Week six was a great Sunday for the New York teams. The Giants solidified themselves as one of the NFL’s best and the Jets “ground and pound” running game took full effect for the first time this season.
On Sunday night, the Houston Texans dropped their first game to a resilient Green Bay squad. Week 6 also saw the resurgence of Peyton Manning, as well as the loss of one the NFL’s most iconic players, Ray Lewis.
Ravens 31, Cowboys 29
The Ravens’ offense continued to impress, as Ray Rice rushed for two scores and Joe Flacco threw for another to lead Baltimore to its fourth consecutive victory.
The biggest story coming from this game was the injuries to Ravens’ linebacker Lewis (torn tricep), cornerback Ladarius Webb (torn ACL) and defensive end Haloti Ngata (knee). Defense has been the cornerstone of the Ravens for more than a decade, but these injuries, along with an offseason injury to linebacker Terrell Suggs, may prove to hurt this team down the stretch.
Jets 35, Colts 9
The better side of the Jets “Jekyll and Hyde” offense showed up Sunday, as New York evened their record to 3-3.
Shonn Greene rushed for a career high 161 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets collectively ran for over 250 yards, taking the pressure off a passing game that has struggled the last four games.
Lions 26, Eagles 23
Michael Vick’s sloppy play continued. His 311 yards through the air and two scores were overshadowed by his three turnovers, while the Lions defense held LeSean McCoy to just 22 yards on the ground.
Calvin Johnson, who posted 135 receiving yards, led a fourth-quarter comeback capped off by Jason Hanson’s 45-yard field goal to seal the deal for the Lions in overtime.
Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
Seahawks’ rookie Russell Wilson had his official “coming out” party, outdueling Tom Brady in the fourth quarter and rallying Seattle from 14 points down.
Wilson threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, while the Seahawks’ defense held the Patriots running game at bay, forcing Brady to throw 58 times and two interceptions.
Giants 26, 49ers 3
New York’s defense proved to be too much for San Francisco, as the Giants’ secondary intercepted 49ers’ Alex Smith three times while holding Frank Gore to 36 rushing yards.
Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw picked up where he left off in Week 5, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown while Eli Manning controlled an offense that did not give the ball away.
Packers 42, Texans 24
Aaron Rodgers returned to MVP form, throwing for 338 yards and a franchise record six touchdowns, three to Jordy Nelson.
The Packers evened their record to 3-3 while putting an end to the Texans undefeated start.
Broncos 35, Chargers 24
It was a tale of two halves in Monday night’s matchup between the Chargers and Broncos.
San Diego dominated the first half, entering halftime with a 24-0 lead.
Peyton Manning then proved why he is still a master at his craft, carving up a Chargers defense that held the Broncos scoreless through 30 minutes. Manning threw for 167 yards in the second half, completing 13 of 14 attempts, and three scores, making it the fourth largest comeback in NFL history.
With both teams at 3-3, the Broncos are now tied with the Chargers for the AFC West division lead.