NFL Week 6 is decided before the games even kick off thanks to the most popular sports game in the world according to NFL fans, Madden 17
We all love Madden, right? It’s pretty much the one video game that all NFL fans consider a must own.
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The day it hits the shelf is like Christmas in August and some would even consider it a holiday as they check out their favorite teams ratings. Even NFL players themselves get in on the fun as they often take out their frustrations of being rated too low on the developers.
For instance, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took exception to his rating this season and said as much via Twitter. The makers of the popular video game had a nice response for the outspoken pass catcher though.
Oct 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) is congratulated by running back C.J. Anderson (22) after he scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Thursday Night Football
The Broncos move to 5-1 with a 21-11 victory here. After falling behind 3-0 at the half, Denver was able to get three touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of action.
The Chargers continue a miserable season and drop to 1-5 on the season. Denver’s rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch improved upon his first start in the NFL as he tosses 222 yards and tow touchdowns. He out-duels San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, who throws for 250 yard—but gets no touchdowns and three picks.
The running game didn’t help Rivers much on this primetime game as Melvin Gordon had just 40 yards rushing on 11 carries. He does keep his hot touchdown streak going as he crossed the goal line for the Bolts only touchdown.
San Diego Stars
Tyrell Williams, WR— Seven receptions, 48 yards
Hunter Henry, TE— Six receptions, 66 yards
Joey Bosa, DE — Six tackles, one sack
Von Miller, DE — Six tackles, three sacks
Chris Harris Jr., CB — Six tackles, one interception
Emmanuel Sanders, WR — Five receptions, 74 yards, one touchdown
Oct 2, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) celebrates with teammates after catching a touchdown pass from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Washington outscores Philly 20-17 and gets their fourth win in a row to get to 4-2. The Eagles drop their second straight at the end, this time to a last second field goal to fall to 3-2.
A clean game with no turnovers makes the NFC East race incredibly tight. Kirk Cousins protected the ball with 218 yards and a score while rookie quarterback Carson Wentz struggled with just 124 yards on the day.
Jordan Matthews, WR — Three receptions, 61 yards
Bennie Logan, DT — Nine tackles
Josh Huff, WR — Two receptions, six yards, one touchdown
Matt Jones, RB — 17 rushes, 87 yards, one reception 10 yards
Ryan Kerrigan, DE — 12 tackles
Jordan Reed, TE — Four receptions, 44 yards, one touchdown
Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins
Miami just can’t buy a win, no matter who they cut. They drop to 1-5 in an odd 24-21 win. The Steelers move to 5-1 and score all 24 of their points in a second quarter explosion.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws for an impressive 346 yards, but also a not so impressive three picks. Big Ben Roethlisberger is steady with 237 yards, but all their scores come on the ground thanks to Le’Veon Bell.
Le’Veon Bell, RB — 16 rushes, 57 yards, three touchdowns
Oct 2, 2016; London, ENG; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) warms up before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears
The upsetting Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the depressing Chicago Bears 27-23 on the strength of a 24-point second half. The comeback win gets the Jags to 2-3 and makes Chicago 1-5. Brian Hoyer throws 244 yards with a pick, but still is better than Jay Cutler. Blake Bortles goes for 274 yards and a touchdown, but throws an interception as well.
T.J. Yeldon, RB — 19 rushes, 67 yards, two touchdowns
Allen Robinson, WR — Six receptions, 130 yards, one touchdown
Jalen Ramsey, CB — Six tackles, one interception
Alshon Jeffery, WR — Eight receptions, 110 yards
Jordan Howard, RB — 11 rushes, 42 yards, one touchdown
Danny Trevathan, LB — 12 tackles
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans
The Browns still can’t get a win as they drop to 0-6. The Titans get to 3-3 with a 27-14 beatdown that only looked competitive thanks to a last second garbage-time touchdown by Cleveland.
Cody Kessler, QB — 210 yards passing, no turnovers
Andrew Hawkins, WR — 100 yards receiving
Joe Haden, CB — Eight tackles, one interception
Marcus Mariota, QB — 243 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception. 23 yards rushing, one touchdown
Oct 9, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs off the field following the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Patriots won 33-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
The Pats just keep winning. Tom Brady throws 316 yards as New England moves to 5-1 and the Bengals fall to 2-4 after a 31-28 game. Andy Dalton has a solid outing, but it’s not enough to beat the ageless wonder orchestrating things for the Patriots.
Andy Dalton, QB — 346 yards passing, two touchdowns. One rushing touchdown.
Giovani Bernard, RB — 27 rushes, 109 yards. Four receptions, 77 yards, two total touchdowns.
Vontaze Burfict, LB — 11 tackles, one sack, one pass deflection
New England Stars
Tom Brady, QB — 316 yards, three touchdowns
Rob Gronkowski, TE — Seven receptions, 151 yards, one touchdown
Chris Hogan, WR — Seven receptions, 45 yards, two touchdowns
San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills
Colin Kaepernick starts at quarterback for Chip Kelly’s team here and the results are actually worse. The Bills stay red hot and stomp the Niners 37-0. The win moves Buffalo to 4-2 after a slow start. As for San Fran, they are now a lowly 1-5 on the season.
San Francisco Stars
Carlos Hyde, RB — 20 rushes, 77 yards
Jeremy Kerley, WR — Five receptions, 49 yards
Gerald Hodges, Jr., LB — 12 tackles
LeSean McCoy, RB — 24 rushes, 109 yards, one touchdown
Charles Clay, TE — Five receptions, 32 yards, one touchdown
Sep 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) hands the ball off to Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West (28) in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Baltimore Ravens won 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants
The Ravens stop a couple game skid and move to 4-2 with a road win. The Giants fall to 2-4 thanks to a 33-28 contest against Baltimore. Giants quarterback Eli Manning continues to struggle as he throws two picks. He does orchestrate a 21-point fourth quarter comeback, but the Ravens hold them off.
Joe Flacco, QB — 273 yards, three touchdowns
Terrance West, RB — 22 rushes, 89 yards, one touchdown
Orleans Darkwa, RB — 17 rushes, 55 yards, one touchdown
Olivier Vernon, DE — Six tackles, one sack
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
The Rams win 24-16, which makes them 4-2. The Lions meanwhile drop to 2-4 as they lose another close one. Head coach Jim Caldwell is feeling his seat get hot as the team gave up 21 in the second half in yet another meltdown. They let three interceptions by Case Keenum go to waste as they can’t capitalize enough on L.A.’s mistakes.
Los Angeles Stars
Todd Gurley, RB — 25 rushes, 96 yards, two touchdowns
William Hayes, DE — Seven tackles, three sacks
Tavon Austin, WR — Six receptions, 45 yards, one touchdown
Anquan Boldin, WR — Five receptions, 86 yards, one touchdown
Theo Riddick, RB — Three receptions, 62 yards. 14 rushes, 62 yards.
Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) celebrate after a stop in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
The Panthers win 21-9 as they finally look like themselves. Still, this win makes them just 2-4 on the season so there is still work to do. The Saints fall to 1-4 and their offense looked as bad as their defense in this one. They look to be completely out of the NFC South race super early this year.
Cam Newton, QB — 175 yards passing, two touchdowns. 28 yards rushing, one touchdown
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB — 24 rushes, 78 yards
Luke Kuechly, LB — Eight tackles, one sack, one interception
New Orleans Stars
James Laurinaitis, LB — 12 tackles
Will Lutz, K — 3-3 Field Goals, 56-yard long
Willie Snead, WR — Seven receptions, 38 yards
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
This one should be a great game. According to Madden, it will also go longer than 60 minutes. Our first OT game ends in a Kansas City field goal and the Chiefs win 38-35. They have an 18-point fourth quarter which leads an insane comeback as they stay in the AFC West race.
Kansas City Stars
Alex Smith, QB — 485 yards passing, three touchdowns, no turnovers
Chris Conley, WR — Seven receptions, 163 yards, two touchdowns
Travis Kelce, TE — Nine receptions, 108 yards, one touchdwon
Derek Carr, QB — 319 yards passing, two touchdowns
Michael Crabtree, WR — Nine receptions, 135 yards, one touchdown
Amari Cooper, WR — Nine receptions, 92 yards, one touchdown
Oct 9, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
The Dallas Cowboys get their fifth-straight win going into Lambeau Field and dropping 35 on the Packers, who manage just 24. This win only increases the “bench Romo forever” chatter as the ‘Boys are operating just fine with Dak Prescott.
Dak Prescott, QB — 264 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
Ezekiel Elliott, RB — 27 rushes, 104 yards, one touchdown
Demarcus Lawrence, DE — Four tackles, one sack
Green Bay Stars
Aaron Rodgers, QB — 276 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
Davante Adams, WR — 10 receptions, 144 yards, one touchdown
Kenny Clark, DE — Five tackles, one sack
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Well, Madden says it’s official. No one can stop the Falcons incredible offense. The Dirty Birds rack up 482 yards of offense and stomp the home team 49-28. They improve to 5-1 while Seattle falls to 3-2.
Matt Ryan, QB — 286 yards passing, five touchdowns, no turnovers
Devonta Freeman, RB — 19 rushes, 123 yards, one touchdown
Julio Jones, WR — Seven receptions, 88 yards, one touchdown
Russell Wilson, QB — 271 yards passing, three touchdowns. 22 yards rushing, one fumble
Jermaine Kearse, WR — Seven receptions, 109 yards, one touchdown
Oct 2, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) huddles with teammates Erik Swoope (86), Jack Doyle (84), Dwayne Allen (83), Jack Mewhort (75) and Joe Haeg (73) during game 15 of the NFL International Series against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Turnovers keep haunting the Texans. This time, quarterback Brock Osweiler plays clean, but running back Lamar Miller and receiver Will Fuller each lose fumbles. Indianapolis scores 13 points in the fourth to win 20-17.
The AFC South race is suddenly very tight. And also very sad.
Andrew Luck, QB — 204 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception
Dwayne Allen, TE — Four receptions, 33 yards, one touchdown
Darryl Morris, CB — Five tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
Brock Osweiler, QB — 328 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
DeAndre Hopkins, WR — Nine receptions, 155 yards
Will Fuller, WR — Five receptions, 89 yards, two touchdowns
New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals – Monday Night Football
Oh, Madden; why must you let us down. The simulation ends in the worst way possible on Monday Night. The Jets and Cardinals battle to a 30-30 tie. Yes, the dreaded tie—this messes up all the standings and, of course, no bragging rights for the fans
New York Stars
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB — 376 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Matt Forte, RB — 21 rushes, 96 yards
Bilal Powell, RB — 11 rushes, 33 yards, two touchdowns