NFL Week 6: One Big Stat to Know from Each Game This Weekend
Week 6 has turned out to be one of the most exciting weeks of the season—and for good reason. There were both upsets and blowouts, but each game had a defining statistic.
It was definitely a pass-heavy week, with young guns doing well and veterans doing poorly, and vice versa.
Here are the stats to know from each game of Week 6:
Rams at Packers: 3 Aaron Rodgers Touchdowns
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Once again, Aaron Rodgers showed his dominance against the St. Louis Rams.
In the first half, the Packers dominated, with Aaron Rodgers throwing three touchdown passes to three different receivers. That brings his total to 14 touchdowns for the season.
Not to mention, Rodgers threw for over 300 yards, with one pass for 93 yards.
If anyone expects to shut down the Packers this season, they first must start with shutting down Aaron Rodgers.
Eagles at Redskins: 4 Rex Grossman Interceptions
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Rex Grossman in Washington was just too good to be true. Starting over in Washington was supposed to be a good thing.
Against the Eagles, Rex Grossman threw four interceptions in the first three quarters. So bad in fact, that backup quarterback John Beck needed to come in to replace him.
Grossman's interceptions were critical in the crushing defeat to a struggling Philadelphia team.
This poor performance could set up a potential quarterback controversy in Washington, a playoff contender.
Bills at Giants: 3 Ahmad Bradshaw Touchdowns
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Ahmad Bradshaw had a monster game in Week 6 with three touchdowns.
While he had 104 yards, three touchdowns show just how valuable he is in the red zone. He was the go-to man in Week 6.
Eli Manning didn't throw for any touchdowns, and Bradshaw had the only touchdowns for the Giants against the Bills.
Panthers at Falcons: 3 Cam Newton Interceptions
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While Cam Newton has been nothing short of dazzling this season, his Week 6 performance was not.
He threw three interceptions to the Falcons while not throwing any touchdown passes. As a rookie, that is not unheard of but was unexpected given his previous performances this season.
Cam Newton will be a great quarterback; he has shown that he has the skills. Week 6 was just not that impressive.
Colts at Bengals: 264 Andy Dalton Pass Yards
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This year is no doubt the year of the rookie quarterback. Andy Dalton showed that in Week 6.
Dalton threw for 264 passing yards, which was almost 75 percent of Cincinatti's total offense. That is impressive, especially for a rookie quarterback.
This stat shows that Andy Dalton is ready for the big time. He had no interceptions and one touchdown pass. Look for a bright future ahead.
Jaguars at Steelers: 6.3 Yards Per Carry for Rashard Mendenhall
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Rashard Mendenhall finally played up to his potential in Week 6 against the weak Jacksonville Jaguars.
He had 23 carries for 146 yards and one touchdown. That is an average of 6.3 yards per carry and with numbers like that, it is hard to lose the game.
If Mendenhall can keep these numbers up for the rest of the season, the Steelers will be a force to be reckoned with.
49ers at Lions: 15 Penalties for 120 Yards
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With 15 penalties for 120 yards, it is a stretch to pull out a victory, no matter who the team is.
That is 120 yards that could easily be prevented. The 49ers are very lucky that things turned out the way they did.
Still, it shows that the 49ers mean business. If a team can give up 120 yards in penalties and still win, they will be around for a while.
Penalties can easily be mitigated, and Jim Harbaugh will have a nice, long chat with his team about it, and there will be improvement.
Browns at Raiders: 82 Receiving Yards for Darius Heyward-Bey
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It finally looks like Darius Heyward-Bey is going to pan out. With six receptions for 82 yards, it is clear that he is a viable No. 1 receiver.
These passes were from a backup quarterback on top of that. He had an average of 13.67 yards per catch.
If Heyward-Bey and Boller can keep this up, the Raiders will be in good shape for the rest of the season and possibly even make a run at the playoffs.
Texans at Ravens: 49 Yards for Arian Foster
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It is clear what the key to beating the Houston Texans is—shut down Arian Foster.
Arian Foster rushed 15 times for 49 yards. That's 3.3 yards per carry. He also did not score any touchdowns.
If the Texans want to remain in contention for a playoff slot, they will need to find ways to get Arian Foster the ball more than 15 times.
Saints at Buccaneers: 0 Turnovers for the Buccaneers
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In Week 5, the plague of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was turnovers, and that is part of the reason that they lost to the 49ers.
In Week 6, however, the tides turned and the Buccaneers had zero turnovers. That is one of the main reasons that they won—against a very good team.
It is no coincidence that Tampa Bay won without giving up any turnovers. If they keep this up, they will be in good position for the playoffs, especially with wins against division rivals.
Cowboys at Patriots: 4 New England Turnovers
There are very few teams in the league that can turn over the ball four times and still win the game. One of those teams is the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady threw two interceptions and there were two fumbles. This will be a rare occurrence.
Those four turnovers show just how powerful the Patriots actually are. If they would have taken care of the ball, as they will in the future, they would have dominated the game.
Bears at Vikings: 39 Yards for Adrian Peterson
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The Bears showed that the way to win games is to shut down the star player. Against the Vikings, it was Adrian Peterson.
He was effectively a non-factor, and the Vikings only put up 10 points. It also showed how good the Bears' defense is and how flawed the Vikings' offensive line is.
This was a must-win game for the Bears and they did not disappoint. If they are planning on making a run at the playoffs, this Week 6 victory was essential in helping them complete their goal.