Week 6 is now complete in the NFL. In a week that saw no Thursday Night Football but two Monday night games due to the Covid-19 related fixture rearrangement, the NFL once again saw some shock results and some great moments.
Were The Buffalo Bills A Flash In The Pan?
The Buffalo Bills started 4-0 after wins against the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders. They have now lost their last two games, including last night’s week 6 loss against Kansas City Chiefs. The final score was 26-17.
The Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen was having plenty of MVP shouts after the opening four weeks. However, he has struggled in his last two games against tough opposition.
The Titans and Chiefs were both in the AFC Championship game last season, whereas their four victories so far in 2020 have been against four teams that did not reach the playoffs last season.
I believe that Josh Allen, as good of a player he is, struggles when it matters or when he faces good teams. He struggled in the wildcard round of last season’s wildcard playoff defeat to the Houston Texans.
The Bills went 16-0 ahead before they lost 19-16 in overtime. Despite the win against the Rams in week 3, Allen has struggled when playing good teams such as the Chiefs and the Titans.
Allen’s passing yardage has declined as the season has gone on, with his biggest yardage in games this season in the opening two games. Meanwhile, the lowest passing yardage he has recorded in a game this season was in last night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Buffalo Bills defense has also seen a decline compared to last season. Buffalo were third overall on the defensive side of the ball in 2019, allowing 16.2 points per game.
In 2020, the Bills so far are ranked 24th on defense. This represents a significant drop off. Their 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans was the most points Buffalo have allowed since their 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 in week 1.
If the Bills can sort out their defense and get Allen back to form, then the Bills Mafia can get excited.
For now Buffalo fans have to be anxious, especially with games coming up against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. A get-back game comes next for the Bills against the lowly New York Jets. If the Bills, Allen and their D play like they have done these past two weeks, then they could easily be 5-5 after their next four games.
Player Of The Week: Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)
The Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans 42-36 in overtime to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 5-0. The Texans probably played the best they have played this season, with quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Texans looked good for the win but then Derrick Henry showed up.
Derrick Henry ran for 212 yards from 22 carries and two touchdowns, with one being the game winning touchdown. He was seen as one of the league’s best running backs before the season started. Getting the game winning touchdown and running for significant yardage is the kind of performance to prove this. He showed his ability to turn up when it matters. This will only go and give him the belief to do it again in the playoffs should Tennessee make the post season.
Elsewhere In The League
In the third meeting between legendary quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out on top. Aaron Rodgers threw his first two interceptions of the season as the Green Bay Packers lost 38-10 to Tampa Bay.
Green Bay started the game well, finishing the first quarter 10-0 before Tampa Bay scored 38 unanswered points. Green Bay now sit on 4-1 and one win behind NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears but crucially with a game in hand. Tampa Bay sit one win ahead of NFC South Rivals the New Orleans Saints but themselves have played a game more than New Orleans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers comfortably beat divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns 38-7 in a statement win, one that perhaps puts a hold on the Cleveland hype.
The Philadelphia Eagles almost completed a great comeback against the Baltimore Ravens before failing in their two point conversion to level the game in their 30-28 loss.
The Dallas Cowboys were humiliated in their 38-10 loss in the first game without Dak Prescott as the starting quarterback. Andy Dalton’s poor performance showed how important Dak actually was to this team that still cannot defend.