NFL Week 6 in review: Highlights, injuries, analysis

The early Week 6 NFL slate was highlighted by a showdown between the Chiefs and Texans and their elite young QBs. In the 4 p.m. ET block, the undefeated 49ers took down the defending NFC champion Rams.

We've got you covered with highlights, injury intel and deeper analysis from our NFL Nation reporters at every game.

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Texans 31, Chiefs 24

Texans inactives: QB Alex McGough, WR Kenny Stills, CB Johnathan Joseph, RB Taiwan Jones, ILB Tyrell Adams, C/G Greg Mancz, TE Logan Paulsen

Chiefs inactives: OL Eric Fisher, WR Sammy Watkins, LB Dorian O'Daniel, OL Andrew Wylie, DL Chris Jones, LB Anthony Hitchens, OL Greg Senat


Deshaun Watson extends the Texans' lead with his second rushing TD of the game:

Get this guy some reps on offense! Charvarius Ward with a slick one-handed pick:

Tyreek Hill gets six points for the TD reception, and a perfect 10 for the celly:

Deshaun Watson calls his own number, and puts the Texans up at the half:

Carlos Hyde scores on the short rushing touchdown, and silences the crowd before hitting the celly:

Texans staying alive, as Deshaun Watson finds Duke Johnson Jr., who lays out to get the ball across the goal line:

Damien Williams catches the screen pass, and the Chiefs' O-linemen blast open a pathway to the end zone:

Tyreek Hill making his presence felt quickly, with a ridiculous catch and contortion for the TD:


Kendall Fuller, CB, Chiefs. The Chiefs' nickelback injured his thumb and was scheduled for X-rays, so his ability to be ready for the upcoming Thursday night game could be limited. The Chiefs are thin at cornerback as it is, and they'll choose between veteran Morris Claiborne or rookie Rashad Fenton to fill in against the Broncos if Fuller can't play. -- Adam Teicher

Tytus Howard, OT, Texans. Howard was carted off the field early in the third quarter against the Chiefs, but head coach Bill O'Brien said from what he was told after the game, the injury looked worse than it was, and Howard could play again this season. Howard, who started the season at left guard, entered the week with the third-best pass block win rate among offensive tackles, according to ESPN metrics, powered by Next Gen Stats data. Howard was replaced by Roderick Johnson. -- Sarah Barshop


Alert: Tyreek Hill is active!

Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson: Respect.

Vikings 38, Eagles 20

Eagles inactives: WR DeSean Jackson, CB Ronald Darby, CB Avonte Maddox, RB Darren Sproles, DE Shareef Miller, OG Nate Herbig, DT Tim Jernigan

Vikings inactives: LB Kentrell Brothers, LB Ben Gedeon, OG Josh Kline, OG Dru Samia, OT Oli Udoh, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts


Dalvin Cook got jealous of all the fun Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were having, so he scored a touchdown of his own:

It might be a good idea to keep getting Stefon Diggs involved in the passing game. Here's receiving TD No. 3 on the day:

This Carson Wentz cat might be OK at pro football. He evades the pressure and finds Alshon Jeffery:

Eagles line up for the field goal, but ... it's a fake! Don't think that's quite how they drew it up, though...

The Eagles aren't done yet. Carson Wentz gets it to rookie RB Miles Sanders up the seam for a long TD:

Stefon Diggs apparently ate his Wheaties this morning. He gets open again, Kirk Cousins finds him again, and he's celebrating in the end zone again:

Is Stefon Diggs back? Well, he looked pretty good on this 62-yard TD:

Kirk Cousins caps off an impressive drive for the Vikings with a dime to Adam Thielen:


Nigel Bradham, LB, Eagles. Bradham exited Sunday's loss to the Vikings with an ankle injury and did not return. He is willing to play through almost anything, which makes the fact that he couldn't get back into the game more concerning. Fortunately for the Eagles, Kamu Grugier-Hill is getting healthier and can step into a bigger role if need be. -- Tim McManus

Jason Peters, OT, Eagles. Peters left with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. He was replaced by rookie Andre Dillard, who was up and down in a tough spot on the road. The Eagles are high on Dillard, a first-round pick, and will need him to rise to the occasion if Peters can't go Sunday at Dallas. -- Tim McManus

Saints 13, Jaguars 6

Saints inactives: QB Drew Brees, WR Tre'Quan Smith, DE Trey Hendrickson, CB Ken Crawley, S Saquan Hampton, OL Nick Easton, OL Ethan Greenidge

Jaguars inactives: CB Jalen Ramsey, WR C.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, LB Austin Calitro, OL Brandon Thomas, TE Josh Oliver, DT Dontavius Russell


Hey, a touchdown! Teddy Bridgewater gets it to Jared Cook for the first TD of the game:

Not many highlights for either team today, but Marshon Lattimore comes through with a pick:


Geoff Swaim, TE, Jaguars. Swaim left the game in the third quarter and was evaluated for a concussion after getting hit in the head by Saints linebacker Demario Davis. He has only 13 catches for 65 yards in his six games, but if he's unable to play against Cincinnati, the Jaguars could be in trouble. They're already down James O'Shaughnessy (torn ACL), and rookie third-round pick Josh Oliver has yet to play in a game because of a hamstring injury suffered in camp. Even if Oliver were to make his season debut next week, how much can he really contribute considering he didn't play a snap in the preseason? That leaves Seth DeValve (48 catches and 4 TDs in three seasons with Cleveland) and Ben Koyack (24 career catches) as the team's best options. -- Michael DiRocco


Folk hero Gardner Minshew II is ready to roll for the Jags:

This is one of the 35,000 mustaches that will be handed out at the Jaguars-Saints game as part of the continuing Minshew Mania. (It looks more like owner Shad Khan's mustache, to be honest)

Michael DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer32d ago

Seahawks 32, Browns 28

Seahawks inactives: WR Gary Jennings, RB Rashaad Penny, OT Duane Brown, DE Branden Jackson, WR John Ursua, CB Akeem King, OG D.J. Fluker

Browns inactives: WR Taywan Taylor, WR Damion Ratley, CB Denzel Ward, CB Greedy Williams, DE Genard Avery, OL Austin Corbett, OL Kendall Lamm


Chris Carson puts the Seahawks back ahead with a goal-line rushing score:

Nick Chubb gets into the end zone for TD No. 2 to put the Browns back ahead:

Jaron Brown enjoyed his first trip to the end zone so much, he decided to haul in another TD pass:

A great play, as Russell Wilson delivers a beautiful ball to Jaron Brown for the TD. And a superb celly, as the Seahawks' WRs do the "Bye Bye Bye" dance:

Odell Beckham Jr. isn't having a standout season statistically, but he's one of the only people alive who can make ridiculous catches like this:

It's a punt block in Cleveland!

Baker Mayfield finds Ricky Seals-Jones to put the Browns up two scores:

This Nick Chubb guy is fast:

Baker Mayfield sees a lot of open space, and runs it in for a touchdown:

Russell Wilson keeps it, and races 16 yards for the score:

After a long return to open the game, Nick Chubb punctuates the Browns' opening drive with a TD rush:


Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns. Mayfield suffered a hip injury on a scramble during the second half Sunday, but didn't miss a snap. He briefly went to the locker room, which prompted backup Garrett Gilbert to begin warming up. But Mayfield returned to the sidelines before the Browns offense got the ball back. After the game, Mayfield called the hip "tender" and admitted it bothered him. The good news is that the Browns are hitting their bye, so he'll have some extra time to recover. -- Jake Trotter

Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks. The Seahawks fear that Dissly has a torn Achilles tendon, a source tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That would be a massive loss for their offense with Dissly having emerged as one of Russell Wilson's best receiving threats in addition to being a strong blocker. None of the other tight ends on their roster -- Luke Willson, Jacob Hollister and George Fant -- is as complete of a player as Dissly. Said Pete Carroll: "He's been an unbelievable Seahawk. Every play that he's been in for us, last year and this year, he was just top-flight and a first-class competitor in all ways, and it's just unfortunate that he's going to have to miss [some time] here if the tests come through like we think they will." -- Brady Henderson


In its two biggest decisions of the day at this point, Caesars Sportsbook needs the Jets and Browns. The Jets are 7-point home underdogs against the Dallas Cowboys. The Browns are Pick 'em against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer31d ago

Ravens 23, Bengals 17

Bengals inactives: DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Kerry Wynn, DT Ryan Glasgow, OT Cordy Glenn, OT Andre Smith, QB Jake Dolegala, WR A.J. Green

Ravens inactives: QB Trace McSorley, WR Marquise Brown, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Anthony Averett, ILB Patrick Onwuasor, OG Ben Powers, DT Daylon Mack


The Bengals aren't done yet! Andy Dalton gets into the end zone for a late TD:

Lamar Jackson became the fourth QB in last 15 seasons to produce 150 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a half. Jackson has 168 yards passing and 111 yards rushing against the Bengals on Sunday.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer31d ago

Mark Ingram puts the Ravens ahead with his seventh TD rush of the season:

Lamar Jackson ties it up with a 21-yard run:

Bengals get on the board first, with a 92-yard kickoff return TD from Brandon Wilson:


Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Bengals. Kirkpatrick was knocked out of Sunday's loss at Baltimore with a left knee injury that required him to be carted off the field. Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he didn't have any updates on Kirkpatrick's prognosis. As he left the locker room, Kirkpatrick was moving very slowly on crutches, and wore a brace to stabilize his left leg. Should Kirkpatrick miss a significant amount of time, B.W. Webb could be tapped as the starting cornerback. Darqueze Dennard could also be an option once he returns from the PUP list. -- Ben Baby

Redskins 17, Dolphins 16

Redskins inactives: QB Colt McCoy, TE Vernon Davis, CB Aaron Colvin, OG Wes Martin, WR Cam Sims, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons and S Deshazor Everett

Dolphins inactives: WR Jakeem Grant, CB Johnson Bademosi, CB Xavien Howard, RB Myles Gaskin, FB Chandler Cox, C/G Chris Reed, C/G Keaton Sutherland


Ryan Fitzpatrick finds DeVante Parker for a TD with six seconds remaining:

After the Dolphins switched out Josh Rosen for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kalen Ballage bulls his way in for the first second-half TD of the Dolphins' 2019 season:

Terry McLaurin's fantasy owners are enjoying Sunday afternoon. He runs in for TD No. 2:

We've got a score in Miami! Case Keenum gets it to Terry McLaurin, who makes the grab and celebrates in style:

Cardinals 34, Falcons 33

Falcons inactives: CB Desmond Trufant, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, P Matt Wile, RB Brian Hill, RB Qadree Ollison, OL Matt Gono, DT Deadrin Senat

Cardinals inactives: WR Christian Kirk, S Charles Washington, LB Dennis Gardeck, LB Zeke Turner, OL Lamont Gaillard, OL Brett Toth, DL Zach Allen


Devonta Freeman with another TD catch:

A ridiculous catch by David Johnson puts the Cardinals ahead:

Austin Hooper is having a game, folks. He hauls in a six-yard TD to tie things up in the fourth quarter:

The Falcons aren't giving up yet: Matt Ryan hits Devonta Freeman, who finds his way into the end zone:

Kyler Murray creates some space for himself, fires it across his body, and Maxx Williams does the rest to extend the Cards' lead:

David Johnson gets in on the fun, plunging it in for a short touchdown:

Kyler Murray finds Chase Edmonds open in the flat, and Edmonds does the rest en route to pay dirt:

Kyler Murray somehow evades a sack and completes the pass:

Trent Sherfield with one of the better catches you'll see all season, setting up a field goal for Arizona:

Calvin Ridley gets in for six to put the Falcons up early:

49ers 20, Rams 7

49ers inactives: QB C.J. Beathard, WR Jordan Matthews, DL Jullian Taylor, FB Kyle Juszczyk, LT Joe Staley, RT Mike McGlinchey, CB Ahkello Witherspoon

Rams inactives: CB Aqib Talib, CB David Long, RB Todd Gurley, LB Clay Matthews, C Coleman Shelton, OT Bobby Evans, DT Tanzel Smart


Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo calls his own number, and the extra effort gets him into the end zone:

Jimmy Garoppolo looking to the end zone, and the pass is picked by Marcus Peters:

Tevin Coleman with a downright rude stiff-arm en route to a game-tying touchdown run:

After the Rams ran all over the 49ers to matriculate the ball down the field, Robert Woods gets the glory of the TD to punctuate the drive:


Joe Noteboom, OG, Rams. Noteboom suffered a right knee injury and was helped off the field in the first quarter. He was unable to put any pressure on his right leg before being taken into the locker room on a cart. Noteboom did not return, and coach Sean McVay provided no update on his injury after the game. Backup guard Jamil Demby replaced him and is likely to do so going forward if Noteboom is out for a prolonged period. -- Lindsey Thiry

K'Waun Williams, CB, 49ers. The 49ers' nickel cornerback departed Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he isn't sure the extent of Williams' injury (or others, such as the one to receiver Deebo Samuel), but Williams had to give way to D.J. Reed. Williams had a couple rough moments early in the season, but he has been quite good in his role recently and holds extra value when defensive coordinator Robert Saleh wants to dial up a blitz. The Niners have been unfazed by injuries so far this season, but they'd undoubtedly like to avoid losing anymore key players for long stretches. -- Nick Wagoner

Jets 24, Cowboys 22

Cowboys inactives: WR Devin Smith, WR Randall Cobb, DE Joe Jackson, OL Adam Redmond, OT La'el Collins, OT Tyron Smith, DT Trysten Hill

Jets inactives: CB Nate Hairston, KR Trenton Cannon, LB Frankie Luvu, LB C.J. Mosley, OT Conor McDermott, G Kelechi Osemele and DE Henry Anderson


Dak Prescott with a 4-yard TD scamper late in the fourth quarter:

The Cowboys won't go down easily; Ezekiel Elliott punctuates a long Cowboys drive with a 5-yard TD rush:

Not much going well for the Cowboys on offense, but Brett Maher nails a 62-yard field goal to close out the first half:

The Jets extend their lead as Sam Darnold gets it to Ryan Griffin for another score:

It's the longest touchdown from scrimmage this season, as Sam Darnold launches it deep and finds Robby Anderson for a 92-yard TD:

Le'Veon Bell caps off a long drive with a goal-line rush for six:

Sam Darnold's spleen is healthy enough, and he's back in action:


Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys. Cooper was ruled out of the game at the start of the second half with a quadriceps injury.

Broncos 16, Titans 0

Titans inactives: G/T Kevin Pamphile, OG Aaron Stinnie, RB Rod Smith, DE Matt Dickerson, CB Chris Milton, OLB Sharif Finch, OLB Cameron Wake

Broncos inactives: OT Calvin Anderson, CB Bryce Callahan, CB Duke Dawson, TE Troy Fumagalli, DE Adam Gotsis, T Ja'Wuan James, WR Juwann Winfree


Phillip Lindsay plunges it in to put the Broncos up two scores:

The second half begins with another INT, this time by Titans safety Kevin Byard:

It has been a defensive struggle in the first half of the game, including Chris Harris Jr. picking off Marcus Mariota to short-circuit a drive late in the second quarter:


Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos. Sanders did not play in the second half due to a knee injury. Sanders played throughout the first half -- he was the target on an incomplete pass from Joe Flacco with 26 seconds left in the half -- but did not come out of the locker room after halftime. He had one reception in the game for no gain. Following the game, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said: "I don't know any details on it. All I was told is he hurt his knee ... that's all I've got.'' Sanders was limited with a knee injury in Wednesday's and Friday's practices but was a full participant in Thursday's workout. If he misses time, that will push Courtland Sutton to the front of the line in the Broncos' offense -- Flacco called Sutton a "No. 1 receiver'' after Sunday's win -- and DaeSean Hamilton will get more targets as well. Fred Brown, who was signed off the Broncos' practice squad recently, was the third wide receiver after Sanders left the game. -- Jeff Legwold

Jayon Brown, ILB, Titans. Brown went down in the first quarter, walked off the field on his own after talking to the trainers and went straight to the blue tent for further review. His status was announced as questionable due to a groin injury, but he did not return. Veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard took Brown's place, finishing with six tackles and a sack. -- Turron Davenport