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Jacksonville Wins! – NFL Monday Morning Roundup

Some of us said that this could be the weekend where the Jags finally get the monkey off their back and after 20 straight losses, the second worst run in NFL history, Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars finally ended that long losing streak with a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Last week, Kickers were being vilified after one of the worst weeks for kickers in NFL history, but Jags kicker Matthew Wright made himself the hero of the day, nailing two field goals the first from 54 yards to tie the game and force over time, the second to clinch the win in overtime from 53 yards.

He wasn’t the only kicker to win a game for his team this week either in another week that saw three games require overtime to find the winner, as well as a couple of statement wins for genuine playoff and perhaps Super Bowl contenders.

Let’s see how Week Six has gone so far, before we take a look at some of the key issues to take away from this week’s matches.

NFL Results – Week Six So Far

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) 28-22 Philadelphia Eagles (2-4)
  • Miami Dolphins (1-5) 20-23 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) 31-13 Washington Football Team (2-4)
  • Los Angeles Rams (5-1) 38-11 New York Giants (1-5)
  • Houston Texans (1-5) 3-31 Indianapolis Colts (2-4)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) 34-11 Detroit Lions (0-6)
  • Green Bay Packers (5-1) 24-14 Chicago Bears (3-3)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) 6-34 Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
  • Minnesota Vikings (3-3) 34-28 Carolina Panthers (3-3) OT
  • Arizona Cardinals (6-0) 37-14 Cleveland Browns (3-3)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) 34-24 Denver Broncos (3-3)
  • Dallas Cowboys (5-1) 35-29 New England Patriots (2-4) OT
  • Seattle Seahawks (2-4) 20-23 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) OT
  • Buffalo Bills (4-1) @ Tennessee Titans (3-2) – Monday Night Football
  • Bye Week – New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints

Key Take-Aways From Sunday Night’s NFL Action

Jacksonville Wins In London

Breaking a 20 game losing streak, the Jacksonville Jaguars earned their first win since Week 1 of last season with their 23-20 victory over Miami, sparking huge celebrations in London.

For the Jags, this first win is a huge moment for coach Meyer, rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the team and will give them a much needed boost in confidence.

For Miami though, after that good start against the Patriots, the season has quickly turned sour for the Dolphins and not even the return of Tua Tagovailoa, who threw for two touchdowns and 329 yards, was enough to get them the win.

Jaylen Waddle looks some player though for the Dolphins and as Tagovailoa gets healthier and his timing improves, so will they, but this was a jarring defeat for the Fins as much as it was a boost for the Jags.

Cardinals & Ravens Statement Wins

Two Super Bowl calibre teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens faced potentially very tough tests this week and both came through with flying colours.

The Cardinals dominated the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, with their offense putting up points against a talented Browns defense, while the Cardinals defense was resolute in dealing with the Browns offense, limiting them to just two second-quarter touchdowns.

The Cards are 6-0 for the first time since 1974, and they outscored this fancied Browns team in every quarter and with Kyler Murray throwing for four touchdowns and the defense earning turnovers, this looks a superbly balanced team.

The same can be said for the Ravens who dismantled the Los Angeles Chargers in dominant fashion 34-6.

The Ravens led 17-0 at the half and their defense shut down the Chargers offense and QB Justin Herbert to just one unconverted touchdown. The Chargers rushed for just 26 yards in total and passed for 195 yards against a superb Ravens defense.

The Ravens dominated the game on the ground scoring three rushing touchdowns as their much vaunted committee running game controlled the game from the outset.

Don’t be too surprised to hear both these teams mentioned as real Super Bowl contenders over the coming weeks.

Dallas Are The Real Deal

No matter how badly New England are playing, it is tough to go to Foxboro and pick up a win. That is precisely what the Dallas Cowboys did on Sunday night, although they required overtime to claim their 35-29 victory.

What is impressive about this Cowboys team is that everybody tends to contribute something. Dak Prescott directs the offence with great efficiency, he has superb receivers, a top running back, strong lines, and the defense turns up big at key moments, as do the special teams.

Sure the Cowboys aren’t perfect, but their entire team is a solid 7.5/10 at least every week and that makes them incredibly difficult to beat.

As the Bucs showed, the Cowboys can be beaten, but you are going to have to play a very high level of football in all three aspects of the game, in order to do so.

The Texans Are Really That Bad

I know the Lions technically have a worse record than the Houston Texans, but if you are a team that goes to a fellow 1-5 team and ends up giving away three turnovers, scoring just a field goal, despite having 367 total yards of offense, then something is most definitely up.

However, the Texans offense were probably the best that Houston had to offer against the Colts as their defense could not stop Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while Carson Wentz hit two touchdowns for 223 yards in an efficient display.

TY Hilton caught four passes for 80 yards in his return from injury and the Colts looked much more like themselves on offense with their star receiver back in the team.

However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the Colts are still not a great team at the moment and the fact that they absolutely slaughtered the Texans doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season for Houston or their fans.

The final game of the week takes place tonight in Nashville as the Tennessee Titans (3-2) host the Buffalo Bills (4-1) in what should be a cracking Monday night game. The Titans defense faces the thankless task of stopping this Josh Allen led offense, but if the Titans can control the game with Derrick Henry on the ground, will they be able to upset the Bills?

Tune in tomorrow for our review of how the game in Nashville went.

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