NFL Week 6 Scores: Live Reaction to Late Games and Biggest Sunday Stories
With NFL Week 6 well on its way, it's time to take a gander at what's already happened and some of the top headlines of today's games.
Ben Roethlisberger made his much-anticipated debut, there was a come-from-behind win, a not-so-surprising win and a team that was expected to be good hasn't been anywhere near it.
We'll look at all of that and a whole lot more as we wind down Week 6 of the NFL.
A 1-4 start is not exactly what this team, and this town, had in mind before the season started.
There was a lot of talk about this team possibly being a Super Bowl contender, especially since it was being held in their home stadium, Cowboys' Stadium, in Arlington.
However, that has all come crashing down around them with the start they are off to. To fix the problems they have, most will tell you that head coach Wade Philips has to go, others want Jason Garrett the offensive coordinator, gone.
However, one place you might also want to look, much to the chagrine of the kool aid drinkers here in Dallas, is to start trusting your running backs and not try and put it all on the shoulders of a quarterback who's already proven he can't do it.
With Michael Vick told to stay in the locker room on Sunday and head coach Andy Reid telling the media that there was a "slim to none" chance of Vick even throwing the ball around, there comes a rumor that the Eagles are perhaps showcasing Kevin Kolb for a trade.
The Eagles starter played well today against Atlanta throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the team's 31-17 win over the Falcons.
You have to wonder which teams are in need of a veteran quarterback right now. You might argue the Cleveland Browns, though Colt McCoy, in his first start, didn't do all that bad throwing for 281 yards and a touchdown though he did get intercepted twice.
San Diego Chargers' tight end Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers' favorite target, left the game against the Rams on Sunday with an ankle injury.
Gates told the media afterwards, "I got tripped up and I guess some guys fell on the back of my leg. That's initially how it started. Then on a pass down the middle on the last play I was in, someone fell on my ankle. I just couldn't go. I couldn't move."
Head coach Norv Turner doesn't know just how bad the injury is and won't know any further until Gates undergoes an MRI when the team returns home to San Diego.
In the late game this evening, the Indianapolis Colts are in the nation's capital to take on Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.
Donovan McNabb has been impressive in recent weeks and has led his team to back-to-back wins going into this one.
The Colts, on the other hand, have a quarterback in Peyton Manning who is looking to throw his first touchdown pass in two weeks.
This could be a fun one to watch between the two veterans.
I don't know if this is just me but it seems that officials have become more and more involved in how the games are decided.
Thus was the case in Denver as a late pass interference flag on the Broncos gave the Jets the opportunity they needed to put game winning touchdown together to beat the Broncos 24-20.
The Jets move to 5-1 and somewhere LaDainian Tomlinson is laughing at his former team's misfortunes and their 2-4 record.
It was a long time coming but the San Francisco 49ers finally got their first win of the season and it came against their bay area rival, Oakland Raiders.
The 49ers trailed for the entire first half, finally getting a field goal to cut Oakland's first half lead to 6-3 as the team's went to the locker room.
It stayed that way most of the third quarter until Alex Smith hit Michael Crabtree for a 32-yard touchdown strike to finally take the lead. Smith would hit Vernon Davis for another score to put the game away for good in a 17-9 win for the 49ers.
The New England Patriots were facing one of the better defenses in the NFL, proved by quarterback Tom Brady being intercepted twice in this one.
However, the Patriots hung around just long enough to send the game into overtime thanks to a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with under two minutes to go.
They would get one more from their kicker to pick up a big win over the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
Just when you thought the Kansas City Chiefs were for real, they showed their true colors on Sunday.
The Chiefs led most of the way through this one until their defense finally broke down and allowed 21 fourth quarter points to the Houston Texans including a game winning score with just 28 seconds to go to give the Texans a 35-31 win in Houston.
Matt Schaub was solid in this one, finishing the day with 305 yards and two scores while Arian Foster had 71 yards rushing and picked up two touchdowns as well.
The two teams that were supposed to be the favorites going into this season have been the two teams that have disappointed the most.
The San Diego Chargers, after a 20-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, drop to 2-4 after the first six weeks of the season.
What's ironic about this game is the Chargers, once again, abandoned their running game as they seem to do in every road game and tried to count on Philip Rivers, again.
Well, that doesn't seem to be working and most of the fans will blame Norv Turner, right or wrong.
If Drew Brees wanted to show that the Saints were a better team than they were last week, he and his team certainly did that and more.
Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and got 158 yards on the ground from Chris Ivory as the Saints ran right through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-6. The Bucs scored their only points of the game in the fourth quarter.
When you lose your starting quarterback, especially in the first half of the game, it makes things harder on you.
That's what happened to the Detroit Lions as they lost quarterback Shaun Hill to a broken arm late in the first half and was replaced by Drew Stanton who didn't have that bad of a game.
Stanton finished 19-of-34 for 222 yards and a touchdown but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 28-20 decision to the New York Giants
As if their season couldn't get any worse, it just did.
The Dallas Cowboys, after a 24-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon, have dropped to 1-4 on the season and look all but out of the playoff picture, not to mention the "Super Bowl contenders" that everyone expected them to be.
Needless the say the "fire Wade" or "trade Tony Romo" talk will begin on the Dallas airwaves tomorrow morning.
Aaron Rodgers, after sustaining a concussion last Sunday, returned to the Green Bay Packers and have a solid day.
Unfortunately for the Packers, it wasn't enough. Rodgers threw for 313 yards and a touchdown and ran in the game tying score just before regulation.
However, the Miami Dolphins picked up a field goal in overtime to take a 23-20 win in Green Bay.
Defenses are licking their chops when they see the Chicago Bears on their schedule because it means they get a free path to the quarterback.
It was exactly what the Seattle Seahawks defensive unit did, sacking Jay Cutler seven times and getting a much better performance from Matt Hasselbeck in a 23-20 win over the Bears in Chicago.
Cutler was sacked nine times the week before against the New York Giants.
Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson collided violently with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson during their game on Sunday and both would not return.
Jackson left with a concussion while Robinson left with what the team called a "head injury." It was a violent meeting between the two players, one that always leaves you speechless and hoping both players get up off the turf, which both eventually did.
The Eagles picked up a win in this one, 31-17.