Week 6 brings a new wrinkle to the NFL season. Four teams have a week off, while others settle into a mid-season routine.
On Thursday, the Washington Commanders held on for a 12-9 victory over the Chicago Bears. The Commanders claimed their second victory despite the lackluster play of their attack. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for just 99 yards in the game.
Offense won’t be a problem Sunday afternoon, when the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills renewed their rivalry. This is a rematch of their overtime thriller in the AFC Divisional Round last season.
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles also have a score to settle. NFC East supremacy will be on the line Sunday night. The weekend ends with the Denver Broncos traveling to Los Angeles to face the Chargers.
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Here’s a look at all the Week 6 action around the NFL.
Washington Commanders 12, Chicago Bears 7
Briefly: The Commanders snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday night. Running back Brian Robinson made his first NFL start and rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown. His scoring in the fourth quarter was the only bright spot in the Commanders’ offense. The Bears continued to struggle as receiver Darnell Mooney was stopped at the goal line in the final seconds.
A strong point to know: Bears receiver Dante Pettis scored a 40-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Next : The Commanders host the Green Bay Packers in Week 7. The Bears will face the New England Patriots.
Atlanta Falcons 28, San Francisco 49ers 14
Briefly: Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 13 of 14 passes and threw for two touchdowns, adding one on the ground. Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw a pair of interceptions, and San Francisco’s offense struggled to do much against Arthur Smith’s Atlanta defense.
A strong point to know: In the last play before halftime, Garoppolo threw an interception to Falcons defenseman Isaiah Oliver.
Next : The Falcons travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. The 49ers host the Kansas City Chiefs.
New England Patriots 38, Cleveland Browns 15
Briefly: Third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe has shown he’s fully capable of leading the New England Patriots. The rookie went 24 of 34 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson added two more points and 76 yards after a career day last week. For the Cleveland Browns, Jacoby Brissett was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
A strong point to know: Not only was it a good day for Zappe, but fellow rookie Tyquan Thornton got his first touchdown reception in the NFL in the third quarter. It was a two-yard score that put the Patriots up 17-6. In the fourth quarter, he rushed for 19 yards for his second career touchdown.
Next : The Patriots host the Chicago Bears on Monday night, while the Browns go on a three-game losing streak against the Baltimore Ravens.
New York Jets 27, Green Bay Packers 10
Briefly: The Jets knocked the Packers down decisively, rushing for a pair of touchdowns and putting down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense all afternoon.
A strong point to know: New York blocked a kick with 5:43 left in the third quarter and Will Parks recovered and returned it for a touchdown.
Next : The Jets travel to Denver to face the Broncos. The Packers have an away game against the Washington Commanders.
Indianapolis Colts 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 27
Briefly: Colts quarterback Matt Ryan rushed for nearly 400 yards in a shootout victory over their AFC South rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan threw for three touchdowns. Indianapolis wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had 13 catches.
A strong point to know: Ryan found rookie receiver Alec Pierce for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left.
Next : The Colts have a road game against the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars host the New York Giants.
Minnesota Vikings 24, Miami Dolphins 16
Briefly: The Miami Dolphins threw a field goal to get the first points of the day, but it was all Minnesota Vikings from there. The Dolphins quarterbacks continue to deal with injuries as third stringer Skylar Thompson left the game in the second quarter. Teddy Bridgewater took his place after being released from concussion protocol on Saturday. The Vikings had six sacks that day while quarterback Kirk Cousins scored 20 of 30 for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
A strong point to know: Dalvin Cook had a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, making it a two-run game. The day was a homecoming for Cook, who attended Miami Central High School.
Next : The Vikings begin their four-game winning streak in a bye week, while the Dolphins host the Pittsburgh Steelers after an upset win.
Cincinnati Bengals 30, New Orleans Saints 26
Briefly: The Bengals had four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in a narrow road win in New Orleans. Cincinnati wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase caught seven passes and added a pair of touchdowns himself.
A strong point to know: Burrow and Chase connected on a 60-yard touchdown with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter to put the Bengals ahead for good.
Next : The Bengals return home to host the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals.
New York Giants 24, Baltimore Ravens 20
Briefly: The Giants improved to 5-1 this season with a hard-fought win over the Ravens. New York running back Saquon Barkley had 83 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was just 17 for 32 assists.
A strong point to know: Barkley dove into the end zone from one yard out to give the Giants the lead with 1:43 left.
Next : The Giants travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. The Ravens host the Cleveland Browns.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
Briefly: Kenny Pickett threw his first career touchdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter. But after being rocked by a big hit, Mitch Trubisky took the reins. With 4:38 on the clock, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers missed a two-point conversion that would have tied the game. The score, a pass from Tom Brady to Leonard Fournette, was the Bucs’ only touchdown of the day.
A strong point to know: Chase Claypool landed a pass from Trubisky on the 3rd and 11th while hugging the sideline. The play continued the Steelers’ final drive and saw them finish the game in a winning formation.
Next : The Buccaneers look to bounce back when they travel to face the Carolina Panthers, and the Steelers look to earn their first straight wins of the season when they travel to face the Miami Dolphins.
Los Angeles Rams 24, Carolina Panthers 10
Briefly: The Los Angeles Rams dominated the second half to hand the Carolina Panthers their third straight loss. The Panthers offense failed to score in interim coach Steve Wilks’ first game at the helm. Donte Jackson scored the lone touchdown for Carolina with a 30-yard pick. Otherwise, Matthew Stafford went 26 of 33 for 253 yards and a touchdown and had two more scores from Rams running backs for the win.
A strong point to know: Running back Ben Skowronek got his first career touchdown with a 17-yard run in the third quarter that set the Rams up for good.
Next : The Rams enter their bye week and the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will also be hungry for a win after being upset by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Seattle Seahawks 19, Arizona Cardinals 9
Briefly: There were 11 sacks and five fumbles between the two teams and there was no offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter, but the Seattle Seahawks hung on to beat the Arizona Cardinals in one game NFC West.
A strong point to know: Kyler Murray added 100 rushing yards to his 222 yards through the air, but a Tariq Woolen interception with 3:59 left in the game proved to be the Cardinals’ last gas in the tank.
Next : The Cardinals have a quick turnaround as they host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night as the Seahawks travel to face the San Diego Chargers.
Buffalo Bills 24, Kansas City Chiefs 20
Briefly: It was a one-score game throughout as the rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs continues to grow. The Bills clinched this one after the Chiefs took the heartbreaker in the AFC Divisional Game earlier this year. There was a flashback to this game as it took the Chiefs just 12 seconds to set up kicker Harrison Butker for a game-record 62-yard field goal to tie the game late in the first half. Josh Allen went 27 of 40 for 329 yards and three touchdowns. Friendly rival Patrick Mahomes went 25 of 40 for 338 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Travis Kelce was held out of the end zone after scoring four touchdowns in a Week 5 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
A strong point to know: The Bills’ defense continues to be locked down as Taron Johnson nabbed Mahomes’ pass intended for rookie Skyy Moore with less than a minute left in the game, dashing all hopes Kansas City had of another comeback.
Next : The Bills snap a three-game winning streak and a 5-1 record in their bye week as the Chiefs march west to face the San Francisco 49ers.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
To start up: 8:20 p.m. ET
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What there is to know: Both teams are looking to climb to the top of the NFC East standings. The Eagles remain the only undefeated team in the NFL and will have a tough challenge against the Cowboys. A key game to watch is Eagles OT Lane Johnson vs. Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence. The winner of this positional battle could have a big impact on the game.
Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers
To start up: 8:15 p.m. ET
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What there is to know: When will Russell Wilson cook for the Denver Broncos? This is a question on the minds of many fans. Wilson has a chance to turn things around against the Chargers. However, it won’t be easy as Los Angeles scored 64 points in their two-game winning streak.