Week 6 started off in shocking fashion, as the Saints harkened back to their 2006 home opener by riding a blocked punt to victory over the Falcons. With Steve Gleason in attendance, New Orleans' Michael Mauti stole the ball off the Atlanta punter's foot for a score. The Saints owned Thursday Night Football this week, taking down the previously unbeaten Falcons, 31-21.
What's up with the Legion of Boom?
Seattle has blown fourth-quarter leads in each of its four defeats and the past two weeks have exposed what was once considered the league's best secondary. One week after Cincinnati scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points in an overtime victory, the Carolina Panthers went into Seattle and put together a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives in the final frame of Sunday's 27-23 win. Panthers QB Cam Newton was 11 of 12 for 155 yards and a TD in the fourth -- with the only non-completion coming on a spike.
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Dan Campbell has immediate impact
The Miami Dolphins looked like a completely different team on Sunday, and it’s largely thanks to a change in culture from interim head coach Dan Campbell. The Dolphins set a season-high in rushing yards by halftime, while they also recorded six sacks -- five more than they had all season. The Dolphins looked like a much tougher team that enjoyed playing football on Sundays, rather than a lifeless team with no passion. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
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Philip Rivers threw for 503 yards -- and lost
Rivers shredded the Packers’ pass defense on Sunday and it didn’t matter. He still lost, becoming the eighth quarterback to toss for 500 yards without a win to show for it. Rivers’ output set team records for completions (43), attempts (65), and passing yards (503). He also didn’t throw an interception; he’s the first QB to do that, throw for as many yards as he did, and still not earn a ‘W.’
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The Lions won't go 0-16!
The Lions got their first win of the season in Week 6, after looking like they might go winless again. Jim Caldwell's squad couldn't put the Bears away in regulation, but quarterback Matthew Stafford -- who was benched a week earlier -- showed resolve in overtime. He threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-34 win.
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Peyton Manning struggles, but Broncos are 6-0
Peyton Manning isn’t just having a bad season by his standards. He’s having a bad season by average quarterbacking standards. Consider that No. 18 is on pace for just 19 touchdown passes in 2015. And with 10 interceptions already, he’s on pace to throw 27 picks by season's end. His quarterback rating could dip below 70 with another dismal performance. The future Hall of Famer has a bye week to sort it all out before taking on the Broncos.
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Hey Colts, what in the world was that?
The Colts’ decision to run a fake punt attempt down 27-21 in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss to New England resulted in what was arguably one of the worst plays of all time. Head coach Chuck Pagano accepted responsibility for the fake punt debacle after the game, blaming it on a "communication breakdown." Whatever the reason, it put a coach already on the hot seat under even more scrutiny.
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DeAndre Hopkins shows no signs of slowing down
Hopkins, who entered Week 6 as the NFL leader in receiving yards and second in receptions, had another huge game Sunday against the Jaguars. The third-year pro caught 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-20 win. Hopkins is on pace for nearly 2,000 receiving yards in 2015. If he keeps it up, Calvin Johnson’s single-season record of 1,964 yards may be in jeopardy.
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Landry Jones takes down the Cardinals
Just when the Steelers’ offense was looking dormant again with Mike Vick, a third-year quarterback who had never thrown an NFL pass came to the rescue in the third quarter. Jones threw a pair of touchdown passes to Martavis Bryant, finishing the day with 168 passing yards too.
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DeMarco Murray eclipses the 100-yard mark
After rushing for just 12 yards in the first half, Murray exploded for 97 yards in the second half of the Eagles’ win over the Giants. Murray finished with 109 yards rushing and a touchdown on 22 carries -- his first 100-yard game as an Eagle. After using him on stretch and sweep plays in the first half, the Eagles called for Murray to run more downhill in the second half and he responded with several big plays, including a 12-yard touchdown run.