NFL Week 6 Recap: Best Performances

Week 6 of the NFL left us with several surprises. The injury-riddled New York Giants got their first win of the season on the road against the Denver Broncos, 23-10, in primetime. Kansas City is unbeaten no more, as the Pittsburgh Steelers held on 19-13. But the most surprising performance was from a running back who was traded mid-week to Arizona and had his first 100-yard running day since 2015.

Adrian Peterson (26 carries, 134 yards, 2 TDs) – Welcome back to the NFL AP, we missed you. Peterson, acquired in a trade from New Orleans on Tuesday, scored from 27 yards and one yard out to help the Cardinals beat the Buccaneers, 38-33. It was Peterson’s 50th career 100-yard rushing day and his first time hitting the century mark since he rushed for 104 against the New York Giants in 2015.

Kirk Cousins (25-37, 330 yards, 2 TDs, INT/4 carries, 26 yards, TD) – It was just another day at the office for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose three-touchdown day helped the ‘Skins to a 26-24 win over the 49ers. At 3-2, Washington takes on the NFC East-leading Eagles on Monday Night next week.

Antonio Brown (8 catches, 155 yards, TD) – Business was booming for Antonio Brown and the Steelers beating Kansas City 19-13. Matched up against the Chiefs’ top corner Marcus Peters, Brown caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, an unbelievable one-handed catch in the fourth quarter.

Brown joined Hines Ward as the second player in Steelers history with at least 9,000 receiving yards in his career. Pittsburgh improved to 4-2.

Melvin Gordon (25 carries, 83 yards, TD/9 catches, 67 yards, TD) – Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had one of the best all-around performance of his career, helping LA get the road win at Oakland, 17-16. Gordon rushed the ball 25 times for 83 yards and one touchdown, and caught nine of 12 targets for 67 yards and another touchdown. At 2-4, LA hosts the Broncos next Sunday with a chance to get back in the thick of the AFC West.

Saints defense (3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 5 sacks) – The Saints’ scoring began with a Kenny Vaccaro fumble recovery in the end zone. In the third quarter, rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore returned his first career interception for a touchdown. And the 52-38 victory was sealed when Cameron Jordan tipped a pass and then hauled it in for an interception in the end zone. Three defensive touchdowns — a franchise first. That stout Saints’ D also batted down nine of Matt Stafford’s passes and sacked him five times.

Play of the Week: Los Angeles Rams receiver Pharaoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards as the Rams beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-17. The Rams are 4-2 and 3-0 on the road.

Honorable Mention:

Deshaun Watson – 225 yards, 3 TDs, INT

Mark Ingram – 25 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs,/5 catcches, 36 yards

Le’Veon Bell – 32 carries, 179 yards, TD/3 catches, 12 yards