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Posted: Sunday October 21, 2001 6:10 PM


CNNSI.com's Jon A. Dolezar reviews the Week 6 games.
Week Six
   Buffalo 13 at Jacksonville, Fla.
   Jacksonville 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 35:34 -- Time of possession for the Bills, who rushed the ball 35 times for 98 yards.
Player of the Game Rob Johnson, QB, Buffalo: Didn't embarrass himself for the first time this season, finishing 23 of 30 for 238 yards and one touchdown.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown You won't be seeing this game on ESPN Classic anytime soon. Far from Thursday night "Must See TV", this battle of bad teams was ugly throughout. The Bills triumphed by wearing down the Jags and sticking with their rushing attack despite averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Mark Brunell played a very poor game, getting picked off twice and completing 16 of 26 for only 150 yards.

   Chicago 24 at Cincinnati
   Cincinnati 0 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 4.6 -- Difference in yards per carry by the Bears (6.3) and Bengals (1.7)
Player of the Game Anthony Thomas, RB, Chicago: Rookie broke out with 22 carries for 188 yards and a touchdown, besting his previous season total of 124 yards.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The Bears played very well on both sides of the ball, busting out offensively for 435 total yards while holding the Bengals to 264. Chicago's defense held Corey Dillon to 30 yards on 16 carries, one week after he ran for 140 yards against the Browns. Jim Miller played the most efficient game of his career, completing 23 of 30 for 232 yards and two touchdowns to help the surprising Bears move to 4-1.

   Cleveland 24 at Cleveland
   Baltimore 14 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 7 -- Sacks by the Browns, who knocked Elvis Grbac out of the game and allowed the Ravens to average only 5.82 yards per pass attempt.
Player of the Game Tim Couch, QB, Cleveland: The numbers weren't eye-popping (11 of 18 for 149 yards and two touchdowns), but the Browns keep winning as Couch continues to mature.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The puzzling play of the Ravens continues, as does the ascension of the Browns into a possible playoff contender. Cleveland was 0-for 10 on third downs and was outgained 321-219, but the Browns were careful with the football while the Ravens committed three costly turnovers. Baltimore is really missing Jamal Lewis' ability to run the ball, as the Ravens were forced to throw the ball 45 times.

   New England 38 at Indianapolis
   Indianapolis 17 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 4 -- Sacks allowed by the Colts on Sunday, who had given up only six sacks in their four games this season.
Player of the Game David Patten, WR, New England: Beat the Colts every way possible, catching four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, rushing once for 29 yards and a score and throwing for a 60-yard touchdown to Troy Brown.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown Tom Brady played his second consecutive great game, hitting on 16-of-20 attempts for 202 yards and three touchdowns, giving him five touchdowns and no interceptions in 131 attempts this season. Peyton Manning avoided the dreaded interceptions that have plagued him recently, but he and Edgerrin James each lost a fumble that turned into seven total points for New England.

   Atlanta 20 at New Orleans
   New Orleans 13 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 2.6 -- Average yards per carry for the Saints (63 yards on 24 carries), who had been averaging 4.4 yards per carry coming in.
Player of the Game Keith Brooking, LB, Atlanta: Continued to state his case for the Pro Bowl by leading the Falcons' charge with nine tackles and one sack.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The Falcons remain one of the league's biggest enigmas. Atlanta held the defending NFC West champs to only 13 points after giving up a combined 68 points the previous two weeks. Maurice Smith moved the ball on the ground (22 carries for 83 yards) while rookie tight end Alge Crumpler had his breakout game by catching five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

   Pittsburgh 17 at Tampa, Fla.
   Tampa Bay 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 10 -- Sacks allowed by the Buccaneers on Sunday, who had given up only nine sacks in their four games this season.
Player of the Game Jerome Bettis, RB, Pittsburgh: Punished the Bucs with 143 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, and also threw a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Jerame Tuman.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown It's just a theory, but maybe it's not the offensive coordinator's fault after all. Tampa Bay finally opened up its offense a little bit, but the results weren't pretty, with Brad Johnson getting sacked 10 times and the team finishing with only 64 rushing yards. Keyshawn Johnson had the second-best yardage day of his career with 10 receptions for 159 yards. Joey Porter had four of the 10 sacks, while Kimo von Oelhoffen chipped in with three after having only six in 98 career games.

   Washington 17 at Landover, Md.
   Carolina 14 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 11.5 -- Yards per attempt for Tony Banks (30 attempts for 345 yards), who had been averaging 5.02 (90 attempts for 452 yards) so far this season.
Player of the Game Rod Gardner, WR, Washington: Caught six passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, after grabbing 16 balls for 209 yards and a touchdown in the first five games.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The Redskins finally got into the win column, though they might want to send the Panthers a thank-you note for the gift. Chris Weinke hit on 24-of-35 passes for 226 yards, but was picked off four times. The most crucial of the picks was LaVar Arrington's 67-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that cut the Panthers' lead to 14-7 and gave the Redskins momentum. Tim Biakabutuka had the third-best rushing day of his career with 20 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, but will likely be lost for the season with a broken foot suffered in the fourth quarter.

   St. Louis 34 at East Rutherford, N.J.
   New York 14 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 4,744 -- Passing yards Kurt Warner is on pace for this season, even after throwing for a season-low 215 yards.
Players of the Game Trung Canidate, RB, St. Louis: No need for Marshall Faulk to rush back from injury with Canidate rushing for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The Rams' high-flying attack looked a little more conventional against the Jets, as St. Louis opted to keep it on the ground and pound the ball. Kurt Warner threw for 215 yards and one touchdown, but with Canidate running wild there was no need to put the ball in the air. St. Louis nullified Curtis Martin by jumping out to a 21-7 halftime lead, as Martin finished with only 63 yards rushing.

   Tennessee 27 at Pontiac, Mich.
   Detroit 24 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 87.5 -- Joe Nedney's field-goal percentage (7 of 8) the past two weeks, including five of 40 yards or more.
Player of the Game Frank Wycheck, TE, Tennessee: Proved to be the Titans' only consistent offensive threat, catching a season-high seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown What do the Lions have to do to win a game? The Titans played a poor game and allowed the Lions to hang around until the end, but Nedney's clutch field-goal kicking saved the Titans for the second week in a row. Steve McNair played a miserable game, completing only 15 of 35 for 216 yards with two interceptions. On the contrary, Charlie Batch played brilliantly in the loss, hitting on 25-of-42 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Kevin Carter sacked Batch twice, notching his first two sacks since joining the Titans in the offseason.

   Arizona 24 at Tempe, Ariz.
   Kansas City 16 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 56.3 -- Cardinals' third-down conversion percentage (9 of 16), compared to a 35.7 percent success rate on third downs for the Chiefs.
Player of the Game David Boston, WR, Arizona: Caught seven passes for 131 yards and one touchdown, giving him 481 yards through five games for a pace of 1,539 yards.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown Jake Plummer went interceptionless for the second game in a row, completing 16 of 25 for 228 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs decided to simplify their offense this week to help Trent Green, but the results were only marginally successful. Green threw for 352 yards, but he completed only 47 percent of his passes and was picked off twice. Michael Pittman helped the Cardinals control the clock by carrying the ball 26 times for 95 yards and one touchdown.

   Minnesota 35 at Minneapolis
   Green Bay 13 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 37:18 -- Time of possession for the Vikings, who ran the ball 37 times for 196 yards.
Player of the Game Daunte Culpepper, QB, Minnesota: Beat the Packers by land and by air, throwing for 184 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 71 yards and another score.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown One week after looking like world-beaters, the Packers struggled against a Vikings team that had yet to play a complete game this season. Green Bay lost at the Metrodome for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, with Brett Favre having by far his worst performance of the season. Doug Chapman rushed 22 times for 90 yards in place of the injured Michael Bennett.

   San Diego 27 at San Diego
   Denver 10 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 21-3 -- Doug Flutie's career record in home starts.
Player of the Game Jeff Graham, WR, San Diego: Hooked up with Flutie for seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown The Broncos held impressive rookie LaDainian Tomlinson to a season-low 58 yards, but Flutie was passing the ball effectively and a ground game wasn't needed. Flutie finished with 280 yards and two touchdowns. San Diego's defense bottled up Denver's running game, even after Junior Seau headed to the locker room with a groin injury. Mike Anderson was limited to 50 yards on 11 carries, the fifth time this season he was been held to fewer than 58 yards.

   Philadelphia 10 at East Rutherford, N.J.
   New York 9 Recap
Game Summary
Key Stat 5:25 -- Time of possession the Eagles mustered in the first half.
Player of the Game Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia: Maintained his composure despite being sacked six times and orchestrated the game-winning TD drive with his feet and arm.
CNNSI.com's Breakdown It was another Monday night defensive battle involving NFC East teams. The Giants dominated the time of possession throughout the first half, but only came away with nine points. A botched punt by the Giants' Rodney Williams and a 21-yard scramble by McNabb on 4th-and-4 from New York's 29-yard line led to the winning TD.

 

 
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