John Clayton's game balls
The options were plenty Sunday, but Tom Brady
pitched the equivalent of a baseball no-hitter and he did it in steady snow. Brady had a near-perfect 152.8 quarterback rating, completing 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns in a 59-0 victory over the Titans. Sure, the Titans were without their top three defensive backs because of injuries, but Brady was incredible. Ben Roethlisberger
and Matt Schaub
threw for more yards than Brady, but they aren't coming off knee reconstruction surgery. In Week 7, Brady moves his show to London and could put up big numbers against the Bucs.
• Defense: Julius Peppers
came up with a two-sack, seven-tackle day in Carolina's strange 28-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs. He also had a forced fumble. Because he's one of the most talented defensive ends in football, Peppers takes criticism because sometimes he doesn't appear to rush hard on every down. He's so talented that rushes come easily for him. Critics still point to Peppers' 2½-sack season two years ago. Peppers has five sacks in five games this season and 19½ over the past 21 games. Pretty good numbers.
• Special teams: Ryan Succop
, Mr. Irrelevant in the 2009 draft, became relevant by kicking four field goals in the Chiefs' 14-6 upset of the Redskins. The last pick in every draft has a weekend party in his name in Newport Beach, Calif., each spring. The Chiefs are celebrating about this selection. He made two tough 46-yard field goals. For the season, he is 9-for-10, solidifying one spot on a Chiefs team in rebuilding mode.
• The Saints proved in Week 6 that they're the best team in the league. Yasinskas
• The Giants' top-rated defense pulled a disappearing act in New Orleans. Mosley
• Yes, the Vikings are still unbeaten. But they needed a little luck to move to 6-0. Seifert
• The Steelers are far from perfect, but they're in a good spot after six games. Walker
• Jets QB Mark Sanchez's struggles keyed an overtime loss to the Bills. Graham
• Harsh criticism inspired the Raiders to punish the Eagles in a 13-9 upset. Williamson
Week 6 rundown
• Houston 28, Cincinnati 17
Injury to insult. The Bengals lost the game -- and most of their struggles came after losing dominant DE Antwan Odom
(Achilles tendon) in the first quarter.
• Green Bay 26, Detroit 0
Is there anything more automatic than the Packers beating the Lions? Detroit has now lost eight in a row to Green Bay and 18 straight to the Packers in Wisconsin.
• Minnesota 33, Baltimore 31
More Favre magic in the Metrodome. Tough losses are becoming the norm for the now 3-3 Ravens.
New Orleans 48, N.Y. Giants 27
The Giants' short-handed secondary was no match for Drew Brees
. It could be a sign of things to come, as New York faces more elite passing teams in the coming weeks.
Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 14
Thriving in obscurity. If Cleveland's Josh Cribbs
(98-yard kickoff return for TD) played for a better team, he'd be one of the most talked-about players in the league.
Carolina 28, Tampa Bay 21
The Bucs' struggling D was the perfect antidote for Carolina's running game (267 yards), which had been very average prior to Week 6.
Kansas City 14, Washington 6
The Redskins' worst nightmare? NFL bottom-feeders. Washington has now lost three games to winless teams.
Jacksonville 23, St. Louis 20 (OT)
Torry Holt contributed to his former team's misery with his first 100-yard receiving game as a Jaguar.
Oakland 13, Philadelphia 9
The Raiders dialed up the pressure, sacking Donovan McNabb six times, and may have provided the defensive blueprint for facing the Eagles.
Arizona 27, Seattle 3
The Seahawks were never in the game. Can their woes be blamed entirely on injuries?
New England 59, Tennessee 0
It's hard to believe a Jeff Fisher-coached team would quit, but the winless Titans didn't appear to put up much of a fight in Foxborough.
Buffalo 16, N.Y. Jets 13 (OT)
If ever there were a game that neither team deserved to win, this was it. Two dreadful outings in three weeks for Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez. Should Jets fans be concerned?
• Atlanta 21, Chicago 14
The Bears outgained the Falcons by more than 100 yards. The difference? Atlanta didn't cough up the ball in the red zone.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
• Denver at San Diego (ESPN, 8:30 ET)
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• Minnesota (6-0) at Pittsburgh (4-2): Brett Favre and Co. against the defending champs. Both teams have momentum.
• Chicago (3-2) at Cincinnati (4-2):
How will the Bengals respond from a humbling loss, and some adversity on defense?
• Arizona (3-2) at N.Y. Giants (5-1):
Another test for the suddenly beleaguered Giants secondary.
• Week 7 schedule