Jared Goff finally appeared mortal this season, and it didn't matter. Not when his tailback scootered his way to the second level of the defense consistently in Denver. Gurley padded an already-impressive season tally with 208 yards rushing and two touchdowns, pushing the Rams to a 6-0 start. Loved the locker room video after the game, with Sean McVay handing the football to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. You can watch that here. Bet you @SonOfBum enjoyed that sucker immensely. Bet you the Broncos wouldn't have sniffed Super Bowl 50 without him. Truth.








Good luck finding three-and-half hours that are more entertaining than Chiefs at Patriots. Much to glean from the 43-40 New England win -- yet, it's the minutiae that often sticks. Like Rob Gronkowski, for whom opposing defenses scheme every week, and who is now firmly at No. 2 among tight ends (behind only Travis Kelce), making the big catch-and-run to set up Stephen Gostkowski's game-winner. Remember, folks, Gronk has always been a much better blocker than Kelce. Then there's the Sony Michel/ James White concoction. Cris Collinsworth was correct in stating that it's a bit of a giveaway the Pats are planning on running the football when Michel is in the lineup. Still, White performs every aspect of his job so admirably that this might be the most effective committee in football right now. (Although Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara might challenge that notion soon. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have something to say here, too.) Last thought: New England might play suffocating defense near the red zone, but the Pats sure are vulnerable to the chunk play.









By the time you finish reading the opening sentence of this Chiefs blurb, Tyreek Hill will have caught an underthrown ball on a post route, then headed for the corner and turned said corner in a manner we haven't seen since Bo. No, not Bo Scarbrough. That Bo. Kansas City went toe to toe with the Patriots in front of New England's nutso crowd, and Patrick Mahomes kept pace with Tom Brady and the New England offense. Yet, in the end, a suspect defense and the rulebook ruled the day. Breeland Speaks' non-sack of Brady was clearly a case of a pass rusher not wanting to get the Clay Matthews treatment from the officials. The sad part is, had Speaks tackled Brady, it would've been his second career sack -- and, quite possibly, it would have allowed K.C. to win the game.










Football is often hard to explain. The Bears came into their Week 6 matchup in Miami flying high and having generated 18 sacks in their four prior games, putting them on pace to tie their own NFL record, set in 1984 (the year before they won the Super Bowl). Then Chicago was stonewalled by a mediocre Dolphins offensive line. And the Bears' offense didn't pick up the slack in the first half. The second half was a different story, as Mitch Trubisky and Co. started scoring points. Yet, a pair of defensive linemen almost saved the day for Da Bears. Helluva play, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman.









So often, we hear that kickers aren't football players. That's rather stupid, especially considering how much pressure these guys must routinely endure to win football games. So, yes, I am genuinely thrilled for Mason Crosby. After watching a player -- or anyone, really -- flop so publicly ( five times), you'd expect his resolve to be absolutely leveled. Yet, there was the longtime Packer on the Monday night stage, splitting the goalposts flawlessly seven times, including the game-winner. Did you know Crosby hit the game-winning kick in his first career game back in 2007, a 42-yarder to beat the Eagles at Lambeau? Will never forget his 51-yarder to beat the Cowboys in the 2016 Divisional Playoffs. That came after a beautiful sideline laser from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook. Which was not too dissimilar from a couple of Rodgers completions on the game's most poignant drive, including a Cook-esque grab from Equanimeous St. Brown.