Considered the big favorites to win the next Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills held their rank on Sunday during the sixth day of the NFL regular season. They won at the Kansas City Chiefs (24-20), in a duel between the two best teams in the American conference. The stars of the Bills were there: 329 yards (and three touchdowns) from Josh Allen including 148 for Stefon Diggs and two sacks from Von Miller. Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City quarterback, threw 338 yards, but he conceded an interception late in the game on his team’s last offensive series.
Cincinnati wins thanks to Burrow and Chase
The Philadelphia Eagles picked up a sixth straight win and are the only team still undefeated this season. They won against the Dallas Cowboys (26-17), who themselves remained on four wins in a row. Philadelphia got off to a great start, leading 20-0 in the second quarter before seeing the Texans come back to 20-17 early in the final quarter. But the Eagles finally took cover with a DeVonta Smith touchdown. Their defense also intercepted three times Cooper Rush, the Dallas QB, who had never seen one of his passes end up in the arms of the opponent this season.
The Cincinnati Bengals, finalists of the last Super Bowl, won at the New Orleans Saints (30-26). They were only in the lead on the scoreboard two minutes from time, after a superb TD from Ja’Marr Chase, well served by Joe Burrow. The Bengals then stopped New Orleans’ last series. Burrow feasted, with 300 yards and three TD’s, and Chase was often at the conclusion. Defending champions, but beaten in the last two days, the Los Angeles Rams revived by beating the Carolina Panthers (24-10).
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers both lost. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were beaten at the Pittsburgh Steelers (20-18). The latter had however won only one match since the start of the Championship. Tampa Bay scored a TD 4’38” from the end, but missed the two-point conversion, which would have allowed them to equalize. And behind, the Steelers managed to keep the clock.
Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were dominated at home by the New York Jets (27-10). The New York franchise owes its victory to its defense, which martyred Aaron Rodgers (four sacks and a fumble), and its runner Breece Hall (116 yards). Among the weakest teams in the NFL in recent years, the Jets surprise, in this first third of the season, with already four wins in six games.
Another injured QB in Miami
The New York Giants are also having a good Championship. They beat the Baltimore Ravens (24-20) and thus signed a fifth victory in six matches. Baltimore has long been in front, but in his last two series, Lamar Jackson, his quarterback, was intercepted and committed a fumble. Atlanta, despite a disappointing attack, created a surprise, beating San Francisco (28-14), which has the best defense in the NFL (in yards conceded). Indianapolis won against Jacksonville (34-27), with a gala Matt Ryan (389 yards, three TD’s).
Finally Miami still has problems with its quarterbacks. Skylar Thompson, his third QB, suffered a hand injury against the Minnesota Vikings. Recovered from his concussion the previous weekend, Teddy Bridgewater replaced him, held his rank well (329 yards), but could not prevent the defeat of the Dolphins (24-16).