confidence but also created chaos in the locker room.
Cardinals 27, Seahawks 3
The win was keyed by an unexpected performance from Arizona's defense. The unit harassed
(10 of 29 for 112 yards with one interception) and forced the
into five three-and-outs in 11 possessions. Using a mixture of conventional two-deep coverage and five-man pressures, the
kept Hasselbeck from finding a rhythm in the pocket. In addition, the defense bullied Seattle's receivers early in their routes to disrupt the timing of the passing game. With Hasselbeck unable to throw on time, the
collected five sacks and numerous hits on Hasselbeck to suffocate an offense that entered the game with a ton of momentum.
Bills 16, Jets 13 (OT)
's poor performance wasted a stellar effort by Thomas Jones and
on the ground. The duo combined for 309 rushing yards (Jones rushed for 210 yards on 22 carries; Washington tallied 99 yards on 15 attempts) and repeatedly found openings against the
' smallish front seven. However, the
' attempts to utilize the threat of the run to pass were derailed by a series of poor decisions by Sanchez. The rookie repeatedly forced balls into coverage and failed to find open windows downfield on his way to throwing five interceptions. Without the ability to capitalize through the air, the
were unable to score and allowed a scrappy
team to hang around in a game that had the potential to turn into a New York blowout.
Falcons 21, Bears 14
' inability to run the ball is making it difficult for
to have success. Although he passed for 300 yards (27 of 43 for 300 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions), Chicago's upside down run-pass ratio (23 runs compared to 43 passes) makes it tough for Cutler to find open windows to pass. The
routinely dropped seven and eight men into coverage with two deep safeties over the top. The design of coverage kept Cutler from taking deep shots and the high number of players defending the aerial attack resulted in tipped passes or overthrows. With turnovers occurring as a result, the
need to find a way to make the underneath defender stay closer to the line of scrimmage to give Cutler a better chance.
's dismal output (15 carries for 23 rushing yards) didn't warrant enough attention for the
to sell out to stop the run. If Forte can't muster more yards in the coming weeks, the
will watch their star quarterback stumble while trying to carry the weight of the offense on his shoulders.
Seven from Sunday
A look at seven statistical highlights from games played during the sixth week of the 2009 season.
» New England quarterback
passed for 380 yards and tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes in
the Patriots' 59-0 win
against Tennessee. Brady threw five touchdowns in the second quarter and became the first quarterback in NFL history with five touchdown passes in a quarter.
» Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 276 yards in
the Cardinals' 27-3 victory
. Warner (30,032) surpassed 30,000 career passing yards in his 114th career game, tying Pro Football
Hall of Fame
for the fewest number of games to accomplish the feat in NFL history.
» New Orleans quarterback
passed for 369 yards in
the Saints' 48-27 win
New York Giants
. Brees has passed for 15,310 yards in 53 games since joining the
in 2007, becoming the fastest quarterback to reach 15,000 passing yards with a team. The previous mark was 56 games set by
(Miami) and Marc Bulger (St. Louis).
» New Orleans had seven different players score a touchdown against the
New York Giants
to improve to 5-0. The
became the fourth team since 1970 to have seven different players score a rushing or receiving touchdown in a game. The
(Oct. 30, 1977 vs.
(Dec. 17, 1989 vs. Houston Oilers) and
(Dec. 23, 2007 vs. Oakland) also accomplished the feat.
» Jacksonville wide receiver
had five receptions for 101 yards in
the Jaguars' 23-20 overtime win
against St. Louis. Holt, who had 12,670 receiving yards in 10 seasons with the
, became the first player in NFL history to post 100 yards in his first game against a team for which he had at least 10,000 receiving yards.
» Holt also reached 13,000 receiving yards (13,066) in his 164th career game, becoming the third-fastest to accomplish the feat. Only
(162) reached 13,000 yards in fewer games.
» Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns in
the Vikings' 33-31 victory
over Baltimore. Favre has now passed for at least two touchdowns in 11 consecutive games at the Metrodome (eight with Green Bay, three with Minnesota), tied for the third-longest streak (
, Anaheim Stadium, 1989-90) with the most consecutive games with multiple TD passes at one stadium. Favre (Lambeau Field, 1994-96) and Kurt Warner (Trans World Dome/Edward Jones Dome, 1999-2000) each had a streak of 12 games, the longest in NFL history.
» Pittsburgh quarterback
a 27-14 victory
over Cleveland. Roethlisberger has now won all 10 of his starts against the
and is only the second player since 1970 to win each of his first 10 regular-season starts against one team. The last player to start 10-0 against one opponent was
Pro Football Hall of Fame
(against New England).
Broncos at Chargers:
Football fans get one last good look at the
' throwback uniforms, which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inaugural season of the AFL, as the powder-blue clad
play host in this pivotal AFC West showdown.
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Sunday (all times ET)
Green Bay at Cleveland
, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston
, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Kansas City
, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Pittsburgh
, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at St. Louis
, 1 p.m.
New England vs. Tampa Bay
(London), 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina
, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Oakland
, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago at Cincinnati
, 4:15 p.m.
Atlanta at Dallas
, 4:15 p.m.
New Orleans at Miami
, 4:15 p.m.
Arizona at N.Y. Giants
, 8:20 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington
, 8:30 p.m.
Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Seattle, Tennessee.