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Patriots Putting the D in Dominant; Washington-Miami a Dumpster Fire for the Ages; Rams on the Ropes

It’s Week 6 of the NFL season, one in which Russell Wilson is putting up the best numbers of his career, Washington and Miami are a combined 0-9 heading into their matchup, the Niners have a chance to run away with the NFC West and Aaron Rodgers finds himself without his favorite target.

Thursday at 8:20pm ET on FOX/NFL
New York Giants (2-3) at New England Patriots (5-0)
After winning the first two games of the Daniel Jones Era, the G-men fell 28-10 to the Vikings last week, as Jones managed just 182 yards on 38 pass attempts and got sacked four times. The Patriots last week allowed Washington to score an early TD before running off 33 unanswered points as the New England D contributed six sacks and an interception — the Pats’ D has allowed just six scores over five games and the team now has the league’s largest point differential, 121, which is equal to the next three best teams.

Sunday at 1pm ET on FOX
Seattle Seahawks (4-1) and Cleveland Browns (2-3)
The Seahawks continue to win by the barest of margins, besting the Rams last week 30-29. They now have 3 wins by a total of 4 points and their other win was by 17 over the 1-3-1 Cardinals. And these results are coming with Russelll Wilson putting up the best passing numbers of his career, with a 73.1 completion percentage, and a league-leading 12 TDs, 0 picks, 10.6 adjusted yards per attempt and a 126.3 passer rating. The Browns got their lunch money stolen Monday night, falling 31-3 to the Niners, as Baker Mayfield delivered his worst performance since he was in middle school. The former Heisman winner completed 8 of 22 for 100 yards and had 2 interceptions. Oof…

Washington Redskins (0-5) and Miami Dolphins (0-4)
There’s no way to sugar coat it: this is a match up of the two worst teams in the NFL and may be the ugliest matchup in the league’s history. Both teams are winless, and have the two worst point differentials in the league at -78 and -137, respectively. Washington is 30th in points scored and allowed, Miami is 32nd in both. It’s hard to believe that Washington head coach Jay Gruden got his walking papers this week. Maybe poke a hole in a piece of paper and watch the game through the hole to avoid going blind?

Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) and Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
The Philly pass rush basically ate the Jets’ Luke Falk for Sunday dinner last week, picking him off twice and sacking him nine times en route to a 31-6 beatdown. The Vikes’ Dalvin Cook continues to run roughshod over the league, racking up 132 yards on 21 carries in 28-10 win over the Giants. Will the Eagles be able to shift their focus to the run?

Sunday at 4pm ET on FOX
San Francisco 49ers (4-0) and Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
The Niners gutted the Browns on Monday night and left them in a heap behind the Santa Clara Convention Center, as Matt Breida ran for 114 yards and a TD on 11 carries, while Tevin Coleman ran another 97 yards and a TD on 16 carries. The Rams came out of the gate looking for all the world like a lock for the playoffs, but after winning their first three games, they have now lost their last two; the difference? The D, which went from allowing an average 286 yards for three games before allowing 447 ypg.

Sunday at 4:05pm ET on FOX

Atlanta Falcons (1-4) and Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

The Falcons have allowed the second-most points in the league and more than a third of them came last week, as the Texans outscored them 53-32 with DeShaun Watson completing 28 of 33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns and a record tying passer rating of 158.3. The Cards last week secured their first win of the season, but needed a field goal with two seconds to play against the winless Bengals to do it.

Monday at 8:15pm ET on ESPN
Detroit Lions (2-1-1) and Green Bay Packers (4-1)
The Lions are coming off a bye week following a game in which they pushed the Kansas City Chiefs to the brink, losing 34-30 on a last-minute TD run by Darrel Williams. How good are the Lions really, though? They’ve outscored their opponents by just .5 ppg and have given up 72 more yards than they’ve gained. QB Matthew Stafford has been his steady, if unremarkable self, and WR Marvin Jones is enjoying his best season yet, with 18 catches on 24 targets for 277 yards. What’s helped immensely is that the Lions’ D has been called for the second-fewest penalties and for the fewest yards. As tough as they played KC, it’s hard to have a lot of faith in these guys as they’ve yet to win a game by more than three points and needed a field goal in OT to tie the woeful Cardinals.

The Packers raced out to a 24-0 lead over the Cowboys last week, en route to a 34-24 victory, but they got a lot of help from Dallas QB Dak Prescott, who threw three picks of which one led to a Green Bay TD and another to a Green Bay field goal. Even with those picks, Prescott had the Green Bay secondary on its back foot, as he completed 27 of 44 for 463 yards. Despite this, the Green Bay D has still allowed the fourth-lowest passer rating in the league this year, just 75.9 (to get a sense of just how much the game has changed over the years, 75.9 is terrible for a QB these days, but Hall-of-Famer Kenny “The Snake” Stabler had a career passer rating of 75.3). Aaron Rodgers continues to play at a high level, but it’s definitely below the high standards he’s set for himself, as he’s just 14th in the league in QBR, 22nd in passer rating, 25th in completion percentage, and 14th in yards per game. Things won’t be any easier for Rodgers with his leading receiver, Davante Adams, out with a case of turf toe.

All stats courtesy Pro-Football-Reference.com

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