32 things we learned from Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season
The 32 things we learned from Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season:
1. Who's the MVP front runner? Good luck figuring that one out. Drew Brees? Patrick Mahomes? Jared Goff? Khalil Mack? Move Todd Gurley to the head of the list — for now — after he ran for a career-high 208 yards and two TDs in Sunday's 23-20 win at Denver. Context: Gurley's 870 yards from scrimmage and 11 TDs pace the NFL.
2. Gurley's Rams remained undefeated despite failing to score at least 33 points for the first time this season.
3. The Jets wore all white (not unusual) and gray facemasks (unusual — the club's third different-colored facemask this season) while replicating the look of the 1968 team's Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts. The J-E-T-S beat the Colts (Indianapolis version) again Sunday, when they also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the only squad in franchise history to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. (Colts QB Andrew Luck even got into the act, toiling like Baltimore's Earl Morrall in Super Bowl III. Luck threw three INTs for the ninth time in his career.)
4. It's been a rough year for kickers, but the Jets' Jason Myers bucked the trend. He made all 10 of his kicks — seven field goals, three PATs — for 24 points, second most for a player in league history who didn't score a TD (Tennessee K Rob Bironas had 26 in 2007). Context: Myers outscored the high-octane Rams and 13 other teams in Week 6.
5. Continuing this theme, new Chargers K Mike Badgley made all six of his tries (5 PATS, 1 FG) in his NFL debut — notable because the Bolts have gotten such spotty production from the position lately. Context: Injured Caleb Sturgis only has one perfect game this season. Since moving to L.A., the Chargers have suffered at least one missed kick in 14 of their 20 games.
6. Tom Brady became the first quarterback in the NFL's 99 years to win 200 regular-season games as he and the Patriots handed the Chiefs their first loss of the 2018 campaign. With victory 200, Brady pulled even with Tim Wakefield and now has 57 more wins than David Price, who started the other big game in New England on Sunday night.
7. Since the NFL added overtime in 1974, this is the first season that has featured at least one game with bonus football each of the first six weeks.
8.Substitute Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler is 4-0 in overtime during his career. Context: Aaron Rodgers is 1-7-1 all-time in OT.
9. Osweiler started because Ryan Tannehill was a late scratch. Miami coach Adam Gase wasn't able to bask in the glow of his team's upset of Chicago for long, replying after being asked for the umpteenth time about Tannehill's injury: "I don’t know. I think there’s some kind of like HIPAA law (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) or something like that. I can’t talk about it. I don’t know. I don’t sit there and ask him all these questions. I just know the guy couldn’t go today. All right? Go ask him. I’m tired of answering this question about this guy. … I’m over it. Me and him, we know that he’s not right right now, OK?" OK.
10. Shoutout to Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley and the Cowboys passing game — subject of much negative publicity this season, including this space on more than one occasion. Prescott rushed for one TD and hit Beasley (101 yards) for two as a more-balanced Dallas offense took a supposedly elite Jacksonville defense to the woodshed. Context: It was Prescott's first three-TD game since Dec. 10, and Beasley's first two-TD day since Nov. 5.
11.Falcons QB Matt Ryan has at least at least three TD passes in three of his last four games. Context: He didn't pass for three in a single game in 2017.
12. But Ryan still hasn't thrown one to Julio Jones in 2018.
13. Jameis Winston has been on the losing end in 10 of his past 11 starts.
14. The Bucs almost got Winston into the win column on the final play Sunday in Atlanta, but DeSean Jackson couldn't cleanly handle the final in a series of laterals —the ball was thrown at his feet at the Falcons 5-yard line — on the final play of a game Tampa Bay lost 34-29.
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