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Written By: Matt Di Domenico
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With week #6 in the NFL now being in the books, teams are starting to separate themselves from each other when it comes to who will be playing in January. This past week had a lot of close games that had to be decided in OT or with very little time left. There were also players that had some big-time performances that allowed their teams to walk away with the win. Below are those 3 winners and 3 losers for week #6 in the NFL.
1. QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants
It just keeps getting worse and worse for the New York Giants QB Daniel Jones. Jones simply could not move the ball down the field whatsoever against the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants got beat down with a 38-11 loss. For Jones, he had an awful stat line when he went 29 for 51 with 242 passing yards and 3 INTs. All this just seems like it is coming to the end with the Daniel Jones era in New York. I will not be surprised if the Giants have a fire sale and get draft capital mid-way through this season. There have been way too many problems with this football team and the Giants will probably be moving on from Jones after the 2021 season.
2. Detroit Lions
This Detroit Lions team is just the definition of depression. The fans in Detroit simply have nothing to root for with this franchise. The Lions now have dropped to a 0-6 record after losing at home to the Cincinnati Bengals. The final score was 34 to 11 and Detroit simply had no chance in this game. The Lions only had a total of 228 yards on 10 drives. That simply is not going to win you any football games in this league. Everyone wonders if the Lions could be the first NFL team to go 0-17. It certainly would be a Lions thing to do and many fans of Detroit would not be happy if that was to happen.
3. QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Funny how fast the NFL can come at you at times. A player could be lighting up the league in one week and then they simply can fall right on his face the next week. That is exactly what happened to QB Justin Herbert this week. Herbert and his Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Baltimore Ravens with the final score reading 6 to 34. Herbert had a stat line of 22 for 39 with 195 passing yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. The time of possession simply was won by the Ravens all game long when they had the ball for 38 minutes. Herbert simply struggled when converting on 3rd down and it allowed the Ravens to win this ball game. Herbert should bounce back next week when taking on the Detroit Lions.
1. RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
For the second straight week, Derrick Henry found himself on the winner's list and this time he has taken the #1 spot. Henry had a monster game on MNF against the Buffalo Bills where he rushed for 143 yards on 20 carries and had 3 rushing TDs. One of the TDs was a 76-yarder where Henry hit a top speed of 21.8 MPH. Henry is just a runaway train that is so hard to tackle in open space. Henry has already rushed for 783 yards which is just insane to think about. The rate Henry is going, he is going to break the single-season rushing yards record. Many have now put Derrick Henry into the MVP conversation. The Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry have a huge matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next week so look for Henry to have a big game once again.
2. QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
This guy has just been on fire all season long and is making the claim that he is one of the top dogs for the league MVP award. Kyler Murray was able to take down the Cleveland Browns quickly in this game to get his Cardinals to a record of 6-0. Murray went 20 for 30 with 229 passing yards and had 4 TDs. Murray is one of those QBs that can beat you with his arm and his legs. Murray has the Cardinals playing at a super high level and it gets even easier for them next week when they take on the Houston Texans. Expect Murray to have another big game and he may find himself back on this list.
3. RB Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
One of the most underrated players in the NFL is Dalvin Cook from the Minnesota Vikings. Sure, Cook can get beaten up once in a while with injuries but when he is on, he is a very hard RB to stop or slow down. Cook had a big day against the Carolina Panthers when he rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries and also had 1 TD. When Cook gets into the open field, he can break big-time runs for this Vikings team. The Vikings were able to closely get out of Carolina with a 34 to 28 win in OT. Next for the Vikings is the bye week so Cook will be able to rest up and get healthy.