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The NFL's Biggest Surprises Of Week 6: Cowboys A Contender

Cowboys Upset Seahawks 30 to 23

The Seahawks won on special teams, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown and recovering a fumble on a separate punt. That, however, did not matter, as the Cowboys were able to move down the field with consistency against what was seen as the league's best defense. Turnover-prone Tony Romo did not throw a single pick, while tossing two touchdowns and completing 66% of his passes. DeMarco Murray, as always, was amazing, rushing for 115 yards and the game winning touchdown. The Seahawks' offense, on the other hand, was atrocious, as Russell Wilson averaged just two yards per attempt, while also throwing an interception late in the game. Surprisingly, Marshawn Lynch received just ten carries, while Wilson threw the ball 28 times.


Can The Texans Challenge The Colts And Become AFC South Champions

After trailing 24-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Texans scored two touchdowns before half, while scoring another touchdown in the other two quarters. Late in the fourth, the Texans were down just five, but Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbles and the Colts recover. At 3-3, one game behind the 4-2 Colts, the Texans may very well be competing to be atop the AFC South. With a potent defense led by J.J. Watt and a dangerous rushing attack led by Arian Foster, the Texans have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs and win the division.


Struggling Teams Putting Up A Fight

The Jaguars, Dolphins, and Raiders have struggled recently, but all three teams put up a fight in Week 6, losing by a combined eight points. The Jaguars' fourth-quarter field goal was blocked, while the Dolphins lost in the final seconds of the game. The Raiders held their own against the Chargers, leading 28-24 until Branden Oliver's touchdown run late in the game. The Jets deserve mentioning too, as they were within seven points against the Broncos until a pick six with 20 seconds left.


Steelers Continue To Have Trouble; Brian Hoyer Continues To Impress

The Steelers have been outscored 51-67 against the Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Browns, who each recorded just four wins last year. Ben Roethlisberger's stat sheet is great, tossing five touchdowns to just one pick, while completing 64% of his passes, while Le'Veon Bell has been one of the most productive backs this year. The problem with the Steelers' offense is that they have not been able to consistently move the chains. Meanwhile Brian Hoyer has been as efficient as ever, throwing the ball just 17 times, but for 217 yards. The Browns do not need to throw the ball a lot when Ben Tate gets 25 carries and the defense holds the opposing team to just ten points.


Panthers And Bengals Tie In Overtime

The Panthers and the Bengals are both very talented teams that are around the same level in terms of talent. It is not a surprise that this game is close, but it is shocking that both teams, tied at 34 to go into overtime, score a field goal on their first possessions and fail to score once more. Both quarterbacks threw costly picks in regulation, while both kickers missed a kick that may have won the game, Mike Nugent's being in overtime. Even with the mistakes, this was a great game by two great teams!


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