Week 6: Must-Win Situations?

Week 6 of the NFL season was yet another week of close games and upsets. After Week 6, some teams are in a must-win situation in order to keep hopes alive for a chance at the playoffs. There were a total of eight games that were decided by one possession, and one game decided by only one point.

Some upsets that occurred in Week 6 included the Thursday night game where the San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 21-13. Chargers kicker Josh Lambo  made 4 out of 4 field goals. In another upset, the Miami Dolphins topped the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-15 after Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was injured early in the second half. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Carolina Panthers were defeated 41-38 by the New Orleans Saints in an offensive showdown that seemed to be a must-win for the Panthers. The Panthers were 15-1 last year and made the Super Bowl, but this year have dropped to 1-4 and likely will have to win every game from here on out for a chance to make the playoffs.

A key story in the NFL is how well the Dallas Cowboys have been doing without their veteran QB Tony Romo. Both rookies on this team, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, are in very important offensive positions and have not disappointed the Dallas franchise with their young talent. The Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-16. Elliott rushed for 157 yards and Prescott threw for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns.

A couple of close games included the Jacksonville Jaguars defeating the Chicago Bears 17-16 with Jaquars QB Blake Bortles throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown. The Cleveland Browns, in one of the few games the 0-6 team had a shot at winning this year, lost to the Tennessee Titans 28-26. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a bye week.

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