2021 NFL Week 6 Recap

Bad exports, bad symmetry and even worse tributes make for one helluva NFL Week 6 Recap.

Bills 31
Titans 34

This game had it all: Seven lead changes, an attempt at the Music City Miracle 2.0, and a goal line stand by Tennessee to essentially win the game with 21 seconds left. Derrick Henry is tallying touchdowns and tossing defenders at an amazing rate, and if he can stay healthy, the Titans are a tough matchup.

Meanwhile, Buffalo will spend two weeks chewing on this one. I love gutsy fourth-down decisions, but Sean McDermott committed coaching malpractice by declining to take a chip shot, game-tying field goal on the road against a tough opponent. The Bills seem destined to cruise to the AFC East title, but we might remember this result if they ultimately fall short of clinching home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Seahawks 20
Steelers 23 (OT)

Two sacks and the game-winning forced fumble in overtime? T.J. Watt is here to remind you he should have been Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 — by winning it right damn now.

Cowboys 35
Patriots 29 (OT)

If this was the battle to be America’s Team, call Dak Prescott Captain America — his 445 passing yards were the most ever against a Bill Belichick-coached team, leading Dallas to its first win in New England since 1987. If the Cowboys are settling all family business Godfather-style, Washington will be in trouble come December.

Raiders 34
Broncos 24

Given all that Las Vegas had to deal with this week with Jon Gruden’s well-deserved ouster, this may be one of the most impressive victories in Raiders history — especially considering it came at the expense of the coach with whom the franchise had the most contentious battles with and against.

And I know Mike Shanahan is persona non grata among most Washington fans, but his addition to the Broncos’ ring of honor was long overdue considering his fingerprints are on the only two Lombardi Trophies they won with John Elway under center. He should absolutely be in the Hall of Fame and I’ll never understand how a coach with multiple rings is so underrated or how I never noticed he was dying his hair all those years.

Cardinals 37
Browns 14

Arizona went on the road without their head coach, a number of key assistants and their best pass rusher and still laid an unholy beatdown on the Browns (literally…someone check on Baker Mayfield’s mangled arm). Either the Browns aren’t who we thought they were or the Cardinals are straight up clowning me for calling them pretenders.

Chiefs 31
Washington 13

Given Washington’s questionable timing of the retirement of the late Sean Taylor’s No. 21, it was almost fitting that Kansas City won by reeling off 21 unanswered points against the underachieving defense that’s currently nowhere near the units Taylor played on in the mid-2000s. Yet, somehow the offense was the most disappointing of all — if that unit can’t score on a historically bad defense ranked dead last in points allowed, what chance do they have moving forward?

Chargers 6
Ravens 34

Even though Lamar Jackson didn’t keep up his ridiculous MVP pace, Baltimore outrushed L.A. 187-26 and the defense further made a statement by shutting down the previously-red hot Justin Herbert. Even with all the injuries, the Ravens might be as good as the 2019 team that won 14 games.

Rams 38
Giants 11

On the 10th anniversary of New York’s last Super Bowl victory, BWAHAHAHAHA NOBODY DESERVES THIS MORE THAN THE GIANTS! HAHAHAHA!

Vikings 34
Panthers 28 (OT)

Unlike last week, no coaches or quarterbacks were harmed in this Minnesota victory but this K.J. Osborn tribute to Stefon Diggs was DOPE!

Perhaps more remarkably, Carolina’s 3-0 start with the top ranked defense has faded to a unit surrendering an average of over 30 points during the 0-3 stretch since. Luckily for the Panthers, Kirk Cousins might be the best QB they see until visiting Kyler Murray in mid-November.

Packers 24
Bears 14

Green Bay has won five straight, Aaron Rodgers’ swag (and trash talk game) is off the charts and the inept Washington defense is coming to Lambeau Field. If he owns the Bears, Rodgers is about to Discount Double Check all over the Burgundy and Gold.

Texans 3
Colts 31

I mean, good for Indy to finally get a break in the schedule and take advantage of hapless Houston but ownership promising championships is simply writing checks his football team can’t cash.

Bengals 34
Lions 11

I don’t know how to operate in a world where 4-2 Cincinnati is headed to Baltimore to play for first place in the AFC North and Detroit thinks an 0-6 start is the beginning of something special.

Dolphins 20
Jaguars 23

London seems to be the answer for all that ails Jacksonville.

On the same day as NLCS Game 2, the Jaguars used a slider to end a 20-game losing streak and improve to 4-4 across the pond all-time. So basically, the Jags are mediocre overseas and flat out garbage domestically.

Bucs 28
Eagles 22

Exactly 20 years to the day he threw his first career touchdown pass, Tom Brady tossed two more with an injured thumb to add to his already unbelievable legacy. This man ain’t human.

Rob Woodfork

Rob Woodfork is WTOP's Senior Sports Content Producer, which includes duties as producer and host of the DC Sports Huddle, nightside sports anchor and sports columnist on WTOP.com.

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