All games were played and every coach made it through to the end of Week 6 of the NFL season while Tua Tagovailoa also made his much-anticipated debut.
It’s the little things in 2020.
Like Tua Tagovailoa running out onto the field for his first NFL snap.
Almost a year since he suffered what some thought was a career-ending hip injury, Tagovailoa was sent out to wrap up the Miami Dolphins 24-0 win over the New York Jets. He threw two passes – both completions – for nine yards in his little cameo.
All-time Dolphins completion percentage leaders:
1. Tua Tagovailoa, 100%
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 18, 2020
The Jets, on the other hand, don’t have quite so much to celebrate. They haven’t scored a point in their last 80 minutes and 51 seconds of football.
Oh My, Derrick Henry
To really highlight the struggles of the Jets, among others, to be fair, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry finished his 42-36 win over the Houston Texans with more total yards than they whole Jets squad.
Derrick Henry (264) had more total yards today than the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.#Titans
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) October 19, 2020
Henry rushed for 212 yards on 22 carries including two touchdowns while also reeling in two passes for 52 yards. His 94-yard run for a touchdown is one of the plays of the 2020 NFL season and has put him in the conversation for the Most Valuable Player award. Henry will have plenty of competition and it’s difficult for running backs to sustain this level of play for a full season, but he’s worth mentioning right now.
He’s also doing enough alongside fellow MVP candidate Ryan Tannehill for the Titans to be on the 8th line of betting in the Super Bowl market at $18.
Brady & Gronk Linking Up
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got things started with a pick-six before Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski turned back the clock to keep the points ticking over in their 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.
It all went well for the Packers to start. An early 10-0 lead saw them start from where they left off in Week 5. However, Jamel Dean snagged an Aaron Rodger pass and returned to the house to trigger a 28-point second quarter for the home team. Most notably, Gronkowski led the Buccaneers in receiving yards with 78 on five receptions and a touchdown. Brady wasn’t his best, but his 166 yards got the job done against a Packers team that started the season 4-0.
While all Week 6 NFL games went ahead as scheduled, it was another frustrating week for the league.
- The Indianapolis Colts returned a handful of false-positive tests which forced their facility closed.
- The New England Patriots added another positive test to their list.
- The Eagles, Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars added to their reserve/Covid list
- A Denver Broncos coach also tested positive.
Some call positive tests and now reshuffles a win. Others point to the NBA and see all that they achieved with more strict protocols.
Coaches Survive The Week
With coaches dropping like flies and being relieved of their duties every other week in the NFL, they’ve all managed to survive Week 6…so far.
Adam Gase was already rumoured to be in trouble before his Jets failed to score a point against the lowly Dolphins. He will need to trigger a massive turnaround in his squad if he is to last the full 2020 season.
NFL Against The Spread Standings
To see the Jets at 0-6 is no surprise, but the struggles of the Dallas Cowboys come as a shock. Even when considering Dak Prescott’s injury, to be 0-6 against the spread and 2-4 straight up is a significant cause for concern.
After Week 6
|Top 16||Bottom 16|
|Seahawks (4-1)||Vikings (3-3)|
|Packers (4-1)||Washington (3-3)|
|Chargers (4-1)||Giants (3-3)|
|Broncos (4-1)||Colts (3-3)|
|Steelers (4-1)||Browns (3-3)|
|Bears (4-2)||Ravens (3-3)|
|Bengals (4-2)||Saints (2-3)|
|Dolphins (4-2)||Lions (2-3)|
|Cardinals (4-2)||Titans (2-3)|
|Raiders (3-2)||Patriots (2-3)|
|Chiefs (3-2)||Falcons (2-4)|
|Bills (3-2)||Eagles (2-4)|
|49ers (3-3)||Jaguars (2-4)|
|Rams (3-3)||Texans (1-5)|
|Panthers (3-3)||Cowboys (0-6)|
|Buccaneers (3-3)||Jets (0-6)|