The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off week 6 in style with a divisional win over the New York Giants. Come Sunday, we were treated to highly contested matchups and some brilliant performances. Here are few of the highlights.
Seattle shine at Wembley
Before the season this fixture looked tantalising. However, a poor start meant both teams had a losing record entering game. The Raiders gave up a home game, yet the atmosphere was created by Seahawks fans.
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Russell Wilson was the star of the show, throwing three touchdowns in front of his adoring fans. Doug Baldwin was also prominent, amassing 91 receiving yards on just six receptions. The defence was remarkable, with a total of six sacks as well as two fumble recoveries.
As for the Raiders, there isn’t all that much too cheer about. They look a shell of the team they could be under a different coach. And after this loss, they are now 1-5 for the season.
Steelers and Bengals face-off
The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Cincinnati with one goal on their mind.
It came right down to the wire in Ohio with the Bengals trailing the Steelers by six points with three minutes to go. Andy Dalton drove his team downfield, with Joe Mixon running the ball into the endzone. The Steelers made a dramatic comeback however, with Antonio Brown clinching the victory with 10 seconds remaining on the clock.
James Conner impressed once again in what could be his last start, with Le’Veon Bell likely returning to the lineup. He ran the ball for 111 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers are now 3-2-1 for the season, whilst the Bengals are 4-2 in the AFC North.
Melvin Gordon III was the standout player this week. He was immense in the Chargers’ destruction of the Cleveland Browns.
Gordon rushed the ball for 132 yards on 18 carries, three of which he scored. He was also effective receiving the ball, posting 18 receiving yards on just two receptions.
Melvin Gordon and the LA Chargers will look to repeat their fine form in London next week in the second game of the 2019 London Games series against the Tennessee Titans.
Melvin Gordon scored 0 TD as a rookie in 2015.
Since then, he has 33 TD, trailing only Todd Gurley (34) for the most in the NFL.
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Miami shock the Bears
What a game in Florida.
Brock Osweiler filled in for the injured Ryan Tannehill. He played well, despite two interceptions, throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns on the day. The opposing quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, had a good game too, amassing 316 passing yards and three touchdowns. The story of the day however, came in overtime.
With the score tied at 28-28, the Dolphins entered overtime with the ball. In what should have been a game-winning rush, Kenyan Drake fumbled the ball on the one-yard marker. The Bears then drove the ball downfield, only for Cody Parkey to miss the field goal. Luckily for the Dolphins, they got the ball back and once they were within field goal range, Jason Sanders was able to convert the kick to win the game!
The Dolphins look resilient, something their record reflects, considering they are now 4-2. On the other hand, the Bears fall to 3-2.
Bortles fails again
The Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defence.
Dak Prescott was able to connect well with Cole Beasley, who amassed 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including multiple third-down completions. Ezekiel Elliott was once more impressive with 106 rushing yards of his own and a touchdown in the game. The defence were also effective in shutting down the Jags’ offence, with four sacks and an interception.
Blake Bortles had another poor game, unable to excel under pressure from the opposition defence. The absence of Leonard Fournette severely reduces the Jags’ firepower and renders them one-dimensional, which was evident in their defeat to the Cowboys.
Chiefs finally lose
Kansas City and New England played out a cracker in Foxborough. The Patriots ended the Chiefs’ 5-0 undefeated streak in epic fashion.
The first half was one-way traffic in favour of the Patriots who were able to intercept Patrick Mahomes twice. Despite that, Mahomes showed great poise and determination under pressure throwing the ball for 352 yards and four touchdowns. Tyreek Hill had another stellar game as Mahomes’ primary target, amassing 142 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Joining him was Kareem Hunt, who gained 185 total yards and a touchdown of his own in the game.
The most wins by any @NFL player, at any position, ever.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 15, 2018
However, with the score tied 40-40 and 3.03 minutes on the clock, it was officially Brady time. After Brady led his team downfield, Stephen Gostkowski converted his fifth field goal to win it in the dying embers of the game.
Statistically speaking, Brady was able to involve most of his receivers, accumulating 340 passing yards. In addition, the run game proved successful, particularly for Sony Michel, who rushed for two touchdowns. The Patriots appear to have finally stomped out the rumours that they are finished as a franchise.
Oh, and Tom Brady is now the winningest NFL player ever.